Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: Michael J. Heller
President & Managing Partner: Vincent R. McGuinness
Number of lawyers: 700
Offices: Philadelphia, Washington, DC, New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Monica, CA, Wilmington, DE, Houston and Dallas, TX, Seattle, WA, Atlanta, GA, Minneapolis, MN, Cherry Hill, NJ, Miami and West Palm Beach, FL, Denver, CO, Charlotte, NC, Richmond, VA, and Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Wilkes Barre, and West Conshohocken, PA, and internationally in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada and London, UK.
Established in 1970 and ranked among the largest law firms in the United States, Cozen O’Connor has more than 700 attorneys who counsel clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, transactions, and regulatory matters.
Main Areas of Practice:
This practice provides the full range of antitrust legal services, including litigation, government investigations, corporate transactions, and regulatory counseling. Attorneys respond to civil and criminal investigations and litigation initiated by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state attorneys general and foreign competition authorities, as well as litigation initiated by private parties.
Bankruptcy & Insolvency:
Firm attorneys represent clients in a broad range of commercial litigation and transactional matters, with emphasis in domestic and international insolvency, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, restructuring, and reorganization.
The cannabis industry presents a world of opportunity, but also poses a dizzying array of shifting laws, policies, and practical challenges. To meet this need, the firm developed an interdisciplinary team of lawyers and government affairs professionals to guide clients through the labyrinthine landscape of financing, manufacturing, processing, distributing, marketing and retail selling of marijuana under applicable state laws.
The firm’s litigation department includes trial-tested lawyers who regularly prosecute and defend a diverse caseload of construction litigation, complex corporate and partnership disputes, product liability and mass torts, securities and financial services litigation, trusts and estates litigation, e-discovery disputes, environmental claims, class action defense, and real estate matters.
With more than 40 attorneys practicing throughout the United States, the construction group has the depth and geographical reach to handle clients’ most complex problems in the United States and abroad. Cozen O’Connor’s attorneys have been in the field and on work sites for more than 40 years, so their legal advice is grounded in that direct, practical experience. Attorneys anticipate problems, recommend creative solutions and structure practical agreements.
The firm’s corporate attorneys counsel clients on matters related to organization, structure, and governance, provide advice on matters arising in day-to-day operations, assist in negotiating and documenting financing and business expansion transactions, and provide guidance in mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures.
Emerging Business & Venture Capital:
For emerging companies, corporate attorneys serve as critical partners at every stage in the life cycle of a growing business. Early-stage companies confront rapid and constant change at a point when their corporate structure is often still nascent. Attorneys work with emerging leaders to establish viable internal structures and support day-to-day operations.
For more than three decades the firm’s family law attorneys have counselled clients on matters of divorce, division of property, and alimony; child and spousal support; child custody; domestic violence; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; name changes; and adoption or termination of parental rights.
Attorneys provide advice and counsel to individuals and entities in the gaming industry, including hotels and casinos, gaming executives, gaming equipment manufacturers and distributors, investment advisers, racing organizations, and software development companies on licensing and regulatory issues, real estate development, litigation, intellectual property matters, financing and tax issues, corporate matters, and labor and employment concerns.
Government Contracts & Bid Protests:
Attorneys and government relations professionals assist clients in all phases of contracting with the federal government, including preparation of proposals and bids; conducting negotiations with contracting agencies; and assessing the effect of relevant statutes or actions by federal agencies on contract performance. The firm also represents clients in government/industry working groups involved in the improvement of the contracting process.
The firm’s lawyers provide varied regulatory and litigation services including Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party reimbursement issues, fraud and abuse and Federal False Claims Act issues, compliance program development, and confidentiality and other HIPAArelated compliance issues.
Immigration Policy & Strategy:
The firm advises domestic and international corporations and businesses and their employees in seeking temporary visa options and permanent residence in the United States. Cozen O’Connor’s multidisciplinary approach allows it to provide comprehensive, high-quality representation as it develops strategies applicable to all aspects of immigration and nationality law.
Institutional Response Group:
The firm’s attorneys have decades of experience conducting high-profile investigations into sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, and other forms of misconduct. Attorneys represent colleges, universities, K-12 educational and other child-serving institutions, as well as corporations, hospitals, religious institutions, and not-for-profit organizations in connection with policy, compliance, investigations, and governance issues.
Insurance Coverage Claims/Litigation:
The firm provides clients with sound and sophisticated advice on the rights and obligations of the respective parties to insurance contracts and assists them in resolving claims in accordance with the contract provisions and the law.
Intellectual Property & IP Litigation:
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.
Cozen O’Connor advises foreign clients with interests in the United States, US-based clients with interests abroad, and foreign and domestic partners in cross-border trade and joint ventures. Clients include foreign corporations, international subsidiaries, US firms, foreign and domestic governments, venture funds and emerging businesses, investment funds, tax-exempt organizations, corporate boards, executives and entrepreneurs.
Labor & Employment/Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation:
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 Organizations:
Cozen O’Connor’s attorneys represent charities, hospitals and hospital systems, religious organizations, educational institutions, trusts, foundations, trade associations, and others in general legal and tax matters and in matters unique to their status as nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.
Privacy & Data Security:
Over the last decade, the firm has built a multidisciplanary team to help clients safeguard their digital data without sacrificing their business goals. Attorneys work with clients to protect their brands and reputations through compliance management, transactional issues, and data breach response and litigation.
Private Client Services:
Cozen O’Connor’s attorneys assist clients in all areas relating to wealth management, wealth transfer, philanthropic giving, and business succession planning. They counsel high net worth families and individuals both in the United States and abroad, and assist successful business owners and entrepreneurs. The firm provides advice on trusts, estates, tax strategies, business strategies, and estate disputes.
Public & Project Finance:
The firm has one of the most active practices in the mid-Atlantic region. Its team is experienced in tax-exempt and taxable financings, debt restructurings, off-balance sheet financings, securitizations, and municipal swaps.
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.
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:
Cozen O’Connor’s state attorneys general 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).
Subrogation & Recovery:
The firm’s attorneys handle the nation’s most property damage and other first-party subrogation claims. These claims arise from casualties such as fires, explosions, structural collapses, equipment failures, gas and water leaks, and natural disasters.
Assisting businesses and individuals with minimizing the consequences of federal, state and local taxes, attorneys have 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 & Trade:
This team offers 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:
The firm’s lawyers offer integrated public utility and environmental regulatory services to entities in the electricity, gas, water, real estate development, and manufacturing sectors. It provides clients with traditional legal services in addition to emerging areas such as electric competition counseling, renewable energy siting, and market-based pollution trading counseling.
White Collar Defense & Investigations:
Comprised of a highly skilled team of former federal and state prosecutors and veteran defense lawyers who can navigate government investigations, implement compliance programs and fight zealously for the firm’s clients in pre-trail negotiations with prosecutors, criminal jury trials, and any necessary appeals.