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Gibbons Director Robert Macpherson Appointed to NJ Supreme Court CDR Committee


January 28, 2014

The Supreme Court of New Jersey has approved the appointment of Robert J. MacPherson, a Director in the Business & Commercial Litigation Department at Gibbons P.C., to its Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution (CDR). Mr. MacPherson’s term will run through August 2015.

Mr. MacPherson also served on this committee during its 1994-1996 term. He regularly acts as a mediator and arbitrator and has been involved in developing and conducting mediation education and training programs in New Jersey. He taught Alternative Dispute Resolution at Rutgers Law School from 1996 until 2004. Mr. MacPherson is former Chair and a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section, which in 2001 named him the James B. Boskey ADR Practitioner of the Year. He serves on the Construction Industry Arbitration and Mediation Panel of the American Arbitration Association and as a Mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; the Supreme Court of New York, New York County; and, previously, the Superior Court of New Jersey.

The Supreme Court of New Jersey established the Committee on CDR in 1990 to assist with the comprehensive process of preparing and implementing rules to govern the Court’s CDR practices, in conjunction with the other Supreme Court “Rules” Committees. Currently, the Committee reviews and refines these rules as necessary, along with the Court’s standards for the selection and training of mediators and arbitrators. The Committee also assesses and evaluates all the Court’s CDR programs (including settlement proceedings, mediation, and arbitration) in operation or being planned. The New Jersey Judiciary offers extensive CDR programs to help parties resolve disputes in a wide variety of actions, from child custody, visitation and matrimonial disputes, to claims involving personal injuries, automobile accidents, small-claims matters, and landlord-tenant disagreements.

At Gibbons, Mr. MacPherson is a member of the Construction Law & Litigation Team. He drafts and negotiates contracts relating to construction projects and resolves construction disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation, on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and owners involved in building and heavy civil construction for public and private work. Mr. MacPherson is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and former Chair of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry.