Frederic S. Kessler

Special Counsel

Florham Park

T 973-845-7745

Frederic S. Kessler specializes in alternative dispute resolution, including the arbitration and mediation of complex business, employment, and probate disputes.  He also accepts appointments as special master in civil cases.

Judge Kessler was appointed as Presiding Judge of the Superior Court, Chancery Division, General Equity Part, Union County in 2012.  As Presiding Judge, Judge Kessler was responsible for the management and resolution of all chancery, probate, and foreclosure cases pending in Union County.

Judge Kessler previously sat in the Law Division and Family Division of the Superior Court in Union County.  As a Law Division judge, he handled a wide variety of civil cases, including employment, malpractice, and products liability.  He was specially assigned to the complex commercial case docket and served as the Mount Laurel Judge for Union County.

Prior to his judicial service, Judge Kessler spent more than 25 years as a litigator with two Newark law firms, where his areas of concentration included business litigation, land use law, and insurance regulation.  Judge Kessler’s focus on alternative dispute resolution began in 1996, when he was admitted as an arbitrator for the commercial arbitration program in Union County.  In 1999, he was admitted to the roster of civil mediators, and he regularly mediated cases in Union, Hudson, and Bergen counties until his appointment to the bench.

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American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Union County Bar Association

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Former Member, District V-A Ethics Committee

Former Arbitrator, Commercial Arbitration Program, Superior Court, Union County

Former Mediator for Superior Court programs in Union, Hudson and Bergen Counties

Former President, Harvard Law School Association of New Jersey

Former President, New Jersey Chapter of the Brandeis Alumni Association

Former Chairman and Member of the Cranford Planning Board

Former Member, Board of Directors, YM-YWHA of Union County

“I am a diehard New York Met fan.  I also enjoy listening to music, from classical to classic rock.”