Vincent R. McGuinness, Jr.

President and Managing Partner


(215) 665-2097

(215) 701-2097

Vincent R. McGuinness, Jr. is president and managing partner of Cozen O’Connor and a member in the Subrogation & Recovery Department. Vince, who was a summer associate with the firm in 1979 and 1980, joined the firm as an associate in the firm's Subrogation Department in 1981. Vince has held multiple leadership positions in the firm including: vice chair of the Subrogation & Recovery Department, administrative managing partner of the firm, and co-director of the firm's Canadian alliance, Cozen O'Connor Subrogation Consultants, Inc., in operation from 2004-2005.

Vince focuses his legal practice on the prosecution of property damages claims and has tried to verdict in excess of 30 subrogation cases throughout various state and federal courts in the United States. He also coordinates the defense of several hundred asbestos claims asserted against various manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos-containing products.

Vince developed the Subrogation and Recovery Department’s many educational seminars and workshops, including the comprehensive 20-month "Life of Subrogation Case"® program that traced the life of a subrogation claim from the moment the loss occurs through trial. He is a frequent lecturer and author in the property insurance subrogation industry, including addressing members of the Loss Executives Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Insurance Committee, for which he served as the editor-in-chief of the inaugural Pennsylvania Insurance Journal, and the Insurance Society of Pennsylvania, for which he received its Distinguished Advocate Award for his lecturing and written contributions.

Vince particularly enjoys the use of film clips to highlight his lectures and seminars. His recent presentations include "Hollywood Presents Expert Witnesses," "When Catastrophe Strikes – How Hollywood Portrays Property Disasters," and "How 'Hollywood Lawyers' Comply with the Code of Ethics."

Vince earned his Bachelor of Arts from Drew University in 1978 and his law degree from Villanova University in 1981, where he was a member of the Villanova Law Review and authored a comment titled “Insurance Law-Asbestos Duty to Indemnity and to Defend,” which was published in volume 26 of the Villanova Law Review.

Vince has been involved in many community and charitable organizations. In 1976, at the age of 18, he was elected to serve on the Morris Plains Board of Education, and was the youngest elected official in the state of New Jersey. He was selected to participate in the inaugural Business on Board program held by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's Arts & Business Council, which honored him with the Business on Board Member of the Year award for his service as president of the Elfreth's Alley Association and Museum. He has also served on various youth enrichment programs, including SquashSmarts, where he served as president, and as a board member of the Legacy Youth Tennis & Education (formerly the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis & Education) organization. He currently serves on the Corporate Leadership Council for the National Constitution Center. He was selected as president of the Philadelphia Squash Racquets Association and appointed as a board member of the United States Squash Racquets Association, now known as US Squash. Vince is also active in bar association activities. In 2012, he was appointed by the Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association to co-chair the Large Firm Management Committee. He was also appointed by the Chancellor to serve on the Code & Judicial Conduct Task Force and as an investigator for the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention. He received the Philadelphia Bar Association's Division's Achievement Award from the Young Lawyers section. Vince coordinated the firm’s COVID-19 response, and has been involved in multiple COVID-19 response initiatives locally, nationally and internationally, including: serving on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s COVID Task Force; speaking as a guest lecturer with TenantTalks; participating as a panelist with American Heart Association Community Conversations; and invited guest speaker at the Osaka Japan Bar Association conference on COVID.  His leadership in the response to COVID was recognized by the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer, which selected him for the  2021 Professional Excellence Award, and the Philadelphia Bar Association, that awarded him and the firm the inaugural Champion of the Bar Award.

Vince is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The fellows is an honorary society of lawyers and judges limited to one percent of the lawyers admitted to practice in the United States. 


Vincent McGuinness Honored as a 2021 Distinguished Leader by The Legal Intelligencer

June 01, 2021

Vincent McGuinness, president and managing partner of the firm, has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a 2021 Professional Excellence Award winner in the Distinguished Leaders category.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized in Numerous Categories for Legal Intelligencer’s 2021 Professional Excellence Awards

May 25, 2021

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the firm’s achievements in The Legal Intelligencer’s 2021 Professional Excellence awards, which includes Cozen O’Connor being selected as a Law Firm of the Year finalist for the second year in a row.

Michael Heller Unanimously Re-Elected CEO of Cozen O’Connor

April 14, 2021

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Michael J. Heller has been unanimously re-elected to a fourth, three-year term as CEO of the firm.

'Change Is Needed': Amid Protests, Law Firm Alliances With Prosecutors Draw Scrutiny

June 22, 2020

Vincent McGuinness was featured in The American Lawyer discussing Cozen O'Connor's secondment program with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office which began in 2009.

Prosecutor for a Year: Cozen O'Connor Associates Get 'Real Life' Courtroom Chops in DA Partnership

September 27, 2019

Vince McGuinness and Pamela Dorian were quoted in The Legal Intelligencer discussing the 10-year anniversary of Cozen O'Connor's secondment program at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Cozen O’Connor Board Re-Elects Heller, Promotes McGuinness and Rinaldi Bailey

February 07, 2018

The Board of Directors of Cozen O’Connor unanimously re-elected Michael J. Heller to a third, three-year term as Chief Executive Officer of the firm, and added the title Executive Chairman effective immediately.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Names Its 2007 Pro Bono Honor Roll

April 08, 2008

Cozen O’Connor has announced that 61 attorneys and 8 paralegals have been named to the firm’s 2007 Pro Bono Honor Roll.


Summer 2008 [Subrogation and Recovery Observer]

July 01, 2008

Summer 2008 - Subrogation and Recovery Observer -

Sports and Entertainment Law Observer [Fall 2007]

November 07, 2007

Specifically, in this issue, we examine two topics currently at the forefront of the sports and entertainment industries. First, we explore the ongoing strike between the Writers Guild and the Association of Motion Picture and Televisions Producers. Next, we outline the various immigration issues and options for foreign athletes who seek employment in the United States.

Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers [Five Steps to Maximize Subrogation Recoveries]

June 01, 2006

Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers - Five Steps to Maximize Subrogation Recoveries - Five Steps to Maximize Subrogation Recoveries

Circumventing Waivers of Subrogation, Exculpatory Clauses and Other Limitations [Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers]

January 13, 2006

Circumventing Waivers of Subrogation, Exculpatory Clauses and Other Limitations - Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers - 5 pgs total. Subrogation rights may be lost in one of two ways: the insurance company, by conduct or agreement, can waive its subrogation rights; or exculpatory or waiver clauses entered into by an insured can relieve the tortfeasor from liability. The waiver may also be challenged as an exculpatory clause that must be strictly construed; and avoided where there is a showing of gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct.

Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers [Avoiding Six Phantom Roadblocks to Subrogation Claims]

January 13, 2006

Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers - Avoiding Six Phantom Roadblocks to Subrogation Claims - As we begin the new century, claims handlers, recovery specialists and subrogation counsel can expect new and varied challenges to subrogation claims. For the past several years, the courts have viewed subrogation claims with some disdain; and have issued peculiar and in some instances legally insupportable opinions that limit a...

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