Barbara Weisman

Barbara Weisman, Esq.

New York, New York 10001


Business, Civil, Commercial, Construction, Contract, Debt, Employment, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Real Estate



Professor James B. Boskey New Jersey State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section ADR Practitioner of the Year – 2006


New Jersey State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section “Legend of ADR” Award 2007


State of New Jersey Judicial College lecturer, 2006


Committee of Arbitration Administrators/Civil CDR Point Persons lecturer, 2006


Panelist, ADR Day, NJAPM, Inn, NJSBA and ABA dispute resolution programs


NJBIZ Magazine Top Mediator – Business/Commercial-2008


Best Individual Mediator - Silver - NJ Law Journal 2012 Readers' Survey

2013 NJ ADR Practitioner of the Year - Acquisition International Legal Award

2014 NJ Mediator of the Year - Acquisition International Dispute Resolution Award

Member: National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
              Storm Sandy American Arbitration Association Mediator


State of New Jersey -1979; State of New York, Third Department – 1989

Federal District of New Jersey– 1979

Third Circuit Court of Appeals - 1991

Supreme Court of the United States- 1986



Barbara Weisman, Esq.,Verona,New Jersey

1994 through present - exclusive neutral practice in alternative dispute resolution (excluding matrimonial/family); including but not limited to construction; contract; employment (discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, family leave acts, contracts, civil rights, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, defamation, whistleblower); legal, nursing, nursing home and medical malpractice; real property; business dissolutions; liability and negligence; commercial;  banking; securities; bankruptcy; debt and consumer debt; personal injury; false arrest/imprisonment; civil rights; fraud; Consumer Fraud Act; agricultural; wills; slander; environmental; insurance (lead, fire, water, mold and other matters); Tort Claims. Inclusive of large and complex claims. Pre-suit and post-filing.


American Arbitration Association (AAA) Personal Injury Protection Arbitrator - wrote over 500 AAA written decisions, 1994 – 2001


American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel of Neutrals, Special Bankruptcy Panel  2001-2003

United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey Roster of Mediators 2001-2013

1999 through present  - arbitrator and/or mediator for:


Superior Court of New Jersey Roster of Mediators, Statewide Mediation Program for Civil, General Equity and Probate; State Foreclosure Mediator (mediated over 900 cases since 2001 including privately contracted mediations)


United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Panel of Certified Arbitrators


Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division, Essex and Union County Panels of Arbitrators (formerly also Bergen, Hudson, Middlesex, Passaic) (arbitrated over 1300 additional cases including privately contracted arbitrations)


New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee Certified Mediator


The National Arbitration Forum Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators


FINRA  Roster of Neutral Arbitrators/Chairpersons; Roster of Mediators


National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM)


Resolute Systems Roster of Mediators and Arbitrators


Construction Dispute Resolution Services Panel of Mediators andArbitrators


CPR:International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals


IRS Roster of Neutrals for Post Appeals Mediation and Arbitration Programs


United States Arbitration and Mediation Midwest, ADR Panel

Amicus Mediation and Arbitration Group 

National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals  

Essex County Chancery  Division Early Settlement Program

Law Office of Samuel A. DeGonge/formerly DeGonge Chappell,Belleville,

New Jersey

1988 through 1994  - trial attorney primarily defending complex cases.

Experience including, but not limited to, medical and nursing malpractice, liability, Tort Claims,  wrongful discharge, discrimination, contracts (including employment), false arrest and imprisonment, civil rights and maritime.

Tenant organization attorney and Rent Board attorney for the City ofBayonne.


Office of theNew   JerseySolicitor, The Port Authority ofNew YorkandNew Jersey

1982 through 1988 - litigator primarily in defense of cases including liability, common carrier, maritime, sovereign immunity, discrimination, contracts (including construction), employment, Workers’ Compensation, bankruptcy, police defense and policy, and prosecution/resolution of commercial debt.


Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Jersey City, New Jersey

1980 through 1982 - Assistant Prosecutor in Grand Jury, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and Trial Team. Co-author, administrative manual for Fugitive Unit. Former certified instructor, Police Training Commission, Division of Criminal Justice.


Office of Professional Discipline, New York State Department of Education

1979 through 1980 - Senior Investigator monitoring disciplined, licensed professionals (excluding attorneys and pharmacists); investigation of applicants for licensure and suspected unlicensed practitioners.


Lamb, Hutchinson, Chappell, Ryan & Hartung, Jersey City, New Jersey

1976 through 1979  -  law clerk working in varied areas of liability.



Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers Mediation Workshop


FINRA Panel Member Training; FINRA Chairperson Training; New Code Training


Superior Court of New Jersey, County Arbitration/Mediation Trainings and Trainer


United States District Court, Arbitrator Training


Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage, Advanced Mediation Training


Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Chapter Associate, 1998-2000, Chapter Master 2000-present; Executive Board; National Leadership Conferences 2000/2006


Agricultural Mediation Training Course by New Jersey State Office of Dispute  Settlement;  Course in Right to Farm and USDA issues


Civil Mediation Training Course and Family Law Mediation Training Course -  Institute for Continuing Legal Education


American Arbitration Association No Fault Arbitrator Trainings


Construction Dispute Resolution Services Arbitrator Training


Employment Mediation Interest Group (NJAPM)



Member of Mediator Facilitating Committee, Superior Court of New Jersey Roster of Mediators


New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Mediator Standards


Mentor, Superior Court of New Jersey Roster of Mediators


Former trainer, Statewide Mediation and Advanced Mediation Training Program for Civil, General Equity and Probate


New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) - Dispute Resolution Section (Past Chair; Board of Directors) 2000-present; Unlawful Practice of Law Committee (Vice Chair; Past Chair), 1984-1994;  Construction Law Section member; Labor and Employment Law Section


New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM)


American Bar Association - Dispute Resolution Section; Law and Employment Section; Forum on Construction Law; ABA Advisory Panel


Association for Conflict Resolution (former member)


New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character - 1990-1997

New JerseySupreme Court Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law – 1994-2006


New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution; Civil Subcommittee 2005-2008, 2010-2011; Administration Subcommittee 2008-2011; Civil Subcommittee 2012 – present


Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution,  Chapter Master, Team Leader and Executive Board Member, 2000-present


National Association of Professional Women


Guest Lecturer, Rutgers Law School



“Drafting ADR Clauses that Work”, New Jersey Lawyer, February 2005; reprinted Business Law Section Newsletter, New Jersey State Bar Association, August 2005; co-author Bonnie Blume Goldsamt


“Mandatory Mediation is Here to Stay”, 196 N.J.L.J. 258 (April 27, 2009)


Former Editor, New  Jersey  State  Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Newsletter

 Moderator, Verona and Cedar Grove Board of Education & Municipal Council Election Debates 

 Volunteer Mediator, Township of Cedar Grove Municipal Court; Township of Verona

 Former member, Township of Cedar Grove Health Advisory Council


Seton Hall Law Center - J.D. 1979 - Centennial Scholarship for Excellence

Douglass College - A.B. magna cum laude 1975



Mediation is the resolution of disputes with the help of a neutral person who acts as a facilitator; a mediator does not make a decision for the parties nor does the mediator offer opinions or evaluate.

The mediator helps the parties to identify and resolve the issues.  A mediator can be contacted by the parties themselves or through attorneys.  After an initial organizing conference call in which the session is planned, a meeting is held with the persons with knowledge of the facts and persons with decision-making ability. The mediator guides discussion between the parties, often with the assistance of counsel who are there to help the evaluation of law, as well as the facts.

The job of a mediator includes:
  • explaining the mediation process
  • affording an opportunity to meet together with fact and decision-making representatives
  • assisting the parties to understand and analyze the facts, law, issues and bases for making a decision
  • keeping the parties focused and the process organized
  • helping the parties gain a more complete understanding of  their dispute from all sides
  • facilitating creative and effective solutions 

Whether or not mediation is the right ADR choice for you will depend upon the facts and case. That choice is also dependent upon the disputants' willingness to sit with each other and be guided through an analysis and discussion of the facts and even law.  Mediation challenges people in a dispute to take responsibility for their own choices and solutions. 

Even if mediation is not successful, most participants come away with a better understanding of the conflict and are ready to move forward with the necessary next step.  If mediation is successful, the participants leave feeling more in control and more satisfied with their ability to decide an outcome for themselves.

25 Pompton Avenue Suite 101

Verona, New Jersey 07044

Phone: 973.239.0757 

Fax:     973.239.0786 


Email: [email protected]

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