Michael Killingsworth, Attorney
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.
Michael Killingsworth focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation at AZA. He has been part of a successful $200 million energy sector jury trial team and a successful $9.4 million healthcare sector jury trial team. He has been on multiple intellectual property focused trial teams that have successfully recovered more than $50 million for AZA’s IP clients. He has also served as lead counsel in reaching favorable settlements related to wrongful termination and breach of contract cases. Mr. Killingsworth earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he completed the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program from University of Chicago Booth business school.
Kathleen M. Massimo, Partner
Kathleen M. Massimo is Partner in Houser LLP’s New York and New Jersey offices. Ms. Massimo represents corporations, financial institutions, corporate directors and officers and other institutional clients. She has successfully tried cases in both New York and New Jersey. As an active litigator, Ms. Massimo represents clients in all aspects of litigation including evidentiary hearings, mediations, depositions, bankruptcy proceedings, discovery disputes and motion hearings. Ms. Massimo’s focus is to creatively resolve matters for her clients quickly and efficiently. She also works with clients to develop best practices and legal compliance. A substantial portion of Ms. Massimo’s practice is also devoted to Appeals. She has successfully argued before the New York and New Jersey state Appellate Courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Before joining Houser, Ms. Massimo clerked for the Honorable Joseph L. Yannotti, P.J.A.D. of the New Jersey Appellate Division and was as a litigator at a large, New York firm
Christopher Cianci, Senior Associate
Lagasse Branch Bell + Kinkead LLP
Mr. Cianci has more than 10 years’ experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He practices in the areas of employment law and business litigation. His employment practice entails advising and representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, and trade secret matters. His business litigation practice involves breach of contract, unfair competition, fraud, and ownership, partnership, and shareholder disputes. He also provides advice and counsel to clients on employment and business-related matters, including the development of employment policies, employee hiring, retention, and termination practices, and a variety of other issues of concern for individuals, companies, organizations, and educational institutions.
As a litigator, Mr. Cianci has successfully served as lead counsel on jury and bench trials and has represented clients in all types of proceedings, including evidentiary hearings, depositions, arbitrations, and mediations. He has also obtained successful results for clients at the summary judgment stage and on appeal.
Outside of his law practice, Mr. Cianci spends time with his family and two dogs, and enjoys reading, theatre, opera, fitness, and traveling.