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Hon. William J. Furber, Jr. (Ret.)

Hon. William J. Furber, Jr. (Ret.)

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General Biography
Practice Areas
Business Commercial
Construction
Employment Law
Insurance
Personal Injury
Professional Liability
Real Estate/Real Property
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

Hon. William J. Furber, Jr. (Ret.) served as a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County since 1993, including a five-year term as President Judge from 2012-2016.  During his 24 years on the bench he sat in the Civil, Family, and Criminal Divisions of the Court of Common Pleas. As a Mediator, Arbitrator, and Referee/Special Master at JAMS, Judge Furber handles business/commercial, employment, personal injury, professional liability/malpractice, as well as real property/real estate disputes. 

In 2011, Judge Furber founded and presided over the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court.  This court effectively addresses the needs of veterans in the court system who suffer from service-related illnesses. Judge Furber was appointed to the Judicial Ethics Committee of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges and served on that committee for eight years.

Prior to his appointment to the Court of Common Pleas, Judge Furber established his reputation as a litigator in a prominent Montgomery County law firm and as a solo practitioner.  His broad litigation practice included trying personal injury, products liability, professional liability, and business/commercial cases.  He also served as the solicitor to two zoning hearing boards. As a member of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, he served in the major trials division, prosecuting all serious felony charges.

Judge Furber is known for his patience and his keen listening skills, both of which serve him well as a neutral.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Judge Furber has mediated and arbitrated matters in various practice areas including business/commercial, employment, personal injury, professional liability/malpractice, and real property/real estate
  • While practicing, Judge Furber developed an extensive arbitration caseload, serving as a neutral arbitrator in uninsured and underinsured motor vehicle cases; he has mediated and arbitrated a number of motor vehicle cases since joining JAMS as well
  • While on the bench, Judge Furber presided over 1,000 cases which have gone to verdict or judgement and drafted over 300 opinions

Representative Matters

  • Business Commercial
      • Has mediated a number of breach of contract cases in various industries and practice areas
      • Has arbitrated a number of consumer cases involving issues such as breach of contract, violations of terms of use, breach of cardmember agreements, and vehicle loans
      • Has arbitrated cases involving alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by various banks
      • Arbitrated a case involving non-payment for consulting services and allegations of unjust enrichment
      • Arbitrated a case involving the alleged breach of a sale and purchase agreement which involved questions of EBITDA calculations
      • Has arbitrated consumer credit cases which alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
      • Has arbitrated disputes over franchise agreements
      • Arbitrated a case involving the alleged breach of the business line of credit agreement and guaranty
      • Arbitrated a matter involving the alleged loss of rent from tenants and violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act
  • Employment Law
      • Mediated a wrongful termination and sexual assault claim by and employee against a member of the coaching staff in a professional level sport
      • Has arbitrated various wage & hour claims
      • Has arbitrated and mediated various harassment and discrimination claims including violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
      • Has arbitrated wrongful termination and retaliation claims including those involving executives
  • Personal Injury
      • Has mediated several slip and fall cases in various locations including: a chain restaurant on a university campus, the sidewalk of a drugstore, and a hospital
      • Arbitrated the alleged sexual assault of a massage client by the massage therapist
      • Mediated personal injuries sustained by a patient at a nursing home
      • Mediated a case involving fatal injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident between a car and a delivery truck
      • Mediated a matter against a hospital which allegedly failed to secure a discharged patient in a wheelchair who subsequently suffered injuries in a transport vehicle
      • Mediated a matter involving injuries sustained from an auto accident in which a truck jackknifed and collided with a car in oncoming traffic
      • Mediated a medical malpractice claim which alleged the failure to properly recognize and treat a patient’s condition which resulted in death
  • Real Estate/Real Property
      • Served as a neutral evaluator in a matter involving questions about the title of property as well as the boundaries of the parcel that were insured by the title company
      • Mediated a dispute involving damage to a veterans memorial caused by faulty electrical wiring

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Member, State Trial Judges Ethics Committee, 2008-2016
  • Hearing Committee Member, The Disciplinary Board of The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Member, American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Board of Trustees of the Borough of Narberth Municipal Police Pension Fund
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Union Fire Company
  • Member, Narberth Athletic Association
  • Member, Judiciary Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association

Background and Education

  • Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, 1993-2016; President Judge, 2012-2016
  • Sole Practitioner, 1991-1993
  • Litigation Specialist, Wilson, Drayer, Morrow and Furber, 1974-1991; Partner, 1976-1991
  • Assistant District Attorney, The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Major Trials Division, 1974-1976
  • The United States Marine Corp., Reserve, 1969-1976
  • J.D., Temple University School of Law, 1974
  • B.S., with honors, University of Maryland, 1971

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