The Honorable William G. Bassler is an arbitrator and mediator on the panels of neutrals at the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and the CPR Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (New Jersey, Judicial, and International panels).  He has arbitrated under the rules of AAA, ICDR, ICC, CPR and ARIAS-US.  In addition, Judge Bassler has evaluated mock presentations in preparation for motions, trials, and arbitrations. 

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Past Employment

Prior to this, he served as a judge of the United States District Court, District of New Jersey from 1991 to 2006 and of the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey from 1988-1991.  He was in general practice in Monmouth County, New Jersey from 1965-1988.  In addition, he taught as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School, Rutgers Law School, and the Seton Hall Law School Program at the American University, Cairo, teaching courses in trial practice and procedure, comparative constitutional law, and judicial process.  


Judge Bassler received his B.A. from Fordham University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a staff member of the Georgetown Law Journal. He received an LL.M. in 1969 from New York University Law School and an LL.M. in Judicial Process in 1995 from the University of Virginia Law School.

Speaking Engagments

A frequent speaker, Judge Bassler spoke on "Emergency Relief" at the Fordham Conference on International Arbitration in November 2015.  He also participated as a panelist at CCA's Annual Meeting in October 2015, in a program titled "The Legal Landscape has Changed: Learn How to Navigate the Thorny Issue of Subpoenas."    

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His recent publications include: “Challenges to Collegiality,” reported in submissions at ASA’s Annual Conference in Zurich (February 2013); “A Primer on Taking Evidence Abroad,” co-authored with Christian Stueben, published in Mealey’s International Arbitration Report (June 2011); “Mistakes Mediators Make,” co-authored with Jack Levin, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association, (April 2011); “Reasons for Mediating International Environmental Tort Claims in the Shadow of the Alien Tort Claims Act,"” co-authored with Yitzchok Segal in the AAA Handbook on International Arbitration and ADR (Second Edition, 2010); and “How to Select the Best Seat for Your International Arbitrations,” co-authored with Robert Davidson in Mealey’s International Report (January 2008).

Memberships and Professional Organizations

Judge Bassler is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA), American Bar Foundation, and American College of Probate Counsel.  He is also a member of the New York City Bar Arbitration Committee, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (International Commercial Disputes Committee), the International Mediation Institute (IMI), LCIA North American Users’ Council, American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, International Arbitration Club of New York City, American Law Institute, International Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, New York Intellectual Property Law Association, New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of NJ. He is also a member of the Consultative Group to the American Law Institute Restatement of the Law Third, the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. Judge Bassler has been recognized for several years in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.

Awards and Honors

Judge Bassler received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Essex County Bar Association in 2008. In 2006, he was awarded the Hon. William J. Brennan, Jr. Award from the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey. He also received the St. Thomas More Medal from the Seton Hall Law School and the St. Thomas More Society, 1997.