HON. KARIMU F. HILL-HARVEY (RET.)

Arbitrator | Mediator

Biography

Karimu F. Hill-Harvey is a mediator and arbitrator with 35+ years of legal experience. After her tenure on the bench, Hill-Harvey became a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Family Mediator, a Parenting Coordinator, and a United States Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Florida Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediator. 

Judge Hill-Harvey has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work and advocacy including the YMCA of Essex & West Hudson “Women of Influence Award”, The Seton Hall University “Distinguished Alumni Award for Law Politics & Justice” and The National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Club, Inc. “Woman of Distinction Award”. Of exceptional note is the fact that Judge-Hill Harvey was the first African American woman listed in the “Top 20 Verdicts and Settlements” of the New Jersey Law Journal, by obtaining a $3.25 million settlement in Grant v. La Resca in 1995.

Hill-Harvey served as a Municipal Court Judge from 2000-2014 and sat on the bench in East Orange, Irvington, and Newark, New Jersey until her retirement. During her tenure on the bench, she continued to operate the private practice that she founded in 1988 and served as Adjunct Professor for Rutgers Business School and Essex County College. Earlier in her career, Judge Hill-Harvey was Assistant Counsel to the Newark Board of Education Legal Department, Municipal Court Administrator for the City of East Orange, and Acting General Counsel for the Housing Authority of the City of Newark.

Judge Hill-Harvey received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University in 1979; a Juris Doctorate at Seton Hall School of Law in 1983 and a L.LM. Masters in Trial Advocacy at Temple University, Beasley School of Law in 2000. She has been admitted to the Bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and New Jersey. 

She has been acknowledged for various case laws, publications and has numerous industry membership affiliations such as the FINRA, Sarasota County Bar Association, George Edgecombe Bar Association, Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association and Association of Retired Attorneys of Sarasota.

Education
  • B.A. Seton Hall University, 1979
  • J.D. Seton Hall University School of Law, 1983
  • LL.M Trial Advocacy, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2000
  • Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court Bar, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit Bar, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1989
  • New Jersey State Bar, 1988
  • Legal Employment
  • Karimu F. Hill-Harvey, Esq., P.C. - Private Practice, South Orange - New Jersey, 1988-2021
  • Mediator - Arbitrator & Parenting Coordinator, Mediation 2 Resolution, LLC., FLORIDA, 2014
  • Judge - Township of Irvington, Municipal Court, Irvington, New Jersey 07111, February 2007 – July 2014
  • Judge - City of East Orange, Municipal Court - 221 Freeway Drive, East Orange, New Jersey 07017, October 2000 – January 2014
  • Housing Authority of the City of Newark, 500 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102
  • Acting General Counsel/Senior Associate Counsel, July 1989 – August 2006
  • Adjunct Professor, Rutgers Business School Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102, 9/2010 -6/2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Essex County College University Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07102, 2005 – 2009, 2012-2014
  • Municipal Court Administrator, City of East Orange - Municipal Court, January 1986 - July 1989
  • Assistant Counsel, Newark Board of Education, Legal Department 2 Cedar Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102, August 1983 - August 1985
  • Arbitrator/Mediator - American Arbitration Assoc., 1989-Present
  • Arbitrator/Mediator - National Association of Security Dealers, 1990-Present
  • Arbitrator/Mediator - New York Stock Exchange, 1990-Present, Aka/Finra [Financial Industry Regulatory Authority]
  • Foreclosure Mediator, United States Bankruptcy Court Middle District Of Florida Residential Mortgage - 2015
  • Parenting Coordinator, Parenting Coordination-USF-Conflict Resolution Collaborative – 2015
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil & Family Mediator - 2014
  • Mediator- Essex County Vicinage, N.J. Superior Court Chancery Division
  • State of New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts Office of Dispute Settlement
  • Affiliations
    ABWL - Inc.
    Advisory Board Member-Seton Hall Law School-Institute for Pre-Legal Studies
    Alpha Kappa Psi [Honorary member]
    American Judges Association
    Association of Retired Attorneys of Sarasota - Inc.
    City of Sarasota – Citizens with Disabilities Advisory Board –President
    Delta Sigma Theta [North Jersey Alumni Chapter]
    Forty Carrots - Board Trustee
    Fred G. Minnis - Sr. Bar Association
    Garden State Bar Association
    George Edgecombe Bar Association
    Gulf Coast Community Foundation - Gulf Coast Board Institute
    Hillsboro County Bar Association
    Luffing Lassie
    Manasota Asalh - Inc.
    Masala Giving Circle
    N.J. Supreme Court Committee on Special Civil Part Practice 2003-2006
    N.J. Supreme Court District Fee Arbitration Com.- Chair 2007
    N.J. Supreme Court of New Jersey Committee on Women in the Courts
    National Association of Women Judges
    New Jersey State Bar Association - Probate & Real Property
    Roster of Mediators for Civil General Equity and Probate Cases [State of New Jersey]
    Sarasota County Bar – Council for Diversity & Inclusion - Past Chair
    Sarasota County Bar Association
    Sarasota Sailing Squadron
    The Florida Bar Family Law Section-Affiliate
    The Haven - Board Trustee
    The Links - Incorporated
    Membership & Community Involvement
  • The Florida Bar Family Law Section - Affiliate
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Hillsboro County Bar Association
  • George Edgecombe Bar Association
  • Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association
  • Association of Retired Attorneys of Sarasota, Inc.
  • N.J. Supreme Court of New Jersey Committee on Women in the Courts
  • N.J. Supreme Court Committee on Special Civil Part Practice, 2003-2006
  • N.J. Supreme Court District Fee Arbitration Com. Chair, 2007
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • American Judges Association
  • Manasota Asalh, Inc.
  • Garden State Bar Association
  • Abwl, Inc.
  • Delta Sigma Theta - North Jersey Alumni Chapter
  • Alpha Kappa Psi - Honorary Member
  • Early Settlement Probate Panel - N.J. Essex County Vicinage
  • Roster of Mediators for Civil General Equity and Probate Cases - State of New Jersey
  • Advisory Board Member-Seton Hall Law School-Institute for Pre-Legal Studies
  • New Jersey State Bar Association - Probate & Real Property
  • Board of Consulters
  • The Links, Incorporated
  • Masala Giving Circle
  • Forty Carrots, Board Trustee
  • Sarasota County Bar – Council for Diversity & Inclusion - Past Chair
  • City Of Sarasota – Citizens with Disabilities Advisory Board – President
  • Sarasota Sailing Squadron
  • Luffing Lassie
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation - Gulf Coast Board Institute
  • The Haven, Board Trustee
  • Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • How Arbitrators Decide - Practicing Law Institute, New York, August 1999
  • State V. La Resca, 267 N.J. Super 411 - [App. Div. 1993] 631 A.2d986
  • Simmons-Dixon V. Ford Motor Corporation, Oal Dkt. No. Cma 1932-94, 165 Njlj 77, Sept. 5,1994
  • Reames V. Department of Public Works, Merit System Board, 3/24/98, 151 N.J.L.J., 310 N.J. Super 71
  • Murray V. Newark Housing Authority, Docket No. Esx-L-6172-95, April 14, 1998, 152 N.J.L.J384
  • In the Matter of Pauline Mason, 305 N.J. Super 120 [Ch. Div. 1997]
  • Practicing Law Institute, New York, New York - August 1999
  • Securities Arbitration (Settlements, Laptops, Experts & Arbitrators) - Institute of Continuing Legal Education – Panelist
  • Cross Examination: Tips & Tactics For Crossing Law Enforcement - Witnesses & Other Professionals, 2003
  • Handling Domestic Violence Cases: A Primer, 2004
  • 55th Semi-Annual Tax & Estate Planning Forum, 2006
  • Managing A Bias Free Court Room, Annual Conference Of Municipal Judges 12/06 – Facilitator
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