Ross Schmierer

Attorney

Three Passions in Life: Family, the Law and Golf… not necessarily in that order.

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In late 2017, Ross joined DOP to partner in its Class Action Practice.  Ross focuses 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 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.  In addition to these types of cases, Ross has successfully litigated numerous individual and class action cases involving violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  Ross has litigated TCPA cases in Courts all across the country and has successfully argued motions involving TCPA law related issues in district courts sitting in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 9th and 11th Circuits.

In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Ross was selected by his peers as a New Jersey Super Lawyer.  This prestigious recognition is reserved for no more than 5% of lawyers in New Jersey.  During this same 7 year period, 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).  Since publication, his comment has been cited for its analysis by several authors of subsequent law review articles, including a law professor in the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Journal of Constitutional Law.  Ross was also member of the Moot Court Honor Society and was awarded the Best Brief Award in a National Constitutional Law competition.  More importantly, however, Ross met and fell in love with his wonderful wife Rachael when they were both students at Brooklyn Law School.

Outside of his passion for helping consumers fight corporate wrongdoing, Ross struggles with a crippling addiction to golf.  Although Ross grew up in Central Jersey and lived in North Jersey for many years, he has now planted his roots firmly in South Jersey.  Together with Rachael, Ross looks forward to raising their children, Jakob and Penelope (as New York Jets fans), in Moorestown.   And most importantly, playing South Jersey’s many beautiful golf courses.

Notable Cases

Ross has represented class members in cases against some of the nation’s largest credit card issuers, challenging the imposition of charges for so-called “payment protection” or “credit protection” programs.  These cases include: McKinney, et al. v. HSBC Bank (S.D. Illinois)  ($23.5 million settlement for cardholders) (co-lead counsel); In Re: Bank of America Credit Protection Marketing & Sales Practices Litigation (N.D. Cal.) ($20 million settlement for cardholders) (member of executive committee); In re Discover Payment Protection Plan Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (N.D. Ill.) ($10.5 million settlement for cardholders in consumer class action).

Along with co-counsel, Ross also obtained a settlement of $1,500,000 against a New Jersey food distributor alleging violations of New Jersey’s Wage & Hour laws.  That case involved allegations that truck drivers for the food distributor worked more the forty (40) hours per week with no overtime pay.

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 Seminarv
  • 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
  • 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
  • Panelist, “Class Actions At The Crossroads”, New Jersey State Bar Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Lecturer, “Legislative Update”, New Jersey Association of Justice’s 2018 Boardwalk Seminar
  • Lecturer, “Forced Arbitration,” New Jersey Association for Justice’s 2019 Boardwalk Seminar
  • Lecturer, “Class Actions: Perspectives on Key Issues,” New Jersey State Bar Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting


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
  • New Jersey State Bar Association: Federal Practice and Procedure Section
  • Camden County Bar Association: Bench-Bar (Federal) Committee
  • Camden County Bar Association: Civil Practice Committee
  • Camden County Bar Association: Class Action Practice Committee
  • The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy: New Jersey Section