Noted Litigator John Moses Joins Cozen O'Connor

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Prominent trial attorney John Moses, after nearly 30 years in private practice, has joined Cozen O'Connor as Of Counsel. Moses served as the CEO of ALSAC St. Jude Children's Research Hospital based in Memphis, TN for the past four years. Prior to his position with ALSAC, the fundraising organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Moses was in private practice at Moses & Gelso in Wilkes Barre, where he handled a wide variety of matters for the government, corporations and individuals. During that time, he served as solicitor for the Luzerne County Clerk of Courts, as special counsel to the Luzerne County Commissioners and to the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and as special counsel for the impeachment of Justice Rolf Larsen, among other prominent roles.

“I worked with John Moses as an attorney and friend for the past 20 years,” said Patrick J. O’Connor, vice-chairman of Cozen O'Connor. “I value his judgment, keen intellect and his skills as one of the best trial attorneys in Pennsylvania. When John decided to step down as CEO of ALSAC St. Jude’s, I suggested he think seriously of joining our firm which has deep roots and contacts in Northeastern Pennsylvania. At the same time our firm provides John with a national platform for his many contacts and clients across the United States. Our firm became even better with his joinder.”

Moses currently serves as chairman of the board of BlueCross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, as well as First Priority Health and AllOne Health. He is a director of First National Community Bank, and is on the board of Villanova University School of Law and The Commonwealth Medical College.

“I am thrilled to be joining Cozen O'Connor,” said Moses. “Pat O'Connor is a life-long friend and the firm is among the most respected in the country.”

A member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a previous member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (now the Pennsylvania Association for Justice), Moses was appointed by Governor Robert P. Casey in 1987 to serve as a member of the Trial Court Nominating Commission. He also served as a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing.

He received numerous honors for his civic and humanitarian contributions. Among these honors are: American Cancer Society Hope Award, Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Service Award, Wilkes Barre Law & Library Association President’s Award, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Advocacy Award, Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Villanova University Alumni Awards for Public Service and Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Moses is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania state and federal courts, all courts in the State of Tennessee, and in the United States Supreme Court. He earned his undergraduate degree (B.A., 1968) from King’s College and his law degree (1971) from the Villanova School of Law. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Christian Brothers University.


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