Cozen O’Connor family law member Jennifer A. Brandt recently appeared on CNN Headline News’ Prime News to discuss the case of Daniel Hauser, the Minnesota boy whose parents refused to let him receive chemotherapy treatments for his lymphoma. The debate centered on whether the courts or the parents were best equipped for making the treatment decision for the boy. Brandt sided with the parents, stating that allowing a court to make this type of decision could lead to other, more mundane situations in which the court substitutes its judgment for that of the parents.
Brandt practices from the firm's Philadelphia and Cherry Hill offices, where she concentrates in family law litigation, focusing on divorce, custody and support matters at both the trial court and appellate levels. She also assists clients in adoptions and in family matters concerning incapacitated persons.
Brandt serves as a family law expert on numerous media programs, including CNN; MSNBC; Fox News; TruTV; KYW Newsradio; WPVI, WCAU and KYW television in Philadelphia; and the Comcast Network. She has been quoted in Main Line Today magazine and The National Law Journal. She has also served as a course instructor at Haverford Township Adult School and at Main Line School Night for Adult Learners.
Brandt was named as one of American Lawyer Media’s 2004 “Lawyers on the Fast Track” and served as a judge for the 2005 “Lawyers on the Fast Track” competition. She was also named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Star in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Brandt is a member of the family law sections of the American, New Jersey State, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Camden County bar associations. She is currently a member of the programming committee for the Pennsylvania Bar Association family law section. She is former chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s membership committee, a former member of its executive committee and previously served as editor of the family law section newsletter. She was a member of the Thomas J. Forkin American Inn of Court in Family Law.
A resident of Wynnewood, Pa., Brandt earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University (B.A., with highest honors, 1991) and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1994), where she was senior editor of the Journal of International Business Law and an Arthur Littleton Fellowship Instructor in legal research and writing. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.