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Why Mediation with a Retired Judge in New Jersey Makes Sense

February 28, 2024 John J. Scura III Attorney


Dealing with legal issues in New Jersey can be tough, often dragging you through a roller coaster of emotions and hitting your wallet hard. Going to court is one way to solve these problems, but it's not always the best choice. That's where mediation comes in, especially when it's done by a retired judge. We're excited to share that a bunch of respected retired judges have teamed up with our firm to help with mediation. Here's why having a retired judge help mediate your dispute could be a game-changer.

Judges Know Their Stuff

Retired judges have seen it all. They've spent years dealing with all sorts of cases, figuring out the best ways to solve them. This kind of experience is gold when you're looking for fair and smart solutions in mediation. They know the ins and outs of the law and can come up with solutions you might not have thought of.

Judges Have the Insiders’ Knowledge of the Legal World

Retired judges have been in the thick of it, making tough calls on a ton of cases. They get how the legal system works and can predict how a judge or jury might see things. This can help steer everyone involved toward an agreement that makes sense and feels fair to everyone.

Trust and Respect of All Parties Make Resolution More Likely

Having a retired judge mediate your dispute brings a level of trust and respect to the table. They're known for being fair and sticking to the rules. This sets a positive tone for mediation, helping everyone feel more open and respectful. It makes the whole process go smoother and more productively.

Saves Time and Money

Mediation with a retired judge can wrap up faster and cost less than a full-blown court case. You can skip the long waits and high costs that come with going to court, making it a smart move for both your schedule and your budget.

Tailor-Made Solutions in Your Difficult Case

One of the best things about mediation is that you can come up with solutions that really fit everyone's needs. Retired judges, with all their experience, can guide the conversation to uncover flexible and creative ways to solve the problem, ways that might not fly in a courtroom.

Keeping Things Private/Confidential

Mediation is private, unlike court cases which are public. This can be important if the issue is sensitive or if you want to keep a good relationship with the other party after everything's settled. Retired judges know how to keep things under wraps, making sure what's discussed and agreed upon stays private. At the conclusion of the mediation if a settlement is reached, you can request in the final agreement that the terms of the settlement be kept confidential. If all parties can agree, then the details of the settlement are not made public.

Wrapping Up and Ending the Lawsuit Quickly and Efficiently

Choosing to mediate with a retired judge in New Jersey brings together the best of both worlds: deep legal knowledge and a process that's efficient and can be tailored to your needs. Our firm is all in on offering top-notch mediation services, and having retired judges on board takes it to the next level. They bring valuable experience and insight that can help solve disputes effectively and with dignity.

If you're stuck in a legal bind and thinking about mediation, take a moment to consider how one of our retired judges could help you find a fair and quick solution. Get in touch with us to see how mediation could work for you.

Thomas F. Brogan, Presiding Judge Civil Passaic County (Retired)

Our firm is honored to have the former Presiding Civil Judge for Passaic County, Thomas F. Brogan, join our firm as Of Counsel. Judge Brogan served as Presiding Judge for almost 20 years in Passaic County. In that capacity, he has presided over and resolved/settled too many cases to count. Prior to serving as Presiding Judge he served as a Judge in different divisions. Finally, Judge Brogan, prior to being nominated to the bench, practiced as a well-known trial lawyer and the Supreme Court of New Jersey Certified him as a Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction only approximately 3 percent of NJ state licensed attorneys achieve.   To be sure, Judge Brogan has broad experience on all aspects of litigation from an attorney to a sitting Presiding Judge.

Judge Brogan’s mediation and arbitration practice will focus on civil cases, such as personal injury, medical malpractice, employment related matters and discrimination and business disputes. Based on his vast experience, he has a keen knowledge of the appropriate value of cases and how juries and judges are likely to decide cases.

Randall C. Chiocca, Presiding Judge Chancery Division (Retired)

Our firm is honored to have the former Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division in Passaic County, Randall C. Chiocca.   Judge Chiocca recently retired after serving as a Superior Court Judge in the Passaic and Essex Vicinages. Judge Chiocca served in the Law, Criminal and Chancery Divisions. Most recently he sat as Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division in Passaic County as well as Passaic County’s Probate Judge. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Chiocca practiced law for 28 years, with an emphasis on all types of commercial, business, real estate, and probate litigation.

Judge Chiocca’s mediation and arbitration will focus on Chancery related matters such as wills and Estate disputes and the resolution of complex commercial/business and probate part matters.

If you would like to schedule a mediation with one of these esteemed Judges now with our our firm, please call 973-696-8391 or send an inquiry through our website.


John J. Scura III

John fights hard for his clients and tries to educate them so they understand what is going on with their particular legal problem. John has been Certified by The Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Whether it is a personal injury case, bankruptcy case, litigation case or other type of matter, John wants his clients to participate in the decision making process toward solving their problem in the best way possible.

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