Christopher P. Lenzo
Christopher P. Lenzo

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Practice Areas:

  • 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

Biography:

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.

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

Bar Admission:

  • 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

Published Works:

  • 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

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:

  • 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

Past Positions:

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

Professional Associations:

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

Certified Legal Specialties:

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