Lynnette D. Espy-Williams

Chief Diversity Officer at Cozen O'Connor

Lynnette D. Espy-Williams

Lynnette D. Espy-Williams

Chief Diversity Officer at Cozen O'Connor

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Lynnette D. Espy-Williams serves as the firm's Chief Diversity Officer. Lynnette has experience in litigating a wide variety of civil and commercial matters, including matters pertaining to life, health and disability insurance, mass and complex torts, premises liability, products liability, contract disputes, and extracontractual disputes, including defending bad faith claims.

Lynnette routinely represents life, health and disability insurers, statewide and regionally, in a wide range of matters. Specifically, she represents clients in matters stemming from the denial of life and disability benefits, the rescission of policies, beneficiary disputes, and interpleader actions. Lynnette has extensive experience litigating, negotiating and advising insurers through complex insurance claims in an effort to resolve matters efficiently.

Lynnette has extensive experience in defending many high-exposure products liability and premises liability matters. With respect to products liability cases, Lynnette routinely represents manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of allegedly defective products in negligence actions stemming from allegations, including, but not limited to, failure to warn, breach of implied and express warranties, and any other theory in tort or contract. Lynnette also frequently defends various entities in premises liability matters involving acts of negligent third parties, negligent or improper maintenance of premises, and inadequate security. Lynnette is thoroughly versed in tender and indemnification issues and routinely assists companies in determining where the risk of liability can be shared or absolved completely.

Lynnette handles cases in state and federal courts and she has been involved in every phase of litigation including, taking and defending fact and expert depositions, preparing and arguing key motions, negotiating with opposing counsel, drafting motions for summary judgment and motions in limine, and participating in pre-trial conferences.

Lynnette is the former president of the Gate City Bar Association, the oldest African-American bar association in the state of Georgia. She is also actively involved with the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, American Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association, and the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers.

Named as a Georgia Rising Star (2012-2016), Lynnette was included in Georgia Trend ’s Legal Elite and also Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 for 2016. She is also a member of LEAD Atlanta (2013), Outstanding Atlanta (2012), was selected as one of Atlanta’s Power 30 Under 30 (2010) and, most recently, was recognized as one of Georgia's 40 Under 40 (2013), a list developed by The Daily Report that showcases the top Georgia lawyers under 40 who should be on readers' radar.

Prior to earning her JD from the University of Maryland, Lynnette graduated from Spelman College, cum laude, with honors in economics. While at the University of Maryland, Lynnette was a staff member for The Business Lawyer as well as an associate articles editor for the Journal of Business and Technology Law. Following law school, Lynnette served as a judicial intern to former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

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Chairman, Founder at Cozen O'Connor

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Chief Executive Officer & Executive Chairman at Cozen O'Connor

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Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Cozen O'Connor

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Co-Chair, Litigation Section at Cozen O'Connor

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Managing Partner at Cozen O'Connor

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Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Department at Cozen O'Connor

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Partner at Cozen O'Connor

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Lynnette D. Espy-Williams
Chief Diversity Officer at Cozen O'Connor
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Chief Diversity Officer
2007 - Current

Cozen O'Connor provides legal services in areas of business law, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, IPOs, corporate governance and compliance, insurance corporate and regulatory matters, securities, tax, real estate, bankruptcy, intellectual property, health law, public finance, employee benefits, trust and estates, and energy, environmental and public utilities. The company was founded in 1970 and is based in Philadelphia, PA.

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Co-Chair, Diversity Committee
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Cozen O'Connor provides legal services in areas of business law, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, IPOs, corporate governance and compliance, insurance corporate and regulatory matters, securities, tax, real estate, bankruptcy, intellectual property, health law, public finance, employee benefits, trust and estates, and energy, environmental and public utilities. The company was founded in 1970 and is based in Philadelphia, PA.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the Georgia Bar
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Court Admission: U.S. Supreme Court
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