Cozen O’Connor: Ghattas, Tia C.

Tia C. Ghattas

Member

Chicago

(312) 382-3116

(312) 382-8910

Tia Ghattas is a litigator and for a decade, served as the office managing partner of the firm's Chicago office.  She has served as lead counsel in numerous bench and jury trials  She has extensive litigation experience in both state and federal courts and in arbitrations. She also serves as party appointed mediator in alternative dispute resolution forums. Her counsel is sought in counseling clients faced with a litigation risk.

Tia's diverse experience and background includes representing clients along the supply chain — from clients in the retail, marketing, development, property ownership and management, building construction, product manufacturing and transportation industries. Tia's commercial litigation encompasses litigating contracts, advising and defending product liability matters, transportation & logistics, and construction matters. Tia co-chairs the firm's transportation & logistics industry team. She serves as national coordinating counsel for one of North America's leading manufacturers of component parts for commercial vehicles. As part of her work with manufacturers and contractors, Tia has developed a relationship with clients to consult on compliance with industry standards, limiting or controlling risk and the nuances of contracts related to construction and/or product manufacturing. She has also served as local counsel for major record labels known as the Recording Industry Association of America in the Northern District of Illinois for copyright infringement.

Tia's litigation practice is nationally based and focuses on commercial matters, products liability defense, construction and mass toxic tort defense. She has tried more than 25 jury trials to verdict and has participated in numerous alternative dispute resolution forums.

Tia received her Bachelor of Science from Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana in 1993, cum laude, on a full basketball scholarship. In 1999, she received her law degree from The John Marshall Law School. While a student, she clerked for the U.S. Attorney's Office, served as a lieutenant governor for the Seventh Circuit of the American Bar Association and placed second overall in the Fred Herzog Moot Court Competition.

News

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 22 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

November 29, 2017

Leading Lawyers Network has recognized 22 Cozen O'Connor attorneys as top Illinois practitioners, including 19 "Leading Lawyers" and 3 "Emerging Lawyers" for its 2017 survey results publication.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 22 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

July 01, 2016

The Leading Lawyers Network has named 22 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners and named 4 others as Emerging Lawyers in its 2016 survey results.

Cozen O’Connor Expands Insurance Practice, Chicago Office with Hiring of Kamraczewski

May 12, 2014

With the recent addition of Kevin P. Kamraczewski as a member, Cozen O’Connor has significantly added to the strength of its Global Insurance Group and its Chicago office, where he will be resident. Mr. Kamraczewski was formerly a partner at Dentons.

Tia Ghattas Featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

February 25, 2014

A feature story on Tia Ghattas, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, was recently published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The article, titled “Cozen O’Connor’s Ghattas on call, day or night,” highlights Tia’s occupation and the challenges that accompany it. Daniel Johnson, a member of the firm's Global Insurance Department, was quoted in the article, discussing Tia’s management style.

Cozen O’Connor Names Five Attorneys Shareholder

September 10, 2009

Cozen O’Connor recently named five members shareholder: Tia C. Ghattas (Chicago), Richard C. Mason (Philadelphia), Mark E. Opalisky (Philadelphia), Frances R. Roggenbaum (Harrisburg) and Jason S. Schulze (Houston).

Cozen O’Connor Member Tia C. Ghattas Named Managing Partner of Chicago Office

March 21, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Member Tia C. Ghattas Named Managing Partner of Chicago Office

Cozen O’Connor Names Three New Managing Partners for Regional Offices

March 10, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Names Three New Managing Partners for Regional Offices

Publications

Winter 2009 [Commercial Litigation Observer]

February 25, 2009

Congratulations are due to the twenty-five attorneys from six of the firm’s national offices who have been selected for inclusion in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America based on a rigorous peer–review survey that has been developed and refined for nearly 25 years. The current edition is based on 1.8 million confidential evaluations by only the top attorneys in the country. The Cozen O'Connor offices with Attorneys recognized are Cherry Hill, Denver, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

Arbitration Clauses Do Not Apply To Disputes Arising Out Of Related Contracts [Commercial Disputes Observer]

January 01, 2008

In U.S. Small Business Administration v. Chimicles, 447 F.3d 207 (3d Cir. 2006), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that an arbitration clause contained in one contract does not apply to a dispute arising out of a related contract, even if the second contract explicitly refers to the first.

Summer 2007 [Commercial Disputes Observer]

August 01, 2007

Summer 2007 - Commercial Disputes Observer -

Industry Sectors

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1999
  • St. Joseph's College, B.S., cum laude, 1993

Awards & Honors

Leading Lawyers Network 2017

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- North Dakota
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Transportation Lawyers Association