Cozen O’Connor: Mayes, Suzanne S.

Suzanne S. Mayes

Co-Chair, Public & Project Finance

Philadelphia

(215) 665-6922

(215) 701-2107

Suzanne will be speaking at an upcoming event:

Health Law 2020

Philadelphia, PA 12/04/2019

Members of Cozen O'Connor's Health Care & Life Sciences industry team will host this event in Philadelphia.

Event Details 

Suzanne focuses her practice on municipal and project finance, particularly in the areas of economic development, transportation, public works, education, senior living, and housing. She is co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Public & Project Finance Practice Group, and also serves as the vice chair of the firm's Business Law Department. Suzanne served two terms on the firm's board of directors.

Suzanne serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, and disclosure counsel to a wide range of public, for-profit, and not-for-profit clients. She regularly acts as bond counsel for state, county, and municipal clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware or as special counsel in the context of major capital projects or debt refinancings. Suzanne has completed numerous housing financings for state housing authorities; acted as co-bond counsel in connection with the financing of stadiums; counseled issuers on large-scale general obligation borrowings, student loan bond financings, and airport and toll road issuances; assisted state government with the issuance of unemployment compensation funding revenue bonds; and provided counsel to government entities in connection with public-private and public-public partnerships. She also has extensive knowledge of complex financing structures, including hedging instruments such as swaps, forward delivery financings, and synthetic fixed-rate and variable-rate debt.

Over the last two decades, Suzanne has developed close professional relationships with key government officials at the local, county, and state level. Evidence of their high regard for Suzanne’s capabilities is the fact that government representatives often call on her to get involved in their financings. Suzanne's good rapport and credibility with state and local government officials not only means she is involved in many of the most complex local, county, and state financings, it also means she is able to achieve efficient and positive results on behalf of other clients. When appropriate, she works with Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies to serve as a liaison between the firm’s private clients and government representatives.

Suzanne was elected to the American College of Bond Counsel in 2016, an organization formed for the purpose of recognizing lawyers who have established reputations for their skill, experience, and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of bond law. In 2010, she was recognized as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women in Pennsylvania” by the National Diversity Council. She was the recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award in 2006, honored as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2008 Women of Distinction, and was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2018 “Best of the Bar.” Suzanne received the Alice Paul Equality Award in 2012, which recognizes individuals with a strong and long-standing commitment to advancing women’s equality. And, in 2018 Suzanne was recognized for significantly contributing to the growth of the Philadelphia landscape by Commercial Real Estate Women Philadelphia.

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Suzanne has been recognized as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” since 2006. She is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She is a former member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates, a former board member of that bar association’s Committee on Women in the Profession, and a former chair of the Tax-Exempt Finance Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Section. She is a former member of the board of directors of the Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority. She is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers. In 2011, she was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Advisory Panel for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In 2012, Suzanne was named as a member of Governor Corbett’s Higher Education Advisory Panel in Pennsylvania.

Suzanne is a founding member of the board of directors of Ladies First, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and networking opportunities for female public finance professionals in the mid-Atlantic region. In 2016, Suzanne was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Ladies First Tribute Award in which she was recognized for her leadership and the inspirational role she has played in the organization’s success. Suzanne serves on the board of directors for Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery. She serves as immediate past president of The Forum of Executive Women as well as a member of the board of directors. Suzanne is also a member of the board of directors of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. She is a former member of the advisory board of BLOCS (Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools), as well as Mount Saint Joseph Academy, and is also a past president of that institution's alumnae association. She is also a former member of the board of trustees of Manor College.

Suzanne earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. She received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Fairfield University.

Experience

News

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

64 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 21, 2019

Super Lawyers has selected 64 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

The 2018 Women in Law Roundtable Discussion

October 19, 2018

Suzanne Mayes participated in The Legal Intelligencer’s “Women in Law Roundtable Discussion.” Suzanne was one of 10 panelists who discussed solutions to challenges facing female attorneys and ways to advance the role of women in law.

Suzanne Mayes and Camille Miller Named Among “Best of the Bar” by the Philadelphia Business Journal

October 09, 2018

Suzanne S. Mayes, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor’s Public & Project Finance Practice, and Camille M. Miller, co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, were named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2018 “Best of the Bar.”

Suzanne Mayes Recognized for Contributing to Philadelphia’s Growth by Commercial Real Estate Women

September 12, 2018

Suzanne S. Mayes, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor’s Public & Project Finance Practice and vice chair of the Business Law Department, has been recognized for significantly contributing to the growth of the Philadelphia landscape by Commercial Real Estate Women Philadelphia (CREW).

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

More Companies Are on Board with Women on Their Boards

October 26, 2016

Suzanne Mayes discusses the growing numbers of women in corporate leadership positions in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Suzanne S. Mayes Discusses Women in Corporate Leadership in The Philadelphia Inquirer

October 14, 2015

Suzanne S. Mayes is quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer on the progress women are making in corporate leadership positions.

The Forum of Executive Women Elects Suzanne S. Mayes as President

July 14, 2015

The Forum of Executive Women, a membership organization of more than 450 influential women representing diverse businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region, announced that Suzanne S. Mayes has been elected President for a two-year term, beginning July 2015.

Suzanne Mayes Quoted in the Philadelphia Business Journal on Gender Equality in the Workplace

July 10, 2015

Suzanne Mayes, a member of Cozen O’Connor and president of the Forum for Executive Women, is quoted in an article addressing the shortage of women leadership and the need for a cultural change in order to create equal opportunities for women. Suzanne discusses the need for organizations to rethink how work gets done in order to provide women with a work-life balance and prevent the career interruption phenomenon.

Suzanne Mayes Discusses the Future of Females in Corporate Leadership

July 03, 2015

Suzanne Mayes talks about barriers that have prevented more women from being appointed to senior leadership roles in corporations and the opportunity for Philadelphia to be a thought leader on the issue. This article in the Philadelphia Business Journal also explores challenges women executives have faced, the opportunities presented by corporations and the tricks of advancement.

Suzanne Mayes Appointed to PIDC Board

February 28, 2014

Public & Project Finance Chair, Suzanne Mayes, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). PIDC is a non-profit, joint venture between the city of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce that plans and implements real estate and financing transactions that attract investment jobs and tax ratables to the City of Philadelphia.

Suzanne Mayes Featured in Law360’s Q&A

January 22, 2014

Suzanne Mayes, chair of the firm's Public & Project Finance Department, was recently featured in Law360’s Powerbrokers Q&A series. In the Q&A, Suzanne answers questions about challenges she's faced being a woman at a senior level within a law firm, whether she's encountered sexism in her career, and what advice she has for aspiring female attorneys.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Assists in Completion of Study on Higher Education

November 30, 2012

The Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education was made up of 31 individuals and held several public meetings across the state, for input on issues that are important and suggestions for improvement of the postsecondary education system.

Suzanne Mayes named panel member of Governor Corbett's Higher Education Advisory Panel

February 07, 2012

Suzanne Mayes named panel member of Governor Corbett's Higher Education Advisory Panel

Cozen O’Connor Names Shareholders to Board of Directors

August 23, 2011

Cozen O’Connor Names Shareholders to Board of Directors

Cozen O'Connor's Mark Alderman and Suzanne Mayes featured in PA Law Weekly

August 02, 2011

Cozen O'Connor's Mark Alderman and Suzanne Mayes featured in PA Law Weekly

Cozen O’Connor Members Appointed to Judicial Nomination Advisory Panel for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

July 27, 2011

Cozen O’Connor Members Appointed to Judicial Nomination Advisory Panel for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Cozen O’Connor Member Named Among “Most Powerful & Influential Women” in Pennsylvania

September 14, 2010

Cozen O’Connor Member Named Among “Most Powerful & Influential Women” in Pennsylvania

Suzanne Mayes Honored at Inaugural Diversity Conference

September 10, 2010

Suzanne Mayes Honored at Inaugural Diversity Conference

Cozen O’Connor Ranked Number Two Bond Counsel In Pennsylvania And Number One Underwriter’s Counsel In New Jersey

March 10, 2010

Cozen O’Connor Ranked Number Two Bond Counsel In Pennsylvania And Number One Underwriter’s Counsel In New Jersey

Cozen O’Connor Launches Public Strategies LLC - New Entity Offers Enhanced Government Relations Assistance in Public Policy Advocacy, Regulatory Compliance and Contract Procurement

September 22, 2009

Cozen O’Connor Launches Public Strategies LLC - New Entity Offers Enhanced Government Relations Assistance in Public Policy Advocacy, Regulatory Compliance and Contract Procurement

Cozen O’Connor Ranked Among Top 10 For Public Finance Underwriter’s Counsel

August 19, 2009

Cozen O’Connor Ranked Among Top 10 For Public Finance Underwriter’s Counsel

Cozen O’Connor Launches Capital Markets Group Multidisciplinary Team Serves Expanding, Global Capital Markets’ Client Base

July 07, 2009

Cozen O’Connor Launches Capital Markets Group Multidisciplinary Team Serves Expanding, Global Capital Markets’ Client Base

New Organization for Women in Public Finance

May 28, 2009

New Organization for Women in Public Finance

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers By Law & Politics

May 28, 2009

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that 52 attorneys from the firm’s Philadelphia and West Conshohocken offices have been named 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics, and will appear in the June 2009 issues of Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Cozen O’Connor Member Suzanne Mayes Named 2008 Woman Of Distinction

November 14, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Member Suzanne Mayes Named 2008 Woman Of Distinction

Cozen O'Connor Member Suzanne Mayes Elected to Board of Directors of Mount Saint Joseph Academy

July 10, 2008

Cozen O'Connor Member Suzanne Mayes Elected to Board of Directors of Mount Saint Joseph Academy

Cozen O’Connor Recognized Among Top Bond Counsel In Pennsylvania And New Jersey

February 26, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Recognized Among Top Bond Counsel In Pennsylvania And New Jersey

Cozen O’Connor Member Suzanne Mayes Appointed to Board of Directors of Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority

January 14, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Member Suzanne Mayes Appointed to Board of Directors of Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority

Publications

The SEC Adopts Rule 15c2-12 Amendments Regarding Material Financial Obligations: Some Initial Q&A [Public & Project Finance Alert]

August 27, 2018

Mark Vacha, Jon Ballan, and Suzanne Mayes discuss the two new categories of listed events that require continuing disclosure material event notice filings by issuers or obligated persons.

SEC, FINRA and the MSRB Announce Compliance Outreach Program for Municipal Advisors [Public & Project Finance Alert]

October 01, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (the MSRB) announced today the opening of registration for the first Compliance Outreach Program for Municipal Advisors (the Compliance Outreach Program) that will take place in Chicago on November 3, 2014.

Significant Restrictions on Local Government Debt and Swaps Introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly [Public Finance Alert]

September 06, 2013

Legislation (Senate Bills No. 901, 902, 903 and 904 (SB 901, SB 902, SB 903 and SB 904)) has been introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly that, if passed, in whole or in part, could significantly affect certain types of municipal finance transactions involving municipal authorities and other local governments.

SEC Recommends Major Changes in Municipal Securities Market [Public & Project Finance Alert]

October 01, 2012

SEC Recommends Major Changes in Municipal Securities Market - Public & Project Finance Alert - The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) on July 31, 2012 issued a comprehensive report with recommendations to improve the municipal securities market and enhance disclosure provided to investors.

Cozen O’Connor Ranked No. 2 Bond Counsel in PA; No. 1 Underwriter’s Counsel in NJ [JD Journal]

March 15, 2010

Cozen O’Connor Ranked No. 2 Bond Counsel in PA; No. 1 Underwriter’s Counsel in NJ - JD Journal - Thomson Reuters recently listed Cozen O’Connor as the number two bond counsel firm in Pennsylvania for 2009. To date, this is the firm’s highest bond counsel ranking. For the second year in a row, the firm was also ranked as the number one underwriter’s counsel in New Jersey.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Health Law 2020

December 04, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Members of Cozen O'Connor's Health Care & Life Sciences industry team will host this event in Philadelphia.

Past Events

Bond Buyer Mid-Atlantic Municipal Conference

October 24, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

The Power Behind Effective Relationship Management

October 11, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Women in Politics: Are We Making Headway?

September 26, 2017 - Elkins Park, PA

Women (And Women Lawyers) In the Boardroom

March 23, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

Driving Your Business: Women at the Wheel

January 21, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

Municipal Bond Women's Forum

October 22, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

The Bond Buyer's Mid-Atlantic Municipal Market Conference

September 21, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

11th Annual Nonprofit Institute

May 22, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1991
  • Fairfield University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1988

Awards & Honors

Alice Paul Equality Award 2012

Best Lawyers in America 2018-2020

Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award 2006

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2006, 2007, 2009-2018

Chambers Pennsylvania 2018-2019

Philadelphia Business Journal Best of the Bar 2018

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Bond Counsel
  • Economy League of Greater Philadelphia Board of Directors
  • Forum of Executive Women Board of Directors
  • Former Member, Manor College Board of Trustees
  • Former Member, Mount Saint Joseph Academy Board of Directors
  • Former Member, Ladies First Board of Directors
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Former Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Directors
  • Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation Board of Directors
  • Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery Board of Directors