Associate - Los Angeles
As a member of the Public Law and Litigation Practice Groups, Mr. Kosla defends corrections authorities against alleged breaches of constitutional rights, such as deliberate indifference claims under the Eighth Amendment and exercise of religion claims under the First Amendment and RLUIPA. Mr. Kosla has also defended police entities and personnel against alleged breaches of the Fourth Amendment.
Mr. Kosla has handled various environmental law matters, including defending public and private companies in Proposition 65 cases concerning the alleged presence of lead and di(2ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) in consumer goods; defending a former owner and operator in a CERCLA §107 action brought by DTSC for the clean-up of TCE, PCE, and hexavalent chromium estimated at well over $20 million; and representing the seller in the sale of a contaminated commercial property.
Mr. Kosla has also handled numerous trademark matters, such as registering trademarks before the USPTO for various well-known companies, including a Japanese motor vehicle manufacturer, convenience store, and fitness center; registering trademarks before WIPO for a hotel certification company; representing the alleged infringer in a trademark infringement dispute, including negotiating a co-existence agreement; and representing the trademark and copyright owner in a U.S. District Court case concerning trademark and copyright infringement arising out of the unauthorized use of trade materials.
Prior to relocating to California, Mr. Kosla practiced for approximately four years as a solicitor in the State of Victoria, Australia, where he specialized in all aspects of business litigation, as well as bankruptcy and insolvency matters.
Mr. Kosla is the author of "Disciplined For Bringing A Sport Into Disrepute” - A Framework For Judicial Review (2001) 25 Melbourne University Law Review 654. The test, which he enunciated in the article, was approved by an Australian State Court in Waterhouse v. Racing Appeals Tribunal,  NSWSC 1143, cited by the High Court of New Zealand in Stratford Racing Club Incorporated And Anor,  NZHC 343, and cited by a tribunal in Miller (THO) - App 22 2007,  VRAT 4.
Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Kosla served in the Royal Australian Artillery.
Mr. Kosla is passionate about martial arts and has black belts in Taekwondo and Yoshukai Karate.
- February 2013 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update, February 2013
- January 2013 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update, January 2013
- December 2012 Prison Break - Correctional Liablity Update, December 2012