Costello & Mains, P.C.

The New Jersey Employment Rights Lawyers - Discrimination, Harassment, Discharge, Wage & Hour, Whistleblower

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Protecting the Employment and Civil Rights of New Jersey Residents


No matter what the legal issue, people deserve to have a lawyer who will advocate for their rights. Kevin Costello and Deborah Mains have been committed civil, employment and labor law advocates for 32 years between them, having concentrated their practices nearly exclusively for that entire time in protecting and advancing the rights of the people of New Jersey, in Court, throughout the state.


Protecting the Employment and Civil Rights of New Jersey Residents


No matter what the legal issue, people deserve to have a lawyer who will advocate for their rights. Kevin Costello and Deborah Mains have been committed civil, employment and labor law advocates for 32 years between them, having concentrated their practices nearly exclusively for that entire time in protecting and advancing the rights of the people of New Jersey, in Court, throughout the state.


Our firm's primary focus is on protecting the rights of employees throughout New Jersey. No one deserves to suffer from an abusive or hostile work environment, or deserves to be discriminated against or retaliated against. We will file claims against your employer to get you the compensation you deserve. We fight anyone, anywhere, any time, including the largest corporations, and public employers.


Kevin M. Costello Bio


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

Main Office

Costello & Mains, P.C.
18000 Horizon Way, Suite 800
Mount Laurel  NJ  08054

Phone
  • 856-727-9700
Fax
  • 856-727-9797

Kevin M. Costello

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 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 "Boardwalk Seminar" and "Meadowlands Seminar" Employment programs and a Chair of the Boardwalk Seminar Overall Program. He is 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. 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 has been named a "Champion of Equality" by Garden State Equality and a "Super Lawyer" in one capacity or another for the past nine years running. He has been named a "Top One Hundred Trial Lawyer" by the American Trial Lawyers' Association and has received a 10-Year "BV Distinguished Peer Rating" by Martindale-Hubble. He has been named a New Jersey Monthly "Top Attorney" in New Jersey for four years running by New Jersey Monthly magazine. He has received recognition as a "Top 100 Litigators in NJ" in 2013 and 2014 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. He was named a Top 5% for "America's Most Honored Professionals," 2014.

Kevin lives in South Jersey with his wife and son.
License
  • Bar Number: Civil Trial Attorney
    , 2003
Education
  • Suffolk University Law School
    Juris Doctor (Doctor of Laws) , 1991
    Boston, MA
  • Brandeis University
    B.A. , 1988
    Waltham, MA

Deborah Mains

Deborah L. Mains is a shareholder in the Firm.


Deborah graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian studies and obtained her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Camden in 1995.  After completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Mary E. Colalillo in Camden, NJ, she joined the labor department of a large south Jersey union-side litigation law firm, representing unions and employee benefits funds before state and federal courts.  In addition, she represented individual workers in a variety of state and municipal court actions, assisting them with everything from unemployment benefits to criminal charges.  Deborah continued to represent unions, benefit funds and individuals in labor and employment matters.


Deborah joined the firm after her tenure as associate general counsel of the largest property services union in the United States.  As associate general counsel, Deborah provided legal counsel to the union on organizing campaigns and strikes; represented the union before the federal courts and the national labor relations board and, most important to her, arbitrated hundreds of grievances on behalf of individual members of the union who had been unjustly discharged, disciplined or otherwise deprived of benefits.


Ms. Mains is licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey.  She is also a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice, the New Jersey State Bar Association and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.


Deborah resides in south Jersey.


Education:



Rutgers School of Law – Camden, Camden, New Jersey 1995 J.D.


State University of New York at Albany, 1992, Bachelor of Arts


Professional Associations and Memberships:


New Jersey State Bar Association


New Jersey Association for Justice

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