Need Alternative Dispute Resolution Services in New Jersey?

Our Staff Includes Two of the Most Respected Mediators in the State


At Keefe Law Firm, we are privileged to have of counsel to our firm two of the most highly regarded mediators in New Jersey. Retired Judges John E. Keefe, Sr. and C. Judson Hamlin offer alternative dispute resolution services, and they have gained nationwide recognition for their arbitration and mediation work. They use their experience to help settle disputes in a wide range of practice areas.Both Judge Keefe and Judge Hamlin work to help both sides of a dispute reach settlement agreements out of court. Arbitration and/or mediation services can save everyone time and money, but it takes an experienced third party to facilitate these types of negotiations. Since retirement, both judges have developed strong alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practices. Their experience on the bench and as lawyers allows them to handle a wide variety of cases with equanimity and objectivity.

Nationally Recognized and Respected New Jersey Mediators

Our association with Judge Keefe and Judge Hamlin allows Keefe Law Firm to maintain one of the top ADR practices in New Jersey. Their experience and dedication to mediation and arbitration means that they are prepared to help find out-of-court solutions in virtually any civil matter.

Judge John E. Keefe, Sr. had a judicial career spanning nearly 25 years before becoming counsel to our law firm in 2001. He took this position after retiring as a Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, where he served for thirteen years. Before that position, he served as Presiding Judge of the General Equity Part of the NJ Superior Court. He also supervised and administered a pilot project involving statewide asbestos litigation during that time.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Keefe was a civil trial attorney whose practice encompassed medical malpractice, product liability and insurance. In addition to his judicial service, Judge Keefe has been a frequent lecturer at the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ). He also co-authored New Jersey Products Liability & Toxic Tort Law, which is published by Gann Law Books.

Judge C. Judson Hamlin joined our law firm as counsel in 2011 and has a background in many different areas of law, including civil trial matters, contracts and land use, banking matters, criminal law and mass torts. From 1974 to 1978, Judge Hamlin served as the Middlesex County Prosecutor, during which time he conducted major public corruption probes. After his appointment to the bench in 1978, he served as a judge for the Superior Court of Middlesex County. He worked in both the Criminal and Civil Divisions, was a Presiding Judge of the Civil and Chancery Divisions, and served as judge for mass tort matters across New Jersey.

After retiring, Judge Hamlin was the Executive Director of the settlement trust established by the national Fen-phen class action. He then went on to manage a class action lawsuit for the State of New Jersey, which settled for over $2 billion.

Equitable Services for Both Plaintiffs and Defendants

Judge Keefe and Judge Hamlin both have excellent reputations for fair, even-handed advocacy with both plaintiffs and defendants. They arbitrate and mediate a variety of legal matters, including:

Contact Us Today for More Information About Alternative Dispute Resolution Services

Judge Keefe and Judge Hamlin offer arbitration and mediation services throughout the state of New Jersey. Our law firm has offices conveniently located in Red Bank, New Brunswick, Newark and Point Pleasant. However, we can travel to meet you wherever you are. Attorneys and other interested parties can contact the alternative dispute resolution department at Keefe Law Firm to schedule a consultation.