Leigh Ann Benson

Director, Career Development and Counsel

Philadelphia

(215) 665-4708

(215) 665-2013

Recent Publication:

The Opioid Epidemic Reaches the US Supreme Court

Leigh Ann Benson and Stephen Miller contributed an article to The Legal Intelligencer discussing how in Ruan v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a jury should consider a doctor’s subjective intent when assessing a potential violation of the Controlled Substances Act.

As the firm’s director of career development and counsel, Leigh Ann is responsible for firm-wide attorney training and professional development initiatives, including associate mentoring, associate orientation and integration, continuing legal education programming, and alumni engagement. Leigh Ann also practices in the firm’s Legal Profession Services Group.

Prior to joining the Legal Talent team and Legal Profession Services Group, Leigh Ann spent seven years as an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Litigation Department.  Her experience as a commercial litigator includes complex commercial cases, commercial contract disputes, and business torts. She has also represented clients in appellate matters at both the state and federal level.

In 2018, Leigh Ann co-founded the Large Firm Associate Committee, which is a subcommittee of the Large Firm Management Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. The Large Firm Associate Committee’s goal is to unite the larger Philadelphia law firms through their associates and provide a forum for Philadelphia’s large firm associates to collaborate, share, and grow together while supporting colleagues in their peer firms, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the legal community as whole. Leigh Ann served as the committee’s co-chair from inception through 2020. 

Leigh Ann also has experience serving on various editorial boards. She is a former associate editor for TYL, the flagship publication for the Young Lawyer Division of the American Bar Association, and has been a member of the Young Lawyer Editorial Board of The Legal Intelligencer since 2016. Leigh Ann is also a member of the Villanova Law J. Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court.

Leigh Ann received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in English from Virginia Tech. While at Villanova, Leigh Ann served as an associate editor of the Villanova Law Review.

Experience

News

Leigh Ann Benson Speaks at PBA Mentoring Launch Party

November 02, 2021

Leigh Ann Benson, director, career development at Cozen O'Connor, spoke at a mentoring launch party for the Philadelphia Bar Association.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Leigh Ann Benson Named to PA Bar Leadership Class

July 01, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Leigh Ann Benson, associate of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been selected to the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) 2020-2021 class.

Publications

The Opioid Epidemic Reaches the US Supreme Court

April 15, 2022

Leigh Ann Benson and Stephen Miller contributed an article to The Legal Intelligencer discussing how in Ruan v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a jury should consider a doctor’s subjective intent when assessing a potential violation of the Controlled Substances Act.

Lawyers Preparing for a New Look to Practice In Our Post-Pandemic Lives Should Be Guided by ABA Formal Opinion 498 [Lawyers Representing Lawyers Blog]

March 17, 2021

Virtual practice and remote work are seemingly here to stay, in some capacity. The ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility recently issued a formal ethics opinion addressing virtual practice to help guide practitioners. The ABA’s Formal Opinion tracks similar guidance...

High Court Considers Retroactive Application of Unanimous Jury Ruling

January 07, 2021

Stephen Miller and Leigh Ann Benson contributed an article to The Legal Intelligencer discussing how earlier this year, only two states still permitted nonunanimous jury convictions—Louisiana and Oregon.

What I Wish I Knew When I Began My Law Career [The Legal Intelligencer]

December 11, 2019

Leigh Ann Benson and other members of the Young Lawyers Editorial Board contributed an article to The Legal Intelligencer, sharing some practical advice that they would have given to themselves when they were attorneys entering the work force.

US Supreme Court Considers 'Defense Preclusion' in Trademark Dispute [The Legal Intelligencer]

December 05, 2019

Stephen Miller and Leigh Ann Benson published an article to The Legal Intelligencer discussing a current case that will be brought before U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Considers Greatest Judicial Power Grab Since 'Marbury v. Madison' [The Legal Intelligencer]

May 02, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to limit the power of administrative agencies. 'Kisor v. Wilkie,' which was argued last month, is a head-on challenge to the deference afforded to an agency when interpreting its own regulations.

US Supreme Court Considers Asbestos Actions Under Maritime Law [The Legal Intelligencer]

November 08, 2018

Stephen Miller, Vice Chair of the firm's White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, and Leigh Ann Benson, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "US Supreme Court Considers Asbestos Actions Under Maritime Law" for The Legal Intelligencer.

'Masterpiece Cakeshop v. CCRC': A Difficult Balance for Justices

January 11, 2018

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, and Leigh Ann Benson, associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, in The Legal Intelligencer "Masterpiece Cakeshop v. CCR: A Difficult Balance for Justices."

NJ's Supreme Court Gamble: Garden State Takes on PASPA

November 09, 2017

Stephen A. Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, and Leigh Ann Benson, associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation department, co-authored in Yahoo!, "NJ's Supreme Court Gamble: Garden State Takes on PASPA."

Superior Court Vacates Contempt and Money Sanctions Against Medmal Defense Attorney [Civil Litigation UPDATE]

October 31, 2016

Tom Wilkinson and Leigh Ann Benson, both members of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discuss this case in the Pennsylvania Bar Associations Civil Litigation Update.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Security Briefing: Mobile Cyber Security

October 07, 2015 - Haverford, PA

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2014
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2011
  • Pennsylvania
  • 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
  • American Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Bar Leadership Institute class
  • Young Lawyer Editor Board, The Legal Intelligencer