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.
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). Indeed, the firm has served as counsel in class actions alleging violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. 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.
Bruce Afran, Esq.
Of CounselBruce Afran is Of Counsel to the Mayer Law Group LLC. A 1985 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Bruce Afran also holds a degree in history from the State University of New York at Binghamton where he graduated in 1982. Since 1986 he has been one of New Jersey’s leading civil rights and constitutional lawyers, figuring prominently in cases concerning civil rights, corporate fraud, election reform, immigrant rights and family law. Since 2001, he has been adjunct professor of law at Rutgers University School of Law in Camden where he teaches civil rights, civil liberties and First Amendment law. He argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals for a special election in New Jersey to replace resigning Governor James E. McGreevy. In one of the longest oral arguments recorded before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Afran and Co-counsel Carl Mayer argued that the substance of McGreevy’s departure from office created a vacancy under the New Jersey constitution that should be filled by election. This case, in part, resulted in the creation of the Lieutenant Governor position in New Jersey. Professor Afran in the 1995 case of Pascale v. Pascale achieved the judicial recognition of non-custodial parents’ rights to retain child support funds to spend directly on children, an innovation never before implemented in the United States and which expanded the rights and participation of non-custodial parents in their children’s lives. Prof. Afran’s work has also resulted in the elimination of race-based adoption in New Jersey, a practice that left thousands of African American children without permanent adoption placements for years on end.
Zachary J. Liszka, Esq.
Once a victim of egregious workplace discrimination prior to law school, Mr. Liszka has made a career of defending the rights of people against the tyranny of unchecked corporate power and government corruption.
Mr. Liszka has represented hundreds of employees and consumers against top Fortune 500s, including Urban Outfitters, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Verizon and United Water/Suez International.
His pro bono experience includes assisting in litigation against the U.S. Government on behalf of Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, and Noam Chomsky for the chilling of their free speech and free association in Hedges v. Obama. He also assisted in drafting amicus in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its holding in Citizens’ United.
In addition, he has volunteered in housing and criminal courts in New York. He is also an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association New York chapter and the National Lawyers Guild New York chapter, where he was co-president of the student chapter at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.