Christopher P. Lenzo

Christopher P. Lenzo

Partner
Location:
Morristown, New Jersey
Phone:
973-845-9922
Fax:
973-845-9933
Email:
Chris Lenzo is a partner in the New Jersey law firm of Lenzo & Reis, LLC. He represents employees in employment law matters, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, trial litigation, and appellate litigation of claims of discrimination, harassment, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful discharge, failure to accommodate disabilities, family and medical leave violations, breach of contract, and wage and hour violations.

In his practice, Mr. Lenzo has litigated several reported cases, some of which involved landmark decisions. He and his colleague Claudia Reis won a $1.549 million jury verdict in a retaliation case against New Jersey Transit after a month-long trial during 2009.

From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Lenzo was among the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers receiving the most votes from other members of the bar. He has been included in the Thomson Reuters list of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the areas of labor and employment law and plaintiffs’ employment litigation since 2005.*

For 2013 and 2016, Best Lawyers in America designated Mr. Lenzo as Lawyer of the Year in the field of Employment Law-Individuals for the Newark Metropolitan Area based on votes cast by Mr. Lenzo’s peers in the labor and employment law bar. Mr. Lenzo has been included in the list of Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of labor and employment law since 2006.*

In March 2013, Mr. Lenzo was Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. That distinction is attained based on references by judges and other attorneys, and through passing a written examination.

Mr. Lenzo served on the Employment Law Subcommittee of the New Jersey Supreme Court Model Civil Jury Charge Committee for twelve years.  He serves as a Master for the Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court.

Mr. Lenzo writes and lectures on employment law frequently for such organizations as the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the National Employment Lawyers Association/New Jersey, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey, New Jersey Lawyer – The Magazine, the New Jersey Law Journal, the New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, the Essex County Bar Association, the Somerset County Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Council on Education in Management, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Human Resources Advisory Group of North Jersey.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Hostile Work Environment
  • Retaliation
  • Whistleblower Claims
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Wage and Hour Violations
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Employment Contracts
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Severance Pay
  • Employee Privacy
  • Appellate Practice
  • Mediation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, 2013 – Present

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1993
  • New York, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997

Education

  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1993
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Honors: Echols Scholar
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Graduation in Three Years

Published Works

  • The Free Speech Rights of Lawyers and Litigants in Civil Matters, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 2, April 2018
  • Aguas v. State: The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Abandonment of Hostile Work Environment Victims and a Recipe for Increased Litigation, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 1, October 2015
  • Why Defendants in Employment Litigation Are Not Entitled to Blanket Discovery of Plaintiffs’ Lifelong Healthcare and Personnel Records, New Jersey Lawyer – The Magazine, No. 291, December 2014
  • Remittitur Motions After He v. Miller: A Three-Judge Supreme Court Attack on Juries, Trial Lawyers, and Due Process Rights, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 4, May 2012
  • Employment Litigation in New Jersey, Chapter 12, Race, Religion and Other Discrimination, LexisNexis/Matthew Bender, 2006
  • Conducting and Attacking Employment Investigations, New Jersey Law Journal 171 N.J.L.J. 1092, March 24, 2003 (with Kirsten S. Branigan)
  • The Changing Contours of New Jersey Whistleblower Law, New Jersey Lawyer The Magazine, No. 196, April, 1999
  • Employment Litigation Handbook, Chapter 14, Arbitration and Mediation, Second Part: Arbitration of Employment Disputes: The Employee’s Perspective (with Nancy Erika Smith), American Bar Association, 1998
  • Employment Litigation Handbook, Chapter 4, Experts (with Herbert E. Gerson, Maureen M. Rayborn, and Nancy Erika Smith), American Bar Association, 1998
  • Cramped Construction: Court Takes Too Narrow a View of the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, New Jersey Law Journal, Vol. CLI, No. 12, 1998
  • The Pitfalls of Mandatory Arbitration for Employment Litigation Plaintiffs and How to Avoid Them, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 2, Winter 1998
  • Traps for the Unwary, Chapter 27, Sexual Harassment, Essex County Bar Ass’n, 1997
  • Sexual Harassment Litigation: Plaintiffs’ and Defendants’ Strategies, Chapter 4, Current Issues in Evidence Law Regarding Sexual Harassment Cases (co-author), PLI, 1995

Representative Cases

  • Rost v. Pfizer, Inc., 248 F.R.D. 417 (S.D.N.Y. 2008)
  • D’Annunzio v. Prudential Insurance Co. of America, 192 N.J. 110, 2007
  • Estate of Roach v. TRW, Inc., 164 N.J. 598, 2000
  • Quigley v. KPMG Peat Marwick, 330 N.J. Super. 252 (App. Div. 2000)
  • Higgins v. Pascack Valley Hospital, 158 N.J. 404, 1999
  • Payton v. New Jersey Turnpike Authority, 148 N.J. 524, 1997
  • Rendine v. Pantzer, 141 N.J. 292, 1995

Honors and Awards

  • New Jersey Super Lawyer, Top 100, Thomson Reuters, 2014 and 2015
  • Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law-Individuals, Newark Metropolitan Area, Best Lawyers in America, 2013 and 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law, Best Lawyers, 2006 – Present
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer, Labor and Employment Law and Plaintiffs’ Employment Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2005 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey Supreme Court Model Civil Jury Charge Committee, Employment Law Subcommittee, Member, 2002 - 2014
  • Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court, Master, 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Plaintiffs’ Co-Chair, Disabilities and Leaves of Absence Subcommittee, 2013 - 2016
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Plaintiffs’ Co-Chair, Statutory Rights Subcommittee, 2003 - 2005
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Pro-Bono Committee Member, 2003 - 2005
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee Member, 2011 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee Member, E-Discovery, Privacy & Cyber Security Subcommittee Coordinator, 2017 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee Member, Model Jury Charges Subcommittee Coordinator, 2011 - 2017
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee Member, Employment Trial Practices Subcommittee Co-Chair, 2010 - 2011
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee Member, Post-Employment Restrictions Subcommittee Co-Chair, 2006 - 2010
  • National Employment Lawyers Association/New Jersey, Secretary, 2002 – 2004, 2006 – 2008
  • National Employment Lawyers Association/New Jersey, Member, Executive Board, 2000 – 2004, 2006 – 2008
  • National Employment Lawyers Association/New Jersey, Chair, Legislative Committee, 2006 - 2008
  • National Employment Lawyers Association/New Jersey, Chair, Amicus Committee, 1999 - 2001
  • New Jersey Superior Court Civil Mediation Program, Mediator, 2002 - 2007

Past Employment Positions

  • Green, Savits & Lenzo, Member, 2006 - 2014
  • Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, Counsel, 2001 - 2006
  • Francis, Lenzo & Manshel, Member, 1997 - 2001
  • Smith Mullin, Associate, 1994 - 1997
  • Justice Daniel J. O’Hern, Supreme Court of New Jersey, Law Clerk, 1993 - 1994