Michael J. Stackow

Counsel

Philadelphia

(215) 665-5576

(215) 665-2013

Mike focuses his practice on issues of sexual and gender-based discrimination and child abuse in educational institutions, other child serving organizations, and private companies across the country. He has extensive experience in conducting external Title IX investigations involving allegations of sexual misconduct, protected-class discrimination, and safety audits at youth serving institutions. His knowledge is consistently utilized to enhance each individual organization’s child protections 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 harassment with an appropriate legal, and employee management perspective.

Mike is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Education Law Committee and is passionate about improving child welfare, particularly for the under-served youth in Philadelphia. He is a volunteer 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. Mike is also a member of the Board of Governors of Valley Youth House, an organization that supports abused and homeless youth through a variety of programs designed to best position youth for success as young adults.

Formerly a prosecutor, Mike’s knowledge in preventing and addressing allegations of child abuse, particularly historical allegations of abuse, led to him being awarded the Team Excellence Award from the Philadelphia Children's Alliance and testifying in front of the New York State Assembly to expand the statute of limitations for child abuse crimes. Mike also helped develop protocols to divert victims of human trafficking away from the juvenile delinquency system which resulted in a court program still in existence in the Philadelphia Family Court.  In these efforts, Mike worked collaboratively with judges, attorneys from the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and victim advocates from Women Against Abuse, Women Organized Against Rape, and the Salvation Army.

Mike’s management experience includes positions supervising undergraduate and law school interns and attorneys of various experience levels. When the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office decided to overhaul its organizational structure for first-year prosecutors, Mike was tasked with designing and implementing the necessary on-boarding, training, and supervision changes. He then led the team of 50 attorneys and support staff.

Mike’s work with educational institutions includes assessing public safety agencies’ responses to high-profile incidents, consulting with institutions on effective oversight practices of their public safety agencies and reviewing institutions Annual Security Reports submitted pursuant to Clery Act obligations. Mike’s prosecutorial experience includes training on the legal aspects of police use of force and reviewing reports of excessive use of force by officers in various law enforcement agencies, including school police, public transportation and municipal police departments, and determining the appropriate prosecutorial response in criminal matter that began with arrests involving a reported use of excessive force.

Mike’s experience also includes work to improve the criminal justice system's response to crimes against the elderly. He served on the Mayor of Philadelphia's Commission on Aging and was a member of the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging's Elder Financial Abuse Task Force.

Mike played football at Dickinson College, earning the team’s Leadership Award during his senior year, before earning his law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

News

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