Jason M. Shargel


Recent News:

Nearly 100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 27 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2024 Guide

Chambers USA rankings are based on an “assessment of a firm’s work and opinions from external market sources, with an emphasis on client feedback.” In order to be ranked in the guide, lawyers and firms must demonstrate “sustained excellence.”

Jason has more than 40 years of experience in the private practice of corporate and securities law. Having begun his career in the SEC's Enforcement Division, Jason's practice includes mergers and acquisitions, as well as the representation of issuers and funds in venture capital, growth capital, and other private equity financings. He has also represented issuers in a wide variety of public and private offerings of debt and equity securities.

Among his honors, Jason has been named the M&A Lawyer of the Year in Philadelphia by Best Lawyers in America for 2016, 2018, and 2023. Since 2006, he has been selected by Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law and for mergers and acquisitions in Philadelphia. He has also been recognized as one of the top Corporate/M&A: Securities lawyers in Pennsylvania by Chambers and Partners USA each year since 2006, and was recognized as "highly regarded" in Capital Markets: Debt, Capital Markets: Equity, and M&A in Pennsylvania in IFLR 1000 from 2019-2022.

Jason earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an editor of the law review and a member of the Order of the Coif, and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Columbia University. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.



  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1977
  • Columbia University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1974

Awards & Honors

Chambers and Partners USA, 2006-2024

IFLR1000, Highly Regarded, 2019-2023

Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2024

Best Lawyers in America, Philadelphia Lawyer of the Year - Mergers and Acquisitions, 2016, 2018, 2023

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2006

  • Pennsylvania

Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association