Christopher S. Kozak Member New Jersey
Phone: 973.623.2700 Fax: 973.623.4496 ckozak@lcbf.com
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Christopher has earned a reputation among his clients and colleagues for being thorough, well-prepared and driven for amicable case resolution – and, if that does not work, aggressively defending his clients at Trial.  In fact, he has tried cases to verdict in some of the most difficult jurisdictions in the Country.  Christopher also is well known for his efficiency and desire to quickly move matters forward.  He has 20 years of experience handling a broad range of civil litigation cases venued in federal and state courts located in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Clients appreciate Christopher's practical case evaluations and innovative theories to better posture their cases for the best possible results.

Christopher’s practice concentrates on defending the following types of actions:

  • Toxic tort (asbestos/mold/lead)
  • Federal Employers' Liability Act
  • Construction accidents
  • Construction defect
  • Cumulative trauma / repetitive stress
  • Occupational and traumatic hearing loss
  • Pharmacy malpractice
  • Premises liability
  • Property casualty

Examples of the types of results Christopher has achieved for his clients include:

  • Obtained defense verdicts in several FELA actions, and minimized verdicts in cases where liability was not contested
  • Negotiated favorable settlements with catastrophically injured litigants, involving multiple contractors, for fractions of the initial demands, and well within his clients’ insurance policy limits
  • Stepped in as counsel in high-stakes subrogation actions, deflecting the focus away from our clients, and resolved actions for reasonable figures by spreading the allocations of responsibility
  • Received numerous summary judgment decisions by marshalling the facts during his case investigation and work-up

Christopher also is an accredited lecturer on strategies to assist insurance companies and self-insured clients in collecting information to better prepare claims for early resolution or, to preserve that information for use in litigation and at trial.

Presentations include:

  • “Ethics in the Use of Social Media,” Philadelphia, Pa. and New York, N.Y. (2011)
  • Mock Trial Presentation (before live jurors) – “Epidemiology and Spontaneous Peritoneal Mesothelioma in a Case Involving Cosmetic Talc,” Perrin Conferences, National Asbestos Litigation Conference, San Francisco, Ca. (9/12/16 – 9/14/16)

Practice Areas

Admissions

New Jersey, 1996
New York, 1997
Pennsylvania, 2002
Connecticut, 2016
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Published Works

A Review of Federal Medical Malpractice Tort Reform Alternatives, 19 Seton Hall Legislative Journal 599, 1995

Education

J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, 1996  
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1993