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 also has been 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 Business. Chambers USA 2016 states that Bill "is a go-to litigator with notable experience in handling a range of civil disputes as well as offering expertise in white-collar criminal defense. He draws particular praise for his work as a 'top-notch employment litigator.'"
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."
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 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 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 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 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.
St. Peter's University Hospital v. Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc., 2016 WL 3434140 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2016)
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)
Honors and Awards
"AV" Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™
Co-Author: "Conflicted Representation May Result in Forfeiture and Disgorgement of Fees," N.J. Law Journal, February 2004
"Resolving Allegations of Employee Misconduct," The Star Ledger, December 2003
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
Panelist: "Business Development at Midsized Law FIrms," a Thomson Reuters Business Development Event, October 2014
Moderator: “How to Respond When Law Enforcement Knocks at Your Door," NACUA Annual Conference, Denver, CO, June 2014
Co-moderator: “Getting the Best ROI From Your Legal Marketing Effort,” Cohn Reznick Law Firm Managing Partner Roundtable, Florham Park, NJ, May 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
Panelist: Third Annual Law Firm Managing Partners Roundtable, sponsored by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, August 2008
“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
“Technology in the Workplace: New Risks for In-house Counsel,” Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter - American Corporate Counsel Association, January 2003
“Use of Expert Testimony in Federal Court,” Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, March 2000
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 over 16 years, Bill has mentored an inner-city student who graduated from college with a degree in business administration and is currently working in a residential facility for young men.