Hon. Marianne Espinosa (ret.), Esq.
505 Morris Avenue
Suite 200
Springfield, NJ 07081
Hourly Rate $500
Practice 3
Cases 30
Languages English
Appellate Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, 2009-2017; Union County (Civil and Criminal Divisions), Superior Court of New Jersey, 2005 – 2009; Morris County (Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions), Superior Court of New Jersey, 1986 – 1993; Partner, Tompkins, McGuire, Wachenfeld & Barry, LLP, 1994 – 2005; Assistant United States Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1978 – 1986; Assistant Counsel (Bond and Commercial Loan Department), Prudential Insurance Company, 1977-1978; Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Criminal Division, Appellate Section, 1975 – 1977; Law Clerk to Hon. Richard J. Hughes, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1974 – 1975.
United States District Court: mediation of employment claims against the United States. Chancery Divisions of Union and Morris County: mediation of business and property disputes.

As trial judge, mediated the settlement of broad spectrum of matters, including multi-party cases, that included medical malpractice and other professional negligence matters, commercial disputes, insurance coverage matters, and personal injury cases.
Employment claims, including discrimination and sexual harassment, commercial and contract disputes, intellectual property, insurance coverage, personal injury
While in private practice, my caseload primarily consisted of matters in which fee-shifting created a strong incentive to mediate. E.g., legal malpractice, employment claims such as discrimination and sexual harassment, whistleblower complaints and insurance coverage matters. Even in matters that did not provide that incentive, (such as other forms of professional malpractice) mediation proved to be a cost-effective and regularly employed means of resolving the dispute.
To obtain maximum benefit from mediation, it is helpful for the parties to have a good understanding of the issues – legal, factual, and, in some cases, emotional, that shape both their controversy and the possible resolution of their dispute. It is important for the mediator to instill confidence in the litigants and their counsel that their positions have been heard and understood. This is accomplished through preparation prior to the mediation session and actively listening at the mediation session. With such a foundation, the mediator may make use of legal insights and experience to assist a party to recognize a resolution of the dispute that is acceptable, always appreciating that a settlement represents the parties’ success in resolving their differences.
ACE21 Impartiality: Do You Know Where Your Biases Are? 2021; ACE20 Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020; AAA ACE19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019; ACE12 - eDiscovery - Arbitration in a Digital World, 2019; AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 2018; Mediator Essentials: Skills for Facilitating Negotiated Agreements, 2018; ADS 01 - Award Writing, 2018; United States District Court, District of New Jersey Mediation Training (certified as mediator).
Admitted to the Bar: New Jersey, 1974; U.S. District Court: District of New Jersey, 1974; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court.
American Bar Association; New Jersey State Bar Association; Union County Bar Association.
Rutgers University School of Law (JD – 1974); New York University (BA – 1971).
Special Commendation from U.S. Department of Justice; Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Honoree, Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Supreme Court Committees: Civil Practice Committee (2002-2006), Model Criminal Jury Charges (1989-1996, 2011-2012, Bench-Bar-Media Committee (2007-2012), Committee on Women in the Courts (2010-2012).
Published opinions as Judge of Appellate Division, Superior Court of New Jersey (2009-17)

Co-author, with Marie Lihotz, P.J.A.D. (ret.), of monthly column on appellate practice, New Jersey Law Journal

Faculty, New Jersey Judicial College, Updates in Civil Law (2014-2016).,

Panelist, Sidney Reitman Inn of Court, Appellate Practice Program (2020)

Panelist, New Jersey Bar Association, Appeals from Arbitration Awards (2019), "What's Next after 'Me-Too'" (2018).

Panelist, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Appellate Practice (2015).

"A Novice's Introduction to e-Discovery in Arbitration," New Jersey Law Journal, April 2019.
$500 Per Hour
United States of America
Springfield, NJ

The AAA provides mediators to parties on cases administered by the AAA under AAA mediation procedures. Mediations that proceed without AAA administration are not considered AAA mediations, even where parties select a mediator who is a member of an AAA mediation roster.