Construction Law

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Wendy Venoit Named a 2021 Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Wendy Venoit, member of the firm’s Construction Law Group, has been named a 2021 Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly.

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Cozen O’Connor not only knows construction law — we know the construction industry. We understand the economics, culture, language, and technology that underlie modern building projects.

With more than 45 attorneys practicing in 12 offices throughout the United States, Cozen O’Connor’s Construction Group has the depth and geographical reach to handle our clients’ most complex problems in the United States and abroad. The Construction Group includes attorneys who are ranked nationally by leading organizations and peer-reviewed publications, including the American College of Construction LawyersChambers USA, U.S. News/Best Lawyers, and The Legal 500. Law360 has recognized the group as a Practice Group of the Year — Construction in 2019 and 2021. 

Our attorneys have been in the field, on work sites, and in both boardrooms and courtrooms for more than 40 years, so our legal advice is grounded in that direct, practical experience. We anticipate problems, recommend creative solutions and structure practical agreements. We listen to clients’ specific needs because a “win” can mean different things in challenging construction and legal environments. Whatever the goal, we efficiently analyze the substance of construction-related challenges, help our clients respond in a decisive fashion, and communicate effectively with all parties, from ironworkers and masons to executives, engineers and experts.

In addition to being experienced trial lawyers, our lawyers are also highly experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including partnering, dispute review boards, mediations, arbitrations, and adjudications. When out-of-court resolution is not attainable, Cozen O’Connor’s construction litigators and arbitration advocates are prepared to go to trial. We have successfully tried cases in state and federal courts, and before arbitration tribunals both domestically and abroad. We have earned a national reputation for skill and tenacity in the court or hearing room. In fact, the Construction Group is chaired by one of the few construction litigators ever invited to be a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

And when construction matters intersect with other disciplines, the Construction Group draws on the resources of a full-service, international law firm. Our construction clients benefit from experienced and integrated corporate, bankruptcy, environmental, labor, intellectual property, and white collar practices, among others. In addition, the firm’s nationally recognized insurance team regularly advises construction industry leaders on alternative insurance coverage programs, liability and risk review, coverage issues, and claims. 

List of Services

The Construction Group’s lawyers provide the full spectrum of services necessary to serve owners, developers, contractors, construction managers, architects, engineers, subcontractors, and suppliers, including:

Project Development

  • Counseling on project delivery systems, contracting forms and pricing structures
  • Preparation of bid documents
  • Project risk evaluation and review
  • Formation of owner- or contractor-controlled insurance programs, and captive insurance programs
  • Counsel on forms of security, including performance and payment bonds, subcontractor default insurance (Subguard™), and letters of credit
  • Drafting and negotiation of prime contracts (including design-build, EPC, CM at risk, cost reimbursable, and other forms of contract), subcontracts, and purchase orders

Project Counseling and Dispute Avoidance

  • Project counsel services, supporting the Project team during the post-award, execution phase of the Project.
  • Claim evaluation, preparation and defense
  • Contract, change order, and claim review
  • Project monitoring and assistance with early claim resolution
  • Client education and training programs, including contract training at the start of the Project
  • Preparation of template notices, letters and timelines for use by the Project team.

Litigation/Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Dispute Review Boards (DRBs) and Dispute Adjudication Boards (DABs);
  • Statutory adjudication
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration (AAA, JAMs, CPR, statutory/court-ordered, and ad hoc)
  • International Arbitration (ICDR, CPR, ICC, LCIA, and ad hoc)
  • State and Federal Court Arbitration

Legal Issues/Claims

  • Breach of contract and contract interpretation
  • Defective specifications and design
  • Construction defects and failures (including water intrusion claims)
  • Change Orders and Claims
    • Differing site conditions, changed conditions, and changed standards
    • Delay, disruption, acceleration, inefficiency, and interference claims
    • Out of scope Extra work
  • Payment disputes
  • Bid, payment, performance, and other surety bond claims
  • Insurance, CCIP/OCIP, and Subguard™ claims.
  • Mechanic’s liens
  • Defaults and terminations
  • OSHA and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance

Projects/Industries

  • Commercial / Residential Construction
  • Power, Energy, and Utility
    • Power Plant construction
    • Renewables, including solar, hydroelectric, wind power, and offshore wind
    • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Industrial / Manufacturing
  • Infrastructure, heavy highway, aviation, and transportation
  • Mining
  • Oil and gas
  • Education
    • Public / private school projects (K-12)
    • Colleges, universities, and higher education
  • Health care:  Hospitals, assisted living, and life sciences
  • Sports, gaming, and entertainment
  • Government / Public contracting (state and federal)
  • Hospitality, retail, restaurant

Experience

Publications

Is Your EEO-1 Report At Risk of Disclosure?

August 31, 2022

The OFCCP informed all federal contractors that a FOIA request seeking contractor data from '16-'20 was submitted. Contractors must file objections by 9/19/22.

Lessons Learned From Deadly Condo Collapse: Reshaping Industry to Prevent Future Tragedy [The Legal Intelligencer]

August 10, 2022

Ralf Rodriguez and Alexander Thompson published, “Lessons Learned From Deadly Condo Collapse: Reshaping Industry to Prevent Future Tragedy” for The Legal Intelligencer.

New Virginia Law Prohibits Pay-If-Paid Clauses in Construction Contracts

May 22, 2022

Senate Bill 550 makes changes to Virginia's Prompt Payment Act and its wage theft statute that will take effect on January 1, 2023.

Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in Internal Investigations

December 22, 2021

Ralf Rodriguez contributed an article to the ACC South Florida Winter Newsletter discussing the key points in-house counsel should consider when conducting an internal investigation to establish and maintain its privileged status.

In extremis — PPP Money Is Not “Free” So Applicants & Recipients Need to Beware

December 08, 2021

Larry Prosen discusses recent how the DOJ is auditing, investigating, and, where appropriate, prosecuting PPP recipients who broke the rules

Florida Legislature Proposes Significant Revisions to Construction Defect Statute [Alert]

December 06, 2021

Ralf Rodriguez discusses proposed revisions to Florida statutes § 95.11(3)(c), § 558.004, § 558.0045, § 558.0046, and §558.006.

Bad Vibrations [CLM Magazine]

November 30, 2021

Stephen Seeger contributed an article to CLM Magazine which discusses the cause and effect of construction vibrations.

TIMES THEY KEEP A CHANGIN’ — Upcoming Changes to DoD CMMC Program and Cybersecurity Requirements

November 11, 2021

Larry Prosen discusses DoD's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking updating its existing, relatively young, CMMC model certification to a CMMC 2.0 structure.

Pennsylvania’s Prompt Payment Act Applies to Mixed Use Construction [Alert]

August 12, 2021

Kenny Cushing and Nick Berenato discuss the Pennsylvania Superior Court's decision in El-Gharbaoui v. Ajayi.

Force Majeure: Allocating the Risk of the Unforeseeable in the Aftermath of COVID-19

August 12, 2021

Fred Jacoby and Jeffrey Mullen contributed an article to The Legal Intelligencer discussing how the pandemic has reinforced the importance of planning for the unexpected when negotiating construction contracts, even where there is no express force majeure clause to which to point.

The International Compendium of Construction Contracts

May 10, 2021

Wendy Venoit co-authored the United States chapter of The International Compendium of Construction Contracts.

New Executive Order Requires Many Federal Contractors to Increase Minimum Wage for Workers by 2022 [Alert]

April 28, 2021

Bob Magovern and Matt Howell discuss Biden's executive order increasing the minimum wage for federal contactors.

Now is the Time for Construction Impact Claims [Alert]

June 02, 2020

Chris Sweeney and Alex Busch explain why now could be the perfect moment for contractors to draw a baseline and measure the impacts to date and start measuring future impacts.

Midwest States Allow Resumption of Some Construction Projects [Alert]

May 04, 2020

Sam Mogensen and Chris Sweeney provide updates on recent stay-at-home orders in the midwest and how they are impacting the construction industry.

New York’s Phased Plan to Reopen begins with Construction Industry [Alert]

April 29, 2020

Nick Berenato discusses New York's plan to reopen in phases.

Washington State Reopens Some Construction, with Restrictions [Alert]

April 27, 2020

Jesse Keene discusses Governor Inslee's addendum allowing limited construction projects to resume in Washington.

Construction Resumes in Pennsylvania on May 1 [Alert]

April 27, 2020

Nick Berenato and Chris Sweeney discuss Governor Wolf's plan to reopen the construction industry in Pennsylvania.

States Require Strict Compliance with CDC Guidance for Continued Construction Operations

April 16, 2020

Kelly Trout and Chris Sweeney detail Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania's recent orders mandating businesses that are operating follow CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE: Several Midwest States Close Non-Essential Businesses – Potential Construction Impacts

April 10, 2020

Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, and Alex Busch detail the various stay-at-home orders issued by Midwest states and the impact of each on the construction industry.

New Jersey Imposes Additional Requirements on Construction Project Sites [Alert]

April 10, 2020

Nick Berenato and Chris Sweeney discuss New Jersey's latest executive order and what it means for construction project sites.

What is Emergency and Essential Construction Under Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order? [Alert]

March 31, 2020

Leni Cummins and Jennifer Miller discuss the Department of Building's guidance following Governor Cuomo's order halting all non-essential construction in New York.

D.C. Closes Non-Essential Businesses, Restricts Sick Employees of Essential Businesses [Alert]

March 31, 2020

Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, Kelly Trout, and Alex Busch discuss the D.C. mayor's order closing all non-essential businesses and how it impacts the construction industry.

Maryland and Virginia Close “Non-Essential” Business [Alert]

March 30, 2020

Christopher Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, Kelly Trout, and Alex Busch discuss how the Maryland and Virginia executive orders will impact the construction industry.

COVID-19 Construction Update: NJ, NY, DE, and PA Close Businesses

March 27, 2020

Nicholas Berenato, Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, and Alex Busch review the executive orders from the governors of Delaware, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and the impact on the construction industry.

West Coast States Close Businesses Due to COVID-19 [Alert]

March 25, 2020

Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, and Alex Busch discuss orders in California, Oregon, and Washington closing businesses due to coronavirus.

COVID-19 Strategies for the Construction Industry

March 20, 2020

Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, and Jesse Keene discuss steps the construction industry can take now to better prepare them for the impact of COVID-19.

Follow the Money: Interpretation and Evaluation in a Forensic Schedule Analysis [The Construction Lawyer]

December 01, 2019

Wendy Venoit co-authored an article for The Construction Lawyer that discusses the third phase of Forensic Schedule Analysis in the context Rule 702.

PA Appellate Court Strikes Down Project Labor Agreement for First Time—Saves Taxpayers Millions

August 08, 2019

For the first time, a Pennsylvania court struck down the lawfulness of a project labor agreement (“PLA”), finding that it violated Pennsylvania’s competitive bidding laws. As a result, the pool of potential bidders on Pennsylvania public projects—both union and nonunion—remains competitive and will save taxpayers millions.

30-Day Warning: Major Changes to Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act [Construction Alert]

September 10, 2018

Kenneth Cushing discusses the very significant statutory changes relating to payment disputes on Pennsylvania private construction projects.

How the Miller Act May Help a Subcontractor Avoid the Effect of Subcontract Terms [The Legal Intelligencer]

August 04, 2018

Ray DeLuca, Fred Jacoby, and Jeff Mullen, attorneys in the firm's Construction Law Group, published, "How the Miller Act May Help a Subcontractor Avoid the Effect of Subcontract Terms" for The Legal Intelligencer.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

2022 Construction Super Conference

December 06, 2022 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Cozen O’Connor is sponsoring the 2022 Construction Super Conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Drafting Indemnification and Hold Harmless Provisions in Commercial Contracts

November 01, 2022 - Webinar

Ralf Rodriguez will present a course, “Drafting Indemnification and Hold Harmless Provisions in Commercial Contracts,” hosted by Strafford.

Ready, Set, Negotiate! How to be Effective and Avoid Key Pitfalls When Drafting and Negotiating Construction Contracts

October 28, 2022 - Washington D.C.

Wendy Klein Keane and Josephine Bahn will speak on the panel “Ready, Set, Negotiate! How to be Effective and Avoid Key Pitfalls When Drafting and Negotiating Construction Contracts.”

Arbitration v. Litigation

October 26, 2022 - Boston, MA

Wendy Venoit will be a panelist on the “Arbitration v. Litigation” panel for the Massachusetts Superior Court Business Litigation Section.

A Lawyer’s Duty to Supervise: Ethical Obligations and Practical Guidance

October 03, 2022 - Webinar

Josephine Bahn will speak on the panel “A Lawyer’s Duty to Supervise: Ethical Obligations and Practical Guidance” for the ABA CLE Committee.

Past Events

Mastering Master Agreements

September 29, 2022 - Memphis, TN

Future of Legal Professions

August 23, 2022 - Singapore

Introduction to Drafting Material Contract Provisions

August 05, 2022 - Chicago, Illinois

Provisions in Chapter 489 and 713, Fla. Stats. Training

August 03, 2022 - Pompano Beach, Florida

What is Really Out There?

July 28, 2022 - New York, NY

Constructing Industry Licensing Board and Lien Law Training

July 13, 2022 - Pompano Beach, Florida

Where Are We Headed?

April 14, 2022 - Amherst, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Construction Law

February 20, 2022 - Webinar

Construction SuperConference 2021

December 06, 2021 - Orlando, Florida

2021 Construction SuperConference

December 06, 2021 - Orlando, FL

ABA Forum on Construction Law 2021 Regional Meeting

September 30, 2021 - Nashville, TN

MCAA Virtual Education Conference

March 22, 2021 - Webinar

International Perspectives on COVID-19

June 30, 2020 - Webinar

2019 Construction SuperConference

December 16, 2019 - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

2018 Construction SuperConference

December 10, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV

Let them Hear you Roar

October 18, 2018 - Washington, D.C.

A Day on Real Estate - East 2018

August 23, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

PBI Real Estate Institute 2017

December 07, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

2017 Construction SuperConference

December 04, 2017 - Las Vegas, Nevada

In The News

Josephine Bahn ’16 Leads ABA Young Lawyers Division

September 27, 2022

Josephine Bahn was featured in an article published by the New York Law School News.

Could Tuition Hikes Force More Law Grads Onto BigLaw Path?

September 23, 2022

Josephine Bahn was quoted in an article published by Law360, “Could Tuition Hikes Force More Law Grads Onto BigLaw Path?”

What Law School Should Teach, But Often Doesn’t

September 09, 2022

Josephine Bahn was quoted in an article published by Law360, which discusses the lessons attorneys wish they had received in law school but learned on their own in the workplace.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Jesse Keene Announced as Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the Society of Construction Law North America

August 17, 2022

Jesse Keene, member of the firm’s Construction Law Group, has been announced as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the Society of Construction Law, North America (SCL-NA).

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Gary Gassman and Josephine Bahn Installed in ABA Chair Roles

August 05, 2022

Gary Gassman and Josephine Bahn, have been installed in ABA Chair Roles.

$52B CHIPS Act a Boon for Construction, but Challenges Remain

August 04, 2022

Larry Prosen was quoted in an article by Construction Dive, which discusses the CHIPS Act President Biden recently signed.

13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named 2022 D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

July 12, 2022

Super Lawyers has named 13 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2022 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 14 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2022 Legal Guide

July 11, 2022

For 30 years, The Legal 500 has assessed the strengths of law firms in more than 100 jurisdictions. The rankings use a series of criteria, including client feedback, submissions from law firms, and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

Echoes of a Tragedy: Surfside Condo Collapse Has Lasting Ramifications

June 30, 2022

Ralf R. Rodriguez, a construction attorney in the firm’s Miami office, was quoted in the article “Echoes of a Tragedy: Surfside Condo Collapse Has Lasting Ramifications” by the South Florida Business Journal.

Chambers Ranks 86 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 22 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2022 Guide

June 02, 2022

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 86 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2022 edition.

49 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 01, 2022

Super Lawyers has selected 49 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Billions In Federal Spending Guided By Prevailing Wage Rules

April 22, 2022

Larry Prosen was quoted in an article published by Law360 which discusses how the infrastructure bill President Joe Biden signed into law in the fall is set to unleash hundreds of billions of dollars on roads, bridges, trains, and other construction projects.

Larry Prosen Named to Law360's 2022 Construction Editorial Advisory Board

April 07, 2022

Larry Prosen, member of the firm's Construction Law Group, has been named to Law360’s 2022 Construction Editorial Advisory Board.

Josephine Bahn Named to the Daily Record’s Maryland Top 100 Women List

March 31, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Josephine Bahn, an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been selected to the Daily Record’s Maryland Top 100 Women List.

Wendy Venoit Named a 2021 Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly

March 18, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Wendy Venoit, member of the firm’s Construction Law Group, has been named a 2021 Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly.

Bruce Ficken Named to City & State’s 2022 Construction Power 75 List

March 14, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Bruce Ficken, chair of the firm’s Construction Law Group, has been named to City & State’s 2022 Construction Power 75 list.

Hub Hires: Ropes & Gray, Fisher Phillips, Nutter

March 01, 2022

Wendy Venoit was quoted in a Law360 article that featured a long list of attorney moves in Boston during the month of February.

Cozen O'Connor Expands Into Boston With Construction Pro

February 02, 2022

Wendy Venoit was featured in a Law360 article that discusses her move to Cozen O'Connor.

Cozen O’Connor Expands its Geographic Reach to Boston with Addition of Well-Known Construction Lawyer and Arbitrator, Wendy K. Venoit, to the Construction Practice Group

January 31, 2022

Venoit brings a distinguished history of litigation and arbitration of infrastructure, power, renewable energy, oil and gas, and vertical construction projects throughout the United States and internationally.

Cozen O’Connor Construction Practice Named Law360 2021 Practice Group of the Year

January 18, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that the firm has been named a Law360 2021 Practice Group of the Year in Construction.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 29 Practice Areas Nationwide, 121 Practice Areas Regionally

November 04, 2021

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Cozen O’Connor as a “Best Law Firm” in 29 practice areas nationwide and 121 practice areas regionally.

Cozen O’Connor Continues Florida Expansion with Addition of Construction Litigator Ralf R. Rodriguez

October 13, 2021

Ralf R. Rodriguez joins our Miami office. He will be a member of the Construction Law Group.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Former Toll Brothers Vice President and Counsel Wendy F. Klein Keane to Construction Practice

July 26, 2021

The former vice president and litigation and risk management counsel brings to this nationally recognized construction practice close to two decades of distinguished experience having managed hundreds of litigations and arbitrations through discovery, hearings, appeals, and/or settlement.

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 12 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2021 Legal Guide

June 17, 2021

The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O’Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, Jeffrey Mullen, Josh Stein, Jeff Vogel, and Rachel Welford to its 2021 Legal Guide.

47 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 28, 2021

Super Lawyers has selected 47 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

Twelve Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 05, 2021

Super Lawyers has named 12 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2021 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

The Dotted Line: Beefing up Davis-Bacon Compliance

March 30, 2021

Larry Prosen was featured in an article published by Construction Dive, which discusses steps construction firms can take to ensure they remain compliant.

Cozen O’Connor Builds Out Washington, D.C. Construction Practice With New Shareholder Lawrence M. Prosen and Two Associates

March 01, 2021

Prosen brings a distinguished resume that includes experience in all aspects of government contracts, from regulatory compliance to claims and bid protest litigation. Joining with Prosen are two associates Benjamin L. Williams and Caitlin E. Trevillyan.

Bruce Ficken selected as Lawyer of the Year Construction Law – USA by Lawyer Monthly

December 11, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Bruce Ficken, chair of the firm’s Construction Law Group, was selected by Lawyer Monthly as Lawyer of the Year 2020 for Construction Law – USA.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 25 Practice Areas Nationwide, 115 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2020

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Cozen O’Connor as a “Best Law Firm” in 25 practice areas nationwide and 115 practice areas regionally.

Jesse Keene Named a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America

October 22, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Jesse Keene, member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been named a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. The

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2020 Legal Guide

June 22, 2020

The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O’Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Stephen Cozen, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, Jeffrey Mullen, Josh Stein, Christopher Sweeney, and Jeff Vogel to its 2020 Legal Guide.

Fifty-Eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 05, 2020

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

Fourteen Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 20, 2020

Super Lawyers has named 14 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Cozen O’Connor’s Construction Group Named Law360 Practice Group of the Year

January 27, 2020

Cozen O’Connor has been named Law360 2019 Construction Group of the Year.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 24 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2019

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.

Bruce Ficken, Larry Laubach, and Elizabeth Malloy Named Among “Best of the Bar” by the Philadelphia Business Journal

October 25, 2019

Bruce Ficken, chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Construction law Group, Larry Laubach, chair of the firm’s Corporate Law Practice Group, and Elizabeth Malloy, member of the Labor and Employment Group, were named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2019 “Best of the Bar.”

James Kwartnik recognized as a Law360 Rising Star

October 16, 2019

James Kwartnik has been recognized as a 2019 Rising Star by Law360.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Two More Construction Law Attorneys to its Washington D.C. Office

October 07, 2019

Cozen O’Connor today announced attorneys Christopher M. Sweeney and Alexandra E. Busch have joined its Washington D.C. Construction Law practice, bringing to four the number of lawyers who have joined the fast-growing practice in just the past two weeks.

Cozen O’Connor Expands its Construction Law Practice in Washington D.C., Adding Stephen M. Seeger and Jesse S. Keene

September 23, 2019

Seeger and Keene have played leading roles in developing some of the largest building projects in Washington, D.C., one of the hottest and fastest-growing commercial and multifamily construction markets in the United States.

Six Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2020 “Lawyers of the Year” By Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that six of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America.

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

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O'Connor Practice Areas and Nine Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2019 Legal Guide

June 14, 2019

The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O'Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, and Jeffrey Mullen to its 2019 Legal Guide.

64 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 21, 2019

Super Lawyers has selected 64 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

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.

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

March 20, 2019

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.

Calif. Builders Strategize Ahead Of 2020 Solar Panel Rules

January 11, 2019

David Shimkin, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in Law360's article, "Calif. Builders Strategize Ahead Of 2020 Solar Panel Rules."

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.

Three Practice Areas and Six Attorneys Recommended by The U.S. Edition of The Legal 500

June 15, 2018

The U.S. edition of The Legal 500 recognized Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, and Shipping practices as well as attorneys Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, and Anne Mickey.

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."

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.

Contacts

Bruce W. Ficken

Co-Chair, Construction Law

bficken@cozen.com

(215) 665-6948

Raymond L. DeLuca

Co-Chair, Construction Law

rdeluca@cozen.com

(215) 665-6945

Fred Warren Jacoby

Vice Chairman

fjacoby@cozen.com

(215) 665-2154

People

Awards

13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named 2022 D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

July 12, 2022

Super Lawyers has named 13 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2022 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 14 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2022 Legal Guide

July 11, 2022

For 30 years, The Legal 500 has assessed the strengths of law firms in more than 100 jurisdictions. The rankings use a series of criteria, including client feedback, submissions from law firms, and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

Chambers Ranks 86 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 22 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2022 Guide

June 02, 2022

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 86 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2022 edition.

49 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 01, 2022

Super Lawyers has selected 49 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Larry Prosen Named to Law360's 2022 Construction Editorial Advisory Board

April 07, 2022

Larry Prosen, member of the firm's Construction Law Group, has been named to Law360’s 2022 Construction Editorial Advisory Board.

Josephine Bahn Named to the Daily Record’s Maryland Top 100 Women List

March 31, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Josephine Bahn, an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been selected to the Daily Record’s Maryland Top 100 Women List.

Wendy Venoit Named a 2021 Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly

March 18, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Wendy Venoit, member of the firm’s Construction Law Group, has been named a 2021 Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly.

Bruce Ficken Named to City & State’s 2022 Construction Power 75 List

March 14, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Bruce Ficken, chair of the firm’s Construction Law Group, has been named to City & State’s 2022 Construction Power 75 list.

Cozen O’Connor Construction Practice Named Law360 2021 Practice Group of the Year

January 18, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that the firm has been named a Law360 2021 Practice Group of the Year in Construction.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 29 Practice Areas Nationwide, 121 Practice Areas Regionally

November 04, 2021

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Cozen O’Connor as a “Best Law Firm” in 29 practice areas nationwide and 121 practice areas regionally.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 12 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2021 Legal Guide

June 17, 2021

The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O’Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, Jeffrey Mullen, Josh Stein, Jeff Vogel, and Rachel Welford to its 2021 Legal Guide.

47 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 28, 2021

Super Lawyers has selected 47 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

Twelve Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 05, 2021

Super Lawyers has named 12 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2021 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Bruce Ficken selected as Lawyer of the Year Construction Law – USA by Lawyer Monthly

December 11, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Bruce Ficken, chair of the firm’s Construction Law Group, was selected by Lawyer Monthly as Lawyer of the Year 2020 for Construction Law – USA.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 25 Practice Areas Nationwide, 115 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2020

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Cozen O’Connor as a “Best Law Firm” in 25 practice areas nationwide and 115 practice areas regionally.

Jesse Keene Named a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America

October 22, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Jesse Keene, member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been named a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. The

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Fifty-Eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 05, 2020

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

Cozen O’Connor’s Construction Group Named Law360 Practice Group of the Year

January 27, 2020

Cozen O’Connor has been named Law360 2019 Construction Group of the Year.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 24 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2019

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.

Bruce Ficken, Larry Laubach, and Elizabeth Malloy Named Among “Best of the Bar” by the Philadelphia Business Journal

October 25, 2019

Bruce Ficken, chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Construction law Group, Larry Laubach, chair of the firm’s Corporate Law Practice Group, and Elizabeth Malloy, member of the Labor and Employment Group, were named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2019 “Best of the Bar.”

Six Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2020 “Lawyers of the Year” By Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that six of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America.

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

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

64 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 21, 2019

Super Lawyers has selected 64 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

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.

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.

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