Kevin M. Costello

Kevin M. Costello

Location:
Mount Laurel , New Jersey
Phone:
856-291-0642
800-421-0212
Fax:
856-727-9797
Email:

Kevin Costello concentrates his state-wide employment rights, school harassment rights and civil rights practice exclusively on behalf of working people of all economic strata and on behalf of their families.  Kevin has been a plaintiffs’ trial lawyer for the entirety of his career.  He is the founding partner of Costello & Mains, P.C. in Mount Laurel, a full state employment, school rights and civil rights plaintiffs’ law firm.

Kevin is Certified by the Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney – one of only approximately 5% of lawyers who earn this Certification – and was one of the amicus counsel in the Lewis v. Harris equal marriage rights case.  He is also the holder of a fifteen year old record for the highest verdict in Cape May County history in the Piersante v. Belvedere Condominium Association matter.  He has obtained other multi-million dollar verdicts before juries.  He is an officer of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice, as well as the Chair for the Employment and Labor Committee of that body and Chair of the Civil Practice Committee.  He is also a past Chairman of the “Boardwalk Seminar” and “Meadowlands Seminar” Employment programs and now a Chair of the Boardwalk Seminar Program overall.  He is an officer of the Board of Trustees of the NJAJ Educational Foundation.

He is a past Chair of the Camden County Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee and Personal Injury Committee.  Kevin is also a past Treasurer and Vice Chair of the GLBT Rights section for the New Jersey State Bar Association. Kevin is also a member of the Hispanic Bar Association.  He is a member of the American Association for Justice and a member of the Leaders’ Forum of that body, as well as a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, NJ Chapter. 

Kevin has also for years served as a faculty member for trial attorney continuing education, lecturing on behalf NJAJ, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Camden and Burlington County Bar Associations, the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Lorman Institute, the National Business Institute and for Garden State Equality.  He has also taught extensively in the areas of employment law, civil rights and education civil rights.  He has spoken to civic groups, trade groups, public school student bodies and to higher education classes.

He has also testified before Senate and Assembly Committees in support of Employment and Civil Rights legislation.

Kevin has been since 2007 a Board member for the Garden State Equality organization.  He is a past member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.

He has appeared on TV and Radio, both locally and nationally, to discuss employment and civil rights, pending legislation, and cases handled by the firm.  He has been published in his field in periodicals, educational materials and treatises.

Kevin was awarded the “Champion of Equality” award by Garden State Equality, on which he serves as a current board member, in 2006.  He was awarded the Roosevelt Nesmith Civil Rights Award by the Southern Burlington County NAACP in 2014. He has been included in the list of “Super Lawyers” published by Thomson Reuters in one capacity or another for the past nine years running (2006-2015).  (A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found here SuperLawyers).  He has been included in the list of “Top One Hundred Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers from 2010-2014. (A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found here National Trial Lawyers).  He has been included in the list of those who’ve received a “10-Year” “BV Distinguished Peer Rating” by Martindale-Hubbell (A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found here Martindale-Hubbell). He has also obtained membership in the “Million Dollar Advocates Forum.” (A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found here Million Dollar Advocates).

Kevin lives in South Jersey with his wife and son.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Employment
Civil Rights
Personal Injury
School Bullying and Harassment
Wage and Hour

CERTIFIED LEGAL SPECIALTIES

Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney, 2002-Present

BAR ADMISSIONS

New Jersey
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey

EDUCATION

Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
J.D. - 1991
Honors: Dean's List
Honors: Best Oral Advocate
Law Journal: Transnational Law Journal Member

Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
B.A. - 1988
Honors: Dean's List
Major: Political Science

PUBLISHED WORKS

Identifying LAD claims for GLBT Clients, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, April, 2006

The Paralegal’s Role in Employment Cases, New Jersey Lawyer, April, 2006

Preparation of Clients for Deposition in Employment Matters, New Jersey Lawyer, Fall, 2005

CLASSES/SEMINARS

Stockton State College, Business Law, Spring 2012-2014, Speaker

NJAJ's "Boardwalk Seminar," Spring 2009-2014, Employment Program Chair, Speaker, Materials Author

CCBA's "Cyber-Bullying and the Law," Spring, 2013, Speaker and Materials Author

Rowan University, Symposium on Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, Speaker, Fall, 2013

NJAJ’s “Meadowlands Seminar,” Fall 2008-2013, Employment Program Chair, Speaker, Materials Author

“Autism and the Law,” Spring, 2012, Speaker, Materials Author

CCBA’s “ADHD and the Law,” Fall, 2012, Speaker, Materials Author

CCBA’s “School Bullying Law” Seminar, December 2011, Speaker, Materials Author

“Opening the Closet Door-Coming Out In the Workplace,” Seminar of the GLBT Rights Section of the NJSBA, 2001, Speaker and Materials Author

ATLA's "Meadowlands Seminar," Fall 2007-2008, Employment Program Chair, Speaker, Materials Author

ATLA's "Boardwalk Seminar," Spring 2008, Employment Program Chair, Speaker, Materials Author

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education's "Skills and Methods" 1998-2008, Speaker and Materials Author

CCBA's "Ethics Issues for Employment Lawyers," March 2008, Speaker

CCBA's (Jointly with BCBA) "Workplace Investigations," 2008, Speaker and Materials Author

CCBA's "Worker's Compensation Update for Injured Workers," 2008, Speaker

ATLA’s “Concurrent Seminars” Series, "Nuts and Bolts for Beginning Employment Law Litigators,” Fall 2006, Program Chair, Speaker, Materials Author

CCBA's "Hot Topics in Employment Law," 2003-2006, Moderator, Speaker and Materials Author

ATLA's "Boardwalk Seminar," Paralegal Support Program, 2006, Speaker and Materials Author

ATLA's "Concurrent Seminars" Series, Fall 2005, “Preparation of Clients for Employment Depositions,” Speaker and Materials Author

ATLA “Boardwalk Seminar,” Settlement and Resolution of Employment Disputes, 2004-2005, Speaker

CCBA's "Hot Topics in Employment Law," 2000-2002, Speaker and Materials Author

"State and Federal Personnel Laws in New Jersey," Lorman Institute, Spring 2002, Publishing of Seminar Materials and Speaker and Materials Author

"Premises liability: Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case in New Jersey," National Business Institute, May 1999,

Preparation of seminar materials and Speaker and Materials Author

"Evidence in Trial Practice in New Jersey," National Business Institute, August 1998, Preparation of Seminar Materials and Speaker and Materials Author

HONORS AND AWARDS

No Aspect of the Advertisement Has Been Approved by the Supreme Court

Has been awarded the Champions of Equality, by Garden State Equality Advocacy Organization, February 2006

Awarded Roosevelt Nesmith Civil Rights Award by the South Jersey Chapter of the NAACP, 2014

Has been included on the list of "Super Lawyers" published by Thomson Reuters 2007-2015. - A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found here SuperLawyers

Has been included on the list of “Rising Star” published by Thomson Reuters, 2006. - A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found here SuperLawyers

Has been included on the list of “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers, 2010-2014. - A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found here National Trial Lawyers.

Has been included in the list of “BV Distinguished Peer Rating” by Martindale-Hubbell, 2005-2015. - A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found here Martindale-Hubbell.

Membership in Million Dollar Advocates’ Forum. - A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found here Million Dollar Advocates.

Membership in Multi-Million Dollar Advocates’ Forum. - A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found here Million Dollar Advocates.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

American Association for Justice, Leaders' Forum Member

The American Trial Lawyers' Association "Top 100"

American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association, GLBT Rights Section: Member, Vice-Chair (2008-2009), Treasurer (2007-2008)

New Jersey Association for Justice, Officer of the Executive Committee (2012-Present); Executive Committee, Board of Governors (2011-Present); Member, Board of Governors (2006-Present); Chair: By-Laws Committee (2012-2013), Citizen Membership Committee (2012-2013), Civil Practice Committee (2013-Present), List-Serve Committee (2008-2009), Employment and Labor Section (2008-Present), "Boardwalk Seminar" Employment Program (2008-Present), "Meadowlands Seminar" Employment Program (2007-Present), Best Practices Committee (2002-2003)

Camden County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Committee: Chair (2000-2006), Member; Civil Practice Committee: Member; Personal Injury Committee: Member; Law Day Committee: Member

Garden State Equality Advocacy Organization, Board Member (2007-2008)

National Employment Lawyers’ Association, NJ Chapter

New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 2011-2012

Member, Bench-Bar Civil Practice Committee

PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS

Costello & Mains, P.C., Founder and Shareholder, 2006 - Present

Rosner & Costello, P.C., Shareholder, 2006 - Present

Levow & Costello, P.A., Shareholder, 1999 - 2006

DeMasi & Costello, P.C., Shareholder, 1998 - 1999

Tomar, Simonoff, Adourian, O'Brien, Kaplan, Jacoby & Graziano, P.C., Litigation Associate, 1992 - 1998

Chambers of Hon. Barry M. Weinberg, J.S.C. (Ret.), Judicial Clerk (1992-1992)

Areas of Practice

  • Employment