Chris Zona is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department, Healthcare Litigation Group, and White Collar and Criminal Defense Group. His practice focuses primarily on all facets of litigation, defense and dispute resolution, investigations, and crisis management.
Mr. Zona is a veteran litigator and a seasoned trial attorney. He has served as trial counsel in more than 50 trials, including over 30 jury trials. Chris also has spent time as an associate general counsel to a Fortune 10 healthcare organization. Given his breadth of experience, Mr. Zona brings a trial lawyer’s mindset and an in-house counsel’s business acumen to each representation.
Mr. Zona represents clients from all industries in various types of affirmative and defensive litigation. He is well-versed in navigating pre-litigation negotiations and investigations, all facets of litigation, and trial practice. Chris has also assisted clients as appellate counsel in both state and federal appellate courts.
Before joining the Firm, Mr. Zona was a litigation attorney at two national law firms based in New York City. His practice focused primarily on complex commercial litigation in the U.S. (both federal and state court) and abroad, leading and responding to internal investigations, and strategic crisis management. Chris was also an in-house litigation and investigations counsel for one of the largest healthcare companies in the world. In that role, he oversaw nationwide litigation, led investigations related to the FCA, FCPA, Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law, and advised business units on risk management.
Mr. Zona began his career as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force. During his time in uniform, Chris served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Area Defense Counsel, and, finally, a Senior Trial Counsel with the elite Special Victims Unit. He served as lead trial counsel in dozens of criminal trials, prosecuting and defending the Air Force’s most serious and complex felony cases. He also represented the Government and individual clients in hundreds of criminal and administrative investigations. He separated from the military as a major-select.
Mr. Zona received his Juris Doctor degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law and his B.A. in Political Science and History from Union College where he also played varsity football. Prior to attending law school, Chris coached college football at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Rhode Island.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
Union College (NY), B.A., summa cum laude
Guide to NYC’s Permanent Outdoor Dining Program
February 9, 2024Launching in March 2024, New York City's permanent outdoor dining program is designed to allow restaurants to expand their dining areas onto sidewalks and roadways, aiming to adapt urban spaces for broader use. This initiative, developed in response to the pandemic, sets out comprehensive guidelines to ensure safety, accessibility, and integration with the urban environment. It involves a structured process for obtaining necessary permissions, with a focus on operational standards and compliance. The program seeks to balance business needs with public space utilization, reflecting an effort to modify city landscapes in response to changing urban dynamics.
Unregulated Games: NIL Controversy in College Sports
February 1, 2024The introduction of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) rights has revolutionized college sports, posing legal, ethical, and operational challenges. Chris Zona and John Burns from Mandelbaum Barrett PC dissect this evolution, scrutinizing its impact on athletes, institutions, and the sports industry. They delve into the complexities surrounding NIL, from legal dynamics to ethical considerations, urging a comprehensive approach to navigate this transformative era in collegiate athletics.
Game Changing Analytics: A Legal Perspective on NBA’s Data Battles
January 24, 2024Chris Zona, Partner in Litigation, and John Burns, Associate in Labor and Employment at Mandelbaum Barrett PC, delve into a compelling legal case involving the use of analytics in the NBA. This case, focusing on a dispute between the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors, highlights the increasing importance of statistical analysis in sports strategies and the legal complexities it introduces.
Personal Injury Attorney Andrew Bronsnick Addresses Palisades Park’s Mold Crisis
November 22, 2023In a recent video, attorney Andrew Bronsnick takes on a critical issue affecting Palisades Park, Bergen County, New Jersey—a mold crisis endangering public servants. With 26 years of experience in personal injury law, Bronsnick sheds light on this urgent matter accompanied by Chris Zona, Partner in the Litigation, Healthcare and White Collar Crime Practice Groups. […]
Latest Insights into the Google Antitrust Trial: CEO Testimony and Contract Negotiations Revealed
November 3, 2023In the realm of antitrust litigation, the Google case has emerged as a significant focal point in recent months. Chris Zona delves into the latest developments in the Google antitrust trial, providing insights into the trial's key revelations, including details from Google's CEO, the substantial budget allocated for contract negotiations, and the contentious issue of deleted chat logs.
Chris Zona: Becoming a Trial Attorney
October 30, 2023Despite the absence of legal role models, Chris Zona's ambition as a trial attorney persisted. Immersed in civil and commercial law from an early age, Chris remained resolute. As a Senior Special Prosecutor, he broadened his horizons, delving into civil and commercial law. Join Chris in this exclusive feature, tracing his trajectory from law school to his adept handling of diverse cases, from serious felonies to complex white-collar offenses and healthcare law.
Video: US v Google
October 9, 2023The U.S. Department of Justice has initiated a major antitrust suit against Google, alleging years of manipulative business practices. The DOJ contends that through its dominant monopoly, Google negatively impacted every US computer and mobile device user. Chris Zona, healthcare litigation and white collar crime defense attorney, dissects the complexities of this landmark case.
Video: Wildenstein Tax Fraud Case
October 5, 2023White collar crime and criminal defense attorneys, Robert C. Scrivo and Chris Zona, are discussing the legal details to understand why the French government is eager to investigate the Wildenstein's finances and collect those overdue taxes.
Video: The Wildenstein Case, Tax, Trusts & Estates.
October 5, 2023Join us as we explore Silvia Wildenstein's quest to rectify her inheritance. With insights from Chris Zona, white-collar crime and criminal defense attorney, and Shawn McClelland tax, trusts, and estates attorney. Their perspectives shine a light in this case's financial investigations, estate planning, and the shadows of the art world.
Pharmaceutical Companies Are Aggressively Targeting Pharmacies Over The Dispensing Of Certain Compounded Drugs Related To The Weight-Loss Industry
September 22, 2023Recently, pharmaceutical companies like Novo Nordisk (Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus) and Eli Lilly (Mounjaro) filed lawsuits in federal courts across the country against medical spas and wellness centers, compounding facilities, and pharmacies, including one of our pharmacy clients, who dispense drugs containing the active pharmaceutical ingredient semaglutide (Novo Nordisk) or tirzepatide (Eli Lilly). These lawsuits […]
BULLETIN from Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s Healthcare Practice Group Regarding the IRS’s Order To Cease Processing ERC Claims
September 21, 2023On Thursday, September 14, 2023, IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel ordered the IRS to immediately cease processing new claims for employee retention credits (“ERC”). The pause in processing will likely run until the end of 2023 and cause a substantial delay in processing claims. The ERC is a tax credit for businesses and tax-exempt organizations that […]
Legal Insights on Claiming a Lottery Jackpot
August 10, 2023Partner in the Commercial Litigation & White Collar and Criminal Defense Group, Chris Zona, and Partner in the Tax, Trusts & Estates Practice Gorup, Shawn McClelland, discuss the steps you should take if you come into a life-changing amount of money, not unlike the recent Mega Millions winner in Florida this month.
NYC’s Move to Keep Outdoor Dining, With Winter Rules
August 10, 2023Partner in the Commercial Litigation & White Collar and Criminal Defense Group, Chris Zona, and Co-Chair of the Hospitality Services Practice Group, Damian Conforti, discuss NYC's recent decision to continue outdoor dining, complying with winter rules.
Mandelbaum Barrett PC welcomes new Partner, Chris Zona, Esq.
July 17, 2023Mandelbaum Barrett PC welcomes Chris Zona as a Partner in our Litigation, Healthcare Litigation, and White Collar and Criminal Defense Practice Groups. His practice will focus on all facets of litigation, defense and dispute resolution, investigations, and crisis management. Chris is a veteran litigator and a seasoned trial attorney and has spent time as an […]