Chris has been representing clients in litigated workers’ compensation matters throughout the State of New Jersey for 22 years. During that time, he has handled literally thousands of workers’ compensation cases involving everything from car accidents to multi-respondent occupational disease claims. He has a reputation for obtaining the absolute best results for his clients.
Chris has a vast amount of experience as a workers’ compensation trial lawyer. Accordingly, he is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Workers’ Compensation Law Attorney which is a designation held by only 120 lawyers state-wide. In Camden County, Chris is one of only 26 lawyers who hold that designation. He also has a wealth of appellate experience and literally helped shape the law in New Jersey in reported decisions such as Stroka v. United Airlines, 364 N.J. Super. 333 (App. Div. 2003), cert. denied, 179 N.J. 313 (2004).
He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Chris co-founded Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP in 2003. Chris partnered with Attorney, Jim Pietras, to form the firm limiting their practice to workers’ compensation litigation.
Chris grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and is a graduate, cum laude, of Villanova University (1993), and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (1996). He resides with his wife and four children in Burlington County, New Jersey.
Prior to entering private practice, Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable Anthony J. Parillo, J.S.C. and Rosemarie R. Williams, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division in Mercer County. Following law school, Chris was employed by a large South Jersey law firm specializing in workers’ compensation claims where he appeared in every District Office in the State of New Jersey.
Other significant cases that Chris has personally litigated include:
Chiumento v. Camden County, Docket No. A-0613-04T50613-04T5 (App. Div. July 31, 2006);
Huntoon v. Borough of Clementon, Docket No. A-0956-09T3 (App. Div. July 28, 2010); and
McGlinsey v. George H. Buchanan Co., Docket No. A-4653-08T3 (App. Div. September 30, 2010), cert. den. 205 N.J. 102 (2011).
Chris has been a featured lecturer on workers’ compensation law with the New Jersey Association of Justice, Lorman Education Services, and the Council for Education in Management in addition to numerous in-house seminars and classes. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association (Workers’ Compensation Section), Burlington County Bar Association, and the Camden County Bar Association.
Chris has been recognized in the field of workers’ compensation litigation by various publications, including being selected as a “Top Attorney” in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law by SJ Magazine several years in a row.
Outside of work, Chris enjoys watching his sons play travel ice hockey and lacrosse. He also enjoys spending time at the beach in Ocean City and Cape May, NJ.
Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE:
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Please be advised that in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, which imposed strict limitations on the operations of "brick-and-mortar" businesses and required telecommuting to the greatest extent possible, all N.J. workers’ compensation courts will continue to be closed to the public and to non-essential court personnel until April 13, 2020.
In response to overwhelming requests from the Workers’ Compensation Bar to hold non-emergent matters electronically or by teleconference, as of April 6, 2020, the following Workers’ Compensation Judges shall be designated by the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation as essential personnel and shall report to their home vicinages for the purpose of hearing as many Workers’ Compensation matters as possible by telephonic conferencing, including all emergent matters and the following non-emergent matters, pre-trial conferences, general motions for medical and temporary benefits, and settlements by affidavit:
Hon. Audrey Kernan, S.J., Atlantic City WC Courthouse
Hon. Arthur Marchand, A.S.J., Bridgeton WC Courthouse
Hon. Ingrid French, A.S.J., Camden WC Courthouse
Hon. Lionel Simon III, A.S.J., Freehold WC Courthouse
Hon. Diana Ferriero, S.J., Hackensack WC Courthouse
Hon. Jill Fader, S.J., Jersey City WC Courthouse
Hon. Glenn Kaplan, S.J., Lebanon WC Courthouse
Hon. Michael Luther, S.J., Mt. Arlington WC Courthouse
Hon. George Geist, S.J., Mt. Holly WC Courthouse
Hon. Ashley Hutchinson, A.S.J., New Brunswick WC Courthouse
Hon. Philip Tornetta, A.S.J., Newark WC Courthouse
Hon. William Roca, S.J., Paterson WC Courthouse
Hon. Maria Del Valle Koch, S.J., Plainfield WC Courthouse
Hon. Eugene Mulvaney, S.J., Toms River WC Courthouse
Hon. David Puma, S.J., Trenton WC Courthouse
The Division’s plan is to limit physical interactions in our workers’ compensation courts to the greatest extent possible and shift to the use of telephone conferencing, and if possible video conferencing for judges, attorneys, and litigants. There will be no in-person Workers’ Compensation Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing motions for medical and temporary benefits and trials in which case social distancing will be enforced). Court offices will remain closed for in-person submissions. Filings will continue to be accepted electronically through COURTS On-line.
The N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation’s number one goal is to limit the exposure and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to court personnel, attorneys and their staff, litigants, witnesses, and members of the public at large.
Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP also continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on our local community and the world at large. In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, our office is closed and the members of the firm continue to work remotely. As such, the members of the firm may have limited access to information during this time. We continue to appreciate your understanding. We encourage our current clients, new clients, and fellow members of the bar to contact us via e-mail as that remains the best form of communication. All attorneys and paralegals have access to e-mail and case information. We have designated essential personnel to report to our office for the purpose of handling emergent matters only and to complete essential administrative tasks. Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP remains committed to complying with all health and governmental regulations. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those most affected by this situation.