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Education

  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, cum laude, 1981
  • B.A., Manhattan College, cum laude, 1977

    Senior Editor, Seton Hall Law Review

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey

Memberships & Affiliations

Chair, Private Enterprise Political Action Committee (PENPAC), Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey

ABA/TIPS Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee (TTEL): Chair, 2006-2007

American Bar Association

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

Director, NJSBA Environmental Law Committee, 2005-2013

Stewart Pollock Environmental American Inn of Court: Master, 2007-2010

American Water Works Association

The Federalist Society

Graduate Fellow, Leadership New Jersey

TTEL received the Overall Excellence Award from the TIPS Section of the ABA during term as Chair, 2006–2007
Adjunct Instructor, Seton Hall University School of Law, 1982-1983

James A. Kosch

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      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Mr. Kosch focuses on complex environmental, toxic tort, product liability, business tort, construction, estate and commercial litigation. His clients include chemical and energy companies, manufacturers, owners and developers of industrial and commercial real estate, defense contractors, financial services entities and communications companies.

Mr. Kosch has written and spoken on environmental and toxic tort issues, e-discovery and regulatory reform, including authoring monthly articles for Corporate Compliance Insights and a monograph on the use of toxicological evidence in New Jersey courts. He also collaborated on the book FDA Regulation of Nanotechnology and presented a three-part series on green development to the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Mr. Kosch has been included among The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Environmental Law and Litigation - Environmental, 2010–2019. He was named a Super Lawyer for 2005-2006, 2011-2016, 2018 and by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel as a “Top Rated Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation, 2013. He also chairs the Private Enterprise Political Action Committee (PENPAC) of the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ). Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Best Lawyersis published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to a trade association in a challenge to California Energy Commission regulatory adoptions.
  • Represented a member in dissolution of a multimillion-dollar LLC.

  • Represented manufacturers and chemical companies in Lower Passaic River NRD actions.

  • Defended a solar energy cable installer against the EPC’s claims at seven solar installation sites.

  • Represented a manufacturer in a successful challenge of regulatory action (Hercules Chemical Company, Inc. v. MassDEP).

  • Prosecuted the only successful claim for treble damages under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (Dexter v. Cosan Chemical Co., Inc. et al).

  • Lead trial counsel for United Water Resources, Inc. in defense of an environmental mass tort claim in Toms River, New Jersey (In Re Toms River Mass Tort Action).

  • Counsel to a major energy company on litigation avoidance and environmental compliance related to operations in the Southeastern U.S.

  • Led a team of lawyers that defeated a class certification action seeking medical monitoring of over 50,000 people allegedly exposed to contaminated drinking water.

  • Counsel of record for plaintiffs in a suit resolving the estate issues of a 9/11 victim (In Re Estate of Harvey).

  • Counsel to a trade association on port security issues.

  • Defended a start-up corporation in litigation by a disgruntled former shareholder in Texas.

  • Represents minor league baseball and hockey teams in a variety of matters.

Speaking

  • ABA Annual Meeting, “New EPA Carbon Emissions Rules: Climate Protection or Executive Branch Power Grab?” August 10, 2014
  • ABA TTEL Spring Meeting, “Arbitrary and Capricious: The Regulated Community’s Response,” April 4, 2014

  • ABA TTEL Spring Meeting, “Hot Topics In Energy Development; Litigating Wind And Solar Projects,” April 5, 2013

  • American Test Publishers Innovations 2013 Conference, “Possible Lessons Learned: Case Studies For Global Certifications,” February 2013

  • New Jersey State Bar Association CLE, “Renewable Energy Meets Environmental Litigation,” January 2013

  • New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, “Let Me Help You (Un)pack: How the NJDEP is Keeping Business and Aiding Sound Growth in New Jersey,” May 2012

  • Manhattan College Financial Services Advisory Council Reception, “Regulatory Reform after Dodd-Frank,” event Co-chair, May 2011

  • New Jersey State Bar Association Environmental Law Forum, “Developments in CERCLA,” June 2010

  • New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, “Green Building in New Jersey:  If You Build It, Will They Buy?” May 2010

  • New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, “Green Building in New Jersey:  Are You Green Yet?” May 2009

  • New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, “Green Building in New Jersey:  Perfect Match or Just Another Fad?” May 2008

  • New Jersey State Bar Association Seminar, “Developments in Environmental Litigation,” May 8, 2008

  • Thomas More Law Society of Manhattan College, “Don't Be Scared Be Prepared: Employment Trends for Lawyers," February 13, 2008; re-presented as “Be Scared!” October 2011

  • Mealey's Natural Resource Damages Conference, “Is There a Better Way?” March 2008

  • Mealey’s MTBE Conference, “Marketshare Liability,” June 2007

  • New Jersey State Bar Association Environmental Law Forum, “Environmental Issues and Nanotechnology,” June 2007

  • “Natural Resource Damages: Update,” ABA Annual Meeting 2005

  • “Natural Resource Damage and Enforcement Claims,” ABA TTEL Spring Meeting 2004