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Bruce Ficken Named 2019 Influencer of the Law by the Philadelphia Inquirer

Cozen O'Connor Construction Law Practice Chair Bruce W. Ficken has been selected as a Philadelphia Inquirer 2019 Influencers of Law Award Winner in the category of Business Litigation.

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Cozen O’Connor is one of the country’s most successful commercial litigation firms. With 350 highly respected litigators, including numerous fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, we are a go-to firm for sophisticated clients with complicated and consequential business litigation.

Based out of 28 U.S. offices, our lawyers routinely appear in courtrooms across the nation. We know the judges and procedural norms of nearly every state and win cases in the most challenging jurisdictions.

Cozen O’Connor is a trial firm — not simply a litigation firm. That commitment to actual trial work benefits our clients both in the form of decisive verdicts and advantageous settlements.

Our attorneys handle a wide array of claims:

  • Corporate governance and partnership disputes
  • Securities and financial services litigation
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Business torts
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity breaches
  • Unfair business practices
  • Antitrust
  • Class actions and mass torts
  • Products liability
  • Defamation
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • Parallel proceedings and MDLs

We have decades of experience serving industries with large litigation dockets:

  • Real estate
  • Food and beverage
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Safety and consumer products
  • Gaming and entertainment
  • Insurance
  • Oil and gas
  • Internet and technology
  • Banking and finance

Cozen O’Connor understands that clients expect optimal service and value for their money. We distinguish ourselves by offering the legal resources and geographic reach of a large national firm at rates that are extremely reasonable. We know that the best way to build lasting client relationships is to deliver litigation successes and protect clients’ business interests. 

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Publications

Superior Court Holds Chancery Jurisdiction Does Not Extend to All Contracts Involving LLCs [Delaware Business Court Insider]

May 08, 2019

Barry Klayman and Mark Felger discuss a recent case from the Delaware Superior Court holding that the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act does not confer jurisdiction on the Court of Chancery over all contracts involving LLCs.

Supreme Court Considers Greatest Judicial Power Grab Since 'Marbury v. Madison' [The Legal Intelligencer]

May 02, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to limit the power of administrative agencies. 'Kisor v. Wilkie,' which was argued last month, is a head-on challenge to the deference afforded to an agency when interpreting its own regulations.

How teamwork won asylum for a Mexican family [Daily Herald]

April 17, 2019

Julie Trester wrote about her personal experience helping lead the asylum victory of a young Mexican mother and her children.

Key Takeaways From the Buzz Aldrin Family Dispute [Daily Business Review]

April 15, 2019

Jason Domark, Charles C. Kline and Reid Kline discuss famous astronaut Buzz Aldrin settling a lawsuit with two of his children and his former business manager. The complaint, filed in Florida state court, alleged that the defendants assumed access to Aldrin's personal credit cards, bank accounts, trust money, space memorabilia and other property.

Former state’s attorney: Smollett case gone, but not about to be forgotten [Chicago Sun Times]

April 03, 2019

Richard Devine shared his concerns on the abrupt prosecutor office's dismissal of charges against Jussie Smollett.

State Regulation of Alcohol and the Dormant Commerce Clause [The Legal Intelligencer]

March 06, 2019

Stephen Miller and Max Kaplan discuss how the 21st Amendment took center stage recently at the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices considered whether the amendment provided an exception to the dormant commerce clause, which disfavors state interference in interstate commerce.

London’s High Court Clarifies Law Relating to Letters of Request from Foreign Courts [Alert]

February 25, 2019

Cozen O Connor’s London and New York teams acted for the successful plaintiffs in Atlantica Holdings & Ors v (1) Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna JSC (2) BTA Bank JSC (Defendants) and (1) Pavel Prosyankin (2) John Howell (Third Parties / Applicants)

Tech Ethics Challenges for Family Lawyers [Family Advocate]

January 30, 2019

Tom Wilkinson co-authored an article on how Family lawyers face some special challenges because they deal with not only office technology but also the ethical concerns created by clients who neither know nor care about rules governing their lawyers' conduct.

Chancery Finds 'Mutual General Release' to Be Not All Encompassing

January 17, 2019

Barry Klayman and Mark Felger co-authored an article in the Delaware Business Court Insider discussing a recent decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery regarding a mutual general release.

Is It a Labor Law Case? [Construction Claims]

December 20, 2018

Kristin Keehan discusses in Construction Claims Winter Edition 2018 how the first step to defending against claims of labor law violations is determining whether the statute even applies.

Chancery Refuses TRO That Would Act as Prior Restraint on Speech

December 19, 2018

Barry Klayman and Mark Felger co-authored an article in the Delaware Business Court Insider discussing a recent decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery refusing to grant a TRO in a business dispute.

New Reimbursement Obligations For Illinois Employers In 2019 [Law360]

December 18, 2018

Christopher Hennessy, a member in the firm's Chicago office, and Jeremy Glenn, the Chicago office managing partner, co-authored an article in Law360 about new laws in 2019 that will impact Illinois employers.

Keys to Creating a Successful Relationship With Outside Counsel

December 11, 2018

Amy Alderfer, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "Keys to Creating a Successful Relationship With Outside Counsel" for Corporate Counsel.

The Canary in the Coal Mine Isn’t Looking So Good Anymore

December 04, 2018

John Sullivan, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, authored the blog, "The Canary in the Coal Mine Isn’t Looking So Good Anymore" for the Drug & Device Law blog.

What Is a “Mary Carter” Agreement? [ABA Practice Points]

November 09, 2018

David Loh, a member in the firm's Transportation & Trade Practice, and Willliam Lesser, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "What Is a “Mary Carter” Agreement?" for the American Bar Association Practice Points.

US Supreme Court Considers Asbestos Actions Under Maritime Law [The Legal Intelligencer]

November 08, 2018

Stephen Miller, Vice Chair of the firm's White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, and Leigh Ann Benson, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "US Supreme Court Considers Asbestos Actions Under Maritime Law" for The Legal Intelligencer.

Adviser-Consultants Held Not 'Other Professionals' for Purposes of Section 327(a) of the Bankruptcy Code

November 07, 2018

Barry Klayman and Mark Felger co-authored an article in the Delaware Business Court Insider discussing a pair of decisions from the Delaware Bankruptcy Court that address whether persons providing services to debtors relating to the disposition and monetization of real estate, intellectual property, and other estate assets are “professionals.”

Decisions to Clarify Time to Seek Attorney Fees for Frivolous Appeal

October 10, 2018

Barry Klayman and Mark Felger co-authored an article in the Delaware Business Court Insider discussing a pair of decisions from the Court of Chancery and the Delaware Supreme Court.

What the Food Industry Needs to Know About the New Prop 65 Warning Requirements [Food Safety Magazine]

October 02, 2018

Brett Taylor, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, authored "What the Food Industry Needs to Know About the New Prop 65 Warning Requirements" for Food Safety Magazine.

How A Court's 'Pencil Color' Impacts Restrictive Covenants

September 11, 2018

Christopher Hennessy, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, and Jeremy Glenn, a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Department, co-authored an article in Law360 Expert Analysis regarding restrictive covenants.

A Taxonomy of Tracing Rules: One Size Does Not Fit All [American Bankruptcy Institute]

September 11, 2018

Jack Carriglio, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored "A Taxonomy of Tracing Rules: One Size Does Not Fit All" for the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Bankruptcy Court Enforces Anti-Assignment Clause and Rejects Assignee’s Proof of Claim

September 05, 2018

Barry Klayman and Mark Felger co-authored an article in the Delaware Business Court Insider discussing a recent case from the Delaware Bankruptcy Court holding that an anti-assignment clause in a promissory note was enforceable under Delaware law.

Impossibility Preemption Mandates Reversal of $3 Million Verdict Against Pharmaceutical Company

August 31, 2018

Jeff Greenspan, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, authored a recent case discussion titled "Impossibility Preemption Mandates Reversal of $3 Million Verdict Against Pharmaceutical Company," for the ABA Trial Practice Committee website.

Do-Nothing Landlords Can Be Liable for Known Tenant-On-Tenant Harassment Under Federal Housing Act

August 30, 2018

Jeff Greenspan, a member in the firm's Commerical Litigation Department, authored "Do-Nothing Landlords Can Be Liable for Known Tenant-On-Tenant Harassment Under Federal Housing Act."

Early Termination Provisions: A Landlord’s Saving Grace…If Done Right [The New York Law Journal]

August 28, 2018

Menachem J. Kastner and Ally Hack, members in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "Early Termination Provisions: A Landlord’s Saving Grace…If Done Right' for the New York Law Journal.

Increasing Scrutiny on Franchise “No Poach” Clauses [Intellectual Property Alert]

August 22, 2018

Tom Dye discusses the increasing momentum in the ranks of legislators, the U.S. Department of Justice, and state attorneys generals to investigate and take action against companies who enter into agreements between two or more employers not to hire the other’s employees.

Member Attorney Spotlight: Wanji Walcott [Diversity Matters in the Legal Profession]

August 20, 2018

David Shimkin, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, authored, "Member Attorney Spotlight: Wanji Walcott," a piece on Wanji Walcott, SVP and General Counsel of PayPal.

Court Denies Public Access to Unfiled Discovery Materials

August 06, 2018

Barry Klayman and Mark Felger co-authored an article in the Delaware Business Court Insider, discussing a recent case from the Delaware Court of Chancery holding that materials developed during the pretrial discovery process and not filed with the court are not part of the public record.

A Rare Statute-Of-Limitations Victory Against The SEC [Law360]

July 30, 2018

Joseph Dever, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, and Matthew Elkin, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "A Rare Statute-Of-Limitations Victory Against The SEC' for Law360.

Calif. Life Insurers Get Relief From Unclaimed Property Law [Law360]

July 30, 2018

Andrew Kay and Randy Seybold, members in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "Calif. Life Insurers Get Relief From Unclaimed Property Law" for Law360.

Turning the Plaintiff Against Itself Using the Wrongful Conduct Rule [Daily Business Review]

July 30, 2018

Jason Domark, Chuck Kline, and Reid Kline, co-authored, "Turning the Plaintiff Against Itself Using the Wrongful Conduct Rule" for the Daily Business Review.

California Controller Enjoined from Enforcing Invalid Regulations on Life Insurers [Commercial Litigation Alert]

July 24, 2018

Andrew Kay and Randy Seybold discuss the California Superior Court decision that the California controller had improperly promulgated two regulations imposing requirements on life insurers under the UPL.

MDL Court in the Testosterone Replacement Therapy Litigation Throws Out Another Large Jury Verdict

July 13, 2018

John Sullivan, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice, authored, "MDL Court in the Testosterone Replacement Therapy Litigation Throws Out Another Large Jury Verdict," for the Drug & Device Law Blog.

Personal Jurisdiction through Alter Ego Fails in Illinois

June 29, 2018

John Sullivan, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice, authored, "Personal Jurisdiction through Alter Ego Fails in Illinois" for the Drug and Device Law Blog.

Power Lunch: Are Your Products Really 'Made in the USA'? [Food Processing]

June 25, 2018

Richard Fama and Brenden Coller, members in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, published, "Power Lunch: Are Your Products Really 'Made in the USA'?" for Food Processing.

What Manufacturers Need To Know About “GDPR” – The New EU Privacy Law

June 19, 2018

Abby Sacunas, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, and Ude Lu, an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property Department, published "What Manufacturers Need To Know About “GDPR” – The New EU Privacy Law," for the DVIRC Newsletter.

Former Client Entitled to Attorney’s Entire Litigation File Including Internal Work Product [Delaware Business Court Insider]

June 07, 2018

Barry Klayman and Mark Felger co-authored an article in the Delaware Business Court Insider, discussing a recent Delaware Court of Chancery case.

A Series Of SEC Enforcement Cases Against Microcap Attys [Law360]

May 31, 2018

Joseph Dever, a member, and William Lesser, an associate, in Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored this article highlighting the SEC Chairman Jay Clayton's warning shot across the bow of practicing securities attorneys.

Social Media Evidence Authentication: Authorship v. Ownership in Comm. v. Mangel

May 14, 2018

Matt Ohlheiser, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, authored "Social Media Evidence Authentication: Authorship v. Ownership in Comm. v. Mangel" for Lexology.

Bankruptcy Court Enjoins Creditor From Pursuing Claims in Chancery in Chapter 11 Trust Liquidation [Delaware Business Court Insider]

May 09, 2018

Barry Klayman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Practice Groups, and Mark Felger, co-chair of the Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Practice Group, co-authored an article in the Delaware Business Court Insider, discuss a recent Delaware Bankruptcy Court case enjoining a creditor from pursuing breach of fiduciary duty claims and other claims against a debtor’s former officers and early round investors in the Court of Chancery based on provisions of the debtor’s Chapter 11 plan of liquidation.

Pay Attention To The Law And The Science Of Cannabidiol

May 09, 2018

Brett Taylor and Amy Alderfer, members of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "Pay Attention To The Law And The Science Of Cannabidiol," for Law360.

'Made In USA' Ruling Reflects New, Looser Calif. Standard

May 08, 2018

Rich Fama and Brenden Coller, members of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "'Made In USA' Ruling Reflects New, Looser Calif. Standard," for Law360.

US Supreme Court Considers Appropriate Deference to Foreign Law

May 07, 2018

Stephen Miller, vice chair of the firm's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group and Isaac Binkovitz, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "US Supreme Court Considers Appropriate Deference to Foreign Law," for The Legal Intelligencer.

How Accounting Claims Can Be Game-Changers in International Litigation

April 18, 2018

Jason Domark, Charles Kline, and Reid Kline, members in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, published, "How Accounting Claims Can Be Game-Changers in International Litigation" for the Daily Business Review.

Supreme Court Considers State Ban on Political Apparel in Polling Place

April 13, 2018

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, and Pamela Dorian, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, in The Legal Intelligencer "Supreme Court Considers State Ban on Political Apparel in Polling Place."

‘Possession, Custody or Control’—Got It?

April 11, 2018

Michael de Leeuw, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, authored, " ‘Possession, Custody or Control’—Got It?" for the New York Law Journal.

Chancery Addresses Subrogation Rights in the Context of Claims for Indemnification [Delaware Business Court Insider]

April 04, 2018

Barry Klayman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Practice Groups, and Mark Felger, co-chair of the Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Practice Group, co-authored an article in Delaware Business Court Insider on a recent Court of Chancery case dealing with the rights of a putative subrogee in the context of a claim for indemnification of defense costs.

Is a Warrant Necessary to Search a Vehicle Parked Near a Person's Home?

April 03, 2018

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, and Pamela Dorian, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, in The Legal Intelligencer "Is a Warrant Necessary to Search a Vehicle Parked Near a Person's Home?"

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania: Life and Law in the Commonwealth, 1684–2017

March 28, 2018

Thomas Wilkinson, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored two chapters in the book, The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania: Life and Law in the Commonwealth 1684-2017.

U.S. Supreme Court: Reporting to the SEC Is a Prerequisite for Dodd-Frank’s “Whistleblower” Anti-Retaliation Protection

March 11, 2018

Jeffrey Greenspan, Subcommittee Chair of News and Development and Web Editor for the Trial Practice Committee for the Section of Litigation of the ABA, authored, "U.S. Supreme Court: Reporting to the SEC Is a Prerequisite for Dodd-Frank’s “Whistleblower” Anti-Retaliation Protection."

Stockholders Agreement Interpreted to Not Run Afoul of DGCL [Delaware Business Court Insider]

February 14, 2018

Barry Klayman and Mark Felger, members of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Practice Groups, discuss a recent Delaware Court of Chancery case, Schroeder v.Buhannic in the Delaware Business Court Insider.

Seventh Circuit Reminds Litigants that Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens Still “Has Continuing Application in Federal Courts”

February 13, 2018

Jeffrey B. Greenspan, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, published, "Seventh Circuit Reminds Litigants that Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens Still 'Has Continuing Application in Federal Courts'.”

Two New Department of Justice Memoranda Strengthen False Claims Act Qui Tam Action Defenses [Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Alert]

January 26, 2018

Randy Seybold and Biz Van Gelder discuss the DOJs January 10 and January 25 memos and what they mean for FCA qui tam defendants.

Court of Appeals Issue Favorable Decision on Social Media Discovery [The Defendant]

January 18, 2018

Amanda Nelson, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored with Andrew Zajac, attorney at McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac, "Court of Appeals Issue Favorable Decision on Social Media Discovery" for The Defendant.

Bankruptcy Judge Applies Anti-Forfeiture Statute to Save Debtor's Exercise of Option to Renew Lease [Delaware Business Court Insider]

January 17, 2018

Barry Klayman and Mark Felger, members of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Practice Groups, discuss a recent Delaware bankruptcy case, In re Fresh-G Restaurant Intermediate Holding, in Delaware Business Court Insider.

'Masterpiece Cakeshop v. CCRC': A Difficult Balance for Justices

January 11, 2018

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, and Leigh Ann Benson, associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, in The Legal Intelligencer "Masterpiece Cakeshop v. CCR: A Difficult Balance for Justices."

NJ Case Bolsters The Limitations Defense Against SEC

January 02, 2018

Joseph Dever and Matthew Elkin, of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Practice, co-authored, " NJ Case Bolsters The Limitations Defense Against SEC," for Law360.

California’s Adult Use of Cannabis: Cutting Through the Haze

December 20, 2017

Amy Alderfer, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, details California voters recent approval of Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Rock May Never Die, But It Sure Has Matured [Delaware Lawyer]

December 12, 2017

Bob Hayes, a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Section, published, "Rock May Never Die, But It Sure Has Matured" for Delaware Lawyer.

Supreme Court Examines Intersection of Class Waivers and Employees’ Rights [The Legal Intelligencer]

December 04, 2017

Stephen A. Miller, vice chair of the firm's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, and Haryle Kaldis, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored for The Legal Intelligencer, "Supreme Court Examines Intersection of Class Waivers and Employees’ Rights".

US Supreme Court Confronts Partisan Gerrymandering

October 10, 2017

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, and William Lesser, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation department, co-authored for The Legal Intelligencer, "US Supreme Court Confronts Partisan Gerrymandering."

Defending Made-In-The-USA Claims

October 09, 2017

Brenden Coller and Richard Fama, of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "Defending Made-In-The-USA Claims," for Assembly Magazine.

Experts, Hearsay, and the ‘Sanchez’ Case

October 02, 2017

David Shimkin, member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, authored, "Experts, Hearsay, and the ‘Sanchez’ Case" for California Lawyer.

Glyphosate’s Prop 65 Listing May Affect Everyone in the Supply Chain

September 12, 2017

Amy Alderfer, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, published, "Glyphosate’s Prop 65 Listing May Affect Everyone in the Supply Chain," in the Daily Journal.

Enforcing Arbitration Clauses In Product Packaging [Law360]

July 21, 2017

Abby Sacunas, a member of the Commercial Litigation Department, published, "Enforcing Arbitration Clauses In Product Packaging," in Law360.

Storytelling in the Complex Case [Daily Business Review]

July 12, 2017

Tom Dye, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Intellectual Property Department, discusses storytelling in the complex case in the Daily Business Review.

California Consumers and Food Manufacturers Await Key Government Rules on Food Labeling

July 01, 2017

David Shimikin, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, published "California Consumers and Food Manufactures Await Key Government Rules on Food Labeling," in the California Minority Counsel Program Diversity Matters Newsletter.

Nursing Homes Still Face Arbitration Agreement Uncertainty

May 26, 2017

Eugene Giotto and Gabrielle Lee, of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, discuss a recent U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in their Law360 article, " Nursing Homes Still Face Arbitration Agreement Uncertainty."

Practical Considerations for Use of FRCP 68 Offer of Judgment [NYLitigator]

May 17, 2017

Alanna Miller, associate in Cozen O'Connor's New York Office, and Tamar Wise, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, published Practical Considerations for Use of FRCP 68 Offer of Judgment in NY Litigator's Spring 2017 issue.

Lawyer May Be Sued Under New York’s Attorney Deceit Statute For Filing Allegedly Containing False Statements [Lexology]

April 19, 2017

Isaac Binkovitz, of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, wrote an article for Lexology discussing a lawyer that may be sued under New York's Attorney deceit statue for filing allegedly containing false statements.

Privilege Protects Party’s Notes Taken at Direction of Counsel and Communications With Mental Health Treatment Team Member Supervised by Psychotherapist [Civil Litigation Update]

April 03, 2017

Thomas Wilkinson and Isaac Binkovitz of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discuss mental health treatment communications and Farrell v. Regola, in the Pennsylvania Bar Associations Civil Litigation Update.

Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Fourth Edition

February 23, 2017

Jennifer McHugh and Robert Fiebach, attorneys in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, a chapter titled “Issue and Claim Preclusion” in the prestigious legal series Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Fourth Edition.

Supreme Court Confronts Racial Bias in Jury Deliberations [The Legal Intelligencer]

January 11, 2017

Stephen A. Miller and Kathryn Young Galla discuss a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court is grappling with the issue of racial bias in the decision-making of a criminal trial jury.

US Supreme Court Addresses 'Attenuating' Circumstances

January 11, 2016

Stephen Miller, vice chair of the firm's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, and Pamela Dorian, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice, co-authored, "US Supreme Court Addresses 'Attenuating' Circumstances."

Reducing Privilege Inequities Through Early Childhood Education [Georgetown J. of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives]

October 08, 2015

In recent years, the Supreme Court effectively declared the end of racism in America as unrest about the realities of American racism grew. Kelly's note explores the historical frameworks for dealing with race-based unrest in this country, suggests that the federal government should act to directly reduce white privilege, and provides an example of how making high-quality early childhood education accessible to all children of color could advance this aim.

Strategies for in-house counsel to maximize coordination of multidisciplinary products liability litigation

August 12, 2015

Shelby Riney, of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, published, "Strategies for in-house counsel to maximize coordination of multidisciplinary products liability litigation."

District Court Denies Takeda's Motion for a New Trial

January 28, 2015

Shelby Riney, of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, authored, "District Court Denies Takeda's Motion for a New Trial," for the ABA Section of Litigation, Products Liability, News & Developments.

Spoliation in Complex Litigation: Lessons Learned

November 20, 2014

Shelby Riney, of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, and Kara McCall published, "Spoliation in Complex Litigation: Lessons Learned," for ABA's The Women of the Section.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

2019 Brindisi Tax Academy

June 28, 2019 - Wayne, PA

Aaron Krauss will be teaching at the Brindisi Tax Academy on creating and ending business.

New California Code on Mediations

June 21, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA

Amy Alderfer and Brett Taylor will discuss the benefits of mediating a case and the various strategies clients should consider when approaching and being involved in mediation.

Past Events

Managing Litigation in a Family Context

June 05, 2019 - Boston, Massachusetts

Rent Control: Coming to Your Community?

May 07, 2019 - New Orleans, LA

Emerging Issues in Civil Litigation

May 05, 2019 - Baltimore, MD

The Hospitality Law Conference Series 2.0

April 09, 2019 - Houston, TX

2019 CLM Annual Conference

March 13, 2019 - Orlando, Florida

Antitrust Trials: Tips and Tricks From Outside Counsel

February 07, 2019 - TELECONFERENCE

Understanding Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

December 14, 2018 - Mount Laurel, NJ

The Year in Review for the General Practitioner 2018

December 05, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Human Resource Law From Start to Finish 2018

November 07, 2018 - Eau Claire, WI

Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Business Owners Disputes

October 26, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Government and Private Multidistrict Litigation

September 24, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN

Sophisticated Deposition Strategies

September 19, 2018 - New Castle, DE

2018 Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention

September 07, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Latino Food Symposium 2018

August 20, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA

16th Annual Hospitality Law Conference

April 12, 2018 - Houston, TX

PLRB Large Loss Conference

November 15, 2017 - Fort Worth, Texas

A Lawyer’s Ethical Obligations in a World of Technology

November 14, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

2017 Drug & Device Defense Forum

October 24, 2017 - Philadelphia, Pa

Emerging Legal Issues in Health and Pharmaceutical Law

October 10, 2017 - Indianapolis, IN

The Hospitality Law Conference 2017

April 23, 2017 -

Houston, Texas

NY CD-11 Town Hall

April 17, 2017 - Brooklyn, NY

We The People!

March 17, 2017 - Yonkers, NY

2017 Corporate Counsel Conference

February 24, 2017 - Atlanta, GA

Bisnow: The Future of SoCal

November 15, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA

In The News

Payment of Discretionary Bonus Not a Per Se Fraudulent Conveyance [Delaware Business Court Insider]

June 05, 2019

Barry Klayman and Mark Felger discuss a recent case from the Delaware Bankruptcy Court holding that the payments by debtors of discretionary bonuses, not tied to previously enunciated metrics and while the debtors were insolvent, were not per se fraudulent conveyances under the Bankruptcy Code in an article in the Delaware Business Court Insider.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

Jillian Thornton Flax Named to Product Liability Advisory Council “Future Leaders”

April 24, 2019

Jillian Thornton Flax, a member in Cozen O’Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, was admitted to the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. (PLAC) as a part of their “Future Leaders” program.

Jim Argionis: Acting Locally

April 05, 2019

Jim Argionis, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was the subject of a feature story in Chicago Lawyer magazine.

FDA Alert on Hacking Vulnerability in Heart Defibrillators is Wake-Up Call: Lawyers

March 28, 2019

John Sullivan was quoted in Law360's recent article on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent safety alert last week about the vulnerability to hacking of up to 750,000 implantable heart defibrillators.

Share Class Settlements won’t Kill 12b-1 Fees but Resuscitation Comes Through Disclosure

March 21, 2019

Joe Dever was quoted in Regulatory Compliance Watch's article about the state of advisers receiving 12b-1 fees for placing clients in certain mutual fund share classes.

Cozen O’Connor Continues its Pittsburgh Expansion with the Addition of Veteran Litigators Laura L. Reinhart and Gary Kelly

March 18, 2019

The firm welcomed Reinhart, who defends Union Pacific, CSX Transportation Inc., and other major transportation companies in Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)-related litigation; and Kelly, who served as general counsel at health products behemoth General Nutrition Corp. (GNC) — to its fast-growing Pittsburgh office.

Jesse Ryan Loffler Named President-Elect of the National LGBT Bar Foundation

March 08, 2019

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Pittsburgh-based Commercial Litigator Jesse Ryan Loffler has been named president-elect of the National LGBT Bar Foundation’s board of directors after serving for two years as its Treasurer.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Elizabeth Olivera Named to Board of Directors of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago

March 04, 2019

Cozen O’Connor attorney Elizabeth Olivera, an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice in Chicago, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA Chicago).

Punitives Promise Fiercer Fight In Philly Risperdal Trial

January 28, 2019

Jim Heller, co-chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in Law's 360 article, "Punitives Promise Fiercer Fight In Philly Risperdal Trial."

Seven Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named To 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

January 24, 2019

Super Lawyers has named seven attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2019 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.

Cozen O'Connor attorneys represent asylum seeker, buck Sessions' opinion

January 23, 2019

Cozen O'Connor attorneys Julie Trester (Labor & Employment) and Corey Hickman (Commercial Litigation), in the firm's Chicago office, won asylum for a 21-year old Mexican mother and her children.

Why the FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones

January 12, 2019

David Reichenberg, a member in the firm's Antitrust Practice Group, was quoted in F3News' article "Why the FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones."

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Jim Argionis Honored for Exceptional Community Service by Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce

January 10, 2019

Jim Argionis, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Litigation Department in Chicago, has been recognized by the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce as a "Community Star."

Cozen O’Connor Continues to Expand its Presence in the Midwest by Adding Business Litigator Kari Berman to its Minneapolis Office

January 07, 2019

Berman brings Nearly Three Decades of Experience Handling Bet-the-Company Disputes

California Cases To Watch In 2019

January 01, 2019

David Reichenberg, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in Law360's article, "California Cases To Watch In 2019."

FTC antitrust case against Qualcomm puts business model under microscope

December 30, 2018

David Reichenberg, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune's article, "FTC antitrust case against Qualcomm puts business model under microscope."

Miguel Pozo Named a Latino Leaders Magazine 2018 Top Latino Lawyer in The Country

December 25, 2018

Cozen O'Connor Minneapolis commercial litigator Miguel Alexander Pozo was named a Latino Leaders Magazine 2018 Top Latino Lawyer in the Country.

The Verdicts That Left A Mark In 2018

December 17, 2018

Jim Heller, vice chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in Law360's article, "The Verdicts That Left A Mark In 2018."

Lawyers Wait to See How DOJ Merger Review Overhaul Plays Out

September 27, 2018

David Reichenberg, a member in the firm's Antitrust Group, was quoted in Global Competition Review's article, "Lawyers wait to see how DOJ merger review overhaul plays out."

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."

Harper Seldin Named Committee of Seventy Buchholz Fellow

September 10, 2018

Harper Seldin has been named as one of the Committee of Seventy's Buchholz Fellows, who serve as non-voting members of the board of directors.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Pa. High Court's 'Roverano' Ruling Likely to Reshape Strict Liability Litigation

August 09, 2018

Jim Heller, chair of the firm's Products Liability Practice Group and vice chair of the Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in The Legal Intelligencer's article, "Pa. High Court's 'Roverano' Ruling Likely to Reshape Strict Liability Litigation."

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Commercial Litigator Miguel Alexander Pozo to its Minneapolis Office

July 25, 2018

Pozo Further Strengthens the Firm’s Commercial, Employment and Trademark Litigation Bench

Cozen O’Connor Commercial Litigator H. Robert Fiebach, Wife Elizabeth Fiebach Honored by the American Jewish Committee

June 18, 2018

Cozen O’Connor commercial litigator H. Robert Fiebach and his wife Elizabeth Fiebach were honored by the American Jewish Committee Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey with the Human Relations Award at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Fifty Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA 2018

May 21, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized 50 Cozen O’Connor attorneys for 2018 as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 14 were ranked in the top band either nationally or at the state level.

Firms Add Construction Lawyers As Cities See More Cranes

May 10, 2018

Bruce Ficken, chair of the firm's Construction Law Practice, was quoted in Law360's feature, "Firms Add Construction Lawyers As Cities See More Cranes."

Cozen O’Connor Expands Commercial Litigation Practice in Philadelphia with Group from Drinker Biddle

April 26, 2018

Cozen O’Connor announced today that three nationally recognized commercial litigators — Michael J. Miller, Gregory J. Star, and Stephen R. Harris — along with 11 others have left Drinker Biddle to join Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation practice

Monetary Offer for Witness Testimony Triggers Suspension

April 13, 2018

Thomas Wilkinson, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in American Bar Association's Litigation News's article, "Monetary Offer for Witness Testimony Triggers Suspension."

Jesse Ryan Loffler Honored with the Gates Award for Pro Bono Efforts

April 12, 2018

Jesse Ryan Loffler, an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, was honored by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law student group OUTLaw with the Gates Award.

Cozen O’Connor Elects 19 Associates to Membership

April 09, 2018

Cozen O’Connor has elected 19 associates to membership in the firm. The management committee appointed this qualified group of attorneys to membership based on demonstrated professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to Cozen O’Connor.

Antitrust Litigator Joins Commercial Litigation Department

April 05, 2018

David Reichenberg has represented U.S. tech leaders, including Google, Netflix, and Twitter

Prescribing Doc's Testimony Key In 2nd Philly Xarelto Trial

April 04, 2018

James Heller, vice chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department and chair of the firm's Products Liability Practice, was quoted in Law360's "Prescribing Doc's Testimony Key In 2nd Philly Xarelto Trial."

The Golden State Rules

April 04, 2018

Tom Casparian, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was recently quoted in Cannabis Business Times's article, "The Golden State Rules."

James Heller Named to Product Liability Advisory Council

March 28, 2018

James Heller, chair of Cozen O’Connor's Products Liability Practice Group and vice chair of the Commercial Litigation Department, was admitted as a sustaining member to the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. (PLAC).

Jeff Greenspan Named Subcommittee Chair of News and Development and Web Editor for the Trial Practice Committee for the Section of Litigation of the ABA

March 14, 2018

Chicago attorney Jeff Greenspan, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Litigation Department, has been named Subcommittee Chair of News and Development and Web Editor for the Trial Practice Committee for the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association.

2018 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranks Cozen O’Connor

February 01, 2018

In the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms, Cozen O’Connor is ranked nationally in 17 practice areas and regionally in 64 practice areas.

Pregnant hospital worker claims she was fired for refusing to get flu shot

January 11, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice, was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia on the local Fox affiliate to discuss Allison LaBarbera, a pregnant ultrasound technician from Long Island who refused to get a flu shot and was subsequently fired from her job at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

Top Rated Antitrust Litigator Joins the Minneapolis Office

January 08, 2018

Cozen O’Connor, one of the country’s most successful commercial litigation firms, is pleased to welcome litigator Mark A. Jacobson to its Commercial Litigation Department’s business litigation group.

Virtual Law Offices Create Ethical Concerns

December 27, 2017

Tom Wilkinson, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in the ABA Litigation News article, "Virtual Law Offices Create Ethical Concerns."

Nonlawyer Gets Chance to Enforce Alleged Legal Fee-Split Pact

December 22, 2017

Thomas Wilkinson, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in the article, "Nonlawyer Gets Chance to Enforce Alleged Legal Fee-Split Pact," for ABA BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct.

$28M Philly Xarelto Verdict Ripe For Reversal, Attys Say

December 06, 2017

James Heller, chair of the firm's Products Liability Practice Group and vice chair of the Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in Law360's article, "$28M Philly Xarelto Verdict Ripe For Reversal, Attys Say."

Review Websites Like TripAdvisor Are Under Fire. Is That Warranted?

November 30, 2017

Isaac Binkovitz, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in the How Stuff Works' article, "Review Websites Like TripAdvisor Are Under Fire. Is That Warranted?"

Martin S. Bloor joins Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice

November 28, 2017

Bloor’s Background Ranges from Complex Commercial Disputes to Matters Involving Improper Payments to Foreign Government Officials

Investors Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions Bought More Than 1,200 Properties

November 13, 2017

Jeffery Gilbert, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, was quoted in the Daily Business Review's article, "Investors Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions Bought More Than 1,200 Properties."

Xarelto User Faces Hard Sell In 1st Philly Mass Tort Trial

November 03, 2017

James Heller, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Products Liability Practice Group, was quoted in Law 360's article, "Xarelto User Faces Hard Sell In 1st Philly Mass Tort Trial."

With Upcoming Xarelto Bellwether It's All Eyes on Philadelphia

November 02, 2017

James Heller, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Products Liability Practice Group, was quoted in The Legal Intelligencer article, "With Upcoming Xarelto Bellwether It's All Eyes on Philadelphia."

$120M State AG Deal With GM Preludes More State Actions

October 20, 2017

Jillian Thornton Flax, a member in Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in Law360's recent article, "$120M State AG Deal With GM Preludes More State Actions."

Cozen O’Connor Announces Hiring of Gilchrist & Rutter Attorneys

September 27, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is thrilled to announce that effective October 1, 2017, all of the lawyers from the Los Angeles real estate and commercial litigation boutique, Gilchrist & Rutter, will join the firm.

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.

3 Trial Losses Won't Doom Xarelto Patients

August 23, 2017

James Heller, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Products Liability Practice Group, was quoted in Law360's article, "3 Trial Losses Won't Doom Xarelto Patients."

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Lack of Substantiation Theories in False Advertising Cases—The Burden Lies on the Plaintiff

August 20, 2017

Brett Taylor and Amy Alderfer, of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, published, "Lack of Substantiation Theories in False Advertising Cases—The Burden Lies on the Plaintiff," on Law360.com.

Mesh Ruling Signals Tough Road For Non-Pa. Cases In Philly

August 09, 2017

Abby Sacunas, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in Law360's article, "Mesh Ruling Signals Tough Road For Non-Pa. Cases In Philly."

ABA Provides Ethical Advice to Protect Electronic Communication

August 01, 2017

Aaron Krauss, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discussed The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility's opinion on providing guidance for securing electronic communication of protected client information.

Paterno Ruling Highlights Broad Pa Work Product Protections

July 28, 2017

Tom Wilkinson, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discusses a Pennsylvania appeals court's decision from a suit stemming from Penn State University's internal probe of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal

Hayes Hunt Wins Attorney of the Year Award

June 23, 2017

Hayes Hunt, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, won the Legal Intelligencer's Attorney of the Year award.

GoDaddy Urges Class Cert. Denial Over Microsoft Office Sales

June 05, 2017

Paula L. Zecchini, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, was mentioned in a Law360 article that discusses GoDaddy.com, LLC’s efforts to avoid class certification of a claim under the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act related to the company’s sale of Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Six More Attorneys from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

May 17, 2017

Cozen O’Connor has announced the following attorneys have joined the firm: employee benefit/ERISA attorneys John H. Wilson, Lynn Brehm and Matthew Clyde, labor and employment attorney Brian A. Casal, and commercial litigators William J. Moorhead and Gabrielle Lee.

Texas Suit Over Death Penalty Drug Faces Steep Odds

May 10, 2017

John Sullivan, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discusses Texas's uphill battle against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in its suit over the agency’s import ban of a drug used to carry out lethal injection executions.

Nationally Renowned Construction Law Practice Joins Cozen O’Connor

April 25, 2017

Four lawyers from Pepper Hamilton have joined Cozen O’Connor to spearhead the Construction Law Group. For more than three decades, these lawyers have successfully handled some of the largest and most complex construction litigation matters throughout the United States and abroad.

Cozen O’Connor Promotes 17 Attorneys to Membership

April 03, 2017

The management committee is pleased to welcome a particularly qualified group to membership, composed of outstanding attorneys who have demonstrated remarkable professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to the firm and the legal community at large.

Cozen O’Connor Continues Growth in Miami Office with Addition of Three Commercial Litigators

March 22, 2017

Cozen O’Connor expanded its Miami office with the addition of three commercial litigators: Charles C. Kline, Jason Domark and Reid Kline, all joining as members. Charles Kline and Domark were both formerly with White & Case. Reid Kline joins the firm from Kelly Tractor Co.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Karen D. Williams to its Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Group in Washington, DC

January 04, 2017

Williams represents both individual and corporate clients in civil litigation, white collar and criminal defense matters and has handled investigations and arbitration proceedings involving breach of contract, fraud and tort claims.

Cozen O'Connor ranked in 2017 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

November 23, 2016

Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

Judge Halts Seawall Construction at Singer Island Condo Tower

November 03, 2016

Simeon Brier, Matthew Criscuolo and Thomas Dye discuss an emergency motion filed to halt construction of a seawall behind their client’s condominium.

Contacts

Barry Boss

Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Department
Co-Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations

bboss@cozen.com

(202) 912-4818

James H. Heller

Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Department
Chair, Products Liability

jimheller@cozen.com

(215) 665-2189

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