Cole Schotz P.C.



Christopher P. Massaro
New Jersey Office
Court Plaza North, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
T: 201-525-6272 / C: 201-532-0022 / F: 201-678-6272
Legal Practice Assistant: Debbie Hilcher
T: 201-489-3000, ext. 5084


Christopher Massaro is a member in the firm's Litigation Department. He has successfully resolved a variety of state and federal court matters for both individuals and businesses. Although most of his cases are addressed in New Jersey, Christopher has also litigated matters in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona and California. During his career, Christopher has represented clients in disputes involving the following areas:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Contract litigation
  • Shareholder litigation
  • Probate/estate/trust litigation
  • ERISA litigation
  • Construction and surety litigation
  • Bankruptcy litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Professional malpractice
  • Land use

Christopher has obtained favorable results in a variety of matters, such as the following:

  • Obtained a court order barring a subordinated lender from interfering with the repayment of an $8 million loan held by a commercial lender;
  • Prevented the majority shareholders of a closely held corporation from wrongfully terminating a minority shareholder who was serving as the corporation’s president;
  • Invalidated a shareholder vote conducted by a large, private corporation that would have authorized the sale of all corporate assets in violation of the shareholders’ agreement and the interests of several shareholders;
  • Obtained partial summary judgment against a national health insurance company on behalf of a medical practice in a case involving ERISA benefit claims. The remainder of the suit was subsequently settled on favorable terms for the medical practice;
  • Successfully defended appeals on behalf of hospitals involving claims of professional malpractice;
  • Settled a successor liability claim involving employment discrimination on terms that were favorable to the successor entity;
  • Member of the trial team that obtained a multimillion-dollar judgment for a large commercial landlord in the U.S. District Court concerning a dispute with a commercial tenant;
  • Co-authored an appellate brief in a case involving land use/environmental issues, which was ultimately decided in favor of our client and culminated in a published appellate court opinion [In re New Jersey Dep’t of Envtl. Prot. ex. rel. Christ Church , 414 N.J. Super. 592, 999 A.2d 1168 (App. Div. 2010)]; and
  • Resolved various probate and estate matters, including disputes involving will contests and interpretation, undue influence, tax issues and breaches of fiduciary duty involving the administration of estate assets by executors and trustees.

Recognized for the quality of his legal work and professionalism in the areas of Litigation, Commercial Law and Trusts and Estates, Christopher has been awarded the top rating of AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the premier directory of legal professionals. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology. Christopher is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association and a graduate of the Morris Pashman American Inn of Court, a professional association designed to enhance trial practice skills. In addition, he serves as a volunteer mentor for the students at New York Law School and has acted as a judge for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s high school mock trial program on numerous occasions. Prior to joining the firm, Christopher served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Howard H. Kestin of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.


New York Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, 2003; Notes & Comments Editor, Law Review Montclair State University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1999

Bar & Court Admissions

New Jersey, 2003U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2004U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2006



NRA Atty's Admission Debacle Shows Need For Ethics Candor

As published in: Law360 September 19, 2018

Christopher Massaro represented MFC Resources Inc. in victory over ACC Resources Co. LP

As published in: Law360 July 11, 2017


Recent Events

Strafford Webinars - Modifying Irrevocable Trusts Using Nonjudicial Settlements
Attorney Speaking: Christopher P. MassaroSeptember 24, 2020
Executor and Trustee Boot Camp
Attorney Speaking: Christopher P. MassaroApril 13, 2018
Steve Saraisky and Chris Massaro Spoke on Estate Planning and the Uniform Trust Code before the Essex County Chapter of the New Jersey Society of CPAs
Attorneys Speaking: Steven M. Saraisky and Christopher P. MassaroOctober, 2016
The Role of Fiduciaries – Legal and Ethical Considerations for Executors, Trustees, Guardians and their Attorneys, CLE presentation at the Bergen County Bar Association
Attorneys Speaking: Christopher P. Massaro and Steven M. SaraiskyJune 26, 2015
New Jersey Appellate Practice: Navigating The Appeals Process From Start To Finish, Bergen County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Seminar
Attorney Speaking: Christopher P. MassaroOctober 26, 2011



Form Contracts: Revising Them Now Can Save You Money Later

Meadowlands USA Andrew B.Fisher Fall 2006


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