Ross Schmierer, Attorney

After spending the beginning of his legal career representing large and small businesses in complex commercial litigation, Ross has focused his practice on helping consumers and victims of corporate wrongdoing. Currently, Ross serves as lead counsel, co-lead counsel or on the executive committee in several class actions pending in federal and state court in cases involving consumer fraud, product defects, food mislabeling, false advertising, and other state and federal consumer protection laws. Ross has also successfully litigated numerous individual and class action cases involving violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Mr. Schmierer’s notable cases include:

McKinney, et al. v. HSBC Bank (S.D. Illinois) where Mr. Schmierer served as co-lead counsel in challenging HSBC’s imposition of charges for so-called “payment protection” or “credit protection” programs resulting in a $23.5 million settlement for cardholders.

In Re: Bank of America Credit Protection Marketing & Sales Practices Litigation, (N.D. California.) where Mr. Schmierer served on the executive committee in challenging BOA’s imposition of charges for so-called “payment protection” or “credit protection” programs resulting in a $20 million settlement for cardholders.

In re Discover Payment Protection Plan Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, (N.D. Illinois.) where Mr. Schmierer served on the executive committee in challenging Discover’s imposition of charges for so-called “payment protection” or “credit protection” programs resulting in a $10.5 million settlement for cardholders.

From 2013 through 2017, Ross was selected by his peers as a New Jersey Super Lawyer, a prestigious recognition reserved for no more than 5% of lawyers in New Jersey. From 2014 through 2017, Ross was also awarded a lead counsel rating in the legal discipline of Consumer Protection.

Ross earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. While a member of the Brooklyn Law Review, he published a case comment entitled: An Attempt to Pick up the Fallen Bricks of the Wall Separating Church and State After Santa Fe v. Doe, 67 Brook. L. Rev. 1291 (2002).  His comment was cited by several authors of subsequent law review articles, which included a law professor in the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Journal of Constitutional Law.  In addition, Ross was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and was awarded the Best Brief Award in a National Constitutional Law competition.

Outside of his passion for helping consumers fight against corporate wrongdoing, Ross struggles with an addiction to golf. Ross grew up in Central Jersey and then lived in North Jersey for many years but has now planted his roots in South Jersey.  Together with his wonderful wife, he looks forward to raising his son, Jakob, and daughter, Penelope, in Moorestown and more importantly, playing South Jersey’s many beautiful golf courses.

Bar Admissions:
New Jersey
New York
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
United States District Court for the Sothern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
United States District Court for the Western District of New York
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
 
Education:
Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
University of Wisconsin, B.A. English

Honors:
Brooklyn Law Review, Articles Editor
Moot Court Honor Society, Member
CALI Excellence Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Best Brief Award in a National Constitutional Law competition

Classes and Seminars:
Panelist, “Latest Developments in Class Action Litigation”, New Jersey State Bar Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting
Panelist, “The Evolving Nature of Class Actions in New Jersey”, New Jersey State Bar Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting
Lecturer, “Pending Consumer Legislation”, New Jersey Association of Justice’s 2016 Boardwalk Seminar
Panelist, “The Future of Class Actions in New Jersey”, New Jersey State Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting
Lecturer, “Telephone Consumer Protection Act Basics”, New Jersey Association of Justice’s 2017 Boardwalk Seminar


Professional Associations and Memberships:

National Association of Consumer Advocates
American Bar Association: Class Actions & Derivative Suits Section
New Jersey State Bar Association: Special Committee on Consumer Protection
New Jersey State Bar Association: Class Action Committee.
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy: New Jersey Section