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Appellate Hot List 2020: Cozen O'Connor

Michael de Leeuw was featured in a Q&A held by the National Law Journal discussing Cozen O'Connor being named to the NLJ 2020 Appellate Hot List.

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Cozen O’Connor’s nationally ranked appellate practice — named to the National Law Journal’s 2020 Appellate Hot List — represents clients in the U.S. Supreme Court and in federal and state appellate courts throughout the country.  Our appellate lawyers help guide clients through all stages of the appellate process, but our work often begins pre-appeal. We collaborate with trial teams at all stages of litigation, including during and prior to trial, pre- and post-verdict, and throughout the appellate process.

The firm’s attorneys have successfully handled appellate matters in such diverse legal areas as constitutional law, class actions, antitrust, securities, contract law, business torts, labor and employment, medical device and drug litigation, toxic torts, intellectual property, insurance coverage, subrogation, professional liability, health care, and white collar criminal defense. Our appellate lawyers work closely with our clients, our trial teams, and experts to deliver excellent results. We also represent our clients and related trade organizations in filing amicus briefs on important issues before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts throughout the country.

There are only limited opportunities to make the winning arguments to an appellate court — a few briefs and oral argument — so experience, big-picture strategic thinking, and foresight are key to appellate success. We understand that appealing a trial court ruling is often a high-stakes proposition with the potential for a business-altering result. With this in mind, we never lose sight of our clients’ business goals and realities. 

One example of Cozen O’Connor’s appellate prowess is our victory before the U.S. Supreme Court in a groundbreaking First Amendment case, representing the appellant in Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck. The dispute centered on questions of private versus governmental activity and who can be sued under the First Amendment. Convincing the Court to grant certiorari presented a significant challenge, and our team made key strategy decisions at that stage that not only persuaded the Court to take the case, but led directly to the victory. In that case, as in all appeals we handle, our focus was on framing the issue and keeping the Court focused on our framework, regardless of the other side’s repositioning. A perfectly presented appeal does not ask judges to wrestle with a decision, but rather asks them to endorse an inexorable conclusion.

Cozen O’Connor’s appellate team includes more than 40 attorneys around the country with significant appellate experience. They have collectively handled hundreds of appellate matters, authored important amicus briefs on behalf of industry groups and other interested parties, served in prestigious judicial clerkships, authored law review articles, served on law review editorial boards, and participated in numerous court-related committees. This level of professional and academic activity keeps our attorneys on the cutting edge of trends in the appellate courts, which, in turn, allows us to offer our clients superb service and prescient strategic advice.

SERVICE AREAS

  • Handle all types of appellate matters in any appellate forum
  • Analyze the record, supporting documents, and relevant law to advise clients and develop appellate strategies that ensure the most compelling legal arguments are raised to an appellate court
  • Provide advice on potential interlocutory appeals
  • Draft persuasive and comprehensive appellate briefs and other appellate documents
  • Present compelling oral arguments
  • Advise trial counsel prior to and during trial to ensure the proper identification and preservation of appellate issues
  • Draft compelling amicus curiae briefs that are never mere rehashes of the parties’ arguments

 

Experience

Publications

US Supreme Court Poised to Revolutionize College Athletics

April 29, 2021

Stephen Miller and Jonathan Ciriello contributed an article to The Legal Intelligencer discussing how change is coming to the NCAA’s amateurism model.

US Supreme Court Considers Religious-Freedom Case From Phila.

March 03, 2021

Stephen Miller and Rohan Mohanty contributed an article to The Legal Intelligencer discussing the U.S. Supreme Court case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia.

Eleventh Circuit Goes It Alone by Prohibiting Class Representative Incentive Awards [Alert]

September 21, 2020

Jason Barsanti discusses the Eleventh Circuit's decision in Johnson v. NPAS Solutions, LLC.

A Long, Broken Arm Internet Defamation & Personal Jurisdiction

August 07, 2020

Michael de Leeuw and Tamar Wise contributed an article to the ACC New York City Chapter newsletter discussing issues associated with personal jurisdiction and the Internet.

The Constitution and Religious Gatherings [The National Law Journal]

June 24, 2020

Michael de Leeuw and Tamar Wise contributed an article to The National Law Journal discussing the constitutional limits on infringements on religious gatherings.

Pennsylvania Courts May Not Deny Those Under Court Supervision Access to Medical Marijuana [Alert]

June 22, 2020

Tom Wilkinson and Ryan Kelly discuss the firm's recent win before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Limits First Amendment Exposure of Social Media Giants [Silicon Valley Business Journal]

July 11, 2019

Michael B. de Leeuw and Tamar Wise contributed an article to Silicon Valley Business Journal discussing the Manhattan Community Access Center v. Halleck (MCAC) case.

Microsoft: Supreme Court Decision on Jurisdiction over Foreign-Located Communications Anticipated [Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Alert]

October 16, 2017

Nicole Sprinzen and Thomas Ingalls discuss the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari and a forthcoming decision on the specific question of whether law enforcement authorities can use the SCA to obtain a third party’s foreign-stored electronic information under the SCA’s warrant provision.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

WDTL 2016 Annual Tort Law Update

December 09, 2016 - Seattle, WA

Appeals: Writing, Editing, Persuasion & Ethics

March 29, 2012 - Seattle, WA

In The News

7th Circuit Considers Scope of IL Biometric Info Privacy Act

April 06, 2021

Mike McTigue, Meredith Slawe, and Marie Bussey-Garza in the Class Actions Practice Group; Anna Wermuth in the Labor & Employment Practice Group; and Michael De Leeuw, Stephen Miller, and Tamar Wise in the Appellate & Supreme Court Practice Group collaborated on an amicus brief that was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday, April 5.

Legal Groups Back White Castle's 7th Circ. Bid To Curb BIPA

April 06, 2021

Meredith C. Slawe, Michael W. McTigue Jr., Stephen A. Miller, Marie Bussey-Garza, Michael de Leeuw, Tamar S. Wise, and Anna Wermuth, the attorneys for the amici curiae, were featured in an article published by Law360.

Cozen O’Connor Named Law Firm of the Year by The Legal Intelligencer

November 12, 2020

The Legal Intelligencer highlighted the firm’s many legal victories as its reason for the honor, including our recent victory before the U.S. Supreme Court, closing $510 million sale of a longtime client, and our win in the Second Circuit on behalf of the 9/11 families.

Cozen O’Connor Named to the National Law Journal’s 2020 Appellate Hot List

November 02, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that the firm has been named to the National Law Journal’s 2020 Appellate Hot list.

Appellate Hot List 2020: Cozen O'Connor

November 01, 2020

Michael de Leeuw was featured in a Q&A held by the National Law Journal discussing Cozen O'Connor being named to the NLJ 2020 Appellate Hot List.

Myriad Section 230 Bills Show Agreement Still Out Of Reach

October 16, 2020

Michael de Leeuw was quoted in a Law360 article discussing how a politically neutral proposal such as the Pact Act will likely get more traction than other bills that seek to impose stricter oversight of social media platforms.

Super Lawyers Recognizes 21 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

September 29, 2020

Super Lawyers has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Cozen O’Connor Taps Nevada Litigator Karl O. Riley to Manage its Las Vegas Office

September 08, 2020

Riley joins the firm as a member within the firm’s Commercial Litigation department. Additionally, Riley will be a part of the Labor & Employment, Class Actions, and Appellate practice groups.

Nine Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers

January 15, 2020

Super Lawyers has named nine Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers.

Tamar Wise Named One of New York City’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars By City & State New York

October 29, 2019

Tamar Wise, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been named one of New York City’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars by City & State New York.

17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 27, 2019

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Cozen O’Connor Team Wins Landmark First Amendment Ruling

June 21, 2019

The team includes Michael de Leeuw, Stuart Shorenstein, Tamar Wise, Stephen Miller, Jesse Loffler, William Lesser, and Anna Hanke.

18 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 21, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Twelve were recognized as Super Lawyers and five were named "Rising Stars."

12 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 19, 2017

Super Lawyers has named 12 attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2017 lists of top practitioners in the New York metro area. Six were recognized as Super Lawyers and six were named “Rising Stars,” a list that recognizes attorneys under the age of 40.

Cozen O’Connor Names Six New Shareholders

September 07, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce the promotion of six members to shareholders of the firm: David Brisco (San Diego), Michael de Leeuw (New York), John Dickenson (West Palm Beach), Jonathan Lichtenstein (Philadelphia), William Walsh (Seattle), and Ingrid Welch (Philadelphia).

Cozen O’Connor Team Partners with NAACP to Win Historic Voting Rights Victory

August 30, 2017

Cozen O’Connor, alongside co-counsel NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) and New Orleans-based civil rights lawyer Ron Wilson, obtained an important trial victory for our clients—the Terrebonne Parish NAACP and four individual Black voters—in a voting rights case in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.

Contacts

Michael B. de Leeuw

Vice Chair, Business Litigation

mdeleeuw@cozen.com

(212) 908-1331

Stephen A. Miller

Co-Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations

samiller@cozen.com

(215) 665-4736

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Awards

Cozen O’Connor Named Law Firm of the Year by The Legal Intelligencer

November 12, 2020

The Legal Intelligencer highlighted the firm’s many legal victories as its reason for the honor, including our recent victory before the U.S. Supreme Court, closing $510 million sale of a longtime client, and our win in the Second Circuit on behalf of the 9/11 families.

Cozen O’Connor Named to the National Law Journal’s 2020 Appellate Hot List

November 02, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that the firm has been named to the National Law Journal’s 2020 Appellate Hot list.

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