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Marc Christopher Kokosa

Criminal defense Attorney at Latham, NY

5.0   11 reviews

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About Marc

Learn Marc’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%

    15 years, 2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%

    15 years, 300 cases

  3. Business
    10%

    12 years

  4. Civil rights
    10%

    10 years

  5. Personal injury
    10%

    10 years

  6. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%

    14 years, 20,000 cases

As a graduate of the University at Buffalo and Albany Law School, I began my career as an Assistant District Attorney in upstate New York where I prosecuted thousands of cases including felonies, misdemeanors, violations and DWI. As a prosecutor, I learned the values of fairness and truth. I quickly learned that good people can make mistakes, but that doesn’t make them bad people. The system sometimes forgets that it’s supposed to judge your actions and character, not your address or clothes. I fight for my clients because justice should remain blind.

After leaving law enforcement, I joined the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board in their litigation unit. I recovered more than $150 million owed to the State from businesses involved in defaulted workers’ compensation trust funds. Through progressive litigation, our unit battled against some of the largest law firms in the State – and the country. We found success not just through our tenacious attitudes, but through our unmatched knowledge in a rapidly evolving field of law. These attitudes and skills have carried over and our firm brings them to each matter it handles.

After my residency at the Workers’ Compensation Board, I transferred back to the field of criminal justice, quite literally. Upon accepting a senior attorney position with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice, I became more administratively involved in the application of forensic sciences, public safety and legislative creation. From mitochondrial DNA to the Datamaster breath test instrument, I became fully involved in each technical aspect of a criminal prosecution. While some attorneys may boast about how well they understand the science that supports law enforcement, I helped write those rules they “understand” so well.

Whether you are being criminally prosecuted, your business and livelihood is being threatened or somebody has hurt you or a loved one and refuses to compensate you for that loss, you deserve a capable and experienced attorney who isn’t just a slogan on the radio.

Licensed for 14 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2009
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Marc

Kokosa Law Firm
40 British American Blvd. 2nd Floor
Latham, NY, 12110

Reviews

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Posted by Stephen | October 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He Answers His Phone
Yes, he actually answers the phone! My past experience with Attorneys, and any professional frankly these days, is that they take your money and then ghost you for weeks. Mark will literally answer his phone in the middle of the night, not a secretary, not an answering service, HIM! He is caring, hard-working and dam good at his job. Don't think twice about hiring him.
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Posted by Greg | August 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Marc, best attorney ever!
I hired Marc several times for traffic cases such as speeding and Driving Without a License and the result was always favorable to me. Recently, I was charged with my third DUI and was facing a possible lifetime license revocation. In this case, Marc won the DMV refusal hearing AND punched so many holes in the prosecutor's case that they had to offer me a non DUI resolution. Marc saved me years of license revocations, interlocks, thousands in fines, court costs, and penalties. Thanks again Marc.
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Posted by Douglas | May 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you're looking for Honest and Fair representation, Call Mark Kokosa
Mark Kokosa was professional, very knowledgeable about criminal law. His prices were very reasonable compared to many other lawyers that wanted to charge three times as much. On my court date Mr. Kokosa was quick on settling a plea deal with the DA and the Judge. I would recommend Mark Kokosa if you're looking for straight forward and personable representation.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney!
I retained Marc for a small claims court matter (landlord dispute) and he exceeded my expectations. He honestly went above and beyond and kept me informed every step of the way. I would hire him in a heart beat.
Posted by Josh | May 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer! Marc went above and beyond for my Business
Marc saved me and my business. I was in the process of Acquiring My first Business in NY. My accountant was running into Multiple issues During the Acquisition process. My accountant said i need a Lawyer and Recommended i contact Marc at Albany Law Group. I meet with Marc for a consultation. Marc Took his time explaining The situation i was in. He is extremely knowledgeable and Thorough and honest made sure i was aware of my Personal Rights and company rights Breaking down the ( what if i did this) the action and Reaction is the best way to describe it . Giving his Honest Opinion if something wasn't really worth the effort. I cant go into Specifics. But, Marc saved My business a lot of money. When i say a lot of money. I bet its more than the number that just popped into your head. But, most importantly He saved me time! I was able to continue focusing on my Day to day activities while Marc dealt with the headaches. These issues could have lingered for months and Hurt my Reputation. Anytime i had a Question or concern Marc would respond within 20 mins. I travel Frequently and marc's Communication was fantastic if i was home or on the road and that made me feel at ease. If i was having trouble understanding Something i would meet at his office and talk face to face. Honestly, Marc changed the way i Perceive lawyers he was Honest, passionate and Cared About how these issues effected me and the people around me. All i can say is thank you Marc. I hope i never need you in the future If i do I Feel 100% confident and blessed that you are on my side. I would recommend his services to anyone. He is personable Professional Knowledgeable and cares. like i said he saved me from a Nightmare Business issue and loosing a lot of Capital that would have impacted a lot of people Highly recommend his services to anyone.
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Posted by Andrew C. | March 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer for Communication Ever!!
If you want an top quality & honest attorney that won't fill you with BS then Marc is your guy! He was able to get all charges reduced or dropped in all courts! I had previously retained an incompetent attorney and Marc took over what I thought was a lost cause. He helped me in 3 courts for criminal traffic charges that I frequently get since I am subject to NYS stupid lifetime look back policy.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2016
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Professional, easy to work with, efficient, effective
One of my greatest experience to work with a lawyer. If you are looking for a lawyer to help you quickly, effectively, and professionally, Marc is definitely one of the best ones. Will work with Marc again if I need a lawyer again, but hopefully I won't be in the situation requiring a lawyer to help me too soon...
Posted by Renee | August 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Renee Bestlensbuy
I don't even know where to start. First thing that comes to mind, Marc is a hero. He saved my life. I made a "few" very bad decisions (3 in a row) that should have landed me behind bars. I went online and searched for criminal lawyers, called four, they just made me cry at their reaction to my crime and the way they answered my questions. Marc was the ONLY one who actually treated me like almost like a friend and not a criminal! AND he invited me to his office to chat in person! At no charge! He spent a good hour with me discussing my situation and he was so friendly and reassured me that I'm not a bad person, he said, I just made some bad decisions and I can get through this and everything will be ok. I was so scared of going to jail and becoming a dissapointment to my friends and family and losing my job. My case could have sent me to jail for a minimum of a year, with a felony record! After 4 months and three court appearances, Marc is a friggin GENIUS! My crime will be down to a misdemeanor, turn in a year, down to just a VIOLATION! He really saved my life and I've learned my lesson after having this second chance to live a free life. He made me feel like I was still a good person and I can put all this behind me soon! Stop right here! You will be so relieved to meet with Marc. He will make everything better!
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Posted by Danise | April 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable
Marc was extremely helpful in explaining the legal process to me. He spent extra time answering my questions and was always accessible. I recommend Marc for any legal issues you may have.
Posted by Tonya | November 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney
Mr. Kokosa was always available to answer my questions, responding quickly to provide me with guidance resulting in a successful outcome. He handled everything very smoothly, which took the weight off my shoulders. Mr. Kokosa earned my trust, and I will definitely contact him again for any future legal concerns.
Posted by DEB | October 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helping advice and hand
Knowledgeable nice reputation new to Latham NY but not new to law practice. If needing a hand in any criminal Defense or even your last Will testament this man is capability and is limitless.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Kokosa Law Firm
  • 2015 - Present
  • Senior Attorney
  • NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Senior Attorney
  • NYS Workers' Compensation Board
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Warren County District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2012
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Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002
  • Albany Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Marc
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marc is an excellent attorney. He is bright, incredibly skilled, and a very effective advocate. I have referred several individuals with criminal defense matters to him without hesitation and will continue to do so. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"A few years ago, Marc and I would often be opposite each other on criminal cases in Warren County. He was with the District Attorney's Office while I was with the Public Defender. Marc was always knowledgeable, patient, and fair in his dealings with me and I have no doubt that those same qualities are in evidence when dealing with his clients. Someone who knows the ins and outs of a prosecutor's office is always good to have on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of my long term clients had a criminal matter in Rensselaer County. Attorney Kokosa took care of it in two appearances. My client raved about Attorney Kokosa. The matter was ultimately dismissed and he didn't charge my client an arm and a leg. My client thinks Attorney Kokosa is one of the best attorneys he has ever retained."
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