Philip C. Chronakis

Member of the Firm
Philip C. Chronakis, a Member with CSG’s Litigation Group, handles a wide array of commercial litigation in New Jersey and New York’s federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels. He represents corporate and individual clients in complex commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, appeals, contract negotiations, administrative proceedings, and criminal defense matters.

His approach to litigation focuses equally on negotiating and resolving disputes, wherever possible, to avoid or minimize his clients’ exposure to protracted court proceedings, coupled with an aggressive, sustained and creative representation of his clients when litigation is a necessity.

A seasoned advisor to healthcare entities, Phil has represented New York and New Jersey hospitals, surgery centers, practices, and physicians in corporate, employment, shareholder, reimbursement and managed care disputes; licensure defenses before the BME and OPMC; fraud and abuse defenses in federal, state, and qui tam prosecutions; and on issue of coding compliance; ERISA reimbursement; end of life care; disputes specific to IVF physicians and patients; and general healthcare practice structure matters. Phil was lead counsel at the trial court level of the seminal Betancourt vs. Trinitas Hospital action in 2009, regarding physicians’ authority to terminate life sustaining measures in the absence of a healthcare proxy.

Additionally, Phil specializes in trust and estate litigation and administration, corporate disputes, matrimonial actions, employment discrimination cases, and legal malpractice disputes – where he has served as a testifying trial expert. Drawing on his experience as a former Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor, Phil defends clients in white collar criminal prosecutions, and has prosecuted and defended civil RICO actions.

Prior to joining CSG in 2019, Philip was a shareholder of Budd Larner (2013-2019), a founding member of Chronakis Siachos & Kaplan (2011-2013), a healthcare litigation partner at Garfunkel Wild (2003-2011), and a healthcare litigation associate at Reed Smith (2000-2003), following his service at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. He also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law from 2001 to 2004, teaching classes on appellate brief writing and oral argument; and was a guest lecturer at New York Law School in 2015 on IVF and surrogacy law.

Phil has been published in the National Law Journal on the Electoral College, New Jersey Law Journal on the State’s drug sentencing laws, and other legal publications. The New York Post devoted extensive coverage to his 2017 multimillion dollar New York Supreme Court trial verdict in an art fraud action, and his 2018 defense of a woman’s right to reproductive autonomy in her control over cryopreserved embryos. Phil worked on Cory Booker’s 2002 Newark mayoral campaign.

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
  • Rutgers University (B.A., 1991)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey