About Stephen Kunen

Kunen - pB - Headshot - NC - Apr 4 2013In August of 2013, I joined Cittone & Chinta LLP as Of Counsel. Cittone & Chinta is an intellectual property firm in New York City.

I am an intellectual property attorney serving clients in the combat sports industry including mixed martial arts, boxing, wrestling, and other martial arts. My aim is to be a resource that fighters, teams, and companies use to get their legal and business work done.

I have written a law journal article in the Emory Law Journal entitled: Superhuman in the Octagon, Imperfect in the Courtroom: Assessing the Culpability of Martial Artists who Kill During Street Fights. It’s available at: http://www.law.emory.edu/fileadmin/journals/elj/60/60.6/Kunen.pdf Emory Law Journal;2011, Vol. 60 Issue 6, p1389

A graduate from Columbia University with a Bachelors in Neuroscience & Behavior, I graduated with honors from Emory Law School. I am a member of the New York, New Jersey, and Patent bars. Additionally, I am a participating member of the New York City, New York County, New York State and Richmond County bar associations, as well as the Sports Lawyers Association. Trained by Combat Consulting LLC, I passed the Mixed Martial Arts Referee and Judge course. I am a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Renzo Gracie, and currently train Muay Thai with Master David Machin. For 3 years, I was president of the Columbia Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club and a member for 4 years in college.

Through my experience working at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s general counsel, and a top 100 law firm, I want to use my skills to serve the growing industries in combat sports to turn my passion into my work.

Currently, I live with my wife (newly married in June 2013!) in Staten Island, NY. I love training martial arts and completed a Tough Mudder event in New Jersey in October of 2012. I’ve always been fascinated by entrepreneurs and am happy to take the plunge myself.

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