Miguel Alexander Pozo

Member

Minneapolis

(612) 260-9073

(917) 755-4333

(612) 260-8011

Newark

(973) 200-7415

Miguel is a seasoned business lawyer with 20 plus years of experience counseling and representing Fortune 500 companies in the luxury, consumer/retail goods, health care, biopharmaceutical, and automobile industries, to name a few. Miguel helps clients navigate a range of business issues with an emphasis on contractual disputes, all aspects of the employer/employee relationship, internal investigations, and brand protection matters.

An experienced trial lawyer, Miguel has litigated cases across the country involving breach of contract, unfair competition, tortious interference, and theft of trade secrets, among others, through arbitration and trial. Additionally, as a former in-house counsel, Miguel uses his prior experience as head of U.S. litigation and deputy general counsel for Mercedes-Benz USA to provide clients with practical advice that allows them to effectively run their businesses while managing risk, and when possible, avoid litigation.

Miguel also regularly advises clients on workforce issues, having represented management in labor and employment litigation in both state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He has handled dozens of internal investigations and is adept at defending cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, executive compensation matters including severance and related agreements, and reductions in force.

Miguel also understands the importance of a company’s brand to their success and competitive edge. Over the years, he has worked to enhance and protect some of the world’s most iconic brands. His strategic approach has helped clients expand within existing markets or extend their operations into new markets. When necessary, Miguel uses litigation to help his clients protect their critical intellectual property rights from infringement from competitors, counterfeiters, and other bad actors.

His clients have included LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, TAG Heuer, Thomas Pink, Mercedes-Benz USA, and Target Corporation. Miguel is a recognized leader in the profession, having held a number of high-profile leadership roles including as the national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), as the president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ), and as the northern vice chair for the Judicial and Prosecutorial Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). He is also a frequent speaker on a variety of topics including ethical pitfalls for in-house counsel, how to conduct effective internal investigations, and preserving the attorney-client privilege.

His work has garnered numerous awards and accolades including “Professional Lawyer of the Year,” two “Top Lawyer Under Forty” awards, a “Lifetime Achievement” award, and “Top Latino Lawyer” in the U.S. Miguel earned his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University and his law degree from Rutgers School of Law - Newark, where he was the managing editor of the Rutgers Race and the Law Review. He is admitted to practice in D.C., Georgia, Minnesota, and New Jersey.

Experience

News

Miguel Alexander Pozo RLAW '98 Pays it Forward to Help Young Lawyers

October 05, 2020

Miguel Pozo was featured in a Rutgers law article highlighting his career path and how he gives back to young lawyers.

Miguel Alexander Pozo Named Co-Chair of Hispanic National Bar Association’s Special Committee on Law Enforcement Reform and Racial Justice

July 09, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Miguel Alexander Pozo, member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation department, has been named co-chair of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) Special Committee on Law Enforcement Reform and Racial Justice.

Miguel Pozo Named a Latino Leaders Magazine 2018 Top Latino Lawyer in The Country

December 25, 2018

Cozen O'Connor Minneapolis commercial litigator Miguel Alexander Pozo was named a Latino Leaders Magazine 2018 Top Latino Lawyer in the Country.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Commercial Litigator Miguel Alexander Pozo to its Minneapolis Office

July 25, 2018

Pozo Further Strengthens the Firm’s Commercial, Employment and Trademark Litigation Bench

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Ethics HQ Trivia For In-House Counsel

March 20, 2020 - Phoenix, AZ

Conducting Effective Internal Investigations

March 12, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN

General Counsel Roundtable

November 28, 2018 - Newark, NJ

Practicing Labor & Employment Law

September 18, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN

Cross-Border:Attorney-Client Privilege Issues

February 24, 2017 - Atlanta, GA

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law—Newark, J.D., 1998
  • Hofstra University, B.A., 1994

Awards & Honors

Latino Leaders- "Top Latino Lawyers" (2018)

Hofstra University “Alumni Achievement Award” (2018)

Dominican Bar Association "Achievement Award" (2016)

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, "Achievement Award" (2016)

New Jersey Law Journal “Lifetime Achievement Award” (2015)

Lawyers of Color “Power List” (2014)

Hispanic Business “50 Influentials” List (2013)

New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine “Super Lawyers" (2010-2013, 2015)

N.J. Commission on Professionalism in the Law, “Professional Lawyer of the Year” (2011)

New Jersey Law Journal’s “40 under 40” (2009)

NJ Biz Magazine “Forty under 40” list (2009)

New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2007)

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court -- Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York

American Bar Foundation (ABF), Life Fellow (2019-present)

Hispanic National Bar Association (36th National President, 2013-2014) (Board of Governors 2006-2015)

Hispanic National Bar Association (co-chair, Law Enforcement Reform and Racial Justice Committee)

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBANJ) (30th President, 2009-2010) (Board of Trustees 2004-2011) 

New Jersey State Bar Association (Northern Vice Chair, Judicial and Prosecutorial Committee (JPAC) (2012-2014)

American Bar Association (Member, Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice (COREJ) (2014-2016)

Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey (Trustee, 2014-2016)

Network of Trial Law Firms (Executive Committee and Secretary, 2014-2015)

Supreme Court of New Jersey (Civil Practice Committee, 2010-2012) 

Supreme Court of New Jersey, Office of Attorney Ethics, District Ethics Committee (District V, 2008-2009) 

Supreme Court of New Jersey (Criminal Practice Committee, 2004-2007)

The Sanneh Foundation

Boys & Girls Clubs of America