82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

PHILADELPHIA, May 26, 2021 — Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally. Those 15 attorneys include, Mark Atwood (Aviation: Regulatory), Joseph Bedwick (Cannabis Law: Eastern United States) Paul Connell (State Attorneys General), Geoffrey D. Ferrer (Shipping/Maritime: Finance), Bruce W. Ficken (Construction), Marc J. Fink (Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory), Susan A. Grueneberg (Franchising), David Heffernan (Aviation: Regulatory), Lori Kalani (State Attorneys General), Jeffrey F. Lawrence (Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory), Milton Marquis (State Attorneys General) Anne Mickey (Shipping/Maritime: Finance), Bernard Nash (State Attorneys General), Wayne Rohde (Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory) and Rachel Welford (Aviation: Regulatory).

Twenty Cozen O’Connor attorneys were recognized in the Band 1 ranking for Chambers USA, the highest ranking achievable, which is based on an assessment of a the attorney’s technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence commitment, and other factors. Those 20 attorneys include, Joseph C. Bright (Tax), Susan N. Eisenberg (Labor & Employment), Gregory Eisenstark (Energy & Natural Resources), Bruce W. Ficken (Construction), James A. Gale (Intellectual Property), Jeremiah G. Garvey (Corporate/M&A & Private Equity), Susan A. Grueneberg (Franchising) David Heffernan (Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory), Fred Jacoby (Construction), Mark Jacobson (Antitrust), Lori Kalani (State Attorneys General), Jeffrey F. Lawrence (Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory), Kenan G. Loomis (Insurance), Ira Megdal (Energy & Natural Resources), Bernard Nash (State Attorneys General), Stephen M. Seeger (Construction), Robert A. Silverman (Real Estate), Joseph Tilson (Labor & Employment), James R. Williams (Real Estate), and Thomas Witt (Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use).

In addition to the individual lawyer rankings, Chambers USA has ranked 19 of Cozen O’Connor’s practice areas, seven of which have been recognized nationally. The guide’s nationwide tables, “focus on those firms that are the country’s best in their respective areas of practice.”

Chambers USA ranking tables are based on “assessment of a firm’s work and opinions from external market sources, with an emphasis on client feedback.” In order to be ranked in the guide, lawyers and firms are required to demonstrate “sustained excellence.”

PRACTICE GROUPS RECOGNIZED

USA- Nationwide

  • Corporate Crime & Investigations : Highly Regarded
  • Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer
  • Labor & Employment
  • State Attorneys General
  • Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory
  • Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Finance
  • Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory

California

  • Labor & Employment

Delaware

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring

District of Columbia

  • Construction
  • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Florida

  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment

Illinois

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Labor & Employment: The Elite

New Jersey

  • Energy & Natural Resources

New York

  • Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded

Pennsylvania

  • Construction
  • Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

Texas

  • Insurance

INDIVIDUAL LAWYER RANKINGS

Nationwide

  • Mark Atwood (Aviation: Regulatory)
  • Joseph Bedwick (Cannabis Law: Eastern United States)
  • Paul Connell (State Attorneys General)
  • Geoffrey D. Ferrer (Shipping/Maritime: Finance)
  • Bruce W. Ficken (Construction)
  • Marc J. Fink (Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory)
  • Susan A. Grueneberg (Franchising)
  • David Heffernan (Aviation: Regulatory)
  • Lori Kalani (State Attorneys General)
  • Jeffrey F. Lawrence (Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory)
  • Milton Marquis (State Attorneys General)
  • Anne Mickey (Shipping/Maritime: Finance)
  • Bernard Nash (State Attorneys General)
  • Wayne Rohde (Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory)
  • Rachel Welford (Aviation: Regulatory)

California

  • Walter Stella (Labor & Employment)

Delaware

  • Mark E. Felger (Bankruptcy/ Restructuring)

District of Columbia

  • Barry Boss (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)
  • Rebecca Brodey (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)
  • Jesse Keene (Construction)
  • Lawrence M. Prosen (Construction)
  • Stephen M. Seeger (Construction)
  • Nicole Sprinzen (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)
  • Barbara Van Gelder (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)
  • Benjamin L. Williams (Construction)

Florida

  • Scott Bettridge (Immigration)
  • Susan N. Eisenberg (Labor & Employment)
  • James A. Gale (Intellectual Property)
  • A. Kenneth Levine (Insurance)
  • Samuel A. Lewis (Intellectual Property)
  • Martin Schrier (Corporate/M&A & Private Equity)
  • Jennifer M. Taylor (Labor & Employment)

Georgia

  • Kenan G. Loomis (Insurance)

Illinois

  • Robert M. Fishman (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)
  • Jeremy Glenn (Labor & Employment)
  • Mark L. Radtke (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)
  • Brian L. Shaw (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)
  • Joseph Tilson (Labor & Employment)
  • Anna Wermuth (Labor & Employment)

Minnesota

  • Christopher Bellini (Corporate/M&A)
  • Mark Jacobson (Antitrust)

New Jersey

  • Michael J. Connolly (Energy & Natural Resources)
  • Gregory Eisenstark (Energy & Natural Resources)
  • Ira Megdal (Energy & Natural Resources)

New York

  • Martin Bloor (Litigation: White- Collar Crime & Government Investigations)

Pennsylvania

  • Joseph C. Bright (Tax)
  • Richard J. Busis (Corporate/M&A: Securities)
  • Stephen A. Cozen (Insurance)
  • Kenneth A. Cushing (Construction)
  • Alfred J. D’Angelo Jr. (Labor & Employment)
  • Raymond L. DeLuca (Construction)
  • Bruce W. Ficken (Construction)
  • Thomas Gallagher (Tax)
  • Mark Gallant (Health Care)
  • Thomas S. Giotto (Labor & Employment)
  • Howard Grossman (Real Estate)
  • Michael J. Hanlon (Labor & Employment)
  • Fred Jacoby (Construction)
  • Daniel V. Johns (Labor & Employment)
  • Sandra L. Kelly (Real Estate)
  • Jeffrey A. Leonard (Real Estate)
  • Elizabeth A. Malloy (Labor & Employment)
  • Camille Miller (Intellectual Property)
  • Stephen A. Miller (Litigation: White- Collar Crime & Government Investigations)
  • Jeffrey Pasek (Labor & Employment)
  • Chris Raphaely (Health Care)
  • Jason M Shargel (Corporate/M&A: Securities)
  • Adam M Silverman (Real Estate)
  • Robert A Silverman (Real Estate, Real Estate: Finance)
  • Richard J. Silpe (Tax)
  • Cheryl Upham (Tax)
  • James R. Williams (Real Estate)
  • Thomas Witt (Real Estate: Zoning/ Land Use)

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia & Surrounds

  • Stephen A. Cozen (Litigation: General Commercial)
  • Michael Heller (Corporate/M&A & Private Equity)
  • Larry P Laubach(Corporate/M&A & Private Equity)
  • Suzanne S. Mayes (Banking & Finance)

Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh & Surrounds

  • Jeremiah G Garvey (Corporate/M&A & Private Equity)

Texas

  • Alicia Curran (Insurance)
  • Stephen Pate (Insurance)
  • A. Martin Wickliff (Labor & Employment)
  • Joseph Ziemianski (Insurance)

Washington

  • Frank Abramonte (Intellectual Property)

Science Center and Alira Health Establish Strategic Partnership to Accelerate MedTech Commercialization

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The University City Science Center, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit with over 60 years of experience advancing the commercialization of promising technologies, and Alira Health, a leading international healthcare and life sciences advisory firm, are joining forces to support Philadelphia-based life sciences and medical technology startups.

Through this partnership, Alira Health will leverage its expertise and deep connections within the healthcare and life sciences industry to support Science Center portfolio companies including members of the ic@3401 incubator and the Launch Lane cohort. Alira Health will offer a suite of advisory support, including expertise related to regulatory and clinical affairs, market access, reimbursement, in addition to health economics and outcomes research (HEOR).

“The Science Center’s partnership with Alira Health is a significant value-add for our portfolio companies, enabling them to more efficiently transition their technologies into the marketplace,” says Science Center President & CEO, Tiffany Wilson. “As we push further into the MedTech space, gaining access to Alira Health’s expertise is a win for Philadelphia’s life sciences ecosystem and positions our companies for the best chance of success.”

“Our partnership with the Science Center reinforces our commitment to fostering entrepreneurs in the development of innovative technologies in MedTech,” said David Uffer, Senior Partner and VP of MedTech, Alira Health. “The suite of programs they have developed to further their mission of supporting companies on their path to commercialization is exemplary in the Greater Philadelphia market. We are pleased to offer our practice leaders across our service offerings to advance this effort.”

In addition to individualized pro bono support of Science Center portfolio companies, David Uffer will hold office hours at the June 17th Venture Café Thursday Gathering focused on the MedTech sector. More info here.

The Science Center offers a suite of commercialization programs that are collectively designed to identify, support, and commercialize the most promising technologies. Supporting life sciences, MedTech, and tech-enabled startups, the Science Center helps put teams into place, identify early resources, and connect founders with its vast network of academic and research institutions and industry partners. Over the last ten years, the Science Center has supported over 600 startups and invested $13.4 million with over $1 billion raised in follow-on funds.

About the Science Center
Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit that commercializes promising technology, cultivates talent and convenes people to inspire action. For over 50 years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development across the emerging technology sectors. As a result, Science Center-supported companies account for one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. By providing the right help at the right time, the Science Center is turning bright ideas into businesses and nurturing a workforce to support our 21st century economy. Visit sciencecenter.org to learn more.

About Alira Health
Alira Health is an international advisory firm on the frontlines of healthcare transformation. They provide a suite of integrated services designed to help healthcare and life science companies innovate and grow across their solutions lifecycle.

Alira Health was founded in 1999 and is based in Framingham, MA, U.S. Offices are located in San Francisco, CA, U.S.; Paris, France; Barcelona, Spain; Munich, Germany; Milan, Italy; and Basel and Geneva, Switzerland.

Learn more at https://www.alirahealth.com/.

2020 Philadelphia Venture Report

Detailed analysis of key trends in the Philadelphia MSA from last year

Philadelphia, March 2, 2021 – The PACT 2020 Philadelphia Venture Report is now available, powered by PitchBook Data and breaking down all key trends in the Philly MSA from last year.

At $1.8 billion invested across 221 venture financings for the year, Philly’s VC and emerging tech ecosystem concluded a turbulent 2020 on a resilient note, helping to push the average disclosed round value to $8.1 million. Moreover, the region’s companies generated more liquidity for investors on an annual basis than ever before: $3.7 billion in aggregate value across 19 exits.

The 2020 Philadelphia Venture Report uncovers the underlying drivers of the robust Philly ecosystem, exploring datasets ranging from VC activity by sector to the sustained rise in the participation of outside investors.

Additional highlights include:

  • Analysis of the drivers behind Philly’s angel & seed VC deal activity
  • A deep dive on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region’s emerging tech community
  • Examination of the annual growth in funding for the life sciences over the past decade

“Philadelphians embody grittiness. In 2020, the MSA posted record seed and angel deal activity, signaling no slowdown to the startup scene and the rapid response its healthcare and biopharma communities had to COVID-19 and ongoing unmet patient needs,” shared PACT President and CEO Dean Miller. “We thank Pitchbook and our sponsors for their partnership and look forward to working with the region to continue to elevate Philadelphia together!”

Read the full 2020 Philadelphia Venture Report

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About Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT)
PACT’s vision is to be the go-to resource for fast growing companies, and a driver of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Philadelphia region. PACT provides its members with valuable content and connections to capital, coaching, and customers that will accelerate their growth and success, and to collaborate with other organizations to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. www.philadelphiapact.com

Media Contact:
Chris Cantz
215-790-3807
ccantz@philadelphiapact.com

 

Report Sponsors

 

PACT Tracks Outstanding Results for Philly Capital in New Venture Report

Breaking down all key trends in Philly MSA from 2019, powered by PitchBook Data

February 18, 2020 (Philadelphia, PA) — PACT announces the release of its 2019 Philadelphia Venture Report with data produced by PitchBook. Philadelphia’s “grit” sets the region apart and this report showcases how Philadelphians are increasingly using their inner grit and industry passion to fuel innovation. It identifies key trends and advancements in Philadelphia’s 2019 capital activity. The report was sponsored by 11 organizations: Bridge Bank, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA, BioAdvance, CEO Council for Growth, EY, Janney Montgomery Scott, Life Sciences PA, Penn Medicine, Toppan Merrill, University City Science Center, and Wilson Sonsini.

According to PitchBook’s data:

At $2.5 billion invested across 225 venture financings, Philly’s venture ecosystem closed out a record 2019 for both dollars invested and the number of deals closed. Philadelphia is firmly in the top ten venture capital markets in the U.S. ranking 7th in dollars invested in 2019. Moreover, the region’s pharma & biotech sector commanded more than $1 billion in overall deal value, also setting a record.

The 2019 Philadelphia Venture Report uncovers the underlying drivers of the robust Philly ecosystem, exploring datasets ranging from VC activity by sector to the sustained rise in the participation of outside investors.

Additional highlights include:

  • goPuff’s massive $750M investment from SoftBank
  • Analysis of the drivers behind Philly’s angel & seed VC deal activity
  • Highlight of the growing capital flowing to Philadelphia startups from other top markets
  • Examination of the annual growth in corporate venture investment over the past decade

“The Philadelphia entrepreneurial community is no longer the ‘best kept secret.’ From cutting edge cell and gene therapy to enterprise software and even digital convenience delivery, Philadelphia’s entrepreneurs are setting the pace for innovation, fundraising and deals,” shared PACT President and CEO Dean Miller. “We thank Pitchbook and our sponsors for their partnership and look forward to working with the region to continue to elevate Philadelphia together!”

The full report is now available. Click here: https://philadelphiapact.com/2019-philadelphia-venture-report/

About the Contributors:

PitchBook

PitchBook is a financial data and software company that provides transparency into the capital markets to help professionals discover and execute opportunities with confidence and efficiency. PitchBook collects and analyzes detailed data on the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape—including public and private companies, investors, funds, investments, exits and people. The company’s data and analysis are available through the PitchBook Platform, industry news and in-depth reports. Founded in 2007, PitchBook has offices in Seattle, San Francisco, New York and London and serves more than 23,000 professionals around the world. In 2016, Morningstar acquired PitchBook, which now operates as an independent subsidiary. https://pitchbook.com/

Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT)

PACT’s vision is to be the go-to resource for fast growing companies, and a driver of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Philadelphia region. PACT provides its members with valuable content and connections to capital, talent, and customers that will accelerate their growth and success, and to collaborate with other organizations to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. www.philadelphiapact.com

Media Contact:

Amanda Nardi Di Filippo

609-790-6206

adifilippo@philadelphiapact.com

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2019 Philadelphia Venture Report

The PACT 2019 Philadelphia Venture Report is now available, powered by PitchBook Data and breaking down all key trends in the Philly MSA from last year.

At $2.5 billion invested across 225 venture financings, Philly’s venture ecosystem closed out a record 2019 for both dollars invested and the number of deals closed. Philadelphia is firmly in the top ten venture capital markets in the U.S. ranking 7th in dollars invested in 2019. Moreover, the region’s pharma & biotech sector commanded more than $1 billion in overall deal value, also setting a record.

The 2019 Philadelphia Venture Report uncovers the underlying drivers of the robust Philly ecosystem, exploring datasets ranging from VC activity by sector to the sustained rise in the participation of outside investors.

Additional highlights include:

  • goPuff’s massive $750M investment from SoftBank
  • Analysis of the drivers behind Philly’s angel & seed VC deal activity
  • Highlight of the growing capital flowing to Philadelphia startups from other top markets
  • Examination of the annual growth in corporate venture investment over the past decade

“The Philadelphia entrepreneurial community is no longer the ‘best kept secret.’ From cutting edge cell and gene therapy to enterprise software and even digital convenience delivery, Philadelphia’s entrepreneurs are setting the pace for innovation, fundraising and deals,” shared PACT President and CEO Dean Miller. “We thank Pitchbook and our sponsors for their partnership and look forward to working with the region to continue to elevate Philadelphia together!”

Read the full 2019 Philadelphia Venture Report.

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Safeguard Scientifics leads $750,000 Seed Financing for MedCrypt, an early-stage medical device software security company

Core technology will secure communications between clinicians and connected medical devices at health systems

Philadelphia, PA and San Diego, CA, September 13, 2016 — MedCrypt, an early-stage medical device software security company, today announced the closing of $750,000 in seed round financing led by Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE) and a group of angel investors. Proceeds will be used to conduct commercial pilots with leading medical device vendors.

“The increased use of, and dependency on, connected devices at hospitals and health systems has revealed security risks and vulnerabilities, consequently putting patient safety at risk,” said Mike Kijewski, co-founder and CEO of MedCrypt. “While it’s distressing to think about a hacker remotely disabling a medical device, it’s far more unnerving to consider a hacker silently taking over a device and sending it malicious instructions, resulting in a patient’s injury or worse, death. MedCrypt’s software allows manufacturers to authenticate users, encrypt data, and cryptographically sign settings and patient prescriptions. MedCrypt also has the ability to monitor transactions between clinicians and devices for malicious behavior, protecting struggling health networks from unforeseen cyber threats. Our technology is designed to ensure that only instructions from a trusted source are executed by the medical device.”

Click here to read the full press release.