Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
Rutgers University (B.A., 1991)
New Jersey, 1998
New York, 2000
New Jersey State Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court
District of New Jersey
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
Northern District of New York
Phil Chronakis is a partner and founding member of Chronakis Siachos & Kaplan, LLC. Having gained extensive trial and appellate experience at the state and federal levels in New Jersey and New York, Mr. Chronakis represents corporate and individual clients in complex commercial litigations, arbitrations, mediations, appeals, contract negotiations, class actions, administrative proceedings, and criminal litigation. His litigation ideology 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.
Mr. Chronakis has considerable experience in handling corporate shareholder disputes, commercial lease disputes, employment discrimination litigation, trust and estate litigation, consumer fraud class actions, ERISA federal jurisdiction litigation, restrictive covenant disputes, managed care/reimbursement litigation, software licensing contracts, and white collar criminal defense. Drawing from his work at New Jersey and New York healthcare firms from 2000 through 2011, he represented over 200 New Jersey and New York hospitals, surgery centers, medical practices, and physicians in all facets of healthcare litigation, including white collar criminal defense, administrative disciplinary actions, and medical staff hearings. Mr. Chronakis has specialized in the representation of fertility clinics and IVF physicians, and litigated two matters involving the expansion of surrogacy rights and protections in New Jersey.
Prior to the formation of Chronakis Siachos & Kaplan, Mr. Chronakis was a partner at Garfunkel Wild, PC, representing clients in New Jersey and New York litigations, arbitrations, and appeals from 2003 through 2011. From 2000 through 2003, Mr. Chronakis was a healthcare litigator in the Princeton office of Reed Smith, LLP, the 12th largest law firm in the United States. After being sponsored by Dean Patrick Hobbes of Seton Hall University School of Law for admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States on First Monday in October 2001, Mr. Chronakis had the honor of personally addressing Chief Justice William Rehnquist and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court himself when sponsoring a close friend and colleague for admission to the Supreme Court Bar two years later.
Mr. Chronakis began his career as a trial attorney as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. While there, Mr. Chronakis briefed and argued New Jersey v. Cooke, 751 A.2d 92 (2000) before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, resulting in the unanimous reversal of two lower courts and significantly impacting state search and seizure law. This opinion was covered by the New York Times and remains part of the curriculum at the New Jersey State Police Academy.
Mr. Chronakis was an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law from 2001 through 2004, where he instructed students in appellate advocacy and lectured on prisoners' post-conviction remedies. He worked on Cory Booker’s 2002 Newark mayoral campaign, featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Street Fight. Mr. Chronakis is a former President of the Hudson County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division and, in December 2000, donated some 20,000 baseball and football cards to the Hudson County Boys and Girls Club.
Mr. Chronakis has presented CLE lectures on the Kovel Doctrine, regarding the protection of attorney-consultant communication; and the intersection between electronic discovery techniques and professional conduct requirements. He has been published in the National Law Journal, the New Jersey Law Journal, the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, and Criminal Law Weekly on topics including the death penalty, the Electoral College, habeas corpus reform, and drug sentencing laws.
In a two year span from 2008 to 2010, Mr. Chronakis conducted ten separate jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and summary proceedings in New Jersey and New York, while settling two other protracted litigations on the eve of trial. One of these litigations made statewide news in the difficult area of end of life care, and hospitals' and family members' respective decision-making authority. In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Chronakis litigated three separate multi-million dollar New Jersey trust and estate disputes, and secured a 7-figure charitable bequest to one of New Jersey's largest hospitals in a hotly contested probate matter involving two other hospitals competing for the same monies.
Mr. Chronakis has both defended and prosecuted federal and state class actions under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Based on his prior service as an Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor, Mr. Chronakis handles a wide variety of criminal defense matters in New Jersey and New York, reperesenting clients charged with indictable crimes and felonies in both states, as well as clients appearing in Municipal Courts throughout New Jersey.
In November 2011, Mr. Chronakis spoke before the Hudson County Bar Foundation and the Hudson County Judiciary to commemorate the inspirational lifetime of public service of the late Hon. Shirley A. Tolentino, J.S.C.
In 2012, Mr. Chronakis served as a testifying expert witness in a Hudson County jury trial on the issues of permissilbe attorney billing practices and conflicts of interest in dual client representations.
"The Bravery of Being Out of Range: New Jersey's Failed Drug Sentencing Laws," New Jersey Law Journal. July 8, 2002.
"The Machinery of Death: DNA and the Future of Executions," Criminal Defense Weekly, March 18, 2002.
"In Defense of the Electoral College," National Law Journal. November 20, 2000.
"Cold Comfort for Change: Trends of Preclusion in Habeas Corpus Litigation," University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, 1998.