Elaine Kobylecki

Biography

Elaine Kobylecki is a litigation attorney in the San Francisco office of Cokinos | Young. She is a member of the firm’s Greek Organization Litigation Practice Group and represents fraternal organizations on matters ranging from premises liability, assault and wrongful death. Elaine is also experienced in the areas of catastrophic injury, commercial litigation, and products liability having counseled individual clients, national companies and local government entities at all stages of litigation.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Initiated, Gamma Phi Beta

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2014

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 2011

Admissions

  • State Bar of California

  • United States District Courts, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Jaskiran K. Samra

Biography

Jaskiran (“Jas”) Samra is a litigation lawyer who is a member of the Cokinos | Young Greek Organization Litigation Practice Group, working out of the San Francisco Office.  With attention to detail and a variety of expert professional skills involving complex litigation, she currently focuses her practice on litigation and risk-management issues relating to Greek organizations and other fraternal groups. Jas is experienced in the areas of catastrophic injury, commercial litigation, fraud and breach of fiduciary duties, and has represented a variety of national and local clients.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • California State Bar
  • Queen’s Bench (Member, Civic & Judicial Appointment Committee & Domestic Violence Committee)
  • South Asian Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2013
  • B.S., University of Michigan, 2009

Admissions

  • California State Bar, April 2014
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • Pro Hac Vice Admission Granted, 6 States (NJ, PA, OH, FL, AZ, MI)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Representative Experience

  • Steagall v. Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (Los Angeles Superior Court).  Successful granting of summary judgment in favor of national Fraternity, national Foundation, house corporation, and local Chapter
  • Morton v. Theta Chi Fraternity, 2019 WL 6173687 (Mich. App.).  Successful granting of summary disposition in favor of national Fraternity and local Chapter, affirmed on appeal by the Michigan Court of Appeals

Michael C. Osborne

Biography

Michael Osborne is a trial lawyer who has handled and tried a wide variety of litigation, ranging from complex business disputes and class actions for national and local companies to injury and wrongful-death claims asserted against product manufacturers, trucking companies, fraternities and sororities, security companies and healthcare professionals.  Michael is nationally recognized among fraternal organizations and their insurers and risk managers for his representation of national Fraternities and Sororities in high-exposure and high-publicity litigation and in significant crisis-management situations.

He recently opened the Cokinos | Young California office in San Francisco, where he heads his Greek Organization Litigation Practice Group, making Cokinos | Young “The Nation’s only Law Firm with a Litigation Practice Group Committed to Defending Fraternities and Sororities Throughout the Country.”  Michael has defended fraternity and sorority members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and of the National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association on litigation involving hazing claims.  He has served on the NIC Presidential Commission on Hazing Awareness and Prevention.

Elected to The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2000, Michael has been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” for each of the years 2013-2020.  He has tried in excess of 125 jury trials to verdict in both federal and state courts. He is the only attorney in the United States within the past 20+ years who has tried a jury trial defending claims of hazing and sexual assault against a national fraternal organization.  He has been involved in the defense of virtually every major high-profile claim involving a fraternity since the year 2000.

A 1977 graduate of Haverford College (Haverford, Pennsylvania), Michael received his law degree in 1980 from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.  He served as a criminal prosecutor with the El Dorado County (South Lake Tahoe) and San Francisco County District Attorneys’ Offices from 1981 to 1989. Since then, he has developed an extensive civil trial and litigation practice, serving the diverse litigation needs of national, regional, and local clients.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Elected to The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2000
  • California State Bar
  • DRI, Former Member, Class Action Specialized Litigation Group
  • DRI, E-Discovery Task Force, 2002-2006
  • DRI, Former President, DRI Trucking Law Committee
  • Initiated, Theta Chi Fraternity
  • Appointed, California State Bar and San Francisco County Superior Court, Special Master in Criminal Investigations and Search Warrants

Education

  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law (San Francisco), 1980
  • B.A., Haverford College (Haverford, Pennsylvania), 1977

Admissions

  • California State Bar, 1980
  • United States District Courts, Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • Pro Hac Vice Admissions Granted, 19 States and 5 U.S. District Courts

Representative Cases

  • Smith v. Delta Tau Delta, 9 N.E.3rd154 (Ind. 2014).  Successful Amicus Brief for Theta Chi Fraternity.
  • Barenborg v. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, 33 Cal.App.5th 70 (2019).  Successful granting of summary judgment in favor of national Fraternity, affirmed on appeal by the California Court of Appeal in a case of first impression in California on the issues of duty and vicarious liability involving a national Fraternity (with review denied by the California Supreme Court) (briefed and argued).
  • Tipton v. Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, 826 S.E.2d 226 (N.C. App. 2019).  Successful granting of summary judgment in favor of national Fraternity, affirmed on appeal  by the North Carolina Court of Appeals (briefed and argued by Practice Group member Jennifer Riso (Cokinos | Young – Austin)).
  • Morton v. Theta Chi Fraternity, 2019 WL 6173687 (Mich. App.) Successful granting of summary disposition in favor of national Fraternity and local Chapter, affirmed on appeal by the Michigan Court of Appeals (argued by Practice Group member Jaskiran K. Samra (Cokinos | Young – San Francisco)).
  • Clifford v. Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (California). Only jury trial nationwide within the past 20+ years involving claims of hazing and sexual assault against a national fraternal organization, with a defense verdict on the hazing and sexual assault claims as to the Fraternity and a very favorable verdict on the negligence claim against the local chapter (2018), now on appeal to the California Court of Appeal.  This was also the first and only civil trial involving hazing claims under “Matt’s Law,” California’s anti-hazing statute which was enacted in 2007.
  • Hall v. Millersville University, 400 F.Supp.3d 252 (E.D. Pa. 2019).  Successful granting of summary judgment in favor of national Fraternity, applying Pennsylvania substantive law (briefed and argued).

Fraternity Presentations

  • Fraternal Law (July 2020), “California Court of Appeals Holds That Sorority Members Do Not Owe a Duty in a Negligence Case Based on Their Agreement to Abide by University Risk Management Policies and Protocols.”
  • 2018 Fraternal Law Conference, “Litigation Update”
  • 2018 Theta Chi Convention, “What do We do Now?Know Your Rights” and “Are You in Good Hands (Alumni)”
  • 2018, 2017, 2016 FRMT Annual Meetings, National Counsel Review and Litigation Updates
  • 2015 Fraternal Law Conference, “Litigation/Appellate Issues and Trends”
  • 2014 Fraternal Law Conference, “Litigation Defense:How to be Prepared and What to Expect”
  • 2013 FRMT Risk Management College, “Greek Organizations: An Industry Under Attack”
  • 2012 FRMT Risk Management College, “How to Prepare for the Inevitable”