Eva-Maria Mayer is an Associate with our firm, and has been gaining experience in national and international litigation before both Federal and State courts in the areas of maritime, commodities and corporate contract disputes. She has further assisted in several arbitrations under the SMA Rules as well as under the LMAA Rules. Eva is a member of WISTA USA, New York/New Jersey chapter. She is an active member in the Maritime Lawyer Association and is the Secretary of the “Our Oceans” Committee.
Eva was admitted as an attorney of the State Bar of New York in March 2019, to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in October 2019 as well as to the Eastern District of Wisconsin in June 2020.
She graduated with a Juris Doctor from Tulane University in May 2018. During her legal studies, she was a member of the Tulane Law Maritime Journal, publishing her major journal article on: “Salvage Convention In, General Maritime Law Out: How Sunglory Maritime, LTD v. PHI, Inc. Takes a Wave Breaking Stance”. This article focused on the distinction between the General Maritime Law in the United States and the 1989 Salvage Convention and assessed the potential future legal effects that this decision may have on salvage claims in the United States.
Eva was also a senior member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team of Tulane Moot Court as well as the Honor Board. She completed her undergraduate studies at Boston University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. Throughout her studies, she has undertaken various internships with international law firms and legal service providers.
Eva was a speaker at the MLA 2019 Fall Meeting in Scottsdale Arizona where she was part of a panel focusing on “Legal and Commercial Aspects of Marine Plastics Pollution”.
Eva works in English (fluent), speaks and writes German (native) and speaks Dutch (fluent).
Highlights of Eva’s work include the following:
Representation and assisting the representation of several clients in several US Federal District Courts regarding seeking of security for underlying claims by way of maritime attachment proceedings.
Representation of client insurance company in the Eastern District of Wisconsin regarding damages to a cargo of food products carried from California.
Representation of European bank regarding recovery of a multi-million dollar claim against an insolvent entity under claims relating to mis-delivery of cargo. Assertively pursued security actions against possible assets and successfully obtained an attachment over assets belonging to an alter-ego in a US targeting a vessel in the Southern District of Texas. In a reported decision, successfully defeated post-discovery motion to vacate seizure order and dismiss action. Global litigation included proceedings in UK and East Asia.
Representation of clients, multiple entities from multiple countries involved in exchange trading business, in defense of fraud allegations brought by a Greek billionaire and related companies.
Representation of Eastern European state in the Southern District of New York regarding enforcement proceedings arising from an UNCITRAL arbitral award. Successfully obtained attachment of funds deposited with arbitral body.
Representation European winery against allegations said to sound in breach of contract and unjust enrichment brought by alleged US distributor.
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Pre-action discovery This is Part 6 of our series on the tools and strategies that international companies can use to protect their positions in the current economic situation. Eva-Maria Mayer explains a useful tool to gain access to the often much broader reel of discoverable evidence under the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure while litigating abroad. 28 U.S.C. 1782 provides parties in a foreign proceeding with a tool to gain access to the U.S. discovery rules. Such an application can be brought by a party to a foreign litigation against another party in such litigation or against a third-party in the district of the federal court where the application is being brought. The significant aspect of such an application is that it is not required that the discovery sought be admissible in the foreign tribunal – such determination is left to be made by such a foreign tribunal. This leads to parties gaining access to a much vaster array of discoverable materials than would often be the case in the jurisdiction where the foreign proceedings are taking place. Keeping in mind certain restrictions, and of course, meeting all required elements this can be a very useful tool in the age over globalization and ever growing international commercial agreements and disputes. For further information please contact Eva-Maria Mayer or anyone from the ZFZ team to discuss this, or any of the other topics in the video series.
Mayer (lecturer), “Marine Plastics – The Future of Earth’s Oceans”, FZ Presentation, 12.12.2019