Five Litigators Join Cozen O'Connor From Hill, Betts & Nash In Firm's New York Office

Sunday, February 1, 2004 - 01:00



The firm of Cozen O'Connor is continuing to expand its national commercial litigation practice group. Five litigators from Hill, Betts & Nash recently joined the firm and are now practicing in Cozen O'Connor's New York office, bringing the national practice group to nearly 90 attorneys.

Peter J. McHugh, Geoffrey D. Ferrer and John F. Keating join Cozen O'Connor as senior members; Ralph L. McMurry joins as of counsel, and Susan P. Mahon as a junior member.

"Cozen O'Connor is aggressively expanding its national business litigation department to accommodate the needs of our growing client base," said Patrick O'Connor, president and CEO of Cozen O'Connor. "We welcome Peter and his team to our New York office, and look forward to offering an even greater depth of services to the clients we each represent."

Mr. McHugh focuses his practice on commercial disputes, representing technology, insurance and banking organizations, in addition to governmental authorities. He has litigated commercial bankruptcy, intellectual property and surety cases and negotiated numerous software license and other commercial agreements.

Mr. Ferrer concentrates his practice in U.S. and non-U.S. flag matters and all aspects of asset-based lending, including ship and aircraft finance and leasing. Mr. Ferrer also represents clients in a range of corporate transactions and commercial litigation matters.

Mr. Keating devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation, and product liability litigation. A former systems analyst and software developer, Mr. Keating has represented clients in contract disputes involving high technology products, software and services.

Mr. McMurry focuses his practice on environmental matters related to SuperFund, Clean Water Act, facility cleanups, and due diligence. Previously serving as in-house environmental counsel to Lucent Technologies, Inc., Mr. McMurry has developed and implemented cost-effective solutions to complex environmental problems.

Ms. Mahon concentrates her practice in commercial and maritime cargo litigation.