- Of Counsel
Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. is dedicated to providing prompt and practical advice to employees on a wide variety of legal issues. Extensive knowledge, experience and resources in the field of employment law enables the attorneys to negotiate on behalf of clients in all types of employment disputes with the aim of producing fair settlements.
The Mercer County Discrimination Attorneys at Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. provide services to all types and levels of employees including senior executive and management officers, blue-collar workers, women held back by glass ceilings and male egos, office staff, salespersons, executive assistants, professionals, and government officials (civil service and exempt). The attorneys offer a wide range of services. Sometimes clients come to us with concerns about how they are being treated in the workplace, or questions about an employment contract, and we sit with them and review their concerns and questions. The firm also consults with clients in the areas of employment negotiations, non-compete agreements and severance package negotiations. What ever your employment concern, the firm is dedicated to protecting your job, and after an initial consultation, our clients leave with a better sense of what their options are. There are times when it is best not to get a lawyer involved beyond the initial consultation, or to keep us in the background while you work through issues directly with your supervisor or human resources manager. We are here to support you and to answer questions along the way.
The firm’s attorneys first try to resolve employee-employer disputes through negotiations aimed at producing settlements that are fair to our clients and acceptable to their employers. When the client wishes it, the firm participates in mandatory or voluntary arbitrations and mediations, with court-appointed third parties, retired judges or privately selected facilitators. The firm is aware of the costs and pressures of trial, with the attendant emotional hardships on individuals having to repeatedly re-live work experiences; and so the attorneys strive to avoid litigation where a negotiated settlement can provide a non-adversarial but fair outcome. There are occasions, however, when negotiations are not successful. In such instances the firm is committed to aggressive pursuit of claims through litigation. Our Mercer County, New Jersey lawyers are experienced litigators who have achieved substantial successful conclusions for clients. The firm is conversant with the rules applying to New Jersey state courts and federal district courts. The attorneys have appeared in the U.S. District Court for New Jersey in its three locations (Newark, Trenton and Camden) and travel state-wide to pursue our clients’ claims in the most every New Jersey county.
The firm also handles appeals of court decisions adverse to employees, regardless of whether the firm was involved in the case prior to appeal. We have appellate experience at all levels of the New Jersey state court system and in the federal U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.
Elizabeth Zuckerman has been named Of Counsel to the Princeton law firm, Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C, and will lead its Employment Law section. Ms. Zuckerman received a J.D. from the University of California at Davis School of Law where she served as Executive Editor for the Law Review. In 1997, Ms. Zuckerman co-founded the employment law firm of Zuckerman & Fisher, LLC, focusing her practice on employee rights. Ms. Zuckerman is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, the Third Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She will continue to practice in the areas of employment law, employee rights and appellate practice. Ms. Zuckerman serves on the Executive Committee of the New Jersey chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations.
Mason, Griffin & Pierson is celebrating its sixty-fifth anniversary. Since its founding in 1955, the firm has evolved from a two-man general practice partnership to a mid-size professional corporation which continues a general practice but has developed specific areas of concentration. The firm has been an integral part of central New Jersey over the past sixty-five years. The firm's first municipal client, Princeton, remains a client today, along with other municipalities and governing bodies in Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Camden and Gloucester counties. Two of the firm's attorneys have served as President of the Mercer County Bar Association and, in 2001, the firm received the Community Partner Award from Mercer County Bar Foundation. Four of the firm's attorneys have been honored with the Fred G. Stickel Award for Excellence in Municipal Law and Service to the Legal Profession.
Elizabeth Zuckerman will be an instructor for the Princeton Adult Education course, Know Your Rights as an Employee. The 3-session course starts on February 11 and will explore topics including sexual harassment, discrimination, medical marijuana in the workplace, whistle-blower claims, NJ’s newly enacted Wage Theft Act, Federal and State family leave acts, and other laws that protect employees. Ms. Zuckerman has been practicing employment law for thirty years in Princeton and serves on the Executive Committee of the New Jersey chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association. For more information visit .princetonadultschool.org.
MG&P starts the new year with new municipal clients. Kevin Van Hise has been appointed as the attorney for the West Amwell Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and Edwin Schmierer was recently retained by the Borough of Elmwood to serve as Special Counsel.
Elizabeth Zuckerman will be arguing in the NJ Supreme Court on February 3rd, in the case of Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc. The case involves the issue of whether an employee who uses medical marijuana can be terminated for failing a drug test. Ms. Zuckerman will be arguing on behalf of Amicus NELA-NJ.
Mason, Griffin & Pierson is pleased to sponsor Montgomery Township Education Foundation. The Foundation's fundraiser takes place on the evening of March 14 at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, New Jersey. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization set up to support strategic programs for the benefit of the Montgomery Township public school children. For more information go to mtefnj.com
The SECURE ACT changes the age for required minimum distributions (RMDs) for traditional IRAs from 70 ½ to 72. The new rules allow an individual of any age to make contributions to a traditional IRA, as long as the individual has earned income from wages or self-employment. The Act also affects beneficiaries of inherited IRAs. Other than a few exceptions, inherited IRAs (for deaths of IRA owners on or after 1/1/2020) are now required to be completely distributed within ten years following the death of the original account owner. In view of this significant change for inherited IRAs, estate plans put in place prior to the SECURE ACT may need to be revisited. Read more here.