Women's Initiative

Recent News:

Cozen O’Connor’s Helene Jaron Named a 2020 "Woman of Distinction" by the Philadelphia Business Journal

Philadelphia, October 6, 2020- Helene Jaron, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Private Client, Trusts and Estates Group, has been selected as a 2020 Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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The Cozen O’Connor Women’s Initiative is dedicated to the development and enhancement of professional and personal relationships among our female attorneys and clients. Our long-standing commitment to providing a supportive, collaborative culture for female attorneys formally began in the late 1990s and continues to prosper today, creating a positive environment for the hiring, retention and promotion of female attorneys within Cozen O’Connor. The Women’s Initiative is led by Chair Julie Trester and Co-Vice-Chairs Melinda Rudolph and Sarah Schlossberg and it has a dedicated Steering Committee and subcommittees that represents all of the firm’s offices and that reflects the diverse issues confronting women in today’s legal workplace.

Our goals are:

• To educate and mentor our female attorneys, providing them with the skills and opportunities needed for professional and personal success;

• To encourage and train our female attorneys in order to pave the way to leadership in the firm and with professional, corporate, nonprofit and civic organizations;

• To create new business opportunities and expand networking relationships with other firm attorneys;

• To raise the profile of female attorneys in the business community; and

• Through the achievement of the above goals, to support the firm’s ongoing commitment to promote women to firm leadership positions.

The implementation and achievement of these goals will allow Cozen O’Connor’s female attorneys to make unique and valuable contributions to the success of our firm, and will provide a deeply rewarding professional and personal experience upon which they can build their legal careers.

In The News

Leni Cummins Named Among City & State New York’s 40 Under 40

October 20, 2020

New York – October 20, 2020 – Leni Morrison Cummins, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Real Estate Practice, has been named a 40 Under 40 Rising Star by City & State New York.

Cozen O’Connor’s Helene Jaron Named a 2020 "Woman of Distinction" by the Philadelphia Business Journal

October 06, 2020

Philadelphia, October 6, 2020- Helene Jaron, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Private Client, Trusts and Estates Group, has been selected as a 2020 Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Meredith Slawe Honored as a 2020 Best Law Firm Mentor by The Legal Intelligencer

September 29, 2020

Meredith Slawe, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Class Actions practice and co-chair of the Retail Industry team, has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a 2020 Professional Excellence Award winner in the Best Law Firm Mentors category.

Cozen O’Connor Achieves Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certification Status

September 15, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce its achievement of the Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certification status.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Anna Wermuth Named One of Chicago’s “Notable Women in Law”

September 08, 2020

Anna Wermuth was recently named to the list of Chicago’s “Notable Women in Law” by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Alexandra Busch Named a 2020 ABA Forum on Construction Law Diversity Fellow

August 31, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Alexandra Busch, associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been named an ABA Forum on Construction Law Diversity Fellow for 2020.

Leni Cummins Named a Real Estate & Construction Trailblazer by the National Law Journal

April 02, 2020

Leni Cummins, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Real Estate Practice, was named a Real Estate & Construction Trailblazer by the National Law Journal.

How I Made Partner: Cozen O'Connor's Nicole Sprinzen

August 01, 2019

Nicole Sprinzen was quoted in Law.com about her time becoming a partner at Cozen O'Connor.

Nicole Sprinzen Named to Law360’s 2019 White Collar Editorial Advisory Board

April 18, 2019

The main purpose of the advisory board, according to Law360, is “to get feedback on Law360’s coverage and gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage.”

Susan Grueneberg Named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 Most Influential Women Attorneys

April 08, 2019

Cozen O'Connor franchise attorney Susan Grueneberg was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 2019 Most Influential Women Attorneys.

Nicole Sprinzen Named to DCA Live’s 2019 Emerging Women Leaders in Private Practice List

March 20, 2019

The list includes the female lawyers “who are emerging as leaders within their firms and the broader legal community.” Winners were recognized at a March 19 event held in the Washington, DC office of Willey Rein.

Mariah Passarelli Named to the LGBT Bar 2019's Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40

March 18, 2019

Cozen O'Connor Labor & Employment attorney Mariah Passarelli was honored by the National LGBT Bar Association as a LGBTQ+ legal professional (practicing lawyers, law professors, corporate counsel, members of the judiciary, politicians, etc.) under the age of 40 who has distinguished themselves in their field and has demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBTQ+ equality.

Cozen O'Connor Recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal® with 11th Annual Diversity Leader Award

January 31, 2019

Cozen O'Connor has been selected by Profiles in Diversity Journal® to receive its 11th Annual Diversity Leader Award. The award is given to organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to expanding and improving diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace and beyond.

Cozen O’Connor’s Melinda Rudolph named a 2017 "Women of Distinction" by the Philadelphia Business Journal

November 02, 2017

Melinda Rudolph, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice Group, has been selected as a 2017 Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Anna Wermuth selected by Crain's Chicago Business as one of the "Most Influential Women Lawyers" in Chicago

July 31, 2017

Anna Wermuth, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was selected by Crain's Chicago Business as one of the "Most Influential Women Lawyers" in Chicago.

PBA Honors Cozen O'Connor with Promotion of Women Award

March 06, 2017

Our selection as the 2017 winner of the Women in the Profession's Promotion of Women recognizes the firm’s longstanding successful promotion and advancement of women across our firm, as well as our firm’s commitment to continue the growth and development of our Women’s Initiative Program, which provides mentoring and networking opportunities across the firm.

Cozen O’Connor Hires New Director of Pro Bono Engagement

May 02, 2016

Melinda Levine deLisle is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Cozen O'Connor Named in Law360's 100 Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

April 17, 2016

Cozen O'Connor was named in Law360's '100 Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys'. This is the second year that Law360 has ranked the 100 best U.S. law firms for women, based on the firm's female representation at the partner and non-partner levels and its total number of female attorneys.

Contacts

Julie L. Trester

Member

jtrester@cozen.com

(312) 474-7960

Melinda P. Rudolph

Member

mrudolph@cozen.com

(215) 665-4610

Sarah D. Schlossberg

Of Counsel

sschlossberg@cozen.com

(215) 665-3727

Recent News

Leni Cummins Named Among City & State New York’s 40 Under 40

New York – October 20, 2020 – Leni Morrison Cummins, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Real Estate Practice, has been named a 40 Under 40 Rising Star by City & State New York. Read More

Cozen O’Connor’s Helene Jaron Named a 2020 "Woman of Distinction" by the Philadelphia Business Journal

Philadelphia, October 6, 2020- Helene Jaron, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Private Client, Trusts and Estates Group, has been selected as a 2020 Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Read More

Meredith Slawe Honored as a 2020 Best Law Firm Mentor by The Legal Intelligencer

Meredith Slawe, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Class Actions practice and co-chair of the Retail Industry team, has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a 2020 Professional Excellence Award winner in the Best Law Firm Mentors category. Read More

Cozen O’Connor Achieves Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certification Status

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce its achievement of the Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certification status. Read More

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