- Of Counsel
In the early 1930s, Ralph Mason and Gordon Griffin met at a YMCA camp on the Delaware River where Mason was a counselor and Griffin was a camper. It was years later in 1948 when they began their lasting professional relationship and Mr. Griffin became an associate at the law firm of Montgomery and Mason located in the First National Bank building at the corner of Witherspoon and Nassau Streets in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1955, the partnership of Mason & Griffin was formed and, shortly after, Hervey Moore joined the firm and the name changed to Mason, Griffin & Moore. In 1956, Kester Pierson joined the firm as a law clerk and subsequently became a partner in 1965. In 1973, when Hervey Moore left to become a judge, the firm’s name was changed to Mason, Griffin & Pierson. After having offices at two other Nassau Street locations, the firm eventually settled at 101 Poor Farm Road in 1985. Presently, the firm has more than a dozen attorneys. Through its directors and associates, the firm continues to take active leadership positions in several professional organizations, including the Princeton Bar Association, the Mercer County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the New Jersey Federation of Planning Officials, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Throughout its history, the firm has been committed to maintaining strong community ties. The firm’s attorneys have served on boards of directors of corporations, educational institutions, and other charitable organizations including, among many others, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Rotary, and the YMCA.
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.