Eight Attorneys Join Cozen O'Connor To Open Firm's Toronto Office

Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - 01:00

Cozen O'Connor has announced the opening of its newest international office - located in Toronto, Canada, at One Queen St. East, Suite 2000. All eight lawyers of Poss & Halfnight, Barristers & Solicitors, a Toronto insurance litigation boutique, are forming Cozen O'Connor's Toronto office, further expanding the firm's general litigation practice.

Jamieson Halfnight joins Cozen O'Connor as a member and chair of the Toronto subrogation and recovery practice. Sheila McKinlay joins as a member and managing partner of the office. Harvey Poss joins as a counsel to the firm. Christopher Reain, Brett Rideout, Clarence Lui, Christopher McKibbin and Iain Peck join as associates. Together, they will continue to serve their existing clientele and handle work for Cozen O'Connor's clients in Toronto and throughout Canada.

Mr. Halfnight, one of the named partners of Poss & Halfnight, who has for years been listed by Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide as among the 500 leading lawyers in Canada, concentrates his practice in insurance litigation with special emphasis on property insurance, commercial general liability and fidelity insurance. He has appeared at all levels of Canadian trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ms. McKinlay, a senior partner with Poss & Halfnight, has more than 20 years ofexperience in insurance litigation and coverage advice. An experienced trial and appellate counsel in the Ontario courts, her practice has focused on assisting insurers with the challenges presented by the investigation and defence of fraudulent first-party claims, and in the litigation of disputes under property and liability policies.

Mr. Poss is the senior member and founding partner of Poss & Halfnight. Since his call to the bar in 1970, he has spent more than 35 years litigating insurance and commercial cases in the Ontario courts, the last 20 years as a Queen's Counsel.

Cozen O'Connor also has announced that Elaine Rinaldi, a senior member who previously served the firm as hiring partner for 12 years, was named the director of strategic expansion.

"Elaine will be working closely with our chairman, Stephen A. Cozen, to spearhead the firm's continuing expansion on a national basis," said Cozen O'Connor's CEO, Patrick J. O'Connor. "Elaine will be helping us to identify and recruit both individual and groups of attorneys in key markets across the country whose practices are in concert with our strategic growth plans."

Ms. Rinaldi, who joined Cozen O'Connor in 1982 and practices as a litigator in the firm's subrogation and recovery group, was instrumental in developing the firm's Canadian presence and helped to open Cozen O'Connor Subrogation Consultants, Inc., where she now serves as the co-managing director of the entity.

Frances R. Roggenbaum has joined Cozen O'Connor's insurance corporate and regulatory practice group and is a senior member of the firm. She focuses her practice on corporate, transactional, and regulatory aspects of the insurance industry, and provides advice to insurers, reinsurers, alternative risk entities, insurance producers and other insurance intermediaries. A partner at Saul Ewing, LLP since 2004, Roggenbaum has experience working on multi-state regulatory issues, including licensing requirements, coverage mandates and filings, investment limitations, and transactional and financial reporting.

Ms. Roggenbaum will be providing regulatory advice to the firm's insurance company clients and assisting businesses in their self-insurance and risk management strategies. She is a chartered property casualty underwriter (CPCU) and certified structured settlement consultant (CCSC).

Cozen O'Connor recently announced that ten associates from its local area offices (six in Philadelphia, two in West Conshohocken, one in Cherry Hill and one in Wilmington) have been named members of the firm. The Philadelphia office associates who are now members are: Evan B. Caplan, insurance litigation department; Marlo Pagano-Kelleher, a commercial and intellectual property litigator; Quan L. Nguyen, intellectual property department; Matthew J. Siegel, insurance litigation department; Kristine Maciolek Small, business litigation department, and Lauren Tulli, insurance litigation department. The two West Conshohocken members are Michael J. Murphy, insurance litigation department, and Elena Park, the firm's principal immigration attorney. The Cherry Hill member is Douglas W. Frankenthaler, energy, environmental and public utility practice group, and the Wilmington member is Jeffrey R. Waxman, bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring group.