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Cozen Raids IP Litigation Boutique in NYC, Takes Away 19 of 27 Lawyers, Including 5 Senior Partners

Posted Jun 21, 2011 6:48 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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In a raid that is expected to significantly enhance its intellectual property litigation team, Philadelphia-based Cozen O'Connor has lured away most of the lawyers from Cohen Pontani Lieberman & Pavane.

The New York City IP litigation boutique is losing 19 of its 27 lawyers to Cozen, including five senior partners, reports the Am Law Daily.

The raid will leave Cozen, which plans further expansion in New York, with a total of 24 full-time IP and patent lawyers in New York and 33 throughout the firm. Since the new hires, it has about 550 attorneys in more than 20 offices, most of which are in the United States.

Lead partners exiting Cohn Pontani couldn't be reached for comment. A total of eight lawyers, including one partner, are not making the move. Cozen president Thomas "Tad" Decker said in an interview with the Legal Intelligencer (sub. req.) that Cohen Pontani may soon dissolve.

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