Cozen O'Connor

Cozen O'Connor

4 Star Rating     4 reviews 
Main Office:

123 N Wacker Dr Ste 1800 | Chicago | IL | 60606

Phone: 312-474-7900 |

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Year of establishment 1970 Number of partners 340
Number of offices 29 Partner to associate ratio 1.20
Biggest office Chicago Percentage of women attorneys 29.80
Number of attorneys 665 Percentage of minority attorneys 8.60
Number of associates 285 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 1.50
Cozen O'Connor
   4 reviews

Cozen O'Connor Reviews

- Reviewed on July 20, 2020

Pros: Strong leadership, the right balance of teamwork and autonomy, very encouraging as to growth and development and a great work environment.

Favorite Things About this Firm: Collegiality, Relaxed environment, Intellect and Talent

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Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2016

Job type: Full time

Length of Employment: 1-2 years

- Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: The firm should seek to develop a more consistent culture between branches so that people are equally willing to transfer elsewhere - otherwise, they will not be motivated to work at the ones that are somewhat lacking in reputation. Make sure brand new physical office spaces have technology that's just as new, and that rising leaders are properly trained - make sure fundamentals are in place before big changes are made, basically.

Pros: Nice, pleasant physical space with good office perks. Benefits are decent. Some job tracks offer quite a bit of room for growth or to demonstrate leadership or autonomy.

Cons: Firm culture can really depend on your branch location - not necessarily a pro or a con, it just implies inconsistency. Lots of turnover in certain areas. Some technology seemed out of date. Training sometimes felt inadequate.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Ranked among the top law firms in the country, Cozen O’Connor has 575 attorneys in 22 cities on two continents. We are a full-service firm with nationally recognized practices in litigation, business law, and government relations, and our attorneys have experience operating in all sectors of the economy. Our diverse client list includes global Fortune 500 companies, middle-market firms poised for growth, ambitious startups, and high-profile individuals. In an industry built on talk, Cozen O’Connor has made its name by doing. We have built our firm one case, one victory at a time. Our attorneys have impeccable academic credentials and are able to combine intellectual rigor with practicality and efficiency. We provide sophisticated, business-minded advice aimed at one simple goal: getting the right result for our clients. No matter how complex, contentious, or critical the undertaking, we persevere until the job is done.

Practice Areas

Cozen O'Connor practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Antitrust Litigation & Investigations
  • Appellate
  • Aviation Litigation
  • Aviation Regulatory
  • Bad Faith
  • Bankruptcy Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Biologics
  • Biosimilars
  • Brownfields Development
  • China Practice
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction
  • Consumer Protection
  • Corporate
  • Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies - Government Relations
  • Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations
  • Cyber Risk
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Domains
  • E-Commerce
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Emerging Business & Venture Capital
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Energy Environmental & Public Utilities
  • Entertainment Law
  • Family Law
  • Financial Services
  • Franchise Disputes
  • Franchising
  • Government Law & Regulatory Affairs
  • Hatch-Waxman Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Immigration
  • India Practice
  • Insurance Corporate & Regulatory
  • Insurance Coverage & Claims Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International
  • International Arbitration
  • Labor Relations & Disputes
  • Legal Fee Litigation
  • Licensing & Transfer
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Office
  • Retail
  • Industrial Leasing & Development
  • Patents
  • Privacy Data & Cybersecurity
  • Private Equity
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
  • Public & Project Finance
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Reinsurance
  • Securities
  • Securities Litigation & Enforcement
  • Self-Insured Recovery
  • State Attorneys General
  • Subrogation & Recovery
  • Surety
  • Tax
  • Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition
  • Trademark & Copyright
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Transportation & Logistics Litigation
  • Zoning Land Use & Development
  • Business
  • Government & Regulatory
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Private Client Services
  • Real Estate

Hiring Criteria

Cozen O'Connor follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Pro bono

Pro bono legal and community service is an integral part of Cozen O'Connor's past, present and future. As attorneys who play an active role in the legal and justice systems, we recognize both that there is a tremendous, unmet need for legal services for those who cannot afford them and that it is our obligation to help provide those services. The term pro bono is shorthand for the Latin phrase pro bono publico - "For the public good. " It is a responsibility we take very seriously.

Cozen O'Connor has historically provided a level of pro bono legal service worthy of its national reputation. We emphasize one-to-one attorney-client pro bono relationships in which attorneys provide legal assistance to people and institutions of limited means. We are a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge of the Pro Bono Institute at Georgetown University Law Center.

Cozen O'Connor Awards and Recognitions

August, 2014: Cozen O'Connor Ranked First in Philadelphia, Third Nationally in American Lawyer's Best Places to Work

August, 2014: Forty-one Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America

June, 2014: Cozen O'Connor Named a Pennsylvania Powerhouse by Law360

June, 2014: Cozen O'Connor's Litigation Department Named Litigation Department of the Year by The Legal Intelligencer

May, 2014: Twenty-Nine Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Earn Client Recognition in 2014 Chambers USA Rankings

September, 2013: Cozen O'Connor Ranked Number One in The American Lawyer's Summer Associates Survey

August, 2013: Cozen O'Connor Named Number One in Philadelphia and Number Seven in the Nation in The American Lawyer Mid-Level Associates Survey

August, 2013: Forty-Six Cozen O'Connor Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America

August, 2013: Cozen O'Connor Ranked Number Two Bond Counsel in PA by Thomson Reuters

July, 2013: Cozen O'Connor Named a Best Corporate Law Practice by The Legal Intelligencer

July, 2013: Cozen O'Connor Featured as a "Diversity Advocate" in MultiCultural Law Magazine's 10th Anniversary Issue. Cozen O'Connor was one of only seven law firms in the United States receiving this recognition. MultiCultural Law Magazine is a national publication that focuses on diversity and inclusion within the profession.

June, 2013: Cozen O'Connor Achieves "Hall of Fame" Status in Philadelphia Business Journal's "Healthiest Employers" Assessment

May, 2013: Twenty-Nine Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Earn Client Recognition in 2013 Chambers USA Rankings

May, 2013: Cozen O'Connor's Intellectual Property Team Ranked in the Top 25 Trademark Firms in the U.S. for Trademark Filings in 2012

May, 2013: Cozen O'Connor's Charitable Foundation Recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal for its Charitable Contributions

May, 2013: Cozen O'Connor Receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation

April, 2013: Stephen A. Cozen Awarded Lifetime Achievement by The Legal Intelligencer

January, 2013: Cozen O'Connor Ranks in Top Five for Women in Leadership Positions by The American Lawyer

December, 2012: Six Cozen O'Connor Members Named to SmartCEO's 2012 Legal Elite List

September, 2012: Cozen O'Connor Ranks Number 1 in the Country in The American Lawyer Summer Associate Survey.

September, 2012: Cozen O'Connor Ranks Fifth Nationally, First in Philadelphia, in The American Lawyer Midlevel Associates Survey.

September, 2012: Cozen O'Connor Ranked Ninth in the country in Law Firm Technology by The American Lawyer.

2012: Cozen O'Connor is currently ranked seventh in the country in the Intellectual Property Today survey of top trademark firms.

2012: For the second year in a row, Reactions Magazine has ranked Cozen O'Connor among the top three firms for Reinsurance, Litigation, Insurance-linked Securities and Overall Quality.

July, 2012: Cozen O'Connor Named Finalist in PA Litigation Department of the Year, Featured in The Legal Intelligencer.

June, 2012: Sarah Kelly (Philadelphia) and A. Martin Wickliff (Houston) Named to the International Bar Association's Who's Who of Management Labor & Employment Lawyers.

June, 2012: Twenty-eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Earn Client Recognition in 2012 Chambers USA Rankings. Chambers USA has recognized many Cozen O'Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields, and recognized the firm both nationally and state wide, in practice areas including General Litigation, Commercial Litigation Transportation, Insurance, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Labor & Employment, White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Antitrust, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity, Corporate/M&A : Securities, Real Estate, and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use.

March, 2012: Cozen O'Connor Member, Elena Park, has been named one of 12 members of the Nationalities Service Center Board of Trustees.

February, 2012: Stephen A. Cozen Named Business Leader of the Year by Drexel University's LeBow College of Business.

December, 2011: Cozen O'Connor Associate Lynnette Espy Elected President-Elect of the Gate City Bar Association.

December, 2011: Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog Named Top Law Blogs for 2011.

September, 2011: Cozen O'Connor Named One of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.

July, 2011: Cozen O'Connor Attorney, Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr., named President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association for 2012-2013.


Diversity and Inclusion

Cozen O'Connor is proud of its efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in the bar and takes its responsibility to do so seriously. Recognizing the organizational effectiveness that can come from valuing and promoting differences, Cozen O'Connor prides itself on its commitment to diversity and inclusion and its tradition of employing people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The firm values the breadth of perspectives and the richness of experience made possible by having a diverse complement of lawyers and staff and we believe that this diversity of experience is strength to our firm and the clients we serve.

In order to promote a more diverse and inclusive workplace as well as a diverse bar, the firm established a Diversity Committee in the late 1990s, which is led by the firm's Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Pro Bono. The Diversity Committee comprises attorneys across each of the firm's 23 offices as well as the firm's hiring, marketing and professional development professionals. In addition, there is a Diversity Advisory Committee composed of former Diversity Committee chairs, firm management and persons on the board of directors. The Diversity Committee works closely with firm management to ensure the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts are implemented and that the firm realizes its abiding commitment to recruiting the best team of professionals, to partnering with the communities we represent, and to maximizing the unique potential of each of the attorneys and staff in our employ.

Summer associate program

In 2010, Cozen O'Connor had a class of 15 summer associates. 14 offers were made.

Second year law students are paid $2,600 per week.

2L weekly compensation $2,600

are split summers allowed? No

size of 2010 summer class 15

males 7

females 8

Offers made 14

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