Kimberly G. Koziara is an associate in the firm's Trial Practice Group. Her practice is focused on SEC, FINRA and DOJ civil and white-collar criminal defense matters, internal investigations of violations of securities laws, and complex commercial litigation.
In her government investigations and white-collar practice, Ms. Koziara manages diverse legal defense teams in complex and high-stakes matters. She has represented financial institutions, investment advisers, cutting-edge fintech companies and billion-dollar publicly traded corporations, as well as their board members, executive management and registered representatives, before the SEC, DOJ, FINRA and State law enforcement agencies. Ms. Koziara counsels clients through the investigation process, from the early stages of an inquiry through successful resolution and settlement. She has significant experience defending clients in the financial services industry, having represented corporations and individuals in the banking, private equity and fintech sectors.
In her commercial litigation practice, Ms. Koziara has represented companies and individuals in State and Federal court actions, and in arbitration and mediation proceedings, involving a variety of claims, including legal malpractice, breach of contract, breach of warranty, breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts.
Prior to joining Duane Morris, Ms. Koziara served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jessica R. Mayer of the New Jersey Superior Court (Multi-County Litigation assignment). Ms. Koziara primarily assisted the Court with mass tort actions involving prescription pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Ms. Koziara is a 2011 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where she was senior editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change. She holds a B.A. in music from Wesleyan University.
Represented fintech company in SEC OCIE examination relating to broker-dealer registration issues.
- Represented financial institution in connection with SEC investigation concerning accounting for and internal controls relating to loan loss reserves for commercial loans
Represented publicly traded company in connection with SEC investigation concerning accounting for foreign exchange effects on certain receivables.
- Represented investment advisor in SEC investigation involving various disclosure issues relating to management of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs).
- Defended individual charged with violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act; drafted sophisticated motions to dismiss and to exclude wiretap evidence.
- Represented pharmaceuticals manufacturer in suit against supplier of recalled raw material.
- Represented nursing home owner on appeal of judgement in suit alleging breach of contract and other claims arising from contemplated sale of nursing home.
- Represented health care entity in suit alleging breach of contract and other claims arising from contemplated build-to-suit transaction.
- Represented retail energy company in defense of six federal and state class actions alleging deceptive marketing practices.
- Defended client law firm in legal malpractice suit; defeated plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment and obtained holding that judgment entered against allegedly impaired lawyer based upon his failure to defend not binding on law firm.
- Defended client law firm against fraud, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting client misconduct claims arising out of underlying real estate transactions.
- Obtained on behalf of the parents of a seventh grade child a ruling from a New Jersey administrative law judge affirming a previous ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit calling for the child's educational placement to be redrawn to afford child an education in the "least restrictive environment" as required by federal law.
- Represented 11-year-old child in connection with appeal of initial determination denying eligibility for children’s SSI benefits; obtained a fully favorable decision holding that child was eligible for benefits on account of child’s learning disability.
Government Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense
Complex Commercial and Professional Liability Litigation
Pro Bono Engagements
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, J.D., 2011
- Senior Editor, Journal of Law and Social Change
- Wesleyan University, B.A., 2006
- Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2012-present
- New Jersey Superior Court
- Law Clerk to the Hon. Jessica R. Mayer, 2011-2012
- Barrister, University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court
- Author, "What’s Really Making Us Uncomfortable—the Use of AI in Evaluating the Likelihood of Recidivism, or the Policy of Sentencing Based on the Likelihood of Recidivism?" Duane Morris White-Collar Criminal Law Blog, June 4 2021
- Co-author, "SEC Issues First Charges for False Disclosures Concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic," Duane Morris Alert, December 10, 2020
Author, "Sometimes, You CAN Always Get What You Want: Counseling Clients On Taking Breaks Before a Federal Grand Jury," Duane Morris White-Collar Criminal Law Blog, August 20, 2019
- Co-author, "Spoliation of Electronic Information Under Amended Federal Rule 37(e)," The Legal Intelligencer, February 7, 2017
- Co-author, "Useful Advice from PDLG to Summer Associates Everywhere," The Legal Intelligencer, June 9, 2014
- Co-author, "Disclosure of Seed Sets: Required to Cooperate or Protected as Attorney Work Product?," The Legal Intelligencer, February 18, 2014
Selected Speaking Engagements
Co-presenter, "Understanding Relativity Analytics," Duane Morris, Philadelphia, PA, February 26, 2019
Co-presenter, "Managing Data Collection/Processing," Duane Morris, Philadelphia, PA, November 27, 2018
Co-presenter, "Nuts and Bolts of eDiscovery," Duane Morris, Philadelphia, PA, October 16, 2018