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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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Heather Marx

Heather Marx applies her experience in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation to represent a variety of clients. Her practice includes the representation of corporations and individuals in corporate contractual and partnership disputes, customs, imports, and trade matters, real estate and leasing issues, and litigation related to leases and guaranties, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, commercial transactions and disputes, and issues of employment law and benefits.

Heather handles contract disputes, commercial and private loan disputes, business liquidation priority issues, lease obligations, receivership appointments, real estate transactions, insurance claims, import-export contracts and litigation, and employment and labor disputes. Further,...
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Jay A. Dorsch

Jay regularly represents clients in all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation matters and related fiduciary and tax concerns.

Jay has extensive experience with qualified and non-qualified employee benefit plans as well as executive compensation. He represents clients before the IRS, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He has extensive experience handling retirement plans (401(k), profit sharing, 403(b), and defined benefit pension plans) and the employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions, the fiduciary issues pertaining to plan assets, and other commercial transactions. Jay is equally experienced in handling the unique employee benefit...
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Jeffrey Pasek

Jeffrey is a past chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Department. He maintains a national practice of representing employers in all facets of labor and employment law, including the negotiating and drafting of employment agreements for C-suite executives. Jeff has handled collective bargaining negotiations and grievance arbitrations in a variety of industries, including apparel, construction, education, entertainment, food, health care, retail, and transportation. A former management trustee of a nationwide retirement plan, Jeff also has extensive experience in handling withdrawal liability claims involving multi-employer pension plans and litigating fiduciary liability claims under ERISA. 

An active litigator, Jeff...
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Jenna Schaffer

As a former employee benefits consultant and underwriter, Jenna leverages her previous professional experience to better assist her clients. She advises clients on a broad array of employee benefit and executive compensation matters, including ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, the CARES Act, the SECURE Act, HIPAA, Pay vs. Performance SEC Disclosure Rules, and Sections 409A, 401(k), and 280G of the Internal Revenue Code.

Jenna brings more than five years' experience in the health and benefits industry. During that time she gained underwriting experience at an internationally known insurance company, as well as consulting experience at two of the...
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Lynn Krisay Brehm

Lynn Brehm represents a wide range of employers in all facets of the design, implementation, administration, and ongoing compliance of qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and non-qualified executive retirement plans.

Employers rely on Lynn’s depth of knowledge, responsiveness, and her dedication to making their jobs easier every day. She partners with employers in solving problems through understanding and applying the law to the unique aspects of their business and their employees. Lynn is committed to helping her clients use their employee benefits programs to drive the organization’s success. Because of her trustworthiness, reliability and strong commitment...
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Matthew D. Clyde

Matthew Clyde has broad experience with employee benefit matters in corporate acquisitions, dispositions, and mergers; employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs); ERISA fiduciary duties and prohibited transactions; tax, Affordable Care Act and ERISA concerns for employee health and welfare benefit plans; and executive compensation matters.

In addition, Matt assists in strategic planning and advice in employee benefits litigation, including managing claims disputes governed by the ERISA claims and appeals process. He assists employers dealing with audits and inquiries from various federal and state governmental agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation....
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Robert S. Kaplan

Rob advises clients on design, compliance, and operation of qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and nonqualified plans. His clients include public and private companies, boards of directors, compensation committees, and government entities.  Rob has significant experience with IRS and DOL voluntary compliance programs and with ERISA fiduciary rules and best practices.  He regularly advises clients on executive compensation arrangements, including guidance under Internal Revenue Code Sections 409A, 457, and 280G, including equity compensation plans, phantom stock arrangements, and nonqualified supplemental retirement plans.

Rob regularly speaks on plan design, fiduciary governance, and legislative issues and is the...
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