Suzanne S. Mayes

Co-Chair, Business Law Department

Philadelphia

(215) 665-6922

(215) 701-2107

Suzanne focuses her practice on municipal and project finance, particularly in the areas of economic development, transportation, public works, education, senior living, and housing. She is co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Public & Project Finance Practice Group, and also serves as co-chair of the firm's Business Law Department. Suzanne is serving her third term on the firm's board of directors and is also a member of the firm's management committee.

Suzanne serves as bond counsel, underwriters' counsel, borrower’s counsel, and disclosure counsel to a wide range of public, for-profit, and not-for-profit clients. She regularly acts as bond counsel for state, county, and municipal clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware or as special counsel in the context of major capital projects or debt refinancings. Suzanne has completed numerous housing financings for state housing authorities; acted as co-bond counsel in connection with the financing of stadiums; counseled issuers on large-scale general obligation borrowings, student loan bond financings, and airport and toll road issuances; assisted state government with the issuance of unemployment compensation funding revenue bonds; and provided counsel to government entities in connection with public-private and public-public partnerships. She also has extensive knowledge of complex financing structures, including hedging instruments such as swaps, forward delivery financings, and synthetic fixed-rate and variable-rate debt.

Over the last two decades, Suzanne has developed close professional relationships with key government officials at the local, county, and state level. Evidence of their high regard for Suzanne’s capabilities is the fact that government representatives often call on her to get involved in their financings. Suzanne's good rapport and credibility with state and local government officials not only means she is involved in many of the most complex local, county, and state financings, it also means she is able to achieve efficient and positive results on behalf of other clients. When appropriate, she works with Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies to serve as a liaison between the firm’s private clients and government representatives.

Suzanne was selected as a 2020 Freda Johnson Trailblazing Woman in Public Finance by The Bond Buyer and Northeast Women in Public Finance. Suzanne was elected to the American College of Bond Counsel in 2016, an organization formed for the purpose of recognizing lawyers who have established reputations for their skill, experience, and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of bond law. In 2010, she was recognized as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women in Pennsylvania” by the National Diversity Council. She was the recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award in 2006, honored as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2008 Women of Distinction, and was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2018 “Best of the Bar.” Suzanne received the Alice Paul Equality Award in 2012, which recognizes individuals with a strong and long-standing commitment to advancing women’s equality. And, in 2018 Suzanne was recognized for significantly contributing to the growth of the Philadelphia landscape by Commercial Real Estate Women Philadelphia. 

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Suzanne has been recognized as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” since 2006. She is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She is a former member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates, a former board member of that bar association’s Committee on Women in the Profession, and a former chair of the Tax-Exempt Finance Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Section. She is a former member of the board of directors of the Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority. She is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers. In 2011, she was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Advisory Panel for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In 2012, Suzanne was named as a member of Governor Corbett’s Higher Education Advisory Panel in Pennsylvania. She is also a member of the Judicial Selection Commission for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Suzanne is a founding member of the board of directors of Ladies First, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and networking opportunities for female public finance professionals in the mid-Atlantic region. In 2016, Suzanne was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Ladies First Tribute Award in which she was recognized for her leadership and the inspirational role she has played in the organization’s success. She serves as a member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery and the Philadelphia Accelerator Fund. She is a prior president and long-time board member of The Forum of Executive Women as well as a former board member of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. She is a former member of the advisory board of BLOCS (Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools), as well as the boards of trustees of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Mount Saint Joseph Academy, and is also a past president of that institution's alumnae association. She is also a former member of the board of trustees of Manor College.

Suzanne earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. She received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Fairfield University.

Experience

News

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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

May 28, 2021

Super Lawyers has selected 47 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

Suzanne Mayes Awarded 2020 Freda Johnson Award Recipient for Trailblazing Women in Public Finance

November 10, 2020

Philadelphia – November 10, 2020 – Suzanne Mayes, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department and co-chair of the firm’s Public & Project Finance Practice, has been selected as a 2020 Freda Johnson Trailblazing Women in Public Finance by the Northeast Women in Public Finance and The Bond Buyer.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Nine Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2021 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

August 20, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that nine of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America.

Fifty-Eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 05, 2020

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

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

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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.

The 2018 Women in Law Roundtable Discussion

October 19, 2018

Suzanne Mayes participated in The Legal Intelligencer’s “Women in Law Roundtable Discussion.” Suzanne was one of 10 panelists who discussed solutions to challenges facing female attorneys and ways to advance the role of women in law.

Suzanne Mayes and Camille Miller Named Among “Best of the Bar” by the Philadelphia Business Journal

October 09, 2018

Suzanne S. Mayes, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor’s Public & Project Finance Practice, and Camille M. Miller, co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, were named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2018 “Best of the Bar.”

Suzanne Mayes Recognized for Contributing to Philadelphia’s Growth by Commercial Real Estate Women

September 12, 2018

Suzanne S. Mayes, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor’s Public & Project Finance Practice and vice chair of the Business Law Department, has been recognized for significantly contributing to the growth of the Philadelphia landscape by Commercial Real Estate Women Philadelphia (CREW).

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.

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 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.

Publications

The municipal market needs advance refundings back [The Bond Buyer]

July 28, 2020

Suzanne Mayes discusses the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the U.S. tax-exempt bond market.

The SEC Adopts Rule 15c2-12 Amendments Regarding Material Financial Obligations: Some Initial Q&A [Public & Project Finance Alert]

August 27, 2018

Mark Vacha, Jon Ballan, and Suzanne Mayes discuss the two new categories of listed events that require continuing disclosure material event notice filings by issuers or obligated persons.

SEC, FINRA and the MSRB Announce Compliance Outreach Program for Municipal Advisors [Public & Project Finance Alert]

October 01, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (the MSRB) announced today the opening of registration for the first Compliance Outreach Program for Municipal Advisors (the Compliance Outreach Program) that will take place in Chicago on November 3, 2014.

Significant Restrictions on Local Government Debt and Swaps Introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly [Public Finance Alert]

September 06, 2013

Legislation (Senate Bills No. 901, 902, 903 and 904 (SB 901, SB 902, SB 903 and SB 904)) has been introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly that, if passed, in whole or in part, could significantly affect certain types of municipal finance transactions involving municipal authorities and other local governments.

SEC Recommends Major Changes in Municipal Securities Market [Public & Project Finance Alert]

October 01, 2012

SEC Recommends Major Changes in Municipal Securities Market - Public & Project Finance Alert - The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) on July 31, 2012 issued a comprehensive report with recommendations to improve the municipal securities market and enhance disclosure provided to investors.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

LIBOR Transition

November 05, 2020

Health Law 2020

December 04, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Bond Buyer Mid-Atlantic Municipal Conference

October 24, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

The Power Behind Effective Relationship Management

October 11, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Women in Politics: Are We Making Headway?

September 26, 2017 - Elkins Park, PA

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1991
  • Fairfield University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1988

Awards & Honors

Freda Johnson Trailblazing Woman in Public Finance 2020

Alice Paul Equality Award 2012

Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award 2006

Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2006, 2007, 2009-2021. This award is conferred by Super Lawyers. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Selected to Chambers & Partners USA 2018-2021. This award is conferred by Chambers & Partners. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Selected to Philadelphia Business Journal Best of the Bar 2018. This award is conferred by the Philadelphia Business Journal. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Bond Counsel
  • Economy League of Greater Philadelphia Board of Directors
  • Forum of Executive Women Board of Directors
  • Former Member, Manor College Board of Trustees
  • Former Member, Mount Saint Joseph Academy Board of Directors
  • Former Member, Ladies First Board of Directors
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Former Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Directors
  • Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation Board of Directors
  • Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery Board of Directors