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Cozen O'Connor

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Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer: Michael J Heller
President and Managing Partner: Vincent R McGuinness
Founder & Chairman: Stephen A Cozen
Founder & Vice Chairman: Patrick J O’Connor
Number of lawyers: 750
Additional Offices: Washington, DC, New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco and Santa Monica, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Wilmington, DE, Houston and Dallas, TX, Seattle, WA, Atlanta, GA, Minneapolis, MN, Newark and Cherry Hill, NJ, Miami and West Palm Beach, FL, Denver, CO, Charlotte, NC, and Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Wilkes Barre, and West Conshohocken, PA, Richmond, VA, and internationally in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada and London, UK.

Firm Overview:
Established in 1970 and ranked among the largest law firms in the United States, Cozen O’Connor has more than 750 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, transactions, and regulatory.

Main Areas Of Practice:


With capacity throughout the United States, this practice is well positioned to deal with regulatory approvals, government investigations, and private litigation.

Commercial Litigation:
The firm’s litigation department includes trial-tested lawyers who regularly prosecute and defend construction litigation, complex corporate and partnership disputes, product liability and mass torts, securities and financial services litigation, trusts and estates litigation, environmental claims, class action defence, and real estate matters.


The firm’s corporate attorneys counsel on matters related to day-to-day operations, assist in negotiating and documenting financing and business expansion transactions, and provide guidance in acquisitions, sales, mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures, as well as organisation, structure, and governance. 

Family Law:
The firm’s attorneys counsel clients in their most personal legal matters, from marriage and divorce to child custody and support arrangements. Clients rely on the firm’s counselors for their interpersonal skills to provide meaningful support during major life transitions and their legal skills to use cutting-edge deal structures and guidelines.

Intellectual Property:
The IP practice works with clients to develop and implement protection and enforcement strategies for patents, trademarks, trade names, domain names, service marks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, rights of publicity and privacy, and franchising.

Labour & Employment/Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation/Immigration:
The firm’s attorneys counsel and litigate matters including personnel policies and business transactions to enhance productivity, comply with legal and immigration requirements and avoid litigation, as well as qualified and non-qualified plans, retirement plans, executive compensation programs, health and welfare benefits, and ERISA.

Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Organisations:
Nonprofit and tax-exempt organisations have turned to the firm’s attorneys for help with their most daunting challenges. This group is committed to providing clients the advice and counsel necessary to meet these challenges both effectively and efficiently.

Private Client Services:
The firm’s attorneys counsel high net worth families and individuals in the United States and abroad, as well as successful business owners and entrepreneurs in wealth management, wealth transfer, philanthropic giving, business succession planning, and trusts and estates litigation.

Public Strategies:
This bipartisan government relations group offers a full complement of government affairs services, including legislative and executive branch advocacy, policy analysis, assistance with government procurement and funding, and crisis management.

Real Estate:
This group handles complex commercial acquisitions, dispositions and development, partnerships and joint ventures, leasing, sale/ leasebacks, senior debt and mezzanine debt financings, loan restructuring and workouts, and land use and zoning.

State Attorneys General:
This practice represents clients on solutions to business matters brought by state attorneys general across the country in AG investigations and litigation (including multi-state and federal co-enforcement actions).

Assisting businesses and individuals with minimising the consequences of federal, state, and local taxes, with experience in such matters as mergers and acquisitions, financings, purchase or sale of businesses, negotiation and structuring of joint ventures, client representations, and real estate matters.

Transportation & Logistics:
Broad experience in the transportation sector, including corporate, commercial, transactional, regulatory, litigation, public and private contracting, and financing. Its work regularly involves cargo and passenger transportation, towage, dredging, terminals, offshore energy, fisheries, and marine construction.

Utility, Environmental & Energy:
Lawyers offer integrated public utility and environmental regulatory services to entities in the electricity, gas, water, real estate development, and manufacturing sectors. They provide clients with traditional legal services in addition to emerging areas such as electric competition counselling, renewable energy siting, and market-based pollution trading counselling.

White Collar Defense & Investigations:
Comprised of a highly skilled team of former federal prosecutors and veteran defence lawyers who can fight zealously for the firm’s clients in pre-trial negotiations with prosecutors, criminal jury trials, and any necessary appeals.


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