PHILADELPHIA – April 1, 2013 – Top 100 US law firm Cozen O’Connor announced today that Martin Schrier has joined the firm’s Miami office as a member.  Mr. Schrier, formerly a partner with K&L Gates, focuses his practice on complex business transactions, including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, restructurings, and venture and growth capital investments. His clients include middle market private equity firms, other private investment funds, high net worth individuals and corporate clients. The addition of Mr. Schrier follows six partners joining Cozen O’Connor in South Florida from Edwards Wildman last week.

“We are excited to have Marty join our team,” said Cozen O’Connor Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Heller. “Marty’s addition to our Miami office furthers our goal of expanding our presence in Florida, specifically in the high demand area of sophisticated transactional work.”

Mr. Schrier works with clients across various industries, with a particular focus on financial services, telecom, digital media, and health care. He has extensive experience with all alternative asset classes, including venture capital and later-stage growth equity investments, mezzanine investments, secondary investments, and private equity and hedge funds.

“I am thrilled to join Cozen O’Connor. The firm’s full spectrum of expertise, entrepreneurial culture, and commitment to growth in South Florida will serve as a dynamic platform for my transactional practice,” said Mr. Schrier, who will also serve as Vice Office Managing Partner of the Miami office. 

Mr. Schrier is admitted to the bar in Florida and Texas. He earned his J.D. from the Notre Dame Law School. He graduated with an M.A. from the University of Texas, and before that he earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Cozen O’Connor Miami Office Managing Partner Richard Dunn said, “Marty is a recognized transactional attorney, and we will look to his expertise as we strengthen and expand our practice in this vibrant market.”

The firm also announced Matthew Criscuolo is joining the firm as an associate in the commercial litigation department, and will work out of both its West Palm Beach and Miami offices. Mr. Criscuolo was formerly an associate at Edwards Wildman.

Mr. Schrier and Mr. Criscuolo’s addition to the firm follow on the heels of six partners who joined Cozen from the firm of Edwards Wildman O’Connor on March 20, at which time the firm also announced the opening of a West Palm Beach office. This group includes attorneys who work from both the firm’s West Palm Beach and Miami offices, who practice in areas that include trusts and estates/private client services, real estate, insurance coverage, reinsurance, and corporate, insurance and regulatory litigation.

In addition, the firm announced that Scott Elliott has been named the firm's Office Managing Partner for its new West Palm Beach office. Mr. Elliott is a member in the firm's Private Client Services group which represents high net worth families and individuals in all aspects of trusts and estates work.

About Cozen O’Connor

Established in 1970 and ranked among the 100 largest law firms in the United States, Cozen O’Connor has 575 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor serves its clients’ needs through 22 offices across two continents.