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Joseph H. Koonz

A Washington DC Injury Lawyer


Washington DC injury attorney Joseph H. Koonz, Jr. graduated with honors from Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1956, and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1959, followed by a tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps. He was admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia in 1960, and to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, all of the courts of the District of Columbia and the Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. Mr. Koonz was a member of the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar, where he served as Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Committee, Chairman of the Negligence Committee, a Member of the Ethics Committee and Chairman of the Personal Injury, Negligence and Compensation Committee. Mr. Koonz was also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Council for Court Excellence and Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Koonz frequently lectured on the subjects of tort law and workers’ compensation. He was extremely active in trial practice. Mr. Koonz served as President of the District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association, and was named its “Trial Lawyer of the Year” in 1990. Mr. Koonz was a guest lecturer in trial practice at Georgetown University Law Center and the Columbia School of Law at Catholic University. Mr. Koonz served as a Member of the Board of Regents of Catholic University, Washington, D.C., and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire. He also served on the Board of Directors of Georgetown Preparatory School, Rockville, Maryland, and the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Bethesda, Maryland. In 1982, Mr. Koonz donated the Koonz Theatre at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, which is the venue for many significant events, including the Presidential debates, which are held every four years prior to the New Hampshire primary.

Mr. Koonz was honored for his philanthropic endeavors on behalf of The Archdiocese of Washington, “So Others Might Eat,” Providence Hospital and Friendship House. He was also a significant fundraiser for a variety of needy charitable organizations in the Washington area. Mr. Koonz was featured on both the The Today Show and Good Morning America in conjunction with successful trials. Mr. Koonz was also a Knight of Malta, Federal Association. He was born in Cornwall, New York.

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