Orla G. Thompson


New York

(212) 908-1227

(212) 509-9492

Orla is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on complex and commercial litigation matters, including toxic tort, construction, employment, federal whistleblower, business contract, and real estate claims. She has a particular focus on catastrophic accident cases concerning the New York Scaffold Law, motor vehicle laws, lead and mold statutes and ordinances, and Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) whistleblower actions before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). She has appeared as counsel in New York appellate courts, federal and state courts, and before federal administrative agencies.

Orla has significant experience with all phases of litigation, including case assessment and development, pre-trial pleadings and motions, discovery, trial preparation, and appeals. She has successfully moved for and defeated summary judgment on various procedural and substantive issues, including personal jurisdiction and serious injury threshold. Orla also has mediation experience, achieving favorable settlements for her clients before JAMS and NAM. She has also successfully briefed appeals and argued before New York appellate courts. 

Orla has presented on liability issues concerning autonomous vehicles and on litigating in the age of COVID-19. She was also selected to join the National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 for New York.  

Before joining the firm, Orla practiced at the New York office of a northeast-based law firm, where her practice focused on complex litigation matters, including lead and mold litigation, federal whistleblower actions, and malpractice litigation.

Orla earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Tufts University, and her law degree from Boston University School of Law. While in law school, she was a summer law clerk at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and also summered for a federal Magistrate Judge.


Rafael Rivera Named 2021 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow, Jordan Chisolm and Orla Thompson Named Pathfinders

March 09, 2021

Cozen O'Connor has chosen Rafael Rivera, an associate in the firm’s Global Insurance Department, to be a member of the 2021 class of fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

Orla Thompson Selected to Join the National Black Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40” for New York

October 22, 2019

Orla Thompson has been selected to join the National Black Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40” for New York. The National Black Lawyers (NBL) honors the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in each state who excel in their profession and promote diversity. The NBL selected Orla after a rigorous nomination and vetting process, that includes a review of the attorney’s prior cases, verdicts, deals/transactions, and community service.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Pandemic Litigation Trends

September 16, 2020 - Webinar

Litigating Post-Coronavirus

July 23, 2020 - Webinar


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 2014
  • Tufts University, B.A., cum laude, 2009
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York

Metropolitan Black Bar Association

New York Women’s Bar Association

Practicing Attorneys for Law Students (PALS)

National Black Lawyers "Top 40 Under 40"