Cozen O’Connor: Pozo, Miguel Alexander

Miguel Alexander Pozo

Member

Minneapolis

(612) 260-9073

(917) 755-4333

(612) 260-8011

Newark

(973) 200-7415

Miguel is a seasoned business lawyer and litigator with 20 years of experience in the legal profession. He represents Fortune 500 companies in the luxury, consumer/retail goods and automobile industries in a range of business torts and business litigation with an emphasis on employment law, internal investigations, and trademark/IP matters. On the commercial and business litigation side of his practice, he has litigated cases involving breach of contract, unfair competition, theft of trade secret matters, among others, and handles cases through arbitration and/or trial. He also uses his prior in-house experience as head of U.S. litigation and deputy general counsel for Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) to help clients manage risk and avoid litigation.

In the employment law context, Miguel has represented management in labor and employment litigation in both state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.  He has experience handling internal investigations, wrongful termination, discrimination cases, executive compensation matters including severance and related agreements, reductions in force, and other aspects of the employer-employee relationship. 

As a brand lawyer, Miguel works to enhance and protect some of the world’s most iconic brands in his brand protection and trademark practice. His strategic approach helps his clients to expand their businesses within a market or extend to new markets through licensing and related transactions. Miguel uses litigation to help his clients protect their critical intellectual property rights from infringement from competitors and counterfeiters including trademark abuse on social media platforms. His clients have included LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, TAG Heuer, Thomas Pink, Mercedes-Benz USA, and Target Corporation, among others.  

Miguel has also held a number of high-profile leadership roles including as the national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and as the president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ).  He is a frequent speaker on a range of topics including ethical pitfalls for in-house counsel, conducting effective internal investigations, attorney-client privilege issues, among others.   His work in the legal profession has received numerous awards and accolades including “Professional Lawyer of the Year,” a “Lifetime Achievement” award, and “Top Latino Lawyer” in the U.S., among others.

Miguel earned his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University and his law degree from Rutgers School of Law - Newark, where he was the managing editor of the Rutgers Race and the Law Review.  He is admitted to practice in DC, GA, MN and NJ.

Experience

News

Miguel Pozo Named a Latino Leaders Magazine 2018 Top Latino Lawyer in The Country

December 25, 2018

Cozen O'Connor Minneapolis commercial litigator Miguel Alexander Pozo was named a Latino Leaders Magazine 2018 Top Latino Lawyer in the Country.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Commercial Litigator Miguel Alexander Pozo to its Minneapolis Office

July 25, 2018

Pozo Further Strengthens the Firm’s Commercial, Employment and Trademark Litigation Bench

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law—Newark, J.D., 1998
  • Hofstra University, B.A., 1994

Awards & Honors

Latino Leaders- "Top Latino Lawyers" (2018)

Hofstra University “Alumni Achievement Award” (2018)

Dominican Bar Association "Achievement Award" (2016)

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, "Achievement Award" (2016)

New Jersey Law Journal “Lifetime Achievement Award” (2015)

Lawyers of Color “Power List” (2014)

Hispanic Business “50 Influentials” List (2013)

New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine “Super Lawyers" (2010-2013, 2015)

New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2007)

N.J. Commission on Professionalism in the Law, “Professional Lawyer of the Year” (2011)

New Jersey Law Journal’s “40 under 40” (2009)

NJ Biz Magazine “Forty under 40” list (2009)

  • Georgia
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals

American Bar Foundation (ABF), Life Fellow (2019-present)

Hispanic National Bar Association (36th National President, 2013-2014) (Board of Governors 2006-2015)

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBANJ) (30th President, 2009-2010) (Board of Trustees 2004-2011) 

New Jersey State Bar Association (Northern Vice Chair, Judicial and Prosecutorial Committee (JPAC) (2012-2014)

American Bar Association (Member, Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice (COREJ) (2014-2016)

Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey (Trustee, 2014-2016)

Network of Trial Law Firms (Executive Committee and Secretary, 2014-2015)

Supreme Court of New Jersey (Civil Practice Committee, 2010-2012) 

Supreme Court of New Jersey, Office of Attorney Ethics, District Ethics Committee (District V, 2008-2009) 

Supreme Court of New Jersey (Criminal Practice Committee, 2004-2007)