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William G Bassler

The Honorable William G. Bassler FCIArb specializes as a mediator and arbitrator of complex domestic and international commercial disputes.

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United States - NJ, United States - NY
Mediation Profile

Judge Bassler has more than 40 years of dispute resolution experience. He served for 15 years as a United States District Judge in the District of New Jersey and before that, as a Superior Court Judge of the State of New Jersey. Judge Bassler developed the ability to quickly learn new subject matter and to adjudicate it in a competent manner. His substantive areas included: administrative law, antitrust, bankruptcy, business and commercial law, civil rights, employment, environmental, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property (copyright/patent/trademark infringement), international, maritime/admiralty law, partnerships, personal injury/torts, professional liability, real property, and securities. Before becoming a judge in 1988, he was engaged in the general practice of law for 24 years, specializing in trusts and estates, real estate, corporate and municipal law. Please see http://www.wgbdisputeresolution.com for more information.

Representative List of Recent Mediations:

  • Mediated claim by major university for patent infringement.
  • Mediated claim by class against investors against mutual funds group.
  • Mediated claim of infringement of patent for storm windows.
  • Mediated claim by Israeli company for infringement of patent for prison video surveillance equipment.
  • Mediated patent infringement case between innovator drug company and generic.
  • Mediated dispute between partner and deceased partner's estate over ownership of works of art.
  • Mediated claim in excess of $4 million by property owner against insurance company for damages from fire loss.
  • Mediated dispute between owner and insurance company over losses due from land shift.
  • Mediated claim by condo association against member for damages for breach of condo rules and regulations.
  • Mediated claim for violation of copyright.
  • Mediated claim by SEC for violations of Securities Laws.
  • Mediated claim against insurance companies for injuries to children due to lead poisoning.
  • Mediated claim by small company against generic for Lanham Act claims.
  • Mediated claim for infringement of patent for women's foundation garments.
  • Mediated claim by New York City landlord against national auto-rental company for damages to building on termination of lease.

I commence every mediation from a facilitative perspective. If I am requested, or the mediation has stalled, I then utilize an evaluative style.

  • Intellectual Property
  • Insurance / Reinsurance
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial
  • Contract
  • Partnerships / Joint Ventures

$6,800 Per Day
Mediation time is billed at the hourly rate of $850.00 per hour with a minimum charge of $6,800.00 per day (8 hours) or any part thereof. Non-hearing time is billed at the rate of $750.00 per hour. This includes preparation, research, travel, writing, telephoning, and faxing. If required, hotel room, meals, and travel expenses will be charged as an additional expense. Cancellation fees are calculated as follows: 25% of scheduled hearing days (8 hours per day) if cancelled within four weeks of first scheduled day. 50% of scheduled days if cancelled within two weeks of the first day or thereafter.

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (F.C.I. Arb)
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • International Arbitration Club of New York City
  • LCIA North American Users’ Council
  • International Chamber of Commerce
  • Swiss Arbitration Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, International Commercial Disputes Committee
  • Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute (IMI)
  • FedArb, Member
  • ALI’s Consultative Group on the Restatement Third, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • American Law Institute
  • Bar Association of the Third Circuit
  • American College of Probate Counsel, Fellow
  • International Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association
  • The Assoc. of the Federal Bar of the State of NJ

Maeve O'Connor
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
(212) 909 6315
[email protected]

William G. Primps
Dewey & LeBoeuf
(212) 259-8277
[email protected]

Robert C.L. Vaughn
Squire, Sanders, & Dempsey
(305) 577-8700
[email protected]

Raquel Regalado
Malloy & Malloy
(305) 858-8000
[email protected]

Kenneth A. Plevan
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom
(212) 735-3410
[email protected]

Lawrence I. Weinstein
Proskauer Rose
[email protected]

Training and Education
  • ASA Conference, "Inside the Black Box: How Arbitral Tribunals Operate and Reach Their Decisions," Zurich (2013)
  • 15th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day, Stockholm (2012)
  • Australia and International Arbitration: What U.S. Lawyers Should Know, Skadden and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (2011)
  • College of Commercial Arbitrator’s 11th Annual Meeting, Denver (2011)
  • PLI’s Prior Art & Obviousness, Current Trends in Sections 102 and 103 (2011)
  • LCIA European Users’ Council Symposium, Luton Hoo / Tylney Hall (2011 / 2010)
  • ICDR 9th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference (2011)
  • NJIPLA: Joint Patent Practice Seminar (2011)
  • ICDR International Symposia in Advanced Case Management, AAA University (2010)
  • 7th Annual Seminar: International Commercial Arbitration, American University Washington College of Law’s Center on International Commercial Arbitration (2010)
  • AAA/ICC/ICSID Joint Colloquium on Int’l Arbitration (2009)
  • LCIA North American Users’ Council Symposium (2009)
  • PLI’s Prior Art & Obviousness (2009)
  • ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators, Paris (2009)
  • 12th IBA Int’l Arbitration Day: Due Process in Int’l Arbitration Conference (2009)
  • 22nd Annual Pharmaceutical/Chemical Patent Practice Update (2008)
  • 25th Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration, ICDR / AAA (2008)
  • ARIAS-US's Intensive Arbitrator Training Workshop (2008)
  • Third Annual ICC NY Conference, “ICC Arbitration Today: Bridging the Cultural Gap in International Arbitration” (2008)
  • AAA and Fordham University’s Ask & Answer: Arbitration (2008)
  • IBA’s Arbitration Committee Conf., “The New York Convention: 50 Years” (2008)
  • Practicing Law Institute’s Workshop, International Arbitration (2008)
  • CIArb-CPR Advanced Arbitrator Training (2007)
  • Harvard Law School, Mediation Workshop, Program on Negotiation (2006)

Current Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School. Former Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School, Rutgers Law School, and the Seton Hall Law School Program at the American University, Cairo. Teaching courses in trial practice and procedure, comparative constitutional law, and judicial process.

  • “Arbitration: A View From the Bench,” CCA Annual Meeting, New York 2012
  • “Muscular Arbitration: What Corporate Counsel Can Do to Shape Up Arbitration,” ACC Annual Meeting, Orlando 2012
  • “The Use and Abuse of Referees and Special Masters in Discovery,” ACC Annual Meeting, Denver 2011
  • Panelist, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (NY Chapter), “The Judges Program” with Hon. Judith Kaye and Hon. William Webster, Fordham University School of Law, New York 2011
  • AAA’s “Muscular Arbitration: Trimming the Fat Out of Arbitration,” New York 2011
  • AAA University ‘s “Cut to the Chase: Methods for Efficient Arbitration,” New York 2011
  • Panelist, American Conference Institute's 2nd annual Hatch-Waxman series, “Paragraph IV On Trial,” New York 2009
  • West Legalworks Fourth Annual eDisclosure Forum: “Who Is Responsible and Who Is Accountable,” London 2008
  • ABA Section of Int’l Law’s Fall Meeting (panelist), “Why and How To Educate your Non-US Clients about Electronic Discovery,” Brussels 2008
  • PLI’s Developments in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patent Law, “Bench Perspective: Trying a Pharmaceutical or Biotech Patent Case,” New York 2008
  • ABA Annual Meeting (panelist), “Ensuring & Enforcing Ethics in Arbitration,” New York 2008
  • ABA Section of Int’l Law’s Spring Meeting (panelist), “Perspectives on Universal Jurisdiction, Extraterritoriality and the Future of Alien Tort Statute Litigation: Talisman and Other Recent Cases,” New York 2008
  • American Conference Institute 2nd Annual Conference on Paragraph IV Disputes (panelist), “View from the Bench: Judicial Views on Paragraph IV Litigation,” New York 2008
  • New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section (panelist), “Introduction to Mediating the Complex Case,” 2008
  • CEELI Institute Course, "Building Judicial Integrity: A Training Program for Combating Judicial Corruption," Prague 2007
  • A Primer on Taking Evidence Abroad, co-authored with Christian Stueben, Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, June 2011
  • Mistakes Mediators Make, co-authored with Jack Levin, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine (a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association), April 2011
  • Reasons for Mediating International Environmental Tort Claims in the Shadow of the Alien Tort Claims Act, co-authored with Yitzchok Segal, AAA Handbook on International Arbitration and ADR (Second Edition, 2010)
  • Are the Halcyon Days of Patents Over, co-authored with Katherine A. Helm, Bloomberg Corporate Law Journal, Spring 2008
  • How to Select the Best Seat for Your Int’l Arbitrations, co-authored with Robert Davidson, Mealey’s Int’l Report, January 2008
  • Hitting the Mark: Fundamentals of Preparing For and Conducting an Effective Markman Hearing, 189 New Jersey Law Journal, July 30, 2007
  • The Importance of Predictability in Maritime Disputes, 38 The Arbitrator, January 2007
  • Cert. Granted: The Practical and Philosophical Reasons Why New Jersey Should Adopt a Certification Procedure, co-authored with Michael R. Potenza, Esq., 29 Seton Hall L. Rev. 491 (1998)
  • Thomas More: A Man For This Season, Vital Speeches of the Day, March 1998

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William G. Bassler
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