Cozen O’Connor: Espy-Williams, Lynnette D.

Lynnette D. Espy-Williams

Chief Diversity Officer
Member

Washington, D.C.

(202) 912-4845

(202) 499-2945

Recent News:

Cozen O'Connor Promotes Eight Members to Shareholder

Joseph Bedwick, Leni Morrison Cummins, Lynne Espy-Williams, Daniel Hardwick, Hugh J. Marbury, Sean J. Riley, David B. Sunshine, and George A. Voegele, Jr., were all promoted to shareholder.

Lynnette 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 mass and complex torts, professional liability, premises liability, products liability, contract disputes, and extracontractual disputes, including defending bad faith claims.

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 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 for 2018, 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.

Experience

News

Cozen O'Connor Promotes Eight Members to Shareholder

September 17, 2019

Joseph Bedwick, Leni Morrison Cummins, Lynne Espy-Williams, Daniel Hardwick, Hugh J. Marbury, Sean J. Riley, David B. Sunshine, and George A. Voegele, Jr., were all promoted to shareholder.

How Do You Get Biglaw Firms To Care About Diversity?

June 13, 2019

Lynne Espy-Williams joined The Jabot podcast on Above the Law to discuss what law firms should be doing to change diversity and what it looks like to change the industry to be more diverse.

Lynnette Espy-Williams Honored by the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law

February 22, 2019

The University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) has selected Lynnette Espy-Williams this year’s Graduate of the Year Award.

Cozen O'Connor Recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal® with 11th Annual Diversity Leader Award

January 31, 2019

Cozen O'Connor has been selected by Profiles in Diversity Journal® to receive its 11th Annual Diversity Leader Award. The award is given to organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to expanding and improving diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace and beyond.

More Firms Boosting Diversity Roles Amid Client Pressure

October 01, 2018

Lynnette Espy-Williams, Cozen O'Connor's chief diversity officer, spoke with Law360 about law firms adding a diversity and inclusion professional to their C-suite level.

Maryland Law Alum And Chief Diversity Officer Lynnette Espy-Williams On Honing Your Craft, Finding A Mentor, And Changing Cities [Above the Law]

March 09, 2018

Lynnette Espy-Williams, Cozen O'Connor's Chief Diversity Officer, spoke with Above the Law about her new role in the firm and shared her thoughts on moving to Washington, D.C., advice for those just starting out on their career journeys, and strategies for finding mentors and sponsors in the workplace.

Cozen O’Connor Appoints Lynnette D. Espy-Williams Chief Diversity Officer

February 16, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce it has appointed Lynnette D. Espy-Williams as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer.

Lynnette Espy-Williams Named One of Savoy Magazine’s 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers

March 12, 2015

Lynnette D. Espy-Williams, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Global Insurance Department and vice office managing partner of the firm’s Atlanta office, is featured in the Spring Issue of Savoy on its 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers list. The listing comprises the “best of the best” of Black lawyers that are partners within leading national law firms and also corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 corporations.

Lynnette D. Espy-Williams Selected as One of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence”

September 18, 2013

Lynnette D. Espy-Williams, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance Practice Group, was selected as one of the Atlanta Business League’s 2013 “Top 100 Black Women of Influence.” In addition to professional accomplishments, the 100 Black Women of Influence have demonstrated their commitment to the citizens of metro Atlanta by maintaining significant involvement and participation in community and civic activities.

Lynnette Espy-Williams Named Among the "Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40"

June 05, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – IMPACT and the National Bar Association (NBA) will honor the “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40″ at a special awards gala on Saturday, July 27, 2013 during NBA’s 88th Annual Convention in Miami, Florida.

Cozen O’Connor Elects 20 Associates to Membership

March 27, 2013

Ian Blum, Alphonso Collins, Kathryn Crary, Lynnette Espy-Williams, Elizabeth Featherman, Matthew Glazer, Nelsy Gomez, Andrea Hammel, Keenya Harrold, Charles Jesuit, Jr., Lezlie Madden, Marilyn Neiman, Tracey Nguyen, Cartherine Rosato Reilly, Megan Scheib, Daniel Schuch, John Schwartz, Shari Shapiro, Marko Stamenkovic, and Norasha Williams have been elected to membership in the firm.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Lynnette Espy-Williams Elected Co-Chair of Firm’s Diversity Committee

March 12, 2013

Lynette will join current committee co-chair Kimya Johnson to spearhead the firm’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.

L​ynnette Espy-Williams Selected to be a Part of Outstanding Atlanta's Class of 2012

October 12, 2012

L​ynnette Espy-Williams (Atlanta), of the firm's Global Insurance Group, has been selected to be a part of Outstanding Atlanta's Class of 2012.

Cozen O’Connor Associate Among Ten Selected For Outstanding Atlanta’s Class of 2012

September 08, 2012

Cozen O’Connor Associate Among Ten Selected For Outstanding Atlanta’s Class of 2012

Cozen O’Connor Associate Lynnette Espy Elected President-Elect of the Gate City Bar Association

December 01, 2011

Cozen O’Connor Associate Lynnette Espy Elected President-Elect of the Gate City Bar Association

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Lynnette Espy Named One of Atlanta’s Power 30 under 30

May 25, 2010

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Lynnette Espy Named One of Atlanta’s Power 30 under 30

Lynnette Espy Named "Power 30 Under 30"

May 14, 2010

Lynnette Espy Named "Power 30 Under 30"

Lynette Espy Of Cozen O’Connor Elected Treasurer of Gate City Bar Association

November 02, 2009

Lynette Espy Of Cozen O’Connor Elected Treasurer of Gate City Bar Association

Publications

Rescission: An Underutilized Tool [2015 GDLA Law Journal]

June 01, 2015

Alycen Moss and Lynnette Espy-Williams discuss the statutory requirements regarding rescission, the contestable period, rescission methods, waiver considerations, the most common defenses to rescission, and a closing note on a likely claims from the insured – bad faith.

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Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • Spelman College, B.A., cum laude, 2003

Awards & Honors

Atlanta Business Chronicle 2018 40 Under 40

Georgia Trend’s 2016 40 Under 40

Outstanding Atlanta's Class of 2012

  • Georgia
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Superior Court
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Gate City Bar Association
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys