Christopher T. Zona

Christopher T. Zona


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.

  • Connecticut

  • New York

  • New Jersey*

  • 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

Pharmaceutical Companies Are Aggressively Targeting Pharmacies Over The Dispensing Of Certain Compounded Drugs Related To The Weight-Loss Industry

September 22, 2023

Recently, 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, 2023

On 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, 2023

Partner 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, 2023

Partner 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, 2023

Mandelbaum 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 […]