Managing Partner: George E. Pallas
Number of partners: 29 Number of lawyers: 70
Languages: English, French, Polish, Spanish, Vietnamese
Over the past 30 years, Cohen Seglias has grown from a three-attorney construction firm to a law firm with 70 attorneys across nine offices. The firm serves both national and international clients in a variety of industries ranging from real estate, construction, and development, to manufacturing, transportation, technology, hospitality, and professional services.
Main Areas of Practice:
Construction Contracts & Risk Management
Consumer Protection & Regulatory Defense
Energy & Utilities
Government Law & Regulatory Affairs
Insurance Coverage & Risk Management
Labor & Employment
Cohen Seglias counsels businesses at every stage of their evolution, from emerging businesses to established and growing corporations. The group’s clients span a wide range of industries including real estate, professional services, health care, financial services, energy, engineering, and construction.
The group handles complex litigation matters in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies throughout the country. The attorneys litigate a variety of business, real estate, and commercial issues for large and small businesses as well as individuals.
Cohen Seglias has a significant presence in the construction industry and is one of the largest construction practices on the East Coast. The firm’s 50 fulltime construction attorneys represent every potential party in a dispute on a project, including general contractors, subcontractors, owners, architects, engineers, developers, sureties, design professionals, and suppliers. The group works for clients on all types of construction projects including bridges, water treatment plants, petro-chemical plants, dams, highways, major office buildings, stadiums, hospitals, shopping centers, condominiums, government buildings, airports, factories, and schools.
Construction Contracts & Risk Management:
The group works with clients from project conception to completion to simplify the construction process, protect their rights, and minimize risk. The attorneys help clients review, negotiate, and draft the various documents utilized in construction projects including contracts, purchase orders, joint venture agreements, change orders, performance and payment bonds, general agreements of indemnity, insurance policies, releases, and mechanics’ lien waivers.
Consumer Protection & Regulatory Defense:
The practice represents Fortune 500 corporations and other businesses who are the targets of consumer protection investigations conducted by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General into allegations of deceptive and unfair business practices under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. The attorneys also have extensive experience defending individual and class action claims alleging a variety of federal consumer protection laws.
Energy & Utilities:
The group is dedicated to serving the legal needs of companies engaged in the energy industry in Pennsylvania. It assists clients with the legal, regulatory, financial, and political challenges facing energy companies involved in natural gas, oil, and coal production.
Cohen Seglias focuses on cost-effective, results-oriented representation of clients including banks, financial institutions, broker-dealers, investment advisers, debt buyers, and debt collection companies. The group counsels clients on a wide array of matters such as commercial loan transactions, loan workouts, bankruptcy, asset recovery, foreclosures, receiverships, and defense litigation.
The group represents federal prime and subcontractors and provides comprehensive business counseling to government contractors. Attorneys guide clients through every aspect of federal government procurement, from the solicitation phase through contract close out. The group represents clients in a number of areas including small business procurement and certification, dredging, and federal construction contracting. It has developed a strong national and international presence.
Government Relations & Energy & Utilities:
This practice helps companies and individuals navigate lawsuits, investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, and other conflicts with local, state, and federal government agencies.
The group advises clients in internal investigations in response to whistleblower complaints, complaints of harassment in the workplace, matters under investigation by government agencies, auditing irregularities, and matters subject to civil or administrative litigation. It also assists schools, colleges, and universities with thorough, prompt, and impartial Title IX and student conduct investigations and represents clients in scientific misconduct investigations.
Labor & Employment:
Cohen Seglias represents employers and management exclusively in all matters relating to labor and employment law including employment counseling, employment litigation, labor-management relations, union election campaigns, preventive maintenance and litigation avoidance, grievances and arbitrations, non-competition agreements and trade secret litigation, and wage and hour matters. The group represents employers of all sizes in a variety of industries.
Real Estate & Business Transactions:
With an established deal-making history representing buyers and sellers in a broad range of real estate matters, the group drafts and negotiates a variety of real estate transactions all while providing counsel on numerous issues affecting the outcome of each matter or project.
The group represents a diverse array of individuals, entities, and owners of closely-held businesses and counsels clients on estate planning, tax-saving strategies, and business succession planning.