Background - Taysen Van Itallie

Current - Arbitrator and Mediator: Member, Roster of Neutrals, American Arbitration Association; Panel of Arbitrators, International Centre for Dispute Resolution; Panel of Distinguished Neutrals - Healthcare & Life Science and Technology Panels, CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution.

Former - Associate General Counsel and Head of Global Litigation for Johnson & Johnson (1996-2009), focusing on disputes in the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer product sectors. Responsible for all litigation and arbitration, including patent, employment, product liability, contract and business disputes in the U.S. and overseas. Manager of litigation group including 15 senior litigators. Responsible for government investigations worldwide and for the Latin American Law Group, with attorneys in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Miami, Florida.

Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia University Law School 2013-2015

Partner (11 years) and associate (8 years) at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler in New York City (1977-1996). Concentrated on trial and appellate work in patent, products liability, antitrust and general business litigation. First chair jury trial or arbitration experience in each of those areas.

Director, Division of Law, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety (2009) - responsible for all of New Jersey’s civil litigation, both affirmative and defensive, and over 400 deputy attorneys general. Member of Attorney General's senior staff. 

Adjunct Professor of Law, Seton Hall University Law School (2011)

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Arbitration panel member and sole arbitrator in pharmaceutical and medical device development disputes. Successfully mediated multiple federal court proceedings, including cases involving copyright, construction, franchise agreements and commercial lending. Member 2004-2009, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey Panel of Certified Mediators.

Trained in New Jersey court-annexed arbitration program, civil mediation program and foreclosure mediation program. Completed CPR’s Mediator Training Program. Have appeared as advocate in or overseen numerous arbitrations and mediations in private practice and in-house practice over the past thirty years.

Responsible for devising and introducing Johnson & Johnson’s global dispute resolution contract provisions (published in Drafter’s Deskbook for Dispute Resolution Clauses (CPR 2002, 2006)), and its mandatory employment mediation program for U.S. employees (described in How Companies Manage Employment Disputes: A Compendium of Leading Corporate Employment Programs (CPR 2002)).

Selected Honors, Awards, Publications, Presentations and/or Professional and Civic Associations

Presented at numerous conferences on dispute resolution issues in the U.S. and overseas, including on measuring cost savings of corporate ADR programs, managing business clients’ resistance to mediation, conflict management in the pharmaceutical industry and corporate dispute resolution programs.

Testified before the Judiciary Committee of the Florida Senate on proposed legislation tightening the standards for admission of expert evidence (January 2012) and the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee on proposed legislation allowing immediate appeal of class action certifications (June 2012). 

Published numerous articles in the Op Ed pages of the New Jersey Law Journal and The Newark Star Ledger, including on judicial independence, access to justice, privilege for in house counsel, and the public policy implications of various product liability issues.

Former: Member of the Board, Fund for Modern Courts; Co-founder and Executive Committee Chair, Chief Litigation Counsel Association; Co-Chair, Civil Justice Reform Group Operating Committee; Member, Board of Directors, American Tort Reform Association; Co-founder and President, New Jersey Civil Justice Institute. 

Education and Bar Admissions

J.D. (1977): Columbia University School of Law; Honors: James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

A.B. (1973, cum laude): Harvard College; Honors: Harvard College Honorary Scholarship; Dean’s List.

Bar Admissions: New York 1978; S. D. N. Y. 1979; E. D. N. Y. 1979; E. D. Ky. 1983; United States Tax Court 1989; U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 1992; U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 1993; New Jersey 2004; D.N.J. 2004.