Philadelphia-based Cozen O’Connor is adding Christopher J. Kelly, New Jersey’s former deputy attorney general, as it takes on rapidly-shifting employment issues as a result of the pandemic.
Kelly will help Cozen handle “such complicated issues as the administration’s new OSHA Covid-19 directives or the enforcement of corporate policies towards vaccinations,” said Vincent McGuinness, the firm’s managing partner, in a statement.
Joseph Tilson, co-chair of the firm’s labor and employment department, added, “We are experiencing an incredibly unique labor market environment and dealing with labor and employment issues that we have never previously seen.”
Kelly joins Cozen’s labor and employment practice group after working nearly four years at Ballard Spahr, also in Philadelphia, as of counsel for the firm’s labor and employment group.
Before that he worked for the state of New Jersey in Trenton for about 2 ½ years. He represented state agencies and workers in discrimination litigation, involving Title VII and other laws, and in workplace violence medical testing cases.
He previously was managing partner for Lynch & Kelly in Los Angeles, which represented small businesses in commercial litigation and employment litigation.
His experience includes representing clients in state and federal wage and hour audits, conducting employment-related due diligence for corporate mergers and acquisitions, and advising on issues relating to workforce reductions.
“I have endeavored to instill a sense of calm and unity within a workplace while vigorously refusing accusations or adverse precedents,” Kelly said in the statement. “Given the challenges of the current environment, being able to maintain that balance is more important now than ever.”