Josephine M. Bahn

Associate

Washington, D.C.

(202) 280-6484

(202) 861-1905

Recent Publication:

New Virginia Law Prohibits Pay-If-Paid Clauses in Construction Contracts

Senate Bill 550 makes changes to Virginia's Prompt Payment Act and its wage theft statute that will take effect on January 1, 2023.

Josephine (Jo) focuses her practice on commercial litigation and construction law. She counsels real estate developers, project owners, contractors, and design professionals in all phases of the construction process. Jo’s practice includes public and private projects as well as bid protests throughout the United States. She also regularly handles claims related to mechanics’ liens on projects. Jo has wide-ranging experience litigating construction defect claims including stucco and other water intrusion claims. She has litigated in a wide range of forums, including state, federal, and administrative forums as well as various boards of contract appeals.

Prior to joining the firm, she was a senior attorney in the enforcement section of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). There, Jo focused on banking laws and regulations, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Federal Housing Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. She managed, investigated, and developed legal strategy for 10c enforcement litigation matters and investigations involving deceptive and unfair practices to consumers and fraud or other risk-related harm to FDIC insured institutions. She worked with the FDIC’s seven regional offices and examiners in the FDIC’s Division of Consumer Protection and Risk Management Supervision. She developed methods to streamline pleadings related to 10c investigations and other consumer related enforcement documents. Through the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), Jo provided advice to the FDIC chairman on diversity and inclusion concerns. She developed and implemented OMWI activities that addressed cultural diversity, differences, similarities, and contributions of the FDIC’s workforce. Prior to joining the enforcement section, she served as an honors attorney, detailed in 7, 12-week rotational placements within the FDIC Legal Division Section, including the Dallas and Chicago offices.

Before joining the FDIC, Jo served as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania during the 2016-2017 term.

Jo earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University. While earning her bachelor’s degree, she was an intern for the John Kluge Center for Research at the Library of Congress and an intern for Inese Vaidere, member of European Parliament (Latvia), European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Jo earned her law degree from New York Law School. While in law school, Jo was an intern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. and New York City and the Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri.

Outside of her legal practice, Jo is very involved in civic, charitable, bar, and community organizations. She was recently named chair elect of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) and will serve as the national YLD chair beginning in August 2022.

News

Josephine Bahn Named to the Daily Record’s Maryland Top 100 Women List

March 31, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Josephine Bahn, an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been selected to the Daily Record’s Maryland Top 100 Women List.

Publications

New Virginia Law Prohibits Pay-If-Paid Clauses in Construction Contracts

May 22, 2022

Senate Bill 550 makes changes to Virginia's Prompt Payment Act and its wage theft statute that will take effect on January 1, 2023.

What Having a Seat at the Table Really Means

May 06, 2022

Josephine M. Bahn contributed the post “What Having a Seat at the Table Really Means” to Duly Noted, the D.C. Bar Blog.

Law Firms In “The Great Resignation,” How The Game Changed

March 07, 2022

Josephine M. Bahn was a guest on the American Bar Association’s Litigation Radio podcast episode, Law Firms In “The Great Resignation,” How The Game Changed.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Education

  • New York Law School, J.D., 2016
  • St. Joseph's University, B.A., 2013

Awards & Honors

The Daily Record, Maryland Top 100 List, 2022

The Daily Record, The VIP List Award, 2021

Washington Council of Lawyers, 2020 Government Pro Bono Award

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, On the Rise National Top 40 Under 40, 2020

The Daily Record, Leading Women Award, 2019

The Daily Record, Leadership in Law: Generation JD Award, 2018

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Star of the Quarter, 2017

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York

Honorable Joel H. Slomsky, U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Maryland Court of Appeals’ Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, Member, 2021-2024 

District of Columbia Bar Association, Under 36 Representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, 2020-24; Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Member, 2020-22 

Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Board of Directors, 2018-24; Young Lawyers Section, Chair, 2019-20; Chair-Elect, 2018-19 

Maryland State Bar Association, Board of Governors Member, 2021-2023

New York State Bar Association

American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division: Chair, 2022-23; Journal Board of Editors 2022-25 Section of Legal Education & Admissions to the Bar, Council: Member, 2021-25; Forum on Construction

Washington Council of Lawyers

Association of Junior Leagues International, Governance Committee (2020-22); Junior League of Washington, DC

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Board Member 

Montgomery County (MD) Commission on Veterans Affairs, Public Commissioner (2017-2023) 

American Bar Foundation, Fellow