Jonathan Mazer joined the firm as a partner in 2008. Mr. Mazer represents clients in a wide variety of litigation in federal and state courts, administrative tribunals and arbitration, and mediation. He has represented many “black car” and other ground transportation companies . Mr. Mazer has successfully defended tort and contract claims, recovered substantial sums of money and valuable equipment on behalf of creditors, and has considerable experience litigating landlord-tenant and other real estate disputes. He also acts as a neutral for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the Commercial Divisions of the New York County Supreme Court and the Queens County Supreme Court. He has written and spoken on intellectual property issues involved in the creation and sale of investment products based on financial indexes.
HIS GROUND TRANSPORTATION REPRESENTATIONS HAVE INCLUDED:
- Obtaining summary dismissal of black car dispatch bases alleged to be vicariously liable for negligence of affiliated drivers;
- Representing ground transportation dispatch bases in numerous disputes over the enforcement of arbitration clauses in franchise agreements with drivers;
- Representing New York Black Car Operators Injury Fund and others in hearings before the Taxi and Limousine Commission in variety of issues relating to regulatory compliance and licensing;
- Representing black car bases in defeating numerous driver claims for unemployment insurance based on the independent contractor status of the driver;
- Representing trade organization of black car dispatch bases in a successful challenge to the constitutionality of a New Jersey statute imposing fees on for-hire vehicles registered in New York but picking up or dropping off passengers in New Jersey.
HIS REAL ESTATE AND LANDLORD/TENANT REPRESENTATIONS HAVE INCLUDED:
- Representing a wide variety of landlords and tenants in disputes such as evictions, residual rent claims, disputes over alterations to buildings or individual units, disputes over pass-thru real estate taxes and other types of “additional rent” in the Housing Court, Supreme Court and before administrative tribunals;
- Securing the dismissal, on a directed verdict motion, of criminal contempt charges brought by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development against two individuals whose company had managed a residential real estate portfolio;
- Representing land owner in dispute over placement of wall near the border line of two neighboring properties;
- Obtaining an injunction on behalf of a homeowner requiring a neighbor to set back his new construction from the property line between the two owners.
HIS BUSINESS REPRESENTATIONS HAVE INCLUDED:
- Representing manufacturers of sophisticated printing presses and other equipment through jury trial, damages trial, and appeal in suit against them for fraud and breach of contract seeking $10 million, resulting in the dismissal of one defendant and only nominal damages against the other;
- Representing Italian manufacturer of bakery equipment in a products liability action in federal court in Connecticut following a tragic accident in which a bakery worker was killed;
- Representing a clothing retailer in unemployment insurance hearings;
- Representing an electronics manufacturer in breach of contract action for amounts allegedly due to litigation services consulting firm;
- Representing money-changing business in Federal forfeiture action in New Jersey and subsequent state court action in New York.
HIS REPRESENTATIONS OF INDIVIDUALS HAVE INCLUDED:
- Winning a $4.2 million judgment after trial and appeals for an individual’s share of a real estate holding company;
- Winning summary judgment on behalf of an individual hedge fund manager on a claim for breach of a finder’s fee agreement;
- Obtaining dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction of former Argentine Secretary of Intelligence from suit alleging breach of contract, defamation and conspiracy;
- Serving as local counsel assisting the trial team that obtained a $7 million verdict for the improper publication of a private sex tape.
In 2011, Mr. Mazer became a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Transportation Committee and in 2013 was appointed its Chairman. Between 2004 and 2007, he was a member of the Association’s Corrections Committee, and was Chairman of the sub-committee on prison libraries. He was a member of the Association’s Housing Court Committee from 2000 to 2003. He is also a member of the Federal Bar Council and the American Bar Association.
His publications include Going . . . Going . . . Gone? What Dow Jones v. ISE Means For Intellectual Property Rights In The Indexing Business, Journal of Indexes, November/December 2006 at 10-14; Intellectual Property: A Discussion, What Rights Do Index Providers Really Have?, Speaker at Panel Discussion, publication of transcript in the Journal of Indexes, July/August, 2007 at 26-31; and Who in the World Owns Financial Indexes?, Intellectual Property Litigation, Volume 19, No. 4, Summer 2008 at 24-25.
Mr. Mazer received his B.A. with “Outstanding Academic Performance” from State University of New York at Binghamton in 1990, and his J.D. from New York University Law School in 1994. Mr. Mazer was also the recipient of a full scholarship to study at the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where, in 1992, he earned an M.A. in Philosophy with a specialization in Ethics. Mr. Mazer was a legal intern for Choice in Dying in the summer of 1992, for the Correctional Association of New York – AIDS in Prison Project in the summer of 1993, and for Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in 1993-1994. Mr. Mazer worked at Baden Kramer Huffman & Brodsky, P.C., until 2002, and then joined Fox Horan Camerini LLP. Before joining the firm, Mr. Mazer was a partner at Fox Horan Camerini LLP.