Mira E. Baylson

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-4631

(215) 665-2013

Recent News:

Litigation Leaders: Cozen O’Connor’s Jim Heller on Building Trial-Ready Product Liability, White Collar and Class Action Teams

The American Lawyer profiled Jim Heller as part of its Litigation Leader series, which features the country's biggest firms' litigation practice leaders.

Mira has broad knowledge of, and familiarity with, state attorneys general (AGs) offices and other government agencies, which she brings to bear when advising corporate and individual clients on a wide range of legal and regulatory issues, particularly related to intersection of civil and criminal government enforcement. She works tirelessly to help her clients find creative solutions to even their most daunting challenges and reach their strategic goals. She has extensive experience developing successful, defense-oriented strategies, and when a client faces investigation by AGs or other regulatory agencies, she works to avoid an escalation to criminal charges. For clients facing such charges, Mira has successfully litigated to minimize liability and has gotten the charges reduced or dismissed in many cases. She is also uniquely skilled at helping companies craft programs to promote social justice and good citizenry in collaboration with state AGs and governments.

Mira has extensive experience representing clients in matters arising from allegations involving fraud, public corruption, bribery, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), deceptive advertising, and consumer protection and privacy. She represents a wide range of clients, including national companies seeking to raise their profile with federal and state agencies and offices; Fortune 100 and 500 companies facing inquiry from state AGs and other government agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). She is also well-versed in the cannabis industry and can assist cannabis industry clients who wish to proactively engage with state and federal agencies or are facing government inquiry.

A seasoned trial attorney, equally effective in state and federal court with several successful jury trials under her belt, Mira has been named one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Earlier in her career, Mira worked as a public defender in Philadelphia and tried more than 100 cases to verdict. However, trial is a last resort — she strategizes with her clients to determine the appropriate course of action and seeks creative routes to resolution short of trial.

A Philadelphia native, Mira is deeply familiar with the city, its courts, and city and state government. She has a wealth of experience helping clients navigate that terrain and obtain favorable outcomes in civil and criminal enforcement actions.

She has an active pro bono practice in which she seeks out indigent clients in need of support and representation, such as her representation of juvenile lifer Norman Bryant, released after 32 years of incarceration. In another case, she won compassionate release for her client at risk of serious illness as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility where he was being held. Mira was also was part of a team that successfully challenged the strictest visitation policy in the federal prison system at the time.

Mira earned her bachelor's degree, with honors, from Wesleyan University and her law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was the first recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Fellowship for Social Justice in the Delaware Valley. She also served as a developer and inaugural fellow for Project Dawn Court, the nation's first problem-solving court designed for women involved in prostitution.

 

Experience

News

Mira Baylson L’08 balances her Big Law billables with a parallel pro bono workload

June 21, 2021

University of Pennsylvania Law School recently published an article highlighting alumni Mira Baylson’s extraordinary pro bono and public interest work.

Class Action Litigators Bring Team to Cozen O'Connor: Michael W. McTigue Jr. and Meredith C. Slawe Spearhead National Class Actions Practice; Recognized White Collar Defense Attorney and Trial Lawyer Mira Baylson Joins

May 27, 2020

Continuing the firm’s strategic expansion of complex litigation and investigations practices and the premier Technology, Privacy and Data Security Team

Publications

Is Cooperative Federalism Attainable in Cannabis Regulation? AG Weiser Seems to Think So [Alert]

September 01, 2021

Mira Baylson, Meghan Stoppel, and Gianna Puccinelli discuss Colorado State AG's letter to Congress regarding national cannabis reform and the recently proposed legislation, and how states and the federal government have worked together in the past to enact legislation and regulations.

After Initial Rejection, Ohio AG Certifies Marijuana Legalization Law, But the Damage May Already Be Done

August 24, 2021

Marijuana legalization activists have finally won the support of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R). On Friday August 20, AG Yost approved summary language in a petition submission for a proposed law, the “Act to Control and Regulate Adult Use Cannabis,” penned by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (the Coalition).

Ohio AG Refuses to Certify Marijuana Legalization Law

August 10, 2021

On the heels of our piece from last week about the value of seeking state attorneys general (AG) buy-in on draft legislation, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) rejected a petition submission for a proposed law that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

In South Dakota, the AG and the Governor Are Sparring. What Does this Mean for Marijuana Deregulation in Other States?

July 14, 2021

As marijuana legalization rolls out across the nation, state AGs will play a critical role in the interpretation and development of marijuana policy and enforcement.

Considerations for Businesses When Sharing Information with An AG’s Office

July 06, 2021

Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Group co-chair Lori Kalani and members Mira Baylson and Meghan Stoppel recently authored an article in Infosecurity, “Considerations When Sharing Information with an AG's Office” offering advice for companies looking to better protect the sensitive information they submit to government entities in response to an inquiry or investigation.

FTC’s Alternative Path to Restitution—Collaborating With State AGs [Bloomberg Law]

May 05, 2021

Bernie Nash, Milton Marquis, and Mira Baylson authored an article predicting that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling revoking the FTC’s ability to go straight to federal court to seek monetary relief for unfair or deceptive acts will strengthen the commission’s partnership with state attorneys general.

CBD Advertising Proceed with Caution to Avoid Confusion, Stay Out of State AG Crosshairs

April 29, 2021

State AG Group members, Meghan Stoppel and Mira Baylson penned an article for Cannabis Business Executive on the real threat of regulatory scrutiny and the importance of a carefully crafted marketing campaign for companies manufacturing and selling CBD.

Braille Gift Card Rulings Guide Defense Of ADA Claims

May 07, 2020

Meredith Slawe, Mira Baylson, Daniel Brewer and Marie Bussey-Garza co-authored an article for Law360.

Ninth Circuit Determines that Absence of Federal Guidance Is No Bar to ADA Claims Challenging Websites and Mobile Apps

May 01, 2019

Mira Baylson published an article to Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal.

Industry Sectors

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2008
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., with honors, 2004

Awards & Honors

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (White Collar and Class Actions)

University of Pennsylvania Law School Young Alumni Award, 2017

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

United States Circuit of Appeals, Third Circuit

Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Board of Directors

The Public Interest Law Center, Board of Directors

Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Member

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

Women's Re-Entry Legal Services at Penn Law, Founding Member and Supervisor

Women's Medical Fund

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Founding Member, Mentors Empowering Now to Overcome Recidivism

The American Law Institute, Member

AGA Alliance Cannabis Project 

The UPENN Law School Alumni Board of Managers