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November 12, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cozen O'Connor said Monday that James D. Schultz, since 2012 general counsel to Gov. Corbett, had returned to the firm to serve as chair of its government law and regulatory affairs practice. As general counsel, Schultz was the chief legal adviser for the executive branch of state government and in that role he supervised some 500 lawyers serving in 36 executive branch agencies and independent boards and commissions. Prior to this service in the Corbett administration, Schultz had been a litigator with Cozen O'Connor.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2011 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Cozen O'Connor law firm announced what it said was a succession plan Wednesday in which Michael Heller, chair of the business law department, will take on additional responsibilities as president, and Vince McGuinness will become managing partner. Tad Decker, who will give up the title of president but remain chief executive officer, said the two had been involved in strategic planning at the firm for some time, and that the announcement of a succession plan portended no major changes.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2007 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After decades under the control of two strong-willed, entrepreneurial leaders, a changing of the guard is under way at the Cozen O'Connor law firm, a Philadelphia institution that has grown from a handful of lawyers to one of the largest firms in the nation. The firm has announced a huge reorganization that dilutes control of founding member Stephen Cozen and Patrick O'Connor, and today will disclose that it has named its first board of directors as part of the transition. Sometime next month, the firm also is expected to name a new chief executive officer who will handle much of the day-to-day management and join the 16-member board.
NEWS
June 21, 2011
Cozen O'Connor, a 575-lawyer firm based in Center City, said today it will expand its New York office with 19 lawyers from Cohen Pontani Lieberman & Pavane L.L.P., a high profile intellectual property law firm based in New York, effective July 1. The Cohen Pontani firm represents domestic and foreign clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical device, automotive and telecommunications industries, among others, in patent prosecutions, licensing...
BUSINESS
January 23, 1998 | By Rosland Briggs, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Center City law firm of Cozen & O'Connor said yesterday it would hire most of Sherr, Joffe & Zuckerman's 25 lawyers, including the West Conshohocken firm's three named partners. The addition of the 18 lawyers will give Cozen & O'Connor its first suburban Philadelphia office and an international estates and tax component that will allow it to open an office in London, said Joseph Gerber, chairman of client relations and business development at Cozen & O'Conner. Stanley Joffe, a partner at Sherr, Joffe & Zuckerman, said the firm chose to join Cozen & O'Connor in order to expand.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2009 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What with layoffs, deferments, and daily industrywide hand-wringing, it would seem this isn't an opportune time to start practicing law. But that is not the way David Girard-diCarlo sees it. Girard-diCarlo, the former managing partner and chairman of the Blank Rome L.L.P. law firm and a primary fund-raiser for former President George W. Bush, said that because the economic downturn had greatly sharpened competition, businesses that succeeded in these hard times would do so on merit.
NEWS
August 15, 2008 | By Chris Mondics
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER An ambitious lawsuit by the Philadelphia firm of Cozen O'Connor blaming the government of Saudi Arabia for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was dealt a sharp setback yesterday when a federal appeals court ruled that the desert kingdom could not be sued for acts of terrorism. The ruling followed years of hard-fought litigation in which lawyers for Cozen and other firms representing Sept. 11 victims traveled the globe tracking down witnesses with information about how Saudi money found its way to al Qaeda.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1995 | By Julie Stoiber, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cozen & O'Connor, which built its reputation defending insurance companies in litigation, took another step yesterday in its drive to become a full- service law office by luring big names from other firms. It snagged Neal D. Colton, 50, chairman of the bankruptcy department at Dechert Price & Rhoads, who represented the Foundation for New Era Philanthropy when it went under last spring. Colton has spent his entire 25-year career at Dechert, the city's second- largest firm.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2012 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cozen O'Connor announced completion of a multiyear succession plan Monday, with Michael Heller taking on responsibilities as chief executive officer and the current CEO, Thomas A. "Tad" Decker, stepping down to become vice chairman, effective Jan. 1. The announcement brings to a conclusion leadership changes begun in 2007 when Patrick O'Connor and founding member Stephen Cozen announced a reorganization that gave more control to other senior lawyers...
BUSINESS
August 22, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The law firm Cozen O'Connor grew up in the Philadelphia Stock Exchange building at 1900 Market St., where its lawyers have slowly replaced over the last 31 years the bright-jacketed options traders who used to dominate both the basement trading floor (now owned by Nasdaq) and the upstairs office suites. Last month, the firm, which has grown to 173 "shareholder" partners, 376 additional lawyers, and 620 support staff, announced it will move to rebuilt space at One Liberty Place when its lease expires in three years.
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BUSINESS
January 28, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Blank Rome, a Center City-based law firm with 550 lawyers, is reportedly in merger talks with Washington-based Dickstein Shapiro, and a deal could be announced within weeks. A national firm with a substantial regulatory practice in Washington, Dickstein has been plagued in recent years by partner defections. It once had as many as 500 lawyers, but has now dwindled to about 150. Blank Rome declined to comment on the merger talks, first reported by Bloomberg News, but a person familiar with the situation said that no final decision had been reached and that the talks could break off without an agreement.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2016
In the Region Crozer-Keystone Health sold Crozer-Keystone Health System signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. of Los Angeles, the Delaware County organization said Friday. The nonprofit system includes Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Springfield Hospital in Springfield, and Community Hospital in Chester. Prospect has agreed to invest at least $200 million during the next five years in Crozer facilities, which have been starved of capital investment, according to Moody's Investors Service . Prospect, which owns 13 hospitals in California, Texas, and Rhode Island, also agreed to provide $100 million for Crozer's pension liability and will pay all benefits to beneficiaries within five years of closing, Crozer said.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
An affiliate of Maguire Hayden Real Estate Co. has paid $98.4 million for the 300 Four Falls office building in West Conshohocken, according to Cozen O'Connor, which represented the buyer in the deal. Maguire Hayden closed Friday on the seven-story, 298,482-square-foot property, Cozen O'Connor said in a release. The property is the biggest Class A office buiding in the West Conshohocken market, it said. The building was sold by a consortium of investors whose interests in the property were managed by National Asset Services of Los Angeles, Cozen O'Connor said.
BUSINESS
December 31, 2015
Increases in starting salaries in 2015 for first-year associate lawyers in Philadelphia:                                Starting Salary Firm                         2014       2015 Dechert                      $145,000    $160,000 Pepper Hamilton             $140,000    $150,000 Drinker Biddle & Reath       $145,000    $160,000...
BUSINESS
December 16, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITER
The Center City law firm Fox Rothschild said it would merge with the Minneapolis-based Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly in January, bringing the number of lawyers at the Philadelphia firm to more than 700. Fox Rothschild has been on a steady growth trajectory since early 2014, when the number of lawyers stood at 530. Its strategy of focusing on a large and diverse group of clients, many of them privately held businesses, has helped to insulate it...
NEWS
December 11, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Temple University Faculty Senate has passed a motion that "condemns" Bill Cosby in connection with the sexual assault allegations against him and board of trustees chairman Patrick O'Connor for representing him while they both served as university trustees. The faculty vote comes amid ongoing criticism of the university for failing to denounce Cosby, accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women over several decades, Art Hochner, president of the Temple faculty union, said Wednesday.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2015
Public Interest Law Center , Philadelphia, has elected the following board members: Judy Yun, senior counsel at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; Matthew Glazer, a member at the law firm Cozen O'Connor; and Michael McKeever, CEO and managing shareholder of KML Law Group P.C. Roger LaMay, general manager of WXPN in Philadelphia, has been named chair of the National Public Radio board of directors in Washington. He will continue his three-year term as board member. The NPR board guides the direction of the public broadcaster, setting policies and strategy, providing financial oversight, and monitoring performance.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Catherine Botticelli has seen some big changes in Washington since she started working there as a lawyer in the 1990s. The reach of Washington regulators has extended and so has their scrutiny of U.S. businesses. More and more, oversight agencies and law enforcement go after not only companies but also the people who run them. "After the [2008] credit crisis, there was this sense that people commit wrongful acts, not just companies," said Botticelli, a senior partner at Dechert L.L.P., a global law firm based in University City.
NEWS
October 28, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Debbie K. Lubonski, 60, of Easton, Md., who rose to manager of information systems while at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1991 to 1995, died of complications from cancer on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "The most important characteristic" that Ms. Lubonski showed over the years, Harvey Brodovsky said, "is courage. " Dr. Brodovsky, whose speciality was oncology, said he was her physician from the time she graduated from high school until he retired.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge in Manhattan has dismissed the government of Saudi Arabia as a defendant in a long running lawsuit alleging it was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Federal District Judge George Daniels said on Tuesday that the plaintiffs failed to show the desert kingdom participated in the plot. It was the second time in the 12-year litigation battle that Saudi Arabia has been been dropped as a defendant. It was first dismissed in 2005, but later restored as a defendant by an appeals panel.
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