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Christopher P. Lenzo

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Phone: (973) 845-9922

360 Mt Kemble Ave
#1004
Morristown, New Jersey 07960

Chris Lenzo has been fighting to protect the rights of employees in the workplaces of New Jersey and New York for over a quarter-century. During that time, Chris has represented employees at all levels, from custodians to CEOs, and even a New Jersey Air National Guard fighter pilot. The cases that Chris has handled have involved virtually every area of employment law, including claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, failure to accommodate disabilities, medical leave retaliation, breach of contract, and wage and hour violations. The wrongful employment actions at issue in those matters have included firings, job eliminations, layoffs, reductions in force, reorganizations, restructurings, hostile work environments, demotions, and failures to promote.

The approach Chris takes in representing clients is first and foremost practical. What does the client want? What does the client really need? What can reasonably be accomplished? How can we get to that outcome in the least time-consuming and most cost-effective way? What are the pros and cons of each potential course of action? The methodologies Chris uses range from advising the client behind the scenes, to negotiating directly on the client’s behalf, to engaging experienced and knowledgeable mediators both before and after filing suit to get the other side to recognize its potential liability to his client, to litigating cases in court and trying cases before juries.

However, his practicality does not stop Chris from being aggressive when necessary. Multiple clients have told Chris that another attorney referred them to him because he is known as a “bulldog” who does not back down.

Practicality also does not stop Chris from being creative when necessary. Chris is known by his peers in the employment law bar as an attorney who is willing to think outside the box and pursue novel claims to expand the law and take it to where it needs to go to protect employees from unfairness in the workplace.

Much of Chris’s success stems from the respect he has earned from his adversaries in the defense bar, who have repeatedly voted to include Chris in lists of New Jersey Super Lawyers and the Best Lawyers in America for several years.* Those lawyers know that when their clients receive a demand letter or lawsuit from Chris, it is to be taken seriously, because Chris screens his clients and cases carefully. They also know that while Chris will fight for his clients zealously, his credibility and ethics are impeccable.

Chris knows what it means to work for a living. Before attending Harvard Law School, Chris worked as a dishwasher, custodian, laborer, warehouse clerk, and delivery driver. He understands how hard his clients work and appreciates how much it hurts when their employers betray them.

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1993

B.A., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1990
Honors: Echols Scholar, Dean's List, 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
Professional Associations

New Jersey State Bar Association

  • Member, Legislative Subcommittee, 2020 to Present
  • Member, Disability Discrimination Subcommittee, 2020 to Present
  • Member, E-Discovery, Privacy & Cyber Security Subcommittee, 2017 to Present
  • Member, Model Jury Charges Subcommittee, 2011 to 2017
  • Member, Employment Trial Practices Subcommittee, 2010 to 2011
  • Member, Post-Employment Restrictions Subcommittee, 2006 to 2010

Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court
Master, 2003 to Present

American Association for Justice

New Jersey Association for Justice

American Bar Association

  • Labor and Employment Law Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, 2003 to 2016
  • Plaintiffs' Co-Chair, Disabilities and Leaves of Absence Subcommittee, 2013 to 2016
  • Plaintiffs' Co-Chair, Statutory Rights Subcommittee, 2003 to 2005

New Jersey Supreme Court Model Civil Jury Charge Committee
Employment Law Subcommittee, Member, 2002 to 2014

National Employment Lawyers Association - New Jersey

  • Secretary, 2002 – 2004, 2006 – 2008
  • Member, Executive Board, 2000 – 2004, 2006 – 2008
  • Chair, Legislative Committee, 2006 to 2008
  • Chair, Amicus Committee, 1999 to 2001a

New Jersey Superior Court Civil Mediation Program
Mediator, 2002 to 2007

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
  • Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, Inc. v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 283 F.Supp.3d 72 (S.D.N.Y. 2017)
  • 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
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2020 - Present
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer, Top 100, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2018
  • 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
Certified Legal Specialties
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, 2013 – Present
Client Reviews
★★★★★
"Professional and Knowledgeable Attorney. At what was supposed to be the highest point in my career suddenly became the most harassing and lowest point of my career and I was passed over for a promotion. Not because the other person was more qualified than I was, but because I followed the law and did the right thing and the people I worked for did not like that. After researching several attorneys, my wife and I found Claudia, and the decision to retain her was the best decision we ever made. After explaining our case to Claudia, we found that she was not only extremely professional but a very caring human being. Throughout the entire process of our case, Claudia was there with us every step of the way. She explained every single proceeding that we had to go through and guided us, not only as a professional attorney in and out of court, but personally as a caring and understanding person. Because of her extensive working knowledge of employment and labor laws, Claudia was able to successfully resolve our case. My wife and I will always be extremely grateful for Claudia’s hard work and dedication, and we highly recommend Claudia Reis to anyone seeking an attorney who practices in employment and labor laws." John
★★★★★
"Professionalism, integrity, and determination. Outstanding representation! Chris Lenzo did an outstanding job in my employment discrimination case. He responded to my questions in a timely fashion, provided clear communication through each step of the process, and handled my case in an honest and straight forward manner. Chris’s expertise in employment law along with his hard work ensured justice would prevail in my case and got me the compensation I deserved. Likewise, Chris’s law firm staff was professional, courteous, organized, and effective. I highly recommend Chirs Lenzo’s firm to anyone with an employment legal matter in New Jersey or New York." Sofia
★★★★★
"Remarkable professional. I have worked with Ms. Reis and her firm for the past three years. During the consultation process, you will immediately experience her compassion as she offers suggestions and guides you through the difficult situation you are dealing with. Her attention to detail, timely follow up and candid manner ensured me that I was well-protected and represented. Ms. Reis always went above and beyond to protect me legally. She is a very strong and tough (when necessary) advocate for the individual she represents. Her support staff is equally diligent. I would recommend her without reservation." A.M.