James Potts has joined Cozen O'Connor's business department bringing with him nearly 15 years of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and restructuring, and governance and regulatory compliance experience. Mr. Potts will co-chair one of the firm's strategic business units that provides commercial, transactional and regulatory services to the firm's financial, insurance and brokerage clients. He will manage the unit from Cozen O'Connor's Philadelphia office, along with the unit's co-chair and longtime firm member Francine Semaya, who works in the firm's New York City office.
Prior to joining Cozen, Mr. Potts was a partner in the corporate law practice at both Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP and Duane Morris LLP.
Also joining Mr. Potts as a member of the business department is Garland Pezzuolo, who practiced law at Cozen O'Connor for seven years in the 1990s. Mr. Pezzuolo left Cozen for 11 years to serve in executive and in-house counsel positions at publicly traded insurance companies including United America Indemnity Group, Inc. and Penn-America Group, Inc.