Cozen O’Connor: Seldin, Harper

Harper S. Seldin

Associate

Philadelphia

(215) 665-5590

(215) 665-2013

Harper Seldin focuses his practice on business litigation, commercial disputes, and complex litigation. He has significant experience representing large public and privately held corporations in contract disputes in federal and state court. His substantial pro bono work includes civil rights litigation in federal court on behalf of transgender public school students. 

Harper is a Buchholz Fellow for the Committee of Seventy, an independent and nonpartisan advocate for better government in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Toll Public Interest Center Advisory Board and the Law Alumni Society Board of Managers at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a member of the Governing Board for the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, which works for juvenile justice and policy reform. His published legal scholarship focuses on child welfare. 

Harper joined Cozen O’Connor in 2016 after a two-year federal clerkship with the Honorable Stewart Dalzell (ret.) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as an articles editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  He received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in American history from the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Harper Seldin Named Committee of Seventy Buchholz Fellow

September 10, 2018

Harper Seldin has been named as one of the Committee of Seventy's Buchholz Fellows, who serve as non-voting members of the board of directors.

Appeals court OKs Boyertown schools' policy letting transgender students use bathrooms of their choice

May 24, 2018

Amanda Nelson, a member, and Harper Seldin, an associate, of Cozen O'Connor secured a win in partnership with the PA ACLU allowing transgender students in the Boyertown Area School District to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.

Harper Seldin Receives Large Firm Management Committee (LFMC) Public Service Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association

July 12, 2017

Harper Seldin, an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia office, received the Large Firm Management Committee (LFMC) Public Service Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Cozen O’Connor Pro Bono Team Secure James Dennis's Release After 25 years in Prison

January 20, 2017

Stephen Cozen and Matt Glazer, with assists from Harper Seldin and Coleen Williams, devised a strategy that led to a deal that will likely have Dennis out in a few weeks.

Publications

Seeing is not Necessarily Believing: Taking a Second Look at Eye Witness Evidence [The Pennsylvania Lawyer]

May 01, 2017

Thomas Wilkinson and Harper Seldin, of Cozen O'Connor, discuss the issues with eyewitness identification and the effects of misidentification in cases.

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2014
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., summa cum laude, 2011

Awards & Honors

Philadelphia Bar Association's Large Firm Management Committee Public Service Award (2017)

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers "Rising Star" 2019

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Honorable Stewart Dalzell, U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania 

Board Member, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project

Buchholz Fellow, Committee of Seventy

Toll Public Interest Center Advisory Board

Law Alumni Society Board of Managers at the University of Pennsylvania Law School