William F. Maderer


18 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 200
Florham Park, NJ 07932
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Bill Maderer is Managing Member of the Firm and specializes in employment litigation, complex business litigation, higher education law, internal corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense.  He has successfully tried employment, business and criminal cases to verdict in both federal and state courts. He is also retained to conduct independent investigations to assist clients in detecting employee misconduct in both civil and criminal matters.

Bill is listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100, Best Lawyers, Litigation - Labor and Employment and Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers USA cites sources describing Bill as "a terrific lawyer who is very bright, well prepared, and has good judgment."  Others comment:  "He enjoys a great deal of credibility and respect in the Bar, and serves his clients very well."

Bill was cited in the Law360 article entitled "GCs Name Favorite Employment Lawyers."  The February 2016 article reported on the survey by BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, Mass.), of more than 300 in-house counsel from large companies, naming Mr. Maderer as one of 28 labor and employment lawyers "among the best at client service, an honor they achieved by being experts at solving client problems with a forward looking perspective on client objectives."

Honors and Awards

"AV" Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™

Listed in:

  • Best Lawyers® - Litigation - Labor and Employment - 2015-2018
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business - 2007-2018
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers® Top 100 - 2013-2018
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers® - 2005-2018

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Professional History

Prior to joining Saiber, Bill was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey (1974-1980) where he was Chief of the Special Prosecution Division (1977-1980).

Representative Matters

Representative Litigation Matters

Obtained favorable jury verdict in defense of multinational computer services company against plaintiff's allegations of breach of contract based on disability.

Obtained post-trial judgment after mistrial resulting from hung jury where plaintiff alleged retaliation based on whistleblowing conduct.

Obtained favorable jury verdict in defense of public university against plaintiff's allegations of disability discrimination.

Successfully defended business executive at trial against criminal charges of commercial bribery and RICO violations.

Successfully defended business executive at trial against criminal charges of illegal dumping of hazardous waste.

Representative Clients For Independent Investigations

A senior citizen facility whose Director of Human Resources was alleged to have harassed the Executive Director.

A global Fortune 500 company whose Chief HR Officer was accused of fostering a hostile work environment.

A state agency whose employment application process was alleged to have been improperly implemented.

A synagogue whose Executive Director was alleged to have had an inappropriate relationship with a member of the Board of Trustees.

A synagogue whose bookkeeper had converted funds for his personal use.

A university whose Department Chair was alleged to have engaged in improper computer sexting.

A university whose Dean of Admission was accused of favoritism in the admission process.

A university whose member of the Board of Trustees was alleged to have improperly influenced the promotion process.

A college whose construction bidding process was alleged to have been improperly implemented.

A college where members of its Board of Trustees were alleged to have conflicts of interest.

A university whose tenured faculty member was acused of sexually harassing a student.

A university whose senior Dean was alleged to have failed to report sexual harassment.

A university whose varsity football coach was alleged to have improper contact with a faculty member regarding a student's grade.

A university whose varsity lacrosse coach was accused of harassment towards his players.

A university whose varsity football defensive coordinator was accused of bullying a minority athlete.

Noteworthy Decisions

Webster v. Rutgers-N.J. Med. Sch., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123852 (D.N.J. Aug. 4, 2017), complaint dismissed in its entirety on reconsideration, No. 15-8689, slip op. (D.N.J. Feb. 20, 2018)

Capital Health System, Inc. v. Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc., 230 N.J. 73 (2017)

Chin v. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2016 WL 2653908 (D.N.J. 2016)

Kadakia v. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2015 WL 1310276 (D.N.J. 2015)

Serodio v. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 27 F.Supp.3d 546 (D.N.J. 2014)

Monforte v. Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, 2014 WL 523020 (D.N.J. 2014)

Novak v. Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, 928 F.Supp.2d 723 (S.D.N.Y. 2013)

Furina v. Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, 2011 WL 3798719 (D.N.J. 2011)

Potena v. New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 2011 WL 2713438 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2011)

The Lautenberg Foundation v. Peter Madoff, 2010 WL 4853354 (D.N.J. 2010)

Michael G. McGowan v. State of New Jersey, 2009 WL 1687663 (D.N.J. 2009)

Albert R. Lackman v. Recovery Services of New Jersey, Inc. 2008 WL583660 (D.N.J. 2008)

Anne Galli v. New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, 490 F.3d 265 (3d Cir. 2007)

Debra A. Russenerger v. BASF Corp., 2006 WL 2085466 (N.J. Super. A.D. 2006)

William Bolella v. BASF Corp., 2005 WL 3078573 (N.J. Super. A.D. 2005)

Abel Garcia v. The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 210 F.Supp.2d 545 (D.N.J. 2002)

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. Bober, 1999 WL 440779 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)

Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union Local 54 v. Elsinore Shore Associates, 173 F.3d 175 (3d Cir. 1999)

New Jersey Psychological Association v. MCC Behavioral Care, Inc., 1997 WL 33446538 (D.N.J. 1997)

Frank Lo Bosco v. Kure Engineering Limited, 891 F.Supp. 1020 (D.N.J. 1995)

Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. American Metal Exchange Corp., 991 F.2d 71 (3d Cir. 1993)

Brown Abrams v. John Peter Galanis, 1989 WL 41279 (D.N.J. 1989)

In the Matter of Arthur J. Lobbe, 110 N.J. 59 (1988)

United States v. Salvatore J. Profaci, 1986 WL 20590 (D.N.J. 1986)



Panelist: “Navigating Corporate Internal Investigations: Perspectives from the Company, Private Counsel, and the Government,” Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey’s Annual Judicial Conference, March 2018

Co-moderator: "Succession Planning & Transitioning Clients from Retiring Partners," Cohn Reznick Law Firm Managing Partner Roundtable, Florham Park, NJ, November 2016

Co-moderator:  "Cybersecurity," Cohn Reznick Law Firm Managing Partner Roundtable, Florham Park, NJ, November 2015

Co-moderator:  "Issues With a Multigenerational Workplace," Cohn Reznick Law Firm Managing Partner Roundtable, Florham Park, NJ May 2015

Co-moderator:  “The Importance of Strategic Planning,” Cohn Reznick Law Firm Managing Partner Roundtable, Florham Park, NJ, October 2014

Moderator:  “How to Respond When Law Enforcement Knocks at Your Door," NACUA Annual Conference, Denver, CO, June 2014

Speaker: “Cross-Examination of the Expert Witness: Limiting the Damage and Damages,” NJLJ In-House Counsel CLE Seminar, Brooklake Country Club, Florham Park, NJ, November 2012

Moderator:  "Lessons Learned From Penn State:  A Comprehensive Review of University Practices and Responsibilities in the Aftermath of the Sandusky Sex Abuse Scandal," NJSBA Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, October 2012

Panelist:  "Employment Retaliation Update," PLUS Seminar, Chicago, IL, May 2012

"Implementation of New Federal Guidelines on Sexual Violence in Universities, Colleges and Schools," Florham Park, NJ  June 23, 2011

“Admissibility of Expert Testimony/Challenging Expert Opinions,” Client Sponsored Program, March 2008

“Electronic Discovery in Federal Court Litigation,” Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, March 2004

Memberships and Activities

Appointed to the Advisory Board of Campus Legal Advisor, a Wiley Publication

Appointed to the Editorial Board of NACUANOTES of the National Association of College and University Attorneys

Appointed to the Annual Conference Program Committee of the National Association of Colleges and Universities (NACUA)

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of Special Prosecution Division, U.S. Attorneys Office, District of New Jersey

Former President, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey

Former Member, Lawyer's Advisory Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States Magistrate Judge Merit Selections Committee

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Court Appointed Mediator, U.S. District Court and N.J. Superior Court

Former Master, C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court

Former Member, New Jersey District Ethics Committee

National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) 

Essex County Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Beyond the Law

For the past 20 years, Bill has mentored a young man from Newark who graduated from college with a degree in business administration and is currently working as an administrator at his former high school.