Bradley J. Ferencz
Of Counsel - New Brunswick
Judge Ferencz, J.S.C. (ret.) arrived at the firm following a 23 year career of litigation and trial practice. Before his appointment to the bench in 1997, Judge Ferencz tried hundreds of cases and resolved many more. At Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst, and Doukas, Judge Ferencz focuses his practice on all aspects of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He has arbitrated and mediated both family and civil matters, and has acted as an effective discovery master and hearing officer.
Judge Ferencz has earned a reputation of excellence, particularly in Middlesex County where he was awarded the Lawyer Achievement Award (later named the Arthur Miller Lawyer Achievement Award) by the Middlesex County Bar Association in 1993 while a practicing attorney, and then again in 2016 while a retired Judge for his work as a mediator and dispute resolution specialist. He is the only attorney to have received this honor twice. Most recently, Judge Ferencz was ranked second under Best Individual Mediator in the New Jersey Law Journal’s The Best of 2016 list.
During his more than 18 years on the bench in Middlesex County, Judge Ferencz sat in every division, trying and resolving innumerable matters. He has been the catalyst for resolving complex family litigation, medical and legal malpractice cases, environment and toxic tort cases, contract and coverage issues, as well as commercial, personal injury, LAD and employment matters.
As past president of the Middlesex County Bar Association, Judge Ferencz is keenly aware of the pressure brought to bear on the practitioner. His goal is to afford all parties the opportunity to be heard, to be understood, and most importantly, to have control over the settlement process.
Over the course of his career, Judge Ferencz has been both a moderator and lecturer at various CLE lectures at NJICLE, the Middlesex County Bar Association, and the New Jersey Judicial College. He has presented multiple lectures on motion practice, discovery issues, criminal sentencing and family law matters.
Judge Ferencz is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, sits on the board of the Middlesex County Bar Association, and is a trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Foundation. He is Co-Chair of the Middlesex County Bar Association’s newly established ADR Committee, and previously served on the Middlesex County District VIII Ethics Committee. Judge Ferencz was certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has been a member of the New Jersey Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and in 2014 completed a course of study at Columbia University School of Law in Mediation.
Judge Ferencz is currently a member of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, and is on their approved list for both civil and family matters. He is also a member of NJAPM's governing board as a Director for the 2018-2019 term. Additionally, he has been approved by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and placed on their list of accepted mediators for both the civil and Family parts, including mandatory economic mediation. Judge Ferencz is also one of the very few mediators permitted by the AOC to mediate economic family issues where an outstanding domestic violence restraining order exists.
He has published three articles on mediation in the Middlesex County Bar Advocat and lectured on trial techniques and strategy to the NJDA and their young lawyers committee.
He was a member of the faculty for the 2017 and 2018 Harris-Martin Mass Torts presentation in New Brunswick New Jersey as well as a faculty member and presenter for the NJICLE seminar on Family Law on July 27th, 2017 on Recent Developments in NJ Law.
He, along with several young lawyers and several Middlesex Judges, is a founding member of the Aldona Appleton Family Inn of Court.
The Judge presented an overview of the use and value of mediation at the 2017 ICLE tort law conference on October 9th, 2017, and in December of 2017 he moderated an ICLE seminar on memory and recollection.
On April 8th, 2018 the Judge ran a half day ICLE workshop with Maria Riboli, an actress and acting and theater coach on courtroom performance and demeanor - How to Try a Case, Be Trusted and Listened To.
- Middlesex County Bar Association: Past President; Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; Current Board Member; Member of the Family Section.
- New Jersey State Bar Association: Member of the Family Section; Member of the ADR Section
- Middlesex County Bar Foundation: Past President; Current Member of the Board of Trustees
- Former Master of the Bench, Inn of Court, Central New Jersey Family Law
- Founding member and Master of the Bench, 2017 Aldona Appleton Family Inn of Court
- Current member of the NJAPM, and member of the steering committee for the NJAPM's 25th Annual Conference
- Elected and Appointed - member of the governing board as a Director of NJAPM 2018-2019
- Member of the NJAJ