Overview

Introduction

At Cozen O’Connor, attorneys get to tackle exciting legal challenges while maintaining a life outside of work. Associates appreciate the autonomy they are given to do their jobs and the responsibility they are given early in their careers.

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

750 - 1K

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

15

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)

14


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

19 total (14 2Ls; 5 1Ls)


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Base Salary

New York:

Vault Verdict

Whoever said that youth is wasted on the young clearly wasn’t referring to Cozen O’Connor. At just over 50 years old, the firm is definitely young by BigLaw standards, and it capitalizes on that youth. Cozen is agile and responsive to what associates are looking for, as evidenced by the firm’s lower-than-average billable hours requirement and emphasis on a collaborative and collegial environment. The firm seeks associates who can hit the ground running and places a high value on prior work experience, which allows the firm to hand associates the reins early on in their careers. But don’t think Cozen attorneys take themselves too seriously; associates praise the firm’s friendly culture and emphasis on letting individual personalities shine. Work-life balance is a real thing at Coze...

About the Firm

With 30 offices across the U.S., U.K., and Canada, Cozen O’Connor is a full-service law firm. The firm’s client list ranges from Fortune 500 and middle-market firms to startups and individuals.

Supersized

Cozen O’Connor was founded in 1970 by Stephen A. Cozen. The firm originated with four lawyers practicing insurance and commercial litigation. Today, the firm boasts more than 750 lawyers around the world with experience in dozens of practice areas.

From Hard Hats to Policy

Though the firm’s main practice areas are litigation, corporate and regulatory law, and government relations, Cozen O’Connor provides legal assistance in everything from aviation to bankruptcy to cannabis to construction to employment to maritime to pr...

Associate Reviews


  • “Everyone is super nice and interested in you and your growth. The best thing about the firm is that the attorneys are all serious about their work, but they don't let that bleed into their personalities.” 
  • “Cozen is the rare place that walks the walk when it comes to firm culture. I have found Cozen to be committed to associate development, work-life balance, and a basic level of pleasantness and common human decency across the board.In terms of socialization. It is, of course, difficult to describe in the wake of the pandemic. Pre-pandemic, it was a very social firm, and was great about letting associates expense coffees and lunches together or with other colleagues as a form of associate development. During the pandemic, these things were, of course, harder, and we all had to get used to what socialization looked like over Zoom screens. But I did not find that the quality of my relationships with my friends and colleagues particularly suffered; it felt like something we were all shouldering through together.”
  • “Collegial and team-oriented, and people do not take themselves too seriously.”

Diversity at Cozen O'Connor

"Diversity Strategy: Over the years, firm management has communicated the importance of diversity and inclusion initiatives and the executive management team — from the CEO, Managing Partner and beyond, has provided our CDO with the firm's full support. As such, the firm devotes a significant budget to support diversity and inclusion initiatives. So we don't just talk the talk, we walk the walk. As a firm, we strive to build a more inclusive work environment so that we are assembling a team with a rich diversity of..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “The firm is looking for a person they can trust from the outset. This firm trusts associates and gives them consequential work very early in their career, and I think that is why they emphasize professionalism, personality, and actual work experience. This firm does not look for academic drones to eventually push out, but rather self- aware and capable people to encourage them to stay.”
  • “They are looking for someone with impressive experience and who would serve as a great addition to the firm in both personality and ability for success. I had four separate 30-minute interviews with 2–3 partners each as well as a complete background check. The firm also retains a service to look into and verify all prior experience.”
  • “My impression is that we tend to hire laterals who fit in with our culture and are highly regarded in their practice areas.” 

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