Carl J. Mayer, Esq.
Carl J. Mayer is the founding member of Mayer Law Group LLC. A graduate of Princeton University (magna cum laude), the University of Chicago Law School (Law Review) and Harvard Law School, Mr. Mayer has served as Special Counsel to the New York State Attorney General, as a professor of law, and as a consultant to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Investigations.
Carl’s biggest impact was when he was profiled on the CBS news program Sixty Minutes for going undercover and exposing the practices of large corporations and their lobbyists of illegally bribing public officials. As a result of this expose, dozens of lobbyists and elected officials were indicted by the United States Attorney’s office and went to jail.
Carl literally wrote the book on fighting corporate corruption. His book, Shakedown, is a classic expose of corrupt practices.
Long before Citizens United, Carl wrote a landmark article detailing how corporations have hijacked the Bill of Rights and Carl was the first to propose a Constitutional Amendment stripping corporations of the same Bill of Rights protections accorded individual Americans and giving them limited rights.
Carl continues to lecture around the world and has given talks at numerous law schools including Columbia, NYU, Seattle Law School and the University of San Diego, to name just a few. He has spoken before 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden and addressed conventions such as the AFL-CIO lawyer’s convention.
His views are sought on a wide variety of legal issues and him as appeared on all the major TV networks and in outlets like the Huffington Post, Democracy Now, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, the Harvard Business Review and many others.
The Mayer Law Group has successfully represented class plaintiffs in complex securities, consumer, and constitutional litigations for over twenty years.
- See, e.g., In Re NSA Litig., No. 09–17133 (9th Cir. 2011) (representing class of telephone customers in action alleging unlawful surveillance of phone records);
- In Re Cnty. of Orange v. Merrill Lynch, 94 Civ. 9043 (S.D.N.Y 1994) (complex securities class action);
- see also Nike, Inc. v. Kasky, 539 U.S. 654 (2003);
- Hedges v. Obama, No. 12-cv-331 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (representing journalists’ constitutional rights);
- See Frank Greek & Son, Inc. v. Verizon, No. L-1341-09 (N.J. Super. Law Div. 2009) (representing class of small business owners alleging phone overcharges);
- Enerson v. Verizon, No. L-344-13 (N.J. Super.Law Div. 2013)(representing class of over 200,000 phone customers.)
The firm has argued on behalf of class plaintiffs in the Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits.