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. 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.

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

Cozen values candidates with some work experience under their belt; in other words, those who demonstrate they can handle client interaction right out of the gate. The firm also seeks out associates who want to stick around for a while. Associates describe the culture as collaborative and respectful—this is a firm where people take work, but not themselves, seriously. Partners treat associates well, and leadership provides transparency into the firm’s inner workings when it comes to finances, promotions, and strategy decisions. Although the firm pays below market, associates don’t have many complaints—they feel they receive a fair tradeoff when it comes to work-life balance. Associates get to work on matters commensurate to their capabilities rather than their class year, which me...

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


  • “Cozen offers a collegial environment in which attorneys and staff interact regularly, including lunches and after work engagements. I think that the firm fosters an environment that is not focused on hierarchy and creates a comfortable environment for individuals at all levels.”
  • “Cozen makes a great effort to ensure that everyone treats each other with respect. Firm leadership is personable and funny. The attorneys that we work with are supportive and focused on helping each other grow and stay at the firm.”
  • “Cozen is known for a strong collegial environment—and lives up to the expectation. There's a pervasive open-door policy that allows associates and partners to collaboratively work together. It's the kind of place where I can bounce ideas and questions off of senior partners just by walking by their office.”
  • “The firm is comprised of individuals that take their work, but not themselves, seriously. To that end, associates are encouraged to have lives and interests outside of their jobs and to develop relationships with those they work for.”

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


  • “During my interview, the firm was very interested in my working experience and asked me to describe my prior roles. The firm also was interested in ‘why Cozen’ specifically and why the Philadelphia office. Otherwise, the interview process was pretty informal, and I had the opportunity to talk with the attorneys about their experiences and why they practiced in their particular area.”
  • “For senior roles, expect questions about recent work experience and hypotheticals for your practice area. But most of the interview process was about culture fit. Your resume speaks to your ability to do the substantive work.”
  • “I remember being asked about my writing experience, particularly how I had been practicing my legal writing over the summer and throughout the year.”

Perks & Benefits