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Cozen O'Connor

  • Designation: Philadelphia
  • Head Count: 495
  • Gross Revenues: $306,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $620,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $720,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -2

Cozen O'Connor is a Philadelphia-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Cozen O'Connor has 495 attorneys and is the 85th largest firm in the United States.  With $306,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 103rd on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  The firm has offices in CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KS, MN, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, PA, SC, TX and WA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 NR N/A Gross revenue
Am Law 200 103 -2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 85 -6 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 122 -22 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 170 20 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 3 6 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 26 -22 Summer programs

In the News

Post & Schell Leader Steps Down

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : January 12, 2015

Brian M. Peters, president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Post & Schell, has stepped down from that position, the firm announced Jan. 9.

Prevailing Tenant Awarded Legal Fees in Eviction Case

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2015

The First Department reversed an Appellate Term ruling Tuesday that would have barred prevailing tenants in eviction cases from recovering attorney fees if the landlord had a "colorable claim."

Judge Explains $6.9M Award in Heated Nonsolicitation Case

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 31, 2014

Nearly a year-and-a-half after awarding the plaintiff in a nonsolicitation case $6.9 million in compensatory and punitive damages, the Chester County judge overseeing the matter authored an opinion in support of the award, detailing in sharp terms the defendants' alleged misconduct.

O'Connor v. City of Phila. Bd. of Ethics, PICS Case No. 14-2047 (Pa. Dec. 15, 2014) Baer, J. (30 pages).

: The Legal Intelligencer : December 30, 2014

Post-Election Forgiveness of Legal Fees • Contribution Limitations • Representation of Candidate in Ballot Challenge

Mergers, Management Changes Drew BigLaw Focus in 2014

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 30, 2014

The latter part of 2014 brought with it not only the biggest business of law news for Pennsylvania, but perhaps for the country. All eyes watched during the second half of the year as Morgan, Lewis & Bockius entertained merger discussions with struggling Boston-based firm Bingham McCutchen. A full-on acquisition of the more than 700 lawyers at Bingham would have been a big departure for Morgan Lewis' typical growth strategy of acquiring groups of attorneys from firms that are disbanding.

People in the News - Dec. 29, 2014 - Fenton Joins Saul Ewing

: The Legal Intelligencer : December 29, 2014

Damien N. Tancredi joined Flaster Greenberg as an associate in the bankruptcy, financial restructuring and risk management department. Tancredi, who will work in Flaster Greenberg's Philadelphia office, focuses his practice on bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

Social Media Posts Take Center Stage at U.S. Supreme Court

Stephen A. Miller and Alexa L. Sebia : The Legal Intelligencer : December 29, 2014

In , No. 13-983, the U.S. Supreme Court will attempt to define when comments made on social media platforms cross the line from protected free speech to criminal activity. The case arose in our own Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Anthony Elonis posted violent rap lyrics and graphic messages on Facebook about his estranged wife, co-workers and an FBI agent. The communications were objectively threatening, but the relevant question is whether that speech is protected if the government cannot prove that the speaker intended to act on the threat.

Survey: Firm Leaders Are Bullish on 2015 Prospects

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : December 24, 2014

Almost 90 percent of respondents to our Law Firm Leaders survey expect growth in profits per partner next year.

Third Circuit Further Clarifies Class Action Certification Law

Jeffrey G. Weil and Leigh Ann Benson : The Legal Intelligencer : December 24, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently denied class certification in a consumer fraud case. In , No. 13-4329 ((3d. Cir. Sept. 11, 2014), the court affirmed a trial court order denying certification of a nationwide class of consumers allegedly overcharged by the defendant. The opinion is instructional on current class action law and underscores the rigor with which trial courts are expected to analyze motions for class certification.

Midsized Firms Saw Splits and Out-of-State Entries to Market

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : December 23, 2014

The passing year began with a flurry of changes for small and midsized firms across the state, with leadership transitions, group laterals, additions and splits continuing throughout the year.

Cozen O'Connor Can Forgive Rep. Brady's Legal Fees

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 17, 2014

The legal expenses racked up in fighting a 2007 mayoral ballot challenge were not incurred to influence the outcome of an election, so forgiving that debt is not bound by campaign finance limits, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

The Crime-Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege

Hayes Hunt and Michael P. Zabel : The Legal Intelligencer : December 17, 2014

The crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege: As an attorney, you may not anticipate it applying to your emails, your letters or your advice to your client. But even if you never see it coming, your client's intentions in obtaining legal advice may expose your communications to disclosure. A law firm is experiencing this problem firsthand in a series of high-profile cases involving Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and a former business partner. The cases present an interesting study in how the crime-fraud exception can operate.

Federal Judge Rules Attorney-Client Privilege Follows Merger

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : December 16, 2014

The attorney-client privilege covering communications made in anticipation of a business merger belong to the company that resulted from the merger, not the executives of the company that was swallowed, a federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled.

Law Firm Leaders Struggle With Setting Firmwide Rates

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 16, 2014

The collective weight of the season is upon law firm managing partners this month, with the season of course being that of collections, partner compensation and rate-setting. And the latter has proven a bit vexing for firm leaders this year as they grapple with setting rates in an era where firms span multiple markets and practice concentrations, clients aren't willing to pay the published rates and alternative fee deals are a growing part of firm revenue.

Women Still Less Than One-Third Of Lawyers at Pa.'s Largest Firms

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 11, 2014

In the last 10 years, there has been no movement in the percentage of women lawyers practicing in the Pennsylvania offices of the state's 100 largest law firms.

Insurer Must Disclose Privileged Emails in Borgata Fire Case

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : December 11, 2014

An insurer seeking reimbursement for settlement and defense costs stemming from a 2007 fire at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., was ordered by a federal judge Dec. 10 to disclose privileged emails it exchanged with its lawyers during negotiation of the settlement in the underlying litigation..

Firms See Strong Revenue, PPP in 'Investment' Year

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : December 09, 2014

Several firm leaders referred to 2013 as a year of investment, and that characterization is borne out by the numbers, with gross revenue generally outpacing profits per equity partner (PPP) and the majority of firms seeing significant increases in head count.

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Federal Procedure Questions

Stephen A. Miller and Stephen S. Kempa : The Legal Intelligencer : December 04, 2014

This term, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider a number of issues in the area of federal practice and procedure. This article analyzes three of those important cases.

Kearney, Pappert Confirmed to EDPA Bench by Senate

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : December 04, 2014

Two more judges have joined the bench in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, leaving just one more nominee to be confirmed by the Senate in its current lame-duck session.

Taking Aim at the Saudis—Again

Michael D. Goldhaber : Corporate Counsel : December 01, 2014

A suit that traces liability for the 9/11 attacks to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a new lease on life.

In re Sheldrake Lofts LLC

: New York Law Journal : November 24, 2014

'Orion' Factors Weigh Against Withdrawal Of 'Non-Core' Reference to Bankruptcy Court

Turnpike Commission Case Concludes as Two Ex-Officials Plead Guilty

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : November 24, 2014

The remaining two defendants in the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission case have each pleaded guilty to felony conflict of interest.

Justices Decline to Adopt Third Restatement

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : November 21, 2014

The state Supreme Court has held that Pennsylvania will continue to follow the Restatement (Second) of Torts in products liability cases.

Pa. Supreme Court Upholds Governmental Damages Cap

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : November 21, 2014

The state Supreme Court has denied a student, whose leg was amputated after being run over by a school bus, the ability to bypass the $500,000 statutory damages cap and collect the full $14 million verdict for her injuries.

People in the News - Nov. 14, 2014 - Skipton Joins Pietragallo Gordon

: The Legal Intelligencer : November 14, 2014

Jean M. Hadley joined Flaster Greenberg as the firm's new director of recruitment and professional development.

'Ministerial Acts' Exception Applies to Corrected Judgment Order

Barry M. Klayman and Mark E. Felger : Delaware Business Court Insider : November 12, 2014

A recent decision by the Delaware Superior Court in , C.A. No. N13C-10-300-FSS (Del. Super. Aug. 25, 2014), explored an interesting question regarding the effect of the automatic bankruptcy stay on an order correcting a mistake in a prior order. The decision also discussed whether a guarantor is in privity with the primary obligor for res judicata purposes.

Former Pa. GC Rejoins Cozen O'Connor

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : November 11, 2014

James D. Schultz has stepped down as Pennsylvania's general counsel to rejoin Cozen O'Connor where he will lead the newly formed government law and regulatory affairs practice.

Supreme Court Takes on Knowledge Standard in Securities Suits

Stephen A. Miller and Kaitlin M. DiNapoli : The Legal Intelligencer : November 10, 2014

Everyone knows that whistleblower lawsuits can be expensive. Just ask Omnicare Inc., a Fortune 500 company that provides pharmaceuticals along with related consulting and data management services to health care facilities across the country. Omnicare recently agreed to pay more than $124 million to settle whistleblower allegations of health care fraud (without confessing any liability).

Supreme Court Addresses Treatment of Incriminating Evidence

Stephen A. Miller and Michael D. O'Donnell : The Legal Intelligencer : November 06, 2014

In the coming months, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide two cases relating to incriminating evidence—one concerns finding it, and the other concerns destroying it. In , No. 13-604, the court will decide whether the Fourth Amendment allows the introduction of evidence obtained in the course of a police officer's traffic stop that was predicated on a good-faith mistake of law. In , No. 13-7451, the court will address whether the destruction of evidence prohibited by 18 U.S.C. Section 1519 applies to a fisherman accused of catching undersized fish who allegedly destroyed the evidence of that crime—namely, the contraband fish.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : October 31, 2014

Seven firms added new partners or attorneys.