William H. Mergner, Jr.
WILLIAM H. MERGNER, JR., graduated from the Catholic University of America Magna Cum Laude in 1982. He received his Juris Doctor from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1985. He became associated with the firm following graduation and subsequently has become a partner in the firm, currently serving as co-managing partner.
Since joining the firm, he has been involved in daily trial work, having tried in excess of two hundred twenty jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts in New Jersey. He has successfully handled the defense through trial of construction site accidents, multi-party construction defect cases, environmental/toxic tort claims, products liability claims, professional liability claims including medical, engineering, agents/brokers claims, as well as complex general liability claims involving serious injury or death. He has handled a significant number of appeals before the New Jersey Appellate Division, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and has numerous favorable published and unpublished decisions.
He regularly provides seminars to clients of the firm and attorneys in New Jersey regarding a wide range of issues ranging from contractual risk transfer, products liability law, as well as developments in insurance coverage law, trial techniques and handling of cases subject to the Complex Business Litigation Program, teaching an average of six seminars per year over the last ten years.
He is the First Vice President of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and is anticipated to become President of the NJSBA in 2024. He is a member of the NJSBA Pandemic Task Force and is Chair of the subcommittee on Restarting Jury Trials. He is a member of the Judiciary Working Group on COVID-19 Jury Operations. He is a member of the Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee. He is a member of the NJSBA Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession. He is also a Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. He currently serves as a member of the NJSBA Meeting Arrangements and Programs Committee, and is a member (and past Co-Chair) of the NJSBA Judicial Administration Committee. He is currently a member of the NJSBA's Insurance Defense Committee, where he has been a member since its formation, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
He previously served three terms as a Trustee of the NJSBA. He served as the Chair of the NJSBA Special Task Force on the Practice of Law, is the immediate past Chair of the NJSBA Amicus Committee on which he still serves as a member, is a past Chair of the Civil Trial Practice Section of the NJSBA and currently serves on its Executive Committee. He previously served two terms as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Evidence, the Joint Supreme Court/NJSBA E-Courts Committee, and the Supreme Court Committee on Expediting Civil Actions.
He has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by New Jersey Monthly Magazine every year since the award was initiated, and is "AV Preeminent" rated by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2019, he was honored by the Civil Trial Bar Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association with the James J. McLaughlin Award, which recognizes civility, professionalism, and competence in the practice of law.