Cozen O’Connor: Kircher, Philip G.

Philip G. Kircher

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-7233

(215) 701-2033

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.

Philip G. Kircher handles a wide variety of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts including securities, antitrust, shareholders' rights, business and real estate joint ventures, corporate governance, breach of fiduciary duties and general breach of contract matters.

Philip has represented manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, hospitals, doctors, food service operators, software designers, architects, engineers, constructors, schools, banks, state and local governments and others, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in courts, before agencies and in private arbitration.

Philip has been a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2000 and is a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer." The National Law Journal has twice cited Philip's trial work in its annual listing of most significant verdicts.

Philip was managing editor of the Villanova Law Review and following law school clerked for the Honorable Donald W. VanArtsdalen in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Philip is a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania SPCA and provides substantial pro bono legal services to a variety of animal rescue organizations.

Experience

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.

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 Member Named to Board of PaSPCA

January 14, 2013

Philip Kircher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia office, was named to the board of the Pennsylvania SPCA, the commonwealth’s largest animal welfare organization.

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 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

Federal Prosecutors Now Rebuked [Risk & Insurance]

October 15, 2006

Federal Prosecutors Now Rebuked - Risk & Insurance - While corporate scandals are still making headlines, the government’s treatment of companies and their employees is also getting much deserved attention. In fact, there have been several well-justified challenges to U.S. policy, which has too long condoned federal prosecutors taking a pro-indictment stance against their corporate targets if they provide legal fees for their indicted employees.

A ‘Dog’s Life’ Upheld [Risk & Insurance]

September 15, 2006

A ‘Dog’s Life’ Upheld - Risk & Insurance - Recently I traveled more than 30 miles to attend the sentencing of a young man convicted of animal cruelty for tying a domesticated dog to a tree and “punishing” it in ways too inhumane to describe. The dog somehow survived and now lives with a foster family—a true measure of animals’ resiliency. At the courthouse, crowds cheered when word spread that this creep received as much jail time as the court could legally impose.

Lessons From Anna Nicole Smith [Risk & Insurance]

August 01, 2006

Lessons From Anna Nicole Smith - Risk & Insurance - The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided Anna Nicole Smith’s much-publicized inheritance case. Playboy’s 1993 Playmate of the Year married 85-year-old Texas oil gazillionaire J. Howard Marshall in 1994. (He died in 1995.) Marshall left nothing in his will for Smith, and things would have stayed that way had Marshall’s son, Pierce, exercised some self-restraint. But Pierce couldn’t help himself. Now, he’s on the wrong end of an $89 million judgment.

Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged [Risk & Insurance]

June 01, 2006

Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged - Risk & Insurance - In the past few years, it has become popular sport in certain circles to attack our nation’s sitting judges. Unpopular judicial decisions are denounced as “outrageous,” and individual judges described as “activists running amok.” And, believe it or not, political zealots suggest that violence toward judges is perhaps deserved.

The Flaws of Arbitration [Risk & Insurance]

April 01, 2006

The Flaws of Arbitration - Risk & Insurance - Today’s subject is arbitration and why you should avoid it. Blasphemy you say? Read on to find out why court litigation before a judge sitting without a jury may be preferable. Recently, I found myself before an appellate court trying to vacate an arbitration award. When the appellate panel realized that my arbitration appeal was the only thing separating them from their next meal, they dismissed me with the rubric of the finality of arbitration awards. Justice? Perhaps not.

Keeping It ‘All In The Family’ [Risk & Insurance]

March 01, 2006

Keeping It ‘All In The Family’ - Risk & Insurance - The West Virginia mine tragedies reminded me of a nasty personal injury case in which I recently served as an outside consultant for a Fortune 1000 company. The company, understandably, wanted a pair of eyes and ears to look after its uninsured interests. Names have been changed and facts simplified to protect those involved). As you will see, what was thought to be clever business planning turned out to be financially painful for the company and its insurer.

No ‘Scalito’ Here [Risk & Insurance]

January 01, 2006

No ‘Scalito’ Here - Risk & Insurance - Wingnuts, stand down. Supreme Court nominee Samuel G. Alito, Jr. is no agenda-slipping, law-legislating extremist—at least not when it comes to insurance issues. Judge Alito is an intellectual stud more than qualified to become a Supreme Court justice. His delivery of insurance opinions is impressive. He writes with an efficiency and clarity that produces opinions that lawyers call “tight.”

Events & Seminars

Past Events

12th Annual Animal Law Conference

August 19, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • Drexel University, B.S., 1972

Awards & Honors

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer

Best Lawyers in America

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Honorable Donald W. VanArtsdalen, U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania 

  • American College of Trial Lawyers