Cozen O’Connor: Cozen, Stephen A.

Stephen A. Cozen

Chairman

Philadelphia

(215) 665-2020

(215) 665-3701

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63 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has selected 63 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Stephen is the founder and chairman of Cozen O'Connor, a Philadelphia-based law firm with 29 offices throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The firm has grown from just four attorneys in 1970 to its present complement with more than 750 attorneys. Originally a boutique firm focusing on insurance related and commercial litigation, today Cozen O'Connor is a full-service law firm serving its clients' needs in business and corporate matters, securities, bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring, real estate, tax, public and project finance, health law, labor and employment matters, intellectual property, government relations, and trusts and estates.

An accomplished litigator and counselor, Steve is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a designation held by only the most respected and experienced courtroom practitioners, a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a senior fellow of the Advisory Board of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is also well-recognized as a consummate strategist, an appellate advocate, and is frequently called upon for appellate advice, counsel, and oral advocacy before both state and federal appellate courts. Steve is a nationally recognized lecturer and author on a wide variety of legal and litigation issues, and judicial opinions frequently cite his articles and texts as authoritative references.

In connection with government relations, Steve has, among other things, served as chair of the Department of Energy Advisory Committee on Fire Safety and the Insurance Department Transition Teams for then Governor Rendell in Pennsylvania.

Steve serves on numerous education and philanthropic boards, including The National Museum of American Jewish History, where he is first vice-chair elect, the Philadelphia Foundation, the President's Leadership Council for the Kimmel Center, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School Board of Overseers. Steve also spearheaded the development of the Samuel D. Cozen PAL Center and is actively involved with the organization. He is chairman of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Board of Councilors, Chairman of its Five Year Campaign Initiative, and currently serves on the boards of Franklin Square Holdings, LP, Haverford Trust Company, and ABR Reinsurance Capital Holdings, Ltd.

Steve is often awarded for his skills and leadership, both within the legal arena and in the community as a whole. In 2002, he was awarded The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) highest honor – The 25th Annual Americanism Award, and named to the lists of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2006), The National Law Journal’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America (2000), The Best Lawyers in America, and "Pennsylvania Super Lawyers" (2006-present). In addition, the firm made a gift to the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Steve’s honor, establishing the Stephen A. Cozen Professorship of Law, and he was honored with the 2008 Musser Excellence in Leadership Award from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

In 2011, Steve was honored by Drexel University as the Business Leader of the Year. While bestowing the honor, Drexel President John Fry said, “I think Steve is a perfect recipient of this award because his legendary intellect and energy have extended well beyond vision and leadership for his law firm, into civic and development activities that have helped build a great climate for the people and businesses of the region. In support of his beloved Philadelphia, Steve played a major role in the creation of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and was named to its President's Leadership Council in 2018, innovative programs at Project H.O.M.E., and the new National Museum of American Jewish History.” In 2017, Steve was presented with the inaugural Drexel Hillel Leadership Award.

Steve earned his undergraduate degree and law degree, both with honors, from The University of Pennsylvania in 1961 and 1964, respectively. Steve was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1964, before all of the courts of Pennsylvania, and in addition to many U.S. District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Experience

News

63 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 21, 2019

Super Lawyers has selected 63 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

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

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

City and State Pennsylvania names Cozen and Alderman to their 2018 PA Power 100 List

May 22, 2018

Stephen Cozen, founder and chairman of Cozen O’Connor, and Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, were both named to The 2018 Power 100 list by City & State Pennsylvania, ranked 39 and 50, respectively.

Six Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2018 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

September 29, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that six of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most highly regarded peer review publications in the legal profession.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Cozen and Alderman Named to the PA Power 100 2017

May 30, 2017

The Power 100 ranks the 100 most powerful and influential members of the Pennsylvania community.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Cozen O’Connor Pro Bono Team Secure James Dennis's Release After 25 years in Prison

January 20, 2017

Stephen Cozen and Matt Glazer, with assists from Harper Seldin and Coleen Williams, devised a strategy that led to a deal that will likely have Dennis out in a few weeks.

Inmate Pleads No Contest to End 25 Years on Death Row

December 27, 2016

Steve Cozen, founder and chairman of Cozen O’Connor, discusses his client's decision to plead no contest to a 1991 shooting.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O'Connor Plays Active Role in DNC Events in Philadelphia

July 22, 2016

Cozen O'Connor's events and participation in the Democratic National Convention is highlighted by Law360

Cozen Says Release of 28 Pages a Boost for 9/11 Suit

July 18, 2016

Stephen Cozen spoke with The Legal Intelligencer following Congress’s release of the previously classified 28 pages of the 2002 9/11 Commission Report.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2016 Chambers USA Rankings

May 27, 2016

Chambers USA recognized 41 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Stephen A. Cozen Discusses Gas Lease Case in Law360

March 30, 2016

Stephen A. Cozen, founder and chairman of Cozen O’Connor, is quoted in Law360 discussing the oil and gas lease matter Shedden v. Anadarko.

Fifty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 17, 2015

The current edition is based on more than five million detailed evaluations by the top lawyers of the country. This list will be included in dozens of city and regional publications in the United States including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2015 Chambers USA Rankings

July 06, 2015

Chambers USA recognized 37 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 10 were ranked in the top band.

Cozen O’Connor’s Interview with Al Qaeda Operative Renews Focus on Saudi Arabia and 9/11

February 09, 2015

Cozen O’Connor attorneys recently interviewed imprisoned former Al Qaeda operative, Zacarias Moussaoui, after Moussaoui wrote to the presiding judge requesting the opportunity to testify in the 9/11 lawsuit against Saudi Arabia. In his sworn statement to Cozen O'Connor attorneys at the “Supermax” prison in Colorado, Moussaoui testified that prominent members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family were donors to bin Laden’s terrorist organization in the late 1990s. His testimony has sparked renewed interest in the evidence Cozen O’Connor has developed in support of the claims against the desert Kingdom.

Cozen O’Connor Strikes Major Victory in PA Supreme Court

December 16, 2014

Cozen O’Connor has prevailed in a major victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, after hearing arguments from Stephen Cozen, ruled that the legal expenses racked up in fighting a mayoral ballot challenge were not incurred to influence the outcome of an election and could be forgiven. Cozen O’Connor has been fighting for seven years to forgive the full amount owed by U.S. Representative Bob Brady’s campaign committee.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2014 Chambers USA Rankings

May 30, 2014

Chambers USA recognized 29 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; six attorneys were recognized nationally and eight were ranked in the top band. Stanley Sher was named a “Senior Statesman” in the “Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York)” industry, for the pivotal role Sher plays in the firm’s continued success in the transportation industry.

PA Supreme Court Grants Cozen O’Connor Allocatur to Rehear Case Regarding Contribution Limits Under City Election Law

January 06, 2014

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced on Monday, January 6, 2014 that it would grant Cozen O’Connor’s motion for allocatur and rehear a decision finding that forgiving nearly $500,000 worth of debt accrued by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa during his unsuccessful 2007 Philadelphia mayoral bid would violate contribution limits under city election law.

Appeals Court Revives 9/11 Victims’ Case Against Saudi Arabia

December 23, 2013

As reported by various news outlets including the Chicago Tribune, a U.S. Appeals Court revived the case of the families of victims of 9/11 against Saudi Arabia, reversing a lower court’s ruling that dismissed the claims in 2005. The decision in the 2nd Circuit follows a 2011 decision that allowed similar claims to proceed against Afghanistan.

Stephen Cozen Represented the City and Board of City Trusts in Win Before the PA Supreme Court

November 04, 2013

Steve Cozen achieved a major victory before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on behalf of the Board of City Trusts and the city of Philadelphia. In an unanimous decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that Girard Estate is tax immune and as a consequence hundreds of millions of dollars of tax exempt bonds are no longer in limbo.

46 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2013

Forty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from eight of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys were selected based on a rigorous peer-review of more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations. The list will be included in publications such as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York magazine.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2013 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2013

PHILADELPHIA – May 26, 2013 – Chambers USA has recognized 29 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields; five attorneys were recognized nationally and five were ranked in the top band.

Stephen Cozen Awarded Lifetime Achievement by The Legal Intelligencer

April 19, 2013

As part of its 170th Anniversary, the Legal Intelligencer chose some of the most important members of the legal community who have helped shape the law in Pennsylvania, including one of the firm's founders Stephen Cozen.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2012 Chambers USA Rankings

June 11, 2012

Chambers USA has recognized 28 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields; five attorneys were recognized nationally and three were ranked in the top band.

Stephen Cozen Featured in The Legal Intelligencer Regarding Impact of Girard Tax Decision

May 10, 2012

Stephen Cozen Featured in The Legal Intelligencer Regarding Impact of Girard Tax Decision

Stephen A. Cozen Named Business Leader of the Year

February 02, 2012

Stephen A. Cozen Named Business Leader of the Year

Stephen A. Cozen Presents Keynote Address at 15th Annual America’s Claims Event

June 22, 2011

Stephen A. Cozen Presents Keynote Address at 15th Annual America’s Claims Event

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2011 Chambers USA Rankings

June 16, 2011

Chambers USA has recognized 27 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields.

Stephen A. Cozen Named the 2011 Pillar of Achievement Recipient

May 23, 2011

Stephen A. Cozen Named the 2011 Pillar of Achievement Recipient

43 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America

February 09, 2011

Forty-three Cozen O’Connor lawyers from six of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition based on a rigorous peer–review of more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations.

Stephen Cozen Featured in Jewish Exponent

September 10, 2010

Stephen Cozen Featured in Jewish Exponent

Cozen O’Connor to Devise BP’s Compensation Plan for Gulf Spill

August 13, 2010

Cozen O’Connor to Devise BP’s Compensation Plan for Gulf Spill

Steve Cozen Featured in Philadelphia Magazine

March 05, 2010

Steve Cozen Featured in Philadelphia Magazine

Forty-Two Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers in America

September 29, 2009

Forty-two Cozen O’Connor attorneys from seven of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor Launches Public Strategies LLC - New Entity Offers Enhanced Government Relations Assistance in Public Policy Advocacy, Regulatory Compliance and Contract Procurement

September 22, 2009

Cozen O’Connor Launches Public Strategies LLC - New Entity Offers Enhanced Government Relations Assistance in Public Policy Advocacy, Regulatory Compliance and Contract Procurement

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers By Law & Politics

May 28, 2009

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that 52 attorneys from the firm’s Philadelphia and West Conshohocken offices have been named 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics, and will appear in the June 2009 issues of Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Stephen A. Cozen Inducted Into International Academy of Trial Lawyers

May 20, 2009

Stephen A. Cozen Inducted Into International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Stephen A. Cozen And Patrick J. O’Connor Receive Musser Award From Temple’s Fox School Of Business

December 19, 2008

Stephen A. Cozen And Patrick J. O’Connor Receive Musser Award From Temple’s Fox School Of Business

Twenty-Five Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Honored As Best Lawyers In America

October 29, 2008

Twenty-five Cozen O’Connor attorneys from six of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Special Report: Suing the Saudis - How Cozen took on a kingdom for 9/11 liability [Philadelphia Inquirer]

June 03, 2008

Special Report: Suing the Saudis - How Cozen took on a kingdom for 9/11 liability - Philadelphia Inquirer - On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Stephen Cozen huddled with expert witnesses
in a seventh-floor conference room of his Center City law firm preparing for what
promised to be a bare-knuckle trial over a string of soured movie deals.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers By Law & Politics

May 29, 2008

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that 42 attorneys from the firm’s Philadelphia and West Conshohocken offices have been named 2008 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics, and will appear in the June 2008 issues of Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Cozen O’Connor Chairman Stephen A. Cozen Discusses Judaism’s Past And Future In The Jewish Exponent

April 07, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Chairman Stephen A. Cozen Discusses Judaism’s Past And Future In The Jewish Exponent

Publications

20 Questions with LCA Fellow Stephen A. Cozen, Founder and Chairman of Cozen O'Connor [Litigation Commentary & Review]

March 01, 2010

20 Questions with LCA Fellow Stephen A. Cozen, Founder and Chairman of Cozen O'Connor - Litigation Commentary & Review -

The Power Fifty 2009 [Philadelphia Magazine]

November 01, 2009

The Power Fifty 2009 - Philadelphia Magazine - Our ranking of the most influential Philadelphians. What This List Isn't: A rehash of the usual suspects.

Winter 2009 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

January 29, 2009

In this issue, we identify key coverage developments from the year 2008. We summarize recent court decisions dealing with coverage for toxic torts, environmental losses, construction defect and property losses. We also address new decisions in the areas of insolvency and reinsurance.

Summer 2008 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

August 30, 2008

We take pride at Cozen O’Connor in addressing new developments that will affect our clients. In this issue, we include a special report on two new decisions from New Jersey on bad faith in the UM/UIM context.

Extraordinary Leadership: Stephen A. Cozen [PastForward]

July 07, 2008

Extraordinary Leadership: Stephen A. Cozen - PastForward -

Stephen A. Cozen: Jewish Destiny's in Jewish Hands [Jewish Exponent]

March 06, 2008

Stephen A. Cozen: Jewish Destiny's in Jewish Hands - Jewish Exponent - During his 1978 trip to Israel as a participant on the Federation's President's Mission, Steve and Sandy Cozen heard a short story that spoke volumes about Jewish commitment.

Insurance Coverage Observer [Winter 2008]

February 26, 2008

In this issue, we consider a number of emerging issues and also identify key developments in coverage in 2007. We summarize new court decisions dealing with toxic torts, environmental coverage, insolvency and regulatory issues, and construction defect. We feature a key construction defect coverage case in Illinois with important implications. We address global warming in the context of directors with officers liability coverage. Finally, we discuss the emerging areas of fax blast and food contamination, and the impact of the reauthorization of TRIA.

Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Obtain Significant Appellate Victories [Appellate Alert!]

November 20, 2007

Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Obtain Significant Appellate Victories - Appellate Alert! - Stephen A. Cozen, with the assistance of Elizabeth Chambers Bailey, recently obtained
victory in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on behalf of a Bank
in a negligent design case. Vazquez-Filippetti v. Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Nos.05-2372, 06-1432 (1st Cir. Sept. 27, 2007). The plaintiff had suffered severe physical injuries when she was struck by a car while using the ATM machine

Measure & Proof of Loss to Building & Structures under Standard Fire Ins. Policies – The Alternatives & Practical Approaches [Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers]

January 13, 2006

Measure & Proof of Loss to Building & Structures under Standard Fire Ins. Policies – The Alternatives & Practical Approaches - Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers - 26 pgs total . A working knowledge of the language of the standard fire insurance policy is an essential pre-requisite to the preparation of advice to insured or insurer regarding the presentation of claim under such policy, regardless of the nature of the loss. ...it is preferable that the practitioner be knowledgeable concerning the different definitions of actual cash value which are extant throughout the Country.

Discovering and Protecting Electronic Files [Y2K, Computers and Technology - Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers]

January 11, 2006

Discovering and Protecting Electronic Files - Y2K, Computers and Technology - Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers - 36 pgs total. Topics: Differences Between Electronic and Paper Information; Growing Importance of Electronic Information; Discoverability of Electronic Data; WHAT CAN BE DISCOVERED: Types of Electronic Data; The “Lazarus Phenomenon”, The Myth of Erased, Deleted, Destroyed and Lost Electronic Evidence; Sources of Hidden Data; HOW TO DISCOVER ELECTRONIC FILES; HOW TO PROTECT ELECTRONIC FILES

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Legends and Rainmakers in Law: Building a Practice

October 05, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

15th Annual America’s Claims Event

June 15, 2011 - New Orleans, LA

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, L.L.B., 1964
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1961

Awards & Honors

Chambers & Partners USA: Nationwide: Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer; Pennsylvania: Insurance; Pennsylvania: Litigation: General Commercial 2011-2019

Best Lawyers in America  2007-2019

Drexel University Business Leader of the Year (2011)

Drexel Hillel Leadership Award (2017)

Lawyer of the Year 2018

Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance 2017

Super Lawyer 2004-2019

  • Pennsylvania
  • Commonwealth Court Of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Superior Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Judicature Society
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Advisory Board of the Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow (2015-2018)
  • President's Leadership Council for the Kimmel Center