Cozen O’Connor has continued on its lateral spree, bringing on partners in two growing practice areas.
The firm added Vincent Candiello, a labor relations negotiator and employment litigator from Post & Schell, to its Harrisburg office. And in Philadelphia, Devon Turner Riley has joined the firm’s institutional response group, coming from South Carolina-based Nexsen Pruet.
Candiello, who is the firm’s first labor and employment lawyer in Harrisburg, joins on the heels of major additions to that practice. The firm brought on a large group from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in May, adding a dozen labor and employment lawyers in Philadelphia, as well as four in Pittsburgh.
“We’re really trying to round out the state with labor and employment,” said David Zambito, managing partner of the Harrisburg office, who previously worked with Candiello at Post & Schell. “It only made sense to have someone in the central part of the state.”
The news of Cozen O’Connor’s recent laterals got Candiello interested in the firm, he said. Around the same time, a longtime partner he worked with at Post & Schell had left the firm, he said, making it the right time to make a move.
“I had a client tell me I would get more work if I went somewhere that had a stronger platform,” Candiello said. “Cozen appeared to me to be probably the best choice I could make.”
Candiello represents management as the chief negotiator in collective bargaining matters. He also has a defense-side litigation practice including Occupational Safety and Health Administration citations. His clients include Reading Health System, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc. and Mount St. Mary’s University. He has also represented Hershey Co. in the past.
“We don’t find ourselves ever in a situation where people aren’t being sued by employees,” Candiello said. “The demand for services in this area, I’ve never seen diminish.”
With Candiello’s hire, the firm’s Harrisburg office has five partners, two lobbyists and one of counsel lawyer. In a statement, Post & Schell CEO Jim Johnston said he wishes Candiello well.
Growth is begetting growth in Cozen O’Connor’s institutional response group as well.
Riley is the latest partner to join that group, which formed in February and focuses on how organizations address and respond to misconduct. A former prosecutor, Riley has experience conducting investigations for higher education and K-12 institutions regarding Title IX, Clery Act and other matters related to sexual assault and harassment.
Riley previously worked with institutional response group leaders Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez in the family violence sexual assault unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She joined Cozen O’Connor just days after the firm acquired campus safety consulting firm Margolis Healy and Associates, which is now an affiliate business to the law firm.
In the past six months, Cozen O’Connor’s head count has grown by more than 6 percent, according to data from ALM’s Rival Edge. That comes after a 2016 in which the firm grew total head count by 5.6 percent, and revenue increased by more than 10 percent.