Stephen A. Cozen
One Liberty Place
1650 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Where Stephen Works: Pennsylvania
Stephen A. Cozen is the Founder and Chairman of Cozen O'Connor, a Philadelphia-based law firm with 23 offices throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Under Steve's leadership, the firm has grown from just four attorneys in 1970 to its present complement of more than 575 attorneys. Originally a boutique firm specializing in insurance related and commercial litigation, today Cozen O'Connor is a full-service law firm serving its clients' needs in business and corporate matters; securities; bankruptcy; insolvency and restructuring; real estate; tax; public and project finance; health law; labor and employment matters; intellectual property; government relations, and trusts and estates.
An accomplished litigator and counselor, Steve is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a designation held by only the most respected and experienced court room practitioners, and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and Litigation Counsel of America. He is also well-recognized as a consummate strategist, an appellate advocate, and is frequently called upon for specialized appellate advice, counsel and oral advocacy before both State and Federal appellate courts. Steve is a nationally recognized lecturer and author on a wide variety of legal and litigation issues, and judicial opinions frequently cite his articles and texts as authoritative references.
In connection with government relations, Steve has served as chair of the Department of Energy Advisory Committee on Fire Safety, and the Insurance Department Transition Team for Governor Rendell in Pennsylvania.
Steve has also been an important player in major financial transactions, including one of the largest national sports deals in recent history: the purchase of the Philadelphia 76ers by Spectacor and the sale of its arena sports franchise (Philadelphia Flyers) to Comcast.
Steve serves on numerous education and philanthropic boards, including The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Federation of Jewish Agencies, The National Museum of American Jewish History and the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School Board of Overseers. Steve also spearheaded the development of the Samuel D. Cozen Memorial Police Athletic League Center and is actively involved with the organization. He is a member of the Board of Counselors of the University of Southern California and the reconstituted board of directors for the Shoah Foundation, and currently serves on the boards of Assured Guaranty Ltd., United America Indemnity Ltd., and Haverford Trust Company.
Steve has received many awards for his skills and leadership, both within the legal arena and in the community as a whole. In 2002, he was awarded The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) highest honor – The 25th Annual Americanism Award, and named to the lists of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2006), The National Law Journal’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America (2000), The Best Lawyers in America, and "Pennsylvania Super Lawyers" (2006-present). In addition, in 2006, the firm made a gift to the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Steve’s honor, establishing the Stephen A. Cozen Professorship of Law, and most recently, he was honored with the 2008 Musser Excellence in Leadership Award from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.