Patrick J. O′Connor

Vice Chairman

Patrick J. O′Connor is vice chairman of Cozen O´Connor. He is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on litigation arising out of contracts, banking matters, estates, professional liability involving legal and accounting matters and health care. Prior to joining Cozen O´Connor in 1973, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Thomas J. Clary, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and was an associate attorney at Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz.

Patrick is actively involved in many legal, professional, civic and educational organizations. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Patrick is chairman of the board of BNY Mellon Funds Trusts, a member of the board of Crowley Chemical Company of New York City, a member of the board of PCS and Advisor Trust.

Patrick’s educational affiliations include serving as chairman of the board of trustees of Temple University and as a current member (and former chairman) of the board of Consultors for the Villanova University School of Law. Patrick previously served as a member and chairman of the board of trustees of College Misericordia, and as a member of the board of directors at King's College. In 2013, Patrick received honorary degrees from two of Philadelphia's major universities, Temple University and the Villanova University School of Law. In 2014 he received an honorary doctorate from King's College.

Patrick earned his Bachelor of Arts at King's College, magna cum laude, in 1964 and his law degree from the Villanova University School of Law in 1967. 

News

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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

June 01, 2022

Super Lawyers has selected 49 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Outgoing Temple University board chairman reflects on his 10-year tenure: ‘I’m Temple Made, too, in a way’

July 29, 2019

Patrick O'Connor discussed with The Philadelphia Inquirer about his time as the chairman of Temple University's board of trustees.

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 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

Summer 2008 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

August 30, 2008

We take pride at Cozen O’Connor in addressing new developments that will affect our clients. In this issue, we include a special report on two new decisions from New Jersey on bad faith in the UM/UIM context.

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1967
  • King's College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1964

Awards & Honors

Selected by Best Lawyers in America  2009 - 2022

Honorary Degree: Temple University  – Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, May 2013

Honorary Degree: Villanova University  – Doctor of Laws, May 2013

Honorary Degree: King's College – Doctor of Laws, May 2014

The Legal Intelligencer's Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2004-2022

  • Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Superior Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honorable Thomas J. Clary, U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation
  • American College of Trial Lawyers: International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association