Jeffrey Pasek

Jeffrey I. Pasek is a Member of Cozen O'Connor and served as chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group from 1995 to 2007. He has a national practice representing employers concerning the entire field of labor and employment issues, from collective bargaining to employment-related litigation with particular emphasis in the areas of employment discrimination and non-competition agreements.


Jeff has extensive experience in advising clients on how to avoid litigation and to better position themselves if claims are made. He is frequently consulted when "bet-the-company" legal issues arise or to step in and take over a case on appeal. Representing management in all facets of labor and employment law, Jeff has tried cases and argued appeals in the federal courts throughout the United States, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.


In addition, Jeff co-chairs the firm's Executive Services Practice, which handles the special legal issues surrounding the recruitment, employment and transition of senior executives in publicly and privately held companies. Besides negotiating employment and separation agreements, Jeff also oversees internal corporate investigations involving, whistleblower and harassment allegations.






University of Pennsylvania, 1976, J.D.



University of Pittsburgh, 1973 B.A.



Bar Admissions






New York



New Jersey



U.S. Supreme Court






The Best Lawyers in America (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)



Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)



Chambers and Partners (USA) (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)



A featured speaker before legal and business groups, Jeff has been cited as an authority by the media, including NPR Radio, the Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, the National Law Journal and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.



Jeff is the author of numerous articles, including:



? An Obama Administration's Impact on Labor and Employment Issues, International Review of Employment (Dec.08/Jan.09), co-author with Kimya S.P. Johnson and Andrew J. Rolfes);



? "Sexual Harassment under American Law," 20 Journal of the Chinese Women's University (April, 2008, No. 2);



? "Addressing the Needs of Clients," in The Roles and Motivations of Key Players in Labor Law Situations: Leading Lawyers on Best Practices for Advising Clients, Communicating Effectively, and Managing Client Expectations (Inside the Minds), Aspatore Books (2007);



? "Corporate Investigations: Their Hidden Traps...And How to Avoid Them," The Corporate Counselor (2003);



? "Crisis Management: Human Resource Issues Before and After Catastrophe Strikes," HR Magazine (2002);



? "Competing in the Information Age: Protecting Your Company Against Unfair Competition," Human Resources Emerging Trends and Hottest Issues, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Educational Foundation (1999);



? "Religion in the Workplace," Human Resource Professional, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Jan./Feb. 1997);



? "Risks Associated With Hiring Independent Contractors," Philadelphia Construction News, Vol. 17, No. 64 (Oct. 27, 1993);



? "Compliance By the Private Sector with the Americans with Disabilities Act," Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly (1991);



? "The New Immigration Law: What a General Practitioner Needs to Know," Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly (1987).



From 1998-2002, he co-edited the chapter on Religious Discrimination in Lindholm & Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law published by the Bureau of National Affairs and has participated in researching, drafting, or editing the annual supplements to this text ever since. Jeff also authored chapters on Employment Law and Employment Practices Liability Insurance in @Risk Version 2.0 - The definitive guide to legal issues of insurance and reinsurance of Internet and e-commerce and cyber perils, R. Hammesfahr editor (C) 2002, Reactions Publishing Group Ltd., London. Jeff also served at the editor of the New York Human Resources Manual (2009-2012) and the New Jersey Human Resources Manual (2010-11), published by American Chamber of Commerce Resources, LLC.


Cozen O'Connor

A first-generation firm established in 1970, Cozen O’Connor is a nationally recognized law firm with approximately 750 attorneys in 30 offices across two continents. Ranked among the top law firms in the United States, Cozen O’Connor has gained a national reputation for quality representation of clients in business and litigation matters. Our attorneys handle the most challenging matters for a diverse roster of clients that spans virtually every industry. In an industry built on talk, Cozen O’Connor has made its name by doing.

With the resources of a large law firm and the vigor of a first-generation business, Cozen O’Connor has become a recognized leader in the legal industry, with an excellent reputation for trial advocacy and a flourishing litigation practice. With more attorneys in the American College of Trial Lawyers and more attorneys who have led major trials than any other similarly sized firm, we can boast litigators who are distinguished among their peers, both for their trial advocacy skills and for their aggressive and innovative representation of clients in areas such as labor and employment, securities and financial services litigation, aviation, construction law, subrogation, coverage, trade secrets, white collar and complex criminal defense, and products liability.

Our wide range of experience means that clients turn to us to succeed in high-stakes business matters. We are proud to boast an international roster of business clients who rely upon our guidance in the most complex areas of business law.

Though Cozen O’Connor has grown dramatically over the last few decades, our full-service approach to the law will never change. We have the attorneys, the offices and the knowledge to offer our clients counseling, advice and trial advocacy across a broad range of practices.

Mission and Core Values

Built on a foundation of uncompromising effort, integrity and work product, Cozen O’Connor embraces a culture that is entrepreneurial in spirit, cohesive in operation and familial at heart.

We continually reinforce our reputation for excellent service through the effective representation of our clients, providing an enriching and rewarding work environment for our employees and an unyielding commitment to our profession and our community.

By embodying and inspiring our core values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, community service and collegiality, we are certain to ensure Cozen O’Connor’s continued success and growth.

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