Cozen O’Connor: Ficken, Bruce W.

Bruce W. Ficken

Chair, Construction Law


(215) 665-6948

(215) 665-2013

Bruce chairs the firm’s Construction Law Group and is a recognized authority in representing clients in construction and commercial litigation, as well as managing risk in construction projects. As lead counsel he has successfully conducted more than 60 major trials in the United States and in international arbitrations. He has also helped numerous owners and developers with contract documentation, contract and project administration, and dispute avoidance and resolution. Bruce is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and as a mediator he has successfully helped resolve major construction disputes.      

Bruce is one of only a few construction litigators ever to be invited to be a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he was named by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Philadelphia Construction “Lawyer of the Year.“ Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranks Bruce in Band 1 for construction law. Chambers reports clients saying he is “great in front of a jury” and “as good as they get.”

For several years, Bruce has served as co-chairman of the Construction SuperConference, held annually as one of the leading conferences in his field. He frequently lectures at the invitation of various professional groups. He has presented at events sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, Federal Publications, the Contract Specification Institute, the School of Engineering of the University of Wisconsin, the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the Practising Law Institute.

He is co-editor and co-author of Construction Litigation, (Editions I and II) published by the Practising Law Institute, and Hazardous Waste Disposal and Underground Construction Law, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. He is a contributing author for the Construction Law Handbook (Aspen Publications) and Moisture Control in Buildings (ASTM Publications).

Bruce received his bachelor's degree from Susquehanna University and earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Dickinson School of Law. While in law school, he was the managing editor of Dickinson Law Review



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.

Three Practice Areas and Six Attorneys Recommended by The U.S. Edition of The Legal 500

June 15, 2018

The U.S. edition of The Legal 500 recognized Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, and Shipping practices as well as attorneys Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, and Anne Mickey.

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.

Firms Add Construction Lawyers As Cities See More Cranes

May 10, 2018

Bruce Ficken, chair of the firm's Construction Law Practice, was quoted in Law360's feature, "Firms Add Construction Lawyers As Cities See More Cranes."

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.

Two Practice Areas and Eight Attorneys Named to the Legal 500 United States

June 19, 2017

The Legal 500 United States recommended Cozen O’Connor’s Shipping and Aviation practices and named Mark Atwood, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, Mark Fink, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, and Anne Mickey to its 2017 list.

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.

Nationally Renowned Construction Law Practice Joins Cozen O’Connor

April 25, 2017

Four lawyers from Pepper Hamilton have joined Cozen O’Connor to spearhead the Construction Law Group. For more than three decades, these lawyers have successfully handled some of the largest and most complex construction litigation matters throughout the United States and abroad.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2018 Construction SuperConference

December 10, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV

2017 Construction SuperConference

December 04, 2017 - Las Vegas, Nevada


  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1976
  • Susquehanna University, B.A., 1970

Awards & Honors

Chambers USA for Construction Law 2014-2018

2017 Philadelphia Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2019

"Leading Lawyer" for Construction The Legal 500 2016-2018

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2004-2018

Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers

Who’s Who Legal Construction: Lawyers

  • Pennsylvania
  • The Whitemarsh Foundation- Board Member
  • Legacy Youth Tennis and Education- Board Member
  • Susquehanna University- Board Member