Cozen O’Connor: Kelly, Sarah A.

Sarah A. Kelly

Of Counsel

Philadelphia

(215) 665-5536

(215) 701-2070

Recent News:

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

Super Lawyers has selected 64 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Sarah concentrates her practice in employment law and employment discrimination law, and related litigation, sexual harassment law, and in counseling employers on issues in labor and employment law. She has over 30 years of experience, both at leading law firms and as in-house counsel for two major financial services corporations. 

Sarah provides practical experience in managing and litigating the full range of employment law issues, from individual cases to class action lawsuits. She also advises employers on issues in major downsizings, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act, and provides employment law advice to employers as buyers and sellers in major corporate transactions. Her clients have included major retailers, manufacturers, professional services organizations, entrepreneurial companies, and hospital and health care employers. Sarah’s client-side experience has given her a unique perspective on how to forge workable solutions to real-world problems, enabling clients to avoid litigation or, when that is not possible, to best position themselves for success in the courts. 

Sarah is a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. In 2010, she was appointed to a multi-year term on the College's Third Circuit Credentials Committee, charged with assisting the College's Board of Governors in evaluating and recommending nominees for fellowship in the college. She also has served as a Hearing Committee member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Sarah has been a course planner and faculty member for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and at other major national employment law conferences, has served as a member of the board of directors of St. Agnes Medical Center and serves as pro bono employment law counsel to various nonprofit agencies.

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in 1977. She earned her master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1985.

Experience

Blogs

Class Action Defense Review

Summaries, Events, News and Analysis on Defense of Class Action Lawsuits

http://www.classactiondefensereview.com/

News

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

May 21, 2019

Super Lawyers has selected 64 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.

Cozen O’Connor Advises Utz Quality Foods, LLC in its Acquisition of Inventure Foods, Inc.

February 14, 2018

Cozen O’Connor represented Utz Quality Foods, LLC in its acquisition of Inventure Foods, Inc. for approximately $165 million.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2010 Chambers USA Rankings

June 18, 2010

Chambers USA has recognized 18 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields. The annual rankings are based on client and peer references, as well as information gathered from Chambers’ own independent research. Given both nationally and regionally, the rankings are based on qualities including technical legal ability, professional conduct, and client service.

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 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.

Cozen O’Connor Member Sarah A. Kelly Lectures For American Employment Law Council

November 14, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Member Sarah A. Kelly Lectures For American Employment Law Council

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.

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.

Publications

Unnoticed Provision of New Tax Bill Makes Sex Harassment Settlements Subject to NDAs Not Deductible [Labor & Employment Alert]

January 08, 2018

Sarah Kelly, Kate Ericsson and Rory Moore discuss a provision in the new Tax Act proposed by Senator Robert Menendez, (D-N.J.) that bars deductions for settlement payments, including attorney’s fees, related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse if the settlement payment is subject to a nondisclosure agreement.

2013/2014 [Labor and Employment Observer]

January 01, 2014

We are pleased to provide you with our 2013/2014 Observer, which looks back at the developments in labor and employment law over the past year and forward to what employers can expect in 2014.

Summer 2011 [Labor and Employment Observer]

July 01, 2011

Our Summer 2011 Labor and Employment Law Observer covers topics of interest to in-house counsel, human resources professionals and corporate management.

Fall 2010 [Labor and Employment Observer]

October 28, 2010

We are pleased to present the latest edition of the Labor and Employment Observer. We hope you find this issue both useful and informative.

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Employer's Review of Employee's Text Messages Sent on Employer's Pager was Reasonable and Did Not Violate Fourth Amendment [Labor and Employment Alert!]

June 21, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Employer's Review of Employee's Text Messages Sent on Employer's Pager was Reasonable and Did Not Violate Fourth Amendment - Labor and Employment Alert! - In a closely watched case and in a nearly unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court has held that the City of Ontario Police Department did not violate the Fourth Amendment privacy rights of its employee, police sergeant Jeff Quon, when it audited text messages he had sent and received on a department-issued paging device. City of Ontario, California, et al. v. Quon, et al., 560 U.S. ____ (2010).

Spring 2009 [Labor and Employment Observer]

June 01, 2009

Our Spring 2009 Labor and Employment Law Observer covers a multitude of topics of interest to in-house counsel, human resources professionals and corporate management. Many of these articles are particularly timely given the changing political climate and our increasingly technology driven society.

Update: Ninth Circuit Withdraws Decision on Application of California Labor Code to Out-of-State Workers; Certifies Issue to California Supreme Court [Labor and Employment Alert!]

February 27, 2009

Update: Ninth Circuit Withdraws Decision on Application of California Labor Code to Out-of-State Workers; Certifies Issue to California Supreme Court - Labor and Employment Alert! - We reported in our Winter 2009 Commercial Disputes
Observer on the panel decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Sullivan, et al. v. Oracle Corporation, 547 F.3d 1177 (9th Cir. November 6, 2008). In that decision, a panel
of the Ninth Circuit determined that an employer which employs out-of-state residents to perform work in California was required to pay overtime pursuant to the provisions of the California Labor
Code. Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

COBRA Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 [Labor and Employment Alert!]

February 24, 2009

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 (the Act). The Act contains provisions which are intended to make health care coverage, particularly COBRA coverage, more affordable. Unfortunately, some of the burden of achieving this goal is placed on employers, including certain actions which must be taken quickly. Following is a brief description of the COBRA provisions of the Act.

Employees Involved In Internal Investigations Of Discrimination Are Protected From Retaliation [Labor and Employment Alert!]

February 03, 2009

Employees Involved In Internal Investigations Of Discrimination Are Protected From Retaliation - Labor and Employment Alert! - In a case which follows the adage that bad facts make bad law, the United States Supreme Court has held that an employee who responded to an employer’s questions in an internal investigation of a complaint of employment discrimination is protected by the anti-retaliation provisions
of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The virtually unanimous decision (all Justices concurred in the judgment; but Justice Alito filed a concurring opinion in which Justice Thomas

Layoffs Likely To Spark Legal Wrangles [Law 360]

October 02, 2008

Layoffs Likely To Spark Legal Wrangles - Law 360 -

Winter 2008 [Labor and Employment Observer]

February 29, 2008

Our Winter 2008 Labor and Employment Law Observer covers a multitude of topics of interest to in-house counsel, human resource professionals and corporate management. Recently, President Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, which expands the FMLA to provide enhanced leave for families of military personnel. Additionally, in mid-February 2008, the Department of Labor propounded new proposed regulations regarding the FMLA. Moreover, in late February, the Supreme Court weighed in on the use of ''me too'' evidence during trials.

Supreme Court: Admissibility of 'Me, Too' Testimony Depends on the Fact [Society for Human Resource Management]

February 26, 2008

Supreme Court: Admissibility of 'Me, Too' Testimony Depends on the Fact - Society for Human Resource Management -

Fall 2007 [Labor and Employment Observer]

September 01, 2007

Our Fall 2007 Labor and Employment Law Observer covers a multitude of topics of interest to in-house counsel, human resource professionals and corporate management.

Employment Law: Language debate [Daily Business Review]

June 15, 2007

Employment Law: Language debate - Daily Business Review - While the debate over immigration reform heats up in Washington, English-only policies in the
workplace are sparking numerous legal challenges in the courts. Labor and employment attorneys say that, in recent years, a growing number of businesses have created English-only policies, triggering a backlash of discrimination lawsuits by immigrant workers.

2007 E-Discovery Seminar - Philadelphia (Rittenhouse Hotel) [E-Discovery Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - Are You Prepared to Comply with the New Rules]

January 25, 2007

2007 E-Discovery Seminar - Philadelphia (Rittenhouse Hotel) - E-Discovery Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - Are You Prepared to Comply with the New Rules - Accompanying seminar program book from the E-Discovery Seminar of 1/25/2007 at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia presented to The Insurance Society of Philadelphia CLE Seminar.

2006 E-Discovery Seminar - New York (Marriott Financial Center) [E-Discovery Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - Are You Prepared?]

November 14, 2006

2006 E-Discovery Seminar - New York (Marriott Financial Center) - E-Discovery Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - Are You Prepared? - Accompanying seminar program book from the E-Discovery Seminar of 1/25/2007 at the New York Marriott Financial Center, Manhattan.

Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions [Preparing Your Business for Sale]

June 21, 2006

Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions - Preparing Your Business for Sale -

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2019 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 20, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

2018 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 13, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Labor and Employment Law Update

June 14, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Annual Employment Law Institute

April 27, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Labor and Employment Law Issues in an Election Year

April 21, 2016 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Critical Employment Law Issues for 2015

November 05, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Susan G. Komen: Young Survivor's "Living Confident" Event

September 10, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

17th Annual Employment Law Institute

April 27, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA

E-Discovery Seminar

November 14, 2006 - New York, NY

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1985
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S., 1979
  • Tufts University, B.A., 1977

Awards & Honors

Chambers & Partners USA 2009-2018

Best Lawyers in America 2009-2019

Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer

International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association
  • American Employment Law Council
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers