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Cozen O'Connor

At a Glance

“It’s a great balance of wonderful people to work with and competitive, interesting work.”

“Quality of life, early responsibility, and mentorship.”


“Sometimes it gets slow”

“Pay is under market value.”

About Cozen O'Connor

With more than 700 attorneys across the U.S., UK, and Canada, Cozen O’Connor is a full-service law firm with 27 offices. Though the firm's main practice areas are litigation, corporate and regulatory law, and government relations, Cozen O'Connor provides legal assistance in everything from bankruptcy to toxic contamination and other mass torts for large corporations and other companies. The firm serves clients on the federal, state, and local level and before both the executive and legislative branches of government. Cozen O'Connor's diverse client list includes global Fortune 500 companies, middle-market firms poised for growth, ambitious startups, and high-profile individuals. The firm's clients include BP, Gulf Insurance, and Fox Chase Cancer Center.

A Government Asset

Founded in 1970 by Stephen A. Cozen, the firm originated with four lawyers practicing insurance and commercial litigation. Today, the firm serves as a trusted advisor and lead dealmaker on behalf of an impressive roster of national and international corporate clients, including La Colombe, Beach Body, and ARAMARK.

Cozen O’Connor’s clients trust the firm with important transactions, as well as bet-the-company litigation. For example, the firm represented Utz Quality Foods, LLC, the largest privately held snack food company in the United States, in connection with its acquisition of Alabama-based snack food company Golden Enterprises, Inc. The acquisition was financed through an investment in Utz of more than $146 million by private equity firm Metropoulos & Co. Additionally, Cozen O’Connor represented the Vetri Family of Restaurants in connection with its sale to Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN). Following the sale, Vetri lead a food and beverage division for the global lifestyle retailer, positioning the Vetri Family brands for national growth as part of the Urban Outfitters family.

The firm secured a high-stakes and closely watched appeal before the National Labor Relations Board centering on efforts by the football team at Northwestern University to form the first-ever union of scholarship student athletes. And the firm represented GoDaddy in a $30 million, “bet-the-industry” cybersquatting action garnering national media attention, which was featured in The Daily Journal’s Top Verdicts of 2015.

A Diverse Team

The firm’s professionals have held high-level political positions in Republican and Democratic administrations; worked for members of Congress and congressional and state committees; and run federal, state, and local political campaigns. In order to promote a more diverse and inclusive workplace, the firm established a diversity committee in the late 1990s that is comprised of attorneys across the firm’s 27 offices. The firm has been recognized among the top 25 law firms for Black attorneys and top 100 law firms for female attorneys by Law360.

Cozen O'Connor

One Liberty Place
1650 Market Street, Suite 2800
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 665-2000


Employer Type: Private
Executive Chairman & CEO: Michael J. Heller
Managing Partner: Vincent R. McGuinness, Jr.

Total No. Attorneys 2018: 739

Base Salary

1st year: $130,000-$170,000 (based on location)
Summer associate: $2,500-$3,173/week (2Ls); $2,300-$2,973/week (1Ls) (based on location)

Summer Associate Offers

23 out of 23 (2Ls only) (2018)

Major Office Locations

Philadelphia, PA (HQ)
Atlanta, GA
Charlotte, NC
Cherry Hill, NJ
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Harrisburg, PA
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN
New York, NY
Pittsburgh, PA
Richmond, VA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC
West Conshohocken, PA
West Palm Beach, FL
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Wilmington, DE I London

Major Departments & Practices

Government & Regulatory
Energy & Utilities
Food & Beverage
Health Law
Higher Education
Insurance Coverage
Institutional Response
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Life Insurance & Annuity
Media & Entertainment
Privacy, Data & Cybersecurity
Private Client Services
Real Estate
State Attorneys General
Transportation & Trade
Subrogation & Recovery
Venture Capital
White Collar Defense & Investigations