2020 Vault Rankings
- Vault Law 100#100
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 29 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 700 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 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 client Marquee Brands LLC recently announced it has completed its acquisition of Martha Stewart’s and Emeril Lagasse’s brands from the Sequential Brands Group. The transaction includes Martha Stewart’s home furnishings and kitchenware lines, as well as other branded products and all related intellectual property.
Cozen O’Connor franchise attorney Susan Grueneberg was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 2019 Most Influential Women Attorneys.
Cozen O’Connor Construction Law Practice Chair Bruce W. Ficken has been selected as a Philadelphia Inquirer 2019 Influencers of Law Award winner in the category of Business Litigation. Ficken was selected by a panel of experts based on accomplishments in his practice area, his business impact, and his civic and community service.
Amanda Nelson and Harper Seldin of Cozen O’Connor secured a win in partnership with the Pennsylvania ACLU allowing transgender students in the Boyertown Area School District to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.
- Cozen O’Connor negotiated the deal that moved Yards Brewing Company from its former Delaware River location to its current, much larger space on Spring Garden Street.
- The firm represents Liberty Property Trust in its project to transform 19 acres of formerly industrial waterfront in Camden, NJ, into 1 million square feet of office space, a hotel, multifamily residential housing, and 2.5 acres of new parkland.
- In two landmark decisions that together affirm the right of scientific researchers to freedom of expression, privacy, and reputation, Cozen O’Connor achieved significant legal victories on behalf of noted Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann.
- Recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal® with 11th Annual Diversity Leader Award (2019)
- 126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America (2019 edition)
- 64 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (2019)
- Legal 500 UK Ranks Cozen O’Connor’s London Insurance Practice (2018)
- Named a Pennsylvania Powerhouse by Law360 (2018)
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 2019:
500 - 750
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)
No. of Summer Associates:
20 total (15 2Ls; 5 1Ls) (2019)
Director of Legal Recruiting
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
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.