Longtime Dechert Litigator Moves to Cozen O'Connor
Jeffrey G. Weil has spent more than 30 years in Dechert's trial group in Philadelphia - his whole career in fact.
The senior partner will enter the doors of a new law firm tomorrow, however, as he starts as a member in, and chairman of, Cozen O'Connor's commercial litigation practice.
The firm said in a statement that it hopes to have Weil anchor the future growth of the Cozen O'Connor's national commercial litigation practice.
Weil said in a statement it was the quality and depth of the Cozen O'Connor trial lawyers' experience that attracted him to the firm. After 32 years at Dechert, he said, he was considering alternatives to best serve his clients in the wake of a changing focus at some large, international firms.
"As Cozen O'Connor has grown into a national operation and has become recognized as a litigation powerhouse, it has created a unique business platform that makes economic sense for the clients served by attorneys like me," Weil said in the statement. "Given Cozen O'Connor's commitment to quality, and its demonstrated skills in litigation, I'm glad to bring my clients here and to discuss opportunities at the firm with other like-minded lawyers."
While at Dechert, Weil served at various times as a member of the firm's executive committee and chairman of its hiring committee. He also served as the firm's ethics and malpractice partner.
He has focused on the representation of defendants in class actions, particularly in the areas of securities, antitrust, and other business dispute cases. Some of his cases include an antitrust case for Ford Motor Company, a price-fixing case for US Airways and more than a dozen class action victories, without a defeat, for Philip Morris.
Read more about the move in The Legal later this week.
-- Gina Passarella, Senior Staff Reporter