Practice Areas

Family Law  •   Litigation  •   Trusts & Estates  •  

Industry Experience

Healthcare & Hospital  •  

Phil Chronakis, a Member in the CSG Law Litigation Group, handles a wide array of commercial litigation in New York and New Jersey’s federal and state courts. He has significant trial experience and represents corporate and individual clients in complex commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, appeals, and negotiations.

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.

While having litigated a wide array of corporate and personal disputes, Phil’s areas of concentration include family law, trusts and estates, and commercial real estate. Throughout his career, Phil has represented healthcare providers in corporate, employment, and reimbursement disputes.  He has litigated the emotionally turbulent disputes related to end-of-life care, IVF procedures, and surrogacy agreements. Phil was lead trial counsel in the seminal Betancourt vs. Trinitas Hospital action in 2009, regarding physicians’ authority to terminate life sustaining measures.  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.

Outside of private practice, Phil was an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law from 2001 to 2004, teaching brief writing and oral argument.  Phil has been published in the National Law Journal on the Electoral College, the New Jersey Law Journal on drug sentencing laws, and other legal publications. The New York Post devoted extensive coverage to his multi-million 2017 New York Supreme Court trial verdict in an art fraud action, and his 2018 defense of a woman’s right to reproductive autonomy over her cryopreserved embryos. Phil worked on Cory Booker’s 2002 Newark mayoral campaign, and has been a volunteer at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan since 2020.

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  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law (2001-2004)
  • New York Law School, Guest Lecturer (2015)


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


  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • 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 New Jersey