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 plaintiffsÍ 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 plaintiffsÍ 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 thirteen-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 section of that body and Chair of the Civil Practice Committee. He is also the Chairman of the ñBoardwalk Seminarî and ñMeadowlands Seminarî Employment programs and a past Chair of the Camden County Bar Association Labor and Employment 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.
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 CourtÍs 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 has been named a ñChampion of Equalityî by Garden State Equality and a ñSuper Lawyerî in one capacity or another for the past nine years running. He has been named a ñTop One Hundred Trial Lawyerî by the American Trial LawyersÍ Association and has received a 10-Year ñBV Distinguished Peer Ratingî by Martindale-Hubble. He has been named a New Jersey Monthly ñTop Attorneyî in New Jersey for four years running by New Jersey Monthly magazine. He has received recognition as a ñTop 100 Litigators in NJî in 2013 and 2014 by the American Society of Legal Advocates.
Kevin lives in South Jersey with his wife and son.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
School Bullying and Harassment
Wage and Hour
CERTIFIED LEGAL SPECIALTIES
Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
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
Identifying LAD claims for GLBT Clients, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, April, 2006
The ParalegalÍs Role in Employment Cases, New Jersey Lawyer, April, 2006
Preparation of Clients for Deposition in Employment Matters, New Jersey Lawyer, Fall, 2005
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
NJAJÍs ñMeadowlands Seminar,î Fall 2008-2013, Employment Program Chair, Speaker, Materials Author
ñAutism and the Law,î Spring, 2012, Speaker, Materials Author
CCBAÍs ñADHD and the Law,î Fall, 2012, Speaker, Materials Author
CCBAÍs ñSchool Bullying Lawî Seminar, December 2011, Speaker, Materials Author
ñOpening the Closet Door-Coming Out In the Workplace,î 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
ATLAÍs ñConcurrent Seminarsî Series, "Nuts and Bolts for Beginning Employment Law Litigators,î 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, ñPreparation of Clients for Employment Depositions,î Speaker and Materials Author
ATLA ñBoardwalk Seminar,î 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
Champion of Equality, by Garden State Equality Advocacy Organization, February 2006
"Super Lawyer" as published in SJ Magazine, 2007-2014
ñRising Starî by Super Lawyers, 2006
ñTop 100 Trial Lawyersî by the American Trial Association, 2010-2013
ñBV Distinguished Peer Ratingî by Martindale-Hubbell, 2001-2014
ñTop Attorney in New Jerseyî by New Jersey Monthly, 2011-2014
ñTop 100 Litigators in NJî by the American Society of Legal Advocates, 2013, 2014
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
American Association for Justice
The American Trial Lawyers' Association "Top 100"
American Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section: Member
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); Board of Governors, Member, Executive Committee (2011-Present)
New Jersey Association for Justice, 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: Member, Chair (2000-2006); Civil Practice Committee: Member; Personal Injury Committee: Member; Law Day Committee: Member
Garden State Equality Advocacy Organization, Board Member (2007-2008)
Hispanic Bar Association
PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
Chambers of Hon. Barry M. Weinberg, J.S.C. (Ret.), Judicial Clerk (1992-1992)