Judge Carey brings fifteen years of distinguished service in the Superior Court – including seven years as the Essex Vicinage Civil Presiding Judge – and over two decades of experience as a practicing lawyer to his mediation and arbitration practice. He started his career in private practice in 1979 litigating a variety of civil matters, and obtained the Certified Civil Trial Lawyer designation in 1987. He was named to the Superior Court Criminal Division bench in 2003, and transitioned to the Civil Division in 2006. In 2011, Judge Carey was elevated to Civil Presiding Judge, where he remained until his 2018 retirement from the bench. He has presided over both jury and non-jury trials involving a wide variety of disputes, and has facilitated the settlement of hundreds of cases.
Judge Carey served as a Continuing Legal Education instructor teaching the New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation course. He participated as a volunteer judge for the Vincent Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition, and the Seton Hall and Rutgers Law School mock trial programs. During his judicial service, Judge Carey taught other judges at the Annual Judicial College, instructing them on a variety of topics, including the legal framework of LAD and CEPA cases, and the conduct of expedited civil trials. Additionally, Judge Carey was involved in the development of civil CJOP materials, and served on the civil CJOP faculty.