The New York Times calls Carl Mayer: “A populist crusader and maverick lawyer.” (New York Times, October 15, 2004).
Mr. Mayer’s biggest impact was when he was profiled by Mike Wallace and Morley Safer on the CBS News Program “Sixty Minutes”. Mayer -- then an elected Independent town councilman in Princeton, N.J. -- went undercover and wore a wire to expose the rampant corruption and criminality endemic to New Jersey and, increasingly, American, politics.
On that program, the CEO of United Gunite Corporation (a construction company) was caught offering a cash bribe to a “Sixty Minutes” cameraman to stop his filming: a first in “Sixty Minutes” history.
The same CEO was subsequently indicted by the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey and cooperated in indicting corporate lobbyists and the mayors of several New Jersey cities, including Patterson and Irvington. The fallout continues as over ninty elected officials and corporate lobbyists have been sent to jail for bribery, extortion and other corruption charges.
Mr. Mayer dedicates his law practice, writing and electoral efforts to ending the tyranny of corporate power over American citizens.
He has written in law journals opposing efforts by corporations to use the Bill of Rights intended only for American citizens to shield corporations from accountability and legal sanction.
Mr. Mayer worked on the Nike v. Kasky case in the United States Supreme Court that successfully prevented Nike from using the First Amendment to continue deceiving consumers about sweat-shop labor used in Nike plants.
Mr. Mayer currently represents a class of descendants of African-American slaves in a lawsuit before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The action seeks reparations from banks that took slaves as collateral for loans. (In a similar action, corporations abetting the Nazi regime paid reparations.) Mr. Mayer has also argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Mayer has worked with or represented the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society.
Carl Mayer runs the Mayer Law Group LLC and is the author of several books including “Shakedown” and “Public Domain, Private Dominion.” He is a former law professor and served as special counsel to the New York State Attorney General.
He clerked for United States District Court Judge Caleb M. Wright. Mr. Mayer is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and holds a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School and an L.L.M. degree from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Mayer runs two blogs: one on national corporate corruption (Untouchables Group) and one on New Jersey corruption (New Jersey Untouchables).