Michael J. Stackow



(215) 665-5576

(215) 665-2013

Mike focuses his practice on issues of youth protection and sexual discrimination in both public and private organizations. Mike has extensive experience in conducting external Title IX investigations involving allegations of sexual misconduct and protected-class discrimination, conducting safety audits at youth serving institutions, and assisting organizations develop effective youth protection policies, procedures and practices. 

Mike brings the benefit of many years of management experience to his clients as well, helping institutions and organizations inform their responses to reports of discrimination with an appropriate legal and employee management perspective. He has direct experience with large public agency reorganization, having designed and implemented an on-boarding, training and supervision reorganization of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s first-year prosecutor program.

Mike has spent years helping youth and guiding organizations’ responses to issues of youth protection, first as a child abuse prosecutor and most recently as a member of the Board of Governors of Valley Youth House, an organization which supports abused and homeless youth through a variety of programs designed to best position youth for success as young adults. Mike also volunteers as an attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocates, where he both represents children in court and trains other volunteer attorneys on effectively representing victims of child abuse.

Previously, Mike helped the Philadelphia Family Court develop policies and procedures to help ensure child victims of human trafficking were provided appropriate services outside of the juvenile delinquency system. Mike has been recognized for his work in addressing allegations of child abuse by the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance as well as the New York State Assembly, where he provided testimony regarding an expanded statute of limitations for child abuse crimes.

Mike is also knowledgeable in many of the issues involved with a college or university’s public safety agency. He assists institutions with their Clery Act Annual Security Reports and counsels institutional clients regarding appropriate responses to reports of excessive use of force by public safety officers. He has also assisted organizations in implementing effective police oversight practices. Prior to his current position, Mike also taught a course on the legal aspects of the use of force to police officer cadets.

Mike currently serves as the Secretary of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board of Governors and is a member of the Association’s Education Law Committee. Mike previously served on the Mayor of Philadelphia's Commission on Aging and is also a past member of the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging's Elder Financial Abuse Task Force. 


Former Chief Prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Joins Institutional Response Group

February 27, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce Michael J. Stackow — a long-time prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office — has joined its Institutional Response Group (IRG) as counsel.

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  • Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • Dickinson College, B.A., 1993
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Valley Youth House, Board of Governors

Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors, Secretary

Philadelphia Bar Association, Education Law Committee