Jeffrey Weil joins Cozen O’Connor today as chair of its commercial litigation department. An experienced litigator in a variety of fields, Weil brings more than 32 years of proven trial experience at Dechert to anchor the further growth of Cozen’s national commercial litigation. Weil, who was a Dechert senior partner and served at various times as a member of the firm’s Policy Committee, Professional Responsibility Committee, and chairman of its Hiring Committee, has earned a reputation for successfully litigating complicated class action, securities, antitrust, and other business dispute cases. His high profile cases include, among others, a seminal antitrust case for Ford Motor Company; a price-fixing case for USAir that is among the largest class actions in U.S. history; over a dozen class action victories, without a defeat, for Philip Morris; and representation of Coopers & Lybrand in the first 10b-5 securities class action case tried to jury verdict.
“Jeff has a wealth of trial experience and litigation success in cases involving Fortune 500 companies in state, federal, and appellate courts,” said Tad Decker, CEO of Cozen O’Connor. “He is well regarded by colleagues in law firms nationwide and by general counsel and corporate executives of the financial service firms, manufacturers, healthcare organizations, communications companies, and insurance companies he has represented. We look forward to Jeff broadening the base of our nearly 400 trial lawyers advocating for clients across our 22 offices in the United States, London and Toronto. Jeff will also help us manage and direct the expansion of our national commercial litigation practice.”
Weil said it was the quality and depth of the Cozen O’Connor trial lawyers’ experience that attracted him to the firm. After 32 years at Dechert, he was considering alternatives to best serve his clients in the wake of changing focus at some large international firms.
“I’ve litigated alongside of and across from many Cozen O’Connor lawyers and they stand shoulder to shoulder with the most formidable trial lawyers in the country,” said Weil. “As Cozen O’Connor has grown into a national operation, and has become recognized as a litigation powerhouse, it has created a unique business platform that makes economic sense for the clients served by attorneys like me. Given Cozen O’Connor’s commitment to quality, and its demonstrated skills in litigation, I’m glad to bring my clients here and to discuss opportunities at the firm with other like-minded lawyers.”
Weil earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (A.B., 1973) where he was one of five Woodrow Wilson School Scholars, and his law degree from Harvard Law School (J.D., 1976). He has served on various United Way Committees, Bar Association Committees, and the Princeton Schools Committee. He has also served as chairman of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for five years and remains on the board of that conservation organization. In addition, Jeff has been active in pro bono legal service, and last year tried a prisoner’s civil rights case against the city of Philadelphia.