Cozen O'Connor member Lynette D. Espy has been elected treasurer of the Gate City Bar Association, the oldest African-American bar association in the state of Georgia. Gate City was organized in 1948 by ten African-American lawyers to provide the educational, social and community involvement of a professional association for African American lawyers, who had been excluded from participating in the segregated bar association in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia.
Ms. Espy is an associate in the General Litigation Department at Cozen O'Connor. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation and has experience in litigating a wide variety of commercial matters, including those pertaining to products liability.
Cozen O'Connor member Thomas G. Wilkinson recently served as a panelist for "Breaking Impasse in Mediation" at the American Bar Association's (ABA) 7th Annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute. Mr. Wilkinson and other panelists presented practice pointers on how to avoid impasse in mediating difficult cases. The Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute is a comprehensive program for mediators, litigators, judges and in-house counsel that utilizes faculty to present the latest research, best practices, new approaches and core competencies in the field.
A member in the firm's Philadelphia office, Mr. Wilkinson heads the alternative dispute resolution practice and is a member of the commercial litigation group. He concentrates his practice in business litigation, business torts, complex insurance coverage and professional responsibility matters. He is a member of the panel of Commerce Program Judges Pro Tempore of the Civil Trial Division in Philadelphia County. He is the immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the educational arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the largest non-profit provider of continuing legal education in the state. In addition, he is co-chair of the state civil litigation section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and is a member of the American Bar Association's litigation section.