2021 Vault Rankings
- Firm Culture#24
At a Glance
“Our compensation lags the market.”
“It can be challenging work and hours, but I feel like this is true at most law firms.”
About Cozen O'Connor
With 30 offices across the U.S., U.K., and Canada, Cozen O’Connor is a full-service law firm. The firm’s client list ranges from Fortune 500 and middle-market firms to startups and individuals.
Cozen O’Connor was founded in 1970 by Stephen A. Cozen. The firm originated with four lawyers practicing insurance and commercial litigation. Today, the firm boasts more than 750 lawyers around the world with experience in dozens of practice areas.
From Hard Hats to Policy
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 aviation to bankruptcy to cannabis to construction to employment to maritime to products liability to real estate—and the list goes on.
The firm’s litigators pride themselves in being trial lawyers, and many are members of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Among the areas its litigators advise on are antitrust, appellate, commercial, construction, criminal, intellectual property, international arbitration, products liability, real estate, securities, and transportation. The firm relies on lean staffing in its litigation matters to boost cost efficiency and accountability.
Cozen O’Connor also has deep experience in government work. The firm’s government & regulatory practice is experienced in advising clients as to antitrust and trade regulation, consumer protection and privacy, energy and environment, health care, and transportation. The firm’s lawyers also collaborate with Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, which is a lobbying firm with more than 30 professionals.
The firm’s construction group advises a variety of clients, including architects, building/land owners, construction managers, contractors, engineers, subcontractors, and suppliers. Firm attorneys assist with litigation arising from construction matters—including breach of contract, construction defects, payment disputes, defective design, and more—as well as project development and counseling.
Focus on Diversity
For two decades, the firm has been home to a Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which includes attorneys and staff from all offices. Among its diversity groups are an Asian Attorney Resource Group, Black Attorney Resource Group, LGBTQ Attorney Resource Group, Hispanic/Latino Attorney Resource Group, and Disabled and/or Veteran Attorney Resource Group. The firm also launched the Cozen O’Connor Women’s Initiative in the ’90s, which includes both a Steering Committee and subcommittees comprised with women from across the firm’s offices. In May 2019, the firm signed on for Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certification, which will require at least 30 percent of candidates for hiring or promotion to be diverse.
The firm also runs a 1L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship for first-year law students who are offered positions as summer associates at the firm. According to the firm, eligible candidates must “belong to a group that has historically been underrepresented in the legal profession and have demonstrated a commitment to building diversity and inclusion.”
News & Awards
Cozen O’Connor has joined more than 125 other law firms to form the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance. The Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA) will partner with legal services organizations to identify and dismantle structural or systemic racism in the law, and then create large-scale, coordinated pro bono projects that are both immediate and long-term in scope. Member firms will then dedicate substantial pro bono resources to these projects.
Cozen O’Connor announced nine attorneys from Baer Crossey McDemus LLC—a nationally known tech and corporate law boutique that counsels startups, emerging growth companies, and a wide range of corporate clients on venture, private equity, M&A and technology-related transactions—have joined its Philadelphia office.
For the second year in a row, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ Patrick Martin has been named to The Hill’s Top Lobbyists: Hired Guns list.
Cozen O’Connor patent attorneys Jeff Townes and Hongling Zou represent, pro bono, three partner nonprofits established by parents of children with the ultrarare, and potentially fatal, alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC). The three partner nonprofits, Cure AHC, Hope for Annabel, and Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation, needed help to secure patents for its gene-therapy project.
- Cozen O’Connor represented Utz Quality Foods in its entering into a business combination agreement with Collier Creek Holdings. The transaction values Utz at approximately $1.56 billion and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020.
- The U.S. Supreme Court granted a complete victory to our client Manhattan Community Access Corporation (MNN) in a seminal case on the First Amendment and the state action doctrine. The Supreme Court overturned the Second Circuit, allowing the dismissal of all constitutional claims against MNN, holding that MNN is not a state actor.
- 2019, American Lawyer Litigation Department of the Year for Pennsylvania Finalist
- 2020, Law 360 Cannabis Practice Group of the Year
- 2020, Law 360 Construction Practice Group of the Year
- 2020 Legal 500 for Construction, Insurance, Immigration, and Transportation
One Liberty Place
1650 Market Street, Suite 2800
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 665-2000
Executive Chairman & CEO: Michael J. Heller
Managing Partner: Vincent R. McGuinness, Jr.
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $130,000-$170,000 (based on location)
Summer Associate: $2,500-$3,269/week (2Ls); $2,300-$3,069/week (1Ls) (based on location)
Director of Legal Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 27
No. of International Offices: 3
Cherry Hill, NJ
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA (HQ)
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Santa Monica, CA
West Conshohocken, PA
West Palm Beach, FL
Wilmington, DE I London
Government and Regulatory
Institutional Response Group
Labor and Employment
Life Insurance and Annuity
Privacy & Data Security
Private Client Services
State Attorneys General
Transportation and Trade
Utility, Energy and Environmental
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.