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Cozen O’Connor Promotes 23 Attorneys to Member

“This is a group of terrific lawyers across many offices and practices areas and we look forward to following their achievements,” said Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Heller.

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Cozen O’Connor opened its San Francisco office in 2015 when attorneys from Meckler Bulger Tilson joined the firm. 

Our San Francisco attorneys have deep roots in the San Francisco Bay area, with practices and individual accolades that place them among the nation's leading lawyers in insurance and labor and employment matters. With extensive experience in commercial litigation, our San Francisco attorneys focus in representing corporations in insurance coverage, labor and employment, mass tort, products liability, bad faith and business litigation. They have been lead counsel in many well-known cases on the West Coast and throughout the nation. In addition to insurance and labor and employment law, our San Francisco office offers the full range of services, including all types of business litigation and legal audits.

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John  H. Feldmann, III

John H. Feldmann, III

Of Counsel

Brett Greving

Brett Greving

Member

Elena K. Hillman

Elena K. Hillman

Member

Kara L. Kapp

Kara L. Kapp

Member

Michele Ballard Miller

Michele Ballard Miller

Chair, West Coast Labor & Employment

Solomon Pantuch

Solomon Pantuch

Associate

Emilie Plungy

Emilie Plungy

Counsel

Janine S. Simerly

Janine S. Simerly

Of Counsel

Walter M. Stella

Walter M. Stella

Member

Di Addy Tang

Di Addy Tang

Associate

Susan R. Tighe

Susan R. Tighe

Associate General Counsel – Professional Responsibility

Bethany A. Vasquez

Bethany A. Vasquez

Member

News

Cozen O’Connor Promotes 23 Attorneys to Member

March 15, 2024 “This is a group of terrific lawyers across many offices and practices areas and we look forward to following their achievements,” said Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Heller.

7 Tips for California Employers’ Violence Prevention Plans

March 04, 2024 John Carrigan, Jr., Elena Hillman, and Daniel Pascale were quoted in an HR Dive article discussing tips on how California employers can implement workplace violence prevention plans by July 1.

California PAGA Cases Can’t Be Dismissed Due to Unmanageability

January 22, 2024 Brett C. Greving was quoted in a SHRM article discussing a new ruling that prevents trial courts in California from dismissing lawsuits brought under the state’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) due to perceived unmanageability.

California Legislation And Regulations To Watch In 2024

January 01, 2024 Walter Stella was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the groundbreaking legislation and regulations implemented in California regarding employers’ obligations to workers.

Labor and Employment Law: The Private Attorney General Rule

December 05, 2023 Walter Stella was a guest on the KALW Your Legal Rights radio show discussing the employer side of the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).

State Ballot Measures May Impact the Workplace

November 13, 2023 Walter Stella was quoted in an SHRM article discussing two ballot measures in California that voters will decide in 2024 that could dramatically affect employers.

Best Lawyers Honors More Than 200 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys to its Best Lawyers in America 2024 Edition

August 17, 2023 Best Lawyers selected 232 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s U.S. offices for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Super Lawyers Names Two Cozen O’Connor Attorneys to 2023 Northern California List

June 30, 2023 Walter Stella (Employment & Labor) was recognized as a Super Lawyer, and Di Addy Tang (Employment & Labor) was named a Rising Star.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor Grows California Labor and Employment Practice with the Addition of Litigator Bethany A. Vasquez to its San Francisco Office

May 21, 2020 Bethany previously served as employment counsel at San Francisco-based ride-sharing company Lyft Inc., joins as a member, and will work out of its San Francisco office.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019 Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

West Coast Expansion Continues with the Addition of 13 Labor & Employment Lawyers from Miller Law Group in California

August 01, 2019 Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce 13 attorneys from California’s Miller Law Group — one of the largest woman-owned employment law firms in the country — have joined its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.

Contacts

Michele Ballard Miller

Chair, West Coast Labor & Employment

mbmiller@cozen.com

(415) 262-8301

Tracy Sanasac

Office Manager

tsanasac@cozen.com

(619) 685-1700

Featured Event:

Boilerplate Employment Documents in California: Time to Review and Update to Minimize Risk

Webinar 04/23/2024

Ethan Chernin, Elena Hillman, Michele Ballard Miller, and Bethany Vasquez will present "Boilerplate Employment Documents in California: Time to Review and Update to Minimize Risk."