J. J. Pierson, Esq. - Dispute Resolution 

(833) 359-8100
51 John F Kennedy Parkway, Short Hills, NJ 07078

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J. J. PIERSON, Esq. is a professional alternative dispute resolution firm providing arbitration, mediation, and conciliation services throughout the United States and Canada. Lead by nationally recognized Arbitrator J. J. Pierson and Interntional Arbitrator and Barrister Murray Smith, the firm has expanded its influence in resolving commercial and employment and labor-management disputes in domestic and international settings.  

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J. J.  Pierson commenced his practice as a full-time arbitrator in 1977, after completing an appointment as Assistant Commissioner in the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Industry. Raised in the construction industry, trained in a building and construction trade, educated in labor-management relations, and licensed to practice law, Mr. Pierson has provided his unique professional services as a widely accepted and trusted dispute resolution neutral for over four decades.  He has rendered more 6,000 written arbitration awards over his forty years of practice. 

J. J. Pierson is nationally recognized in the buildiing and construction industry as a Panel Arbitrator under the Plan for Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes in the Construction Industry (Washington, DC), a Work Dispute Umpire under the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (Arlington, VA). a Panel Arbitrator under the New York Plan For The Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes, and as the Project Arbitrator in major construction Project Labor Agreements.  A partial list of projects includes:

• Atlantic City Convention Center
• Borgata Casino and Hotel, Atlantic City
• Campbell Soup Co. Service Building, Camden
• Catskill and Delaware Ultraviolet Water Treatment

• Bayonne Energy Center Project, NJ
• Meadowlands Closure Projects
• Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 

J. J. Pierson was recognized by the National Academy of Arbitrators for Membership in 1985. In 1995, Mr. PIerson achieved the professional designation of Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a London based organization of international commercial arbitrators. Mr. Pierson is also certified as a Chartered Arbitrator by the CIArb.  He has tutored prospective arbitrators in numerous international locations. 

In 2005, J. J. Pierson was appointed to the Panel of Mediators by the United States District Court, District of New Jersey. He remains on the panel as a Rule 301.1 Mediator and regularly receives appointments as Arbitrator from Federal Court jurisdictions throughout the U.S. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Pierson has served many industries as permanent arbitrator in more than 100 bargaining agreements.

In June 2018, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers announced the election of J. J. Pierson as a Fellow.  Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by ones colleagues of sustained outstnading performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence.   

Mr. Pierson is a Member of the American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association, where he previously served as Chair of the International Law Section. Mr. Pierson’s law practice is presently limited to representing survivors (and their heirs) in claims before the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) and the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) for compensating illnesses caused by exposure to the affected areas from the 9-11 2001 terrorist attack on New York City.

J. J. Pierson is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law (JD - Law 1980), Rutgers University Graduate School (MA - Management and Labor Relations 1977) and Pennsylvania Military College (now Widener University, BS Economics 196

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Murray Smith is a Barrister practising out of arbitration chambers in Vancouver, British Columbia. Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990, he was previously called to the Bar of Yukon Territory in 1985 and to the Bar of British Columbia in 1977.

Mr. Smith's practice is confined to commercial arbitration cases.  He has served as chairman, party appointed arbitrator and sole arbitrator, selected from the rosters of commercial arbitrators with the ICC, ICDR, CPR, LCIA, VMAA and BCICAC.

With more than thirty years experience as a trial lawyer, Murray Smith is well versed in rules of evidence and principles of substantive commercial law. His experience includes cases involving maritime law, construction law, insurance law and oil and gas law.

As a commercial arbitrator Mr. Smith recognizes the importance of due process, rigorous procedural management and compliance with applicable laws to achieve arbitration goals of cost savings, speed, efficiency and confidentiality.

Mr. Smith possesses the highest arbitration credentials available internationally including qualification as a Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.  He earned a Masters degree in international business law from the London School of Economics, focusing on international arbitration law.

Mr. Smith has contributed to international journals and regularly teaches international arbitration law and practice for more than twenty years.  He is internationally recognized for collaborating with Martin Hunter and Alan Redfern in writing the second edition of the leading text “Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration” and is a frequent lecturer on the subject of international arbitration practice. 

Mr. Smith’s arbitration work has involved him in major disputes covering a wide breadth of industries and issues.  A partial reference to his cases involve the distribution of oil field production profits, gas supply contracts for power generation facilities, mining exploration concession agreements, royalty payments and rights to intellectual property associated with internet commerce, breaches of agreement for the purchase of proprietary technology, computer software use and licensing, intellectual property and technology transfer agreements involving electronic components in the automobile parts industry, domestic and international transportation and shipping matters, shareholder rights and the interpretation of commercial and construction contracts. 

Mr. Smith is a graduate of University of Windsor, Bachelor of Science, 1973; University of Windsor, Bachelor of Laws, 1976; London School of Economics, Master of Laws, International Business Law, 1989; Graduate studies in International Law of Natural Resources, International Economic Law, International Business Transactions and International Commercial Arbitration Law - Awarded a mark of Distinction in all courses and the Schwarzenberger Prize in International Law.

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