Cozen O’Connor: Benson, Leigh Ann

Leigh Ann Benson

Associate

Philadelphia

(215) 665-4708

(215) 665-2013

Leigh Ann Benson focuses her practice on commercial litigation. She has experience representing clients in a wide range of industries including manufacturing (food and beverage), entertainment and gaming, pharmaceutical, among others. Her experience 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 currently serves as a co-chair of the Committee.

Leigh Ann also holds positions on two editorial boards. She is an associate editor for TYL, the flagship publication for the Young Lawyer Division of the American Bar Association, and a member of the Young Lawyer Editorial Board of The Legal Intelligencer. Since 2018, Leigh Ann has been a member of the Villanova Law J. Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court.

Leigh Ann has been an associate in Cozen O'Connor's Litigation Department in Philadelphia since 2014. She is involved in numerous firm committees and is currently the Chair of the Firm’s Associate Committee. She 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

Publications

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."

Coca-Cola Dodges Privacy Class Action [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

April 12, 2017

Coca-Cola won big last month when it secured summary judgment in a privacy class action brought by a former bottling plant employee concerning compromised personal information. Hon. Joseph Leeson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that Coca-Cola was not under any contractual...

Win for Insurance Industry in Computer Fraud Coverage Ruling [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

March 31, 2017

Computers are involved at some point in almost every business transaction—that is the reality of life in the digital age. The implications of that fact are still being worked out with respect to the interpretation of insurance contract computer fraud provisions. This month, a judge in the...

NIST Releases Comprehensive Cyber Security Guidelines for the Internet of Things [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

November 28, 2016

As the Internet of Things continues to grow and expand, the fact that guidance on security measures and protections is a necessity has become increasingly evident. Recently, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a lengthy set of IoT guidelines, known as NIST Special...

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.

Sixth Circuit Eases Plaintiffs’ Burden for Standing in Data Breach Claims [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

September 28, 2016

Insurance companies are susceptible to the same sort of data breaches as suffered by many other businesses, such as the recently reported theft from Yahoo of the personal data in half a billion accounts. In a major decision that may have widespread consequences, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in...

Data Breach Plaintiffs Continue to Face Article III Standing Challenges [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

August 18, 2016

Standing remains a high hurdle for individuals whose personal information is compromised as a result of a data breach but who cannot establish that the stolen information was actually used improperly. Class action claims against CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield related to a 2014 breach were...

Chinese Leftovers: P.F. Chang’s Not Entitled to $2 Million in Breach Costs [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

June 16, 2016

In what is thought to be the first published decision in a cyber insurance coverage case, popular Chinese restaurant chain, P.F. Chang’s, was denied coverage for certain costs incurred as a result of a 2014 data breach. Unfortunate as it may be for P.F. Chang’s, this court ruling offers a...

FDA takes Kind Approach to “Healthy” Corporate Philosophies [Food Recall Monitor Blog]

May 25, 2016

This month, FDA showed a willingness to catch up with the recent trends, advancements, and developments in the food and beverage industry by reconsidering years-old regulations regarding products labeled as “healthy.” Kind, a snack food company, was publicly condemned last spring for mislabeling...

GMO Labeling Debates Forge On After Close Senate Vote [Food Recall Monitor Blog]

March 22, 2016

The GMO war rages on after a close vote in the Senate last week addressing proposed voluntary, national standards for GMO labeling.  A 48-49 split means the Senate failed to invoke cloture to bring the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Bill to vote. The bill, if enacted, would have prevented states...

FDA’s Comment Period for “Natural” Food Labels Is Now Open [Food Recall Monitor Blog]

November 13, 2015

FDA took long-awaited and much-anticipated steps this week to address the requests of both consumers and food manufacturers and producers for guidance and regulation on use of the term “natural.” For years now, consumer litigation alleging false labeling and misrepresentation claims have been piling...

US Supreme Court Explores Standing Doctrine in ‘Spokeo’ [The Legal Intelligencer]

November 12, 2015

Stephen Miller and Leigh Ann Benson discuss Spokeo v. Robins, an appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit raising the question whether Congress may create an “injury-in-fact” simply from the violation of a federal statute.

Litigation In The Marijuana Industry Lights Up [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

November 09, 2015

The country’s first products liability class action has hit the marijuana industry with the filing of various tort, strict liability and contract claims against LivWell, Inc. in Colorado state court last month.  The complaint purports to define two classes—a medical class and a recreational...

FTC Announces Red Light on Unqualified "Green Approved" Seals [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

October 21, 2015

Updated to clarify that this post is not about Green Seal, Inc. but the environmental seals or certifications warned against in a recent FTC update. Manufacturers of consumer products labeled with unspecified environmental certification seals (“green seals”) may find themselves subject to...

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act’s Impact [Food Recall Monitor Blog]

July 30, 2015

FDA’s steadfast position against formally addressing “Natural” claims on food products may soon be forced to change if the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which the House of Representatives passed on July 23, 2015, is enacted. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (“SAFLA”) serves largely to...

Neither ‘Junk’ Nor ‘Healthy’ Food Cos. Are Safe From FDA [Law360]

July 02, 2015

Leigh Ann Benson discusses the need for food and beverage manufacturers to be aware of FDA action, which typically reflects consumers’ interests, that has a direct relationship to class action litigation.

Employer Liability in the Age of Cybersecurity [The Legal Intelligencer]

June 30, 2015

David Walton and Leigh Ann Benson discuss the importance of employers preventing cybersecurity incidents and what the outcome of the Supreme Court case Spokeo v. Robins would mean for class actions brought by their employees.

Harsh Words for KIND Bars [Food Recall Monitor Blog]

May 04, 2015

Kind, LLC received a rude awakening from the FDA when it notified the popular snack-maker that it was violating numerous federal regulations by allegedly misbranding four popular products. Kind is known for its widely-popular snack bars which are marketed as “wholesome,” “tasty,” and “convenient.”...

Justices Eye Hierarchy of Protected Speech in Street Sign Case [The Legal Intelligencer]

February 12, 2015

In an article titled ''Justices Eye Hierarchy of Protected Speech in Street Sign Case,'' Stephen Miller, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, and Leigh Ann Benson, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, discuss Reed v. Town of Gilbert, in which the U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to overhaul its First Amendment jurisprudence. The Town of Gilbert's sign ordinance was challenged by Good News Community Church and its pastor, Clyde Reed. Good News is a relatively small congregation in Gilbert that meets weekly for fellowship and worship. The church views its signs as ideological while the town considers them to be directional – a distinction that has significant practical effects. Although it seems likely Gilbert's ordinance will be struck down, the more interesting question is whether five Justices will unite around a far-reaching opinion that revamps the court's First Amendment jurisprudence.

Cyber Attackers Reach Anthem, Health Care Providers Seen As Vulnerable [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

February 10, 2015

Anthem, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, announced last Wednesday that it had been attacked by cyber hackers and that personal information for as many as 80 million individuals had been compromised.     Cyber attacks and data breaches are now commonplace. Hackers and cyber criminals...

A New Kind of Architecture: The President’s New Agenda on Cybersecurity [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

January 23, 2015

“[I]f we don’t put in place the kind of architecture that can prevent these attacks from taking place, this is not just going to be affecting movies, this is going to be affecting our entire economy in ways that are extraordinarily significant.”  – President Obama, December 19, 2014 If you...

Third Circuit Further Clarifies Class Action Certification Law [The Legal Intelligencer]

December 24, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently denied class certification in a consumer fraud case. In Grandalski v. Quest Diagnostics, No. 13-4329 ((3d. Cir. Sept. 11, 2014), the court affirmed a trial court order denying certification of a nationwide class of consumers allegedly overcharged by the defendant. The opinion is instructional on current class action law and underscores the rigor with which trial courts are expected to analyze motions for class certification.

Raising "Cane" in Labeling Claims [Food Recall Monitor Blog]

July 01, 2014

Class action plaintiffs again allege that the labeling on Chobani’s Greek yogurt violates FDA regulations and misleads consumers, even though a federal court in California dismissed a similar labeling class action earlier this year.  The New York complaint filed in federal court highlights the...

7th Circuit: Nothing “Loko” About Denying Defense Based on Liquor Liability Exclusion [Food Recall Monitor Blog]

January 15, 2014

In Netherlands Insurance Company v. Phusion Projects, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the insurer of the makers of Four Loko has no duty to defend it in lawsuits alleging the alcoholic beverage caused serious injury and death.  The court affirmed the Northern District Court of...

Michigan Appeals Court Rules Against Coverage for Uncontaminated but Seized Cheese [Food Recall Monitor Blog]

October 29, 2013

A Michigan appellate court recently ruled that a commercial property insurer properly denied coverage for the cost of cheese seized by the government that could not be returned to market.  In this unpublished opinion, the three-judge panel upheld the trial court’s determination that the insurer...

Framing of Damages Determines Duty to Defend in Recent New York Case [Food Recall Monitor Blog]

April 29, 2013

A New York appellate court recently upheld a supreme court ruling that an insurer had a duty to defend a manufacturer’s faulty workmanship where it resulted in third party property damage.  I.J. White Corp. v. Columbia Cas. Co., 2013 NY Slip Op 2500 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dep't Apr. 16, 2013).  In...

Minnesota’s “Impairment of Function and Value” Test Determines Whether Recalled Food Constitutes Property Damage [Food Recall Monitor Blog]

February 05, 2013

We often associate food recalls with harmful and contaminated products but manufacturers actually issue recalls for a variety of reasons.  Companies sometimes issue recalls because of suspected, but not confirmed, contamination or other quality control issues.  Other times, they issue recalls...

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Security Briefing: Mobile Cyber Security

October 07, 2015 - Haverford, PA

Industry Sectors

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
  • Young Lawyer Editor Board, The Legal Intelligencer
  • Villanova Law J. Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court