Meet Gary Meyers
G. Martin Meyers, Esq. is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania, where he maintained a Dean's List average and earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics in May 1968. Mr. Meyers received his law degree (Juris Doctor) from New York University School of Law in May 1971 and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in November 1971. Known as Gary, Mr. Meyers has concentrated his practice primarily in the area of complex civil litigation since that time. He has maintained his own practice since November 1972, for the most part representing individuals who have been injured, defrauded, or victimized in some other manner in connection with their individual legal rights. His law offices have been located at 35 W. Main Street, Suite 106, Denville, New Jersey since 1978.
Results in Complex Litigation
Mr. Meyers is Certified as a Civil Trial attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Over the past twenty years, he has become increasingly involved in complex litigation in the areas of securities fraud, consumer fraud, products liability law, and employment discrimination. In several instances, these cases have resulted in extremely hard-fought litigation and lengthy jury trials. His adversaries in many of these cases have included some of the most prestigious firms in the country, as well as in the State of New Jersey. For example, in 1986 Mr. Meyers obtained a preliminary injunction in a securities fraud lawsuit, enjoining the sale of properties with a total value of approximately $500 million. Among his adversaries in that case was the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly, the law firm founded by the late Edward Bennett Williams, Esq., a nationally renowned trial attorney. The preliminary injunction obtained by Mr. Meyers in that case resulted in a settlement of $36 million on behalf of a class of some five thousand investors. He was co-lead counsel for the class, along with Kohn Savett, the law firm of Harold Kohn, Esq., a class action attorney with a national reputation, and three other prominent firms.
Complex Securities Fraud Cases
In a headline-making case in 2008, Mr. Meyers obtained a total of $2.1 million in class action settlements for some 25 investors, victims of Ravi Kothare, a Registered Investment Advisor, CPA, and attorney. The recoveries represented a substantial portion of the investors' losses, and efforts to recover additional funds are ongoing. In 1993, Mr. Meyers participated as counsel for the plaintiffs in a six-month jury trial in a complex securities fraud case in San Francisco. His adversaries in that case included some of the most prominent members of the civil trial defense bar, including attorneys from the New York law firms Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Strook & Strook & Lavan. That case resulted in a settlement of $3 million for the approximately 2,300 investors Mr. Meyers represented.
Year's Largest Product Liability Verdict
Mr. Meyers won a jury verdict in the amount of $9.9 million in the Ocean County Superior Court, in a products liability action brought on behalf of a severely injured motorcyclist against Harley-Davidson & Co. This was the largest verdict in a products liability case in New Jersey that year (1997), and one of the largest ever obtained against a motorcycle manufacturer. That case was settled, on a confidential basis, just prior to the punitive damages phase of the trial. Mr. Meyers' adversary in that case was John Lisowski, Esq., of the prominent New Jersey law firm of Morgan Melhuish Monaghan Arvidson Abrutyn & Lisowski.
$9.5 Million Win in Class Action Investment Fraud Case
In 1999, Mr. Meyers obtained a $9.5 million settlement for a class of defrauded limited partnership investors in a class action before the Honorable William H. Walls, U.S.D.J., in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Among his adversaries in that case were the prominent New Jersey law firms of Lowenstein Sandler and McCarter & English, as well as the Dallas, Texas firm of Jackson Walker.
Verdicts in Employment Discrimination and Retaliation Cases
In the same year, Mr. Meyers obtained a verdict of $1.15 million (later reduced to $850,000), in Dean v. EBI Medical Systems, Inc., a retaliation case under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination tried in Morris County Superior Court. His adversary in that case was Theresa Egler, Esq., of another prominent New Jersey law firm, Pitney Hardin Kipp & Szuch (now Day Pitney). In November of 2004, Mr. Meyers obtained a jury verdict in the case of Siebert v. Drew University, in the amount of $325,000, on behalf of another client asserting claims of retaliation and retaliatory harassment, in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. The case was later settled on a confidential basis.
Consumer Class Action Trial
Mr. Meyers was part of the team of attorneys prosecuting classwide consumer fraud claims on behalf of consumers, in the "Phen-fen" litigation recently concluded in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The efforts of Mr. Meyers and his co-counsel in that litigation helped to produce a fund in excess of $200 million for individuals fraudulently induced to purchase Phen-fen diet drugs.
Prevailing in Appeals
Mr. Meyers has also represented the prevailing party in several appeals. He represented the prevailing party in Gunter v. Ridgewood, an appeal before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals establishing the appropriate basis for an award of attorneys' fees in class action cases. The Gunter case has been widely cited in the Third Circuit and in numerous other jurisdictions. He also represented the prevailing party in Wilde v. O'Leary, --- N.J. Super. --- (Feb. 4, 2005), 374 N.J. Super. 582 (App. Div. 2005) certif. denied, 183 N.J. 585 (2005), one of the few cases to succeed in setting aside an NASD arbitration award, and in Theodore v. Dover Bd. Of Ed., 183 N.J. Super. 407 (App. Div. 1982).
Tireless Pursuit of Justice
Mr. Meyers continues to vigorously represent the rights and interests of clients in New Jersey and throughout the United States, in both individual and class action lawsuits. In 2009, a New Jersey judge certified a nationwide class action he brought on behalf of 900 BASF employees, alleging age discrimination by the world's largest chemical company. Recently, he filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the victims of travel companies that defrauded consumers by making false promises and illegally using the logos of major hotels, airlines and car rental companies. If you believe that you need a leading trial lawyer to fight for your rights, please contact Gary Meyers at (973) 625-0838.
Complex Civil Litigation; Personal Injury; Medical Malpractice; Securities Litigation; Fraud; Employment Law; Consumer Law; Class Actions; Mass Tort Litigation; Consumer Fraud; Automobile Accidents and Injuries
1971, New Jersey
New York University, J.D., 1971
Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania, B.S.E., 1968
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association; National Association of Securities Fraud and Commercial Attorneys.
Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board on Trial Attorney Certification
Wilde v. O'Leary, 374 N.J. Super. 582 (App. Div. 2005); Gunter v. Ridgewood Energy Corp., 223 F. 3d 190 (3d Cir. 2000); Gunter v. Ridgewood Energy Corp., 32F. Supp. 2d (D.N.J. 1998); Gunter v. Ridgewood Energy Corporation, 164 F.R.D. 391 D.N.J. 1996; Theodore v. Dover Board of Education, 444 A.2d 60 (App. Div. 1982); United States Nuclear Energy Regulatory Commission v. Radiation Technology, Inc., 519 F. Supp. 1266 (D.N.J. 1981); Zwirn v. County of Hudson, 347 A.2d 822 (Law Div. 1975).