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Cozen O'Connor attorneys handle all manner of complex litigation, including class actions, mass torts, and consolidated federal multidistrict litigation. We have experience in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels, and our attorneys are routinely selected to serve as lead trial counsel and/or national coordinating counsel on behalf of sophisticated corporate entities.
We represent venture funds, banks and financial institutions, manufacturers and distributors of consumer products and medical devices, biotech and pharmaceutical companies, health care providers, real estate and construction firms, and other public and private companies. We handle complex litigation in a broad range of legal areas, including antitrust, consumer fraud, employment discrimination, mass disasters, mass torts, toxic torts, products liability, professional negligence, securities fraud, and unfair competition.
In today’s fast-paced environment, mobility, accessibility, and efficiency are essential. Cozen O’Connor has 400 litigators in 23 offices on two continents. We are ideally positioned to respond to claims immediately, wherever and whenever they may arise. The firm’s internal systems are designed to support quick formation of multijurisdictional and cross-specialty teams. We help clients determine their objectives and undertake early investigative work because prompt case assessment minimizes costs and puts our clients in a more favorable position.
Cozen O’Connor attorneys have extensive experience as lead trial counsel in complex litigation. And, unlike many competitors, Cozen O’Connor’s trial attorneys actually try cases. Our seasoned litigators have tried cases in virtually every state in the United States as well as in the United Kingdom and Canada. We have led trials with billions of dollars at stake and have successfully defeated other internationally renowned complex litigation counsel in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. When appropriate, we make use of alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration. Our success rate employing such methods is bolstered by our adversaries’ knowledge that we will settle only to serve our clients’ best interests, not to avoid court.
The firm acts as national coordinating counsel for major corporations. In that role, our attorneys develop detailed institutional knowledge of client products and services, operations, personnel, and goals. We work closely with clients to create standard case-handling guidelines, from the process for reviewing motion drafts to the manner of handling witness depositions, in order to streamline communication and create efficiencies. All of a client’s litigation is channeled through a primary litigation team that ensures that common legal issues are handled in a consistent fashion and that there is no duplication of efforts.
Although our clients demand the highest-quality legal services, cost containment and budget predictability are also important concerns for well-managed companies. Particularly in complex litigation, where the full scope of a problem may not be immediately clear, Cozen O’Connor works closely with clients to develop litigation strategies that limit exposure and prevent escalation. We communicate regularly with clients about strategy and ongoing claims management, and carefully adhere to clients’ internal litigation management requirements.
Handle all manner of complex litigation, including class actions, mass torts, and consolidated federal multidistrict litigation
Represent clients in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels, and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as mediation and arbitration
Serve as lead trial counsel and/or national coordinating counsel
Litigate complex cases in diverse legal areas, including antitrust, consumer fraud, employment discrimination, mass torts, products liability, professional negligence, securities fraud, and franchise disputes