Cozen O’Connor Names Four Shareholders to Board of Directors

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, September 11, 2018 - Cozen O’Connor has elected shareholders James H. Heller, Lori Kalani, Howard Maycon, and Martin Schrier to the firm’s board of directors.

"We’re thrilled to welcome Jim, Lori, Howard, and Marty to our board of directors; we know they will bring new insights and perspectives that will shape the future of Cozen O'Connor” said Michael Heller, Executive Chairman and CEO of Cozen O’Connor. “These four additions are leaders in Commercial Litigation, State Attorneys General, Subrogation & Recovery, and the Corporate Departments.”

James H. Heller, chair of the firm's Products Liability Practice Group and vice chair of the Commercial Litigation Department, joined the firm in August 1985. Heller practices out of the Philadelphia office. He handles complex commercial disputes and catastrophic personal injury claims. During his tenure at Cozen O’Connor, he has tried more than 50 cases to verdict or judgment in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Heller is the national coordinating attorney and national trial attorney for an international product manufacturer. He has litigated hundreds of products’ liability matters throughout the United States, many of which involve serious personal injury or wrongful death claims from residential fires or neurological injuries from exposure to carbon monoxide. A number of these claims have been pursued on a class action basis.

Lori Kalani is co‐chair of the firm’s State Attorneys General Practice, which she has helped develop into the largest law firm practice dedicated to representing companies in their interactions with state AGs. Lori has been advising clients on state AG investigations and litigation, legal and business strategies, and proactive AG outreach in all 50 states and D.C. for 12 years. Lori previously founded and led the state AG practice at a large D.C.-based firm, after serving as director of government affairs and senior corporate counsel for DISH Network, where she oversaw the company’s relationships and advocacy with state AGs, state legislatures, state and federal regulatory agencies, and the U.S. House and Senate on a variety of issues, including data privacy and consumer protection. Lori is co-editor of the group’s State AG Report, which in 2017 won the Burton Award for “Blog of the Year in Law.” She is recognized for her pioneering role and as one of the nation’s top state AG lawyers in Chambers USA’s Government Relations rankings.

Howard Maycon, managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Cozen O’Connor, has successfully litigated a wide array of civil cases while focusing his practice in the areas of catastrophic property damage claims, energy/utility losses, products liability, construction defect, fine art & specie, and commercial litigation. He is accomplished at handling significant subrogation cases against major manufacturers, national contractors, government entities, and utilities in mass tort events, including numerous California wildfires and the San Bruno Pipeline Explosion. He has served on the firm’s Management, Pro-Bono, Cross-Marketing and PAC committees and co-chaired its Shareholder Nomination Committee. In his role as the Western Region subrogation department chair, Howard overseas lawyers handling matters in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.

Maycon has worked on a number of pro bono matters including procurement of reparations for Holocaust survivors, providing legal counsel to Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees who were relocated to Los Angeles, and Teen Court in Santa Monica.

As the firm’s chief strategy partner, Martin Schrier is responsible for working with the firm’s management team to develop and execute on client-centric growth strategies aligned with the firm’s objectives. Schrier will also lead lateral partner recruitment and other initiatives to enhance the firm’s global competitiveness and positioning for new growth opportunities across geographies and practices. 

Schrier focuses his legal practice on complex business transactions, including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, debt financings, restructurings, and venture and growth capital investments. Schrier represents all categories of participants in transactions, including buyers, sellers, major stockholders, lenders, financial advisers, management, special board committees, private equity firms, other private investment funds, high net worth individuals, and venture capitalists. He works with clients across various industries, with a particular focus on financial services, digital media, consumer products, and software.

About Cozen O’Connor

Established in 1970, Cozen O’Connor has more than 850 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor services its clients’ needs through 32 offices across two continents.

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