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Brent A. Cossrow

Philadelphia
t: 610.230.2135
f: 610.230.2151

Overview

Brent Cossrow is a partner in the Philadelphia office, where his practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling and the use of computers, the Internet, electronic mail and communications and electronically stored information in the American workplace. 

Brent is the Chair of Fisher Phillips Electronic Discovery Committee, and in this role he manages a team of specialists dedicated to forensics and electronic discovery challenges.  As a part of this nationwide practice, Brent has prosecuted and defended matters in which forensics and electronic discovery have helped our clients to obtain results in a range of consequential employment cases across the firm’s practice groups.  These results include:

  • Exposing the forgery of a college diploma and serial falsification of education credentials by our client’s former executive and prevailing on our clients’ motion for sanctions that required the former executive to pay attorneys’ fees and costs and turn over his personal computer, cell phone and email accounts for forensic analysis, which resulted in the settlement and dismissal of the former employee’s whistleblower claims in New Jersey state court
  • Forensic examination of workplace computers used by the former president of our client’s subsidiary and its entire staff uncovered a plot to unfairly compete against our client, which resulted in the resolution of the former president’s Equal Pay Act and discrimination claims in federal court in South Carolina
  • Forensic analysis of workplace computers used by our client’s former employees revealed their illegal transfer of personal financial information of our client’s customers, which was the basis for the entry of a special injunction and ultimately a final consent order against the former employees in Pennsylvania state court pursuant to the Commonwealth’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act
  • Defense and settlement of Stored Communications Act, Washington Privacy Act and breach of executive agreement claims filed by our client’s former executive, who alleged a violation of privacy rights during a workplace investigation that resulted in the termination of employment
  • Forensic analysis of a workplace computer and email account used by our client’s former employee revealed the deletion of client records and the transfer of confidential information, which was the basis of the court’s decision to order expedited electronic and forensic discovery in federal court in Chicago pursuant to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Illinois Uniform Trade Secrets Act
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and court-ordered expedited electronic and forensic discovery in federal court in New Jersey against two of our client’s former employees, who hacked into our client’s email accounts and took copies of emails between the company’s president and his personal attorney regarding the defense of the harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed in New Jersey state court by the two former employees
  • Successful defense and settlement of sexual harassment claims, in which pre-complaint discovery initiated against the alleged harasser in Pennsylvania state court resulted in the production of text messages that exposed cooperation between the alleged victim and the alleged harasser
  • Forensic analysis of former employee’s workplace computer and email account found the employee downloaded copies of our client’s customers’ FICO scores and social security numbers, so that the former employee could use them in a competing business, all of which resulted in the entry of a special injunction and consent order against the former employee in Pennsylvania state court
  • Obtained the return of equity from the former co-founder of our client’s medical practice, after he was caught misappropriating thousands of the practice’s patients’ electronic medical records, which the former co-founder transferred to an external hard drive that he tried, and failed, to pass off as our client’s hard drive during litigation in state court in Washington

Brent is a frequent speaker and lecturer on legal issues that arise in the Electronic Workplace, and he has been a regular faculty member on this topic at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Employment Law Institute. 

Brent is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Vice Chairman, The Reading Terminal Market Corporation (2012-present)
  • Director, The Reading Terminal Market Corporation (2009-present)
  • General Counsel, The Reading Terminal Market Merchants' Association (2007-2009)
  • Director, The Germantown Cricket Club (2006-2010)

Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 24th Annual Employment Law Institute
    Faculty Presentation: “The Electronic Workplace Update: What Every Employer and Employee Lawyer Needs to Know”
    (04.26.2018)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute: A Day of Employment Law
    “The Electronic Workplace Update: What Every Employer and Employee Lawyer Needs to Know”
    (09.12.2017)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 23rd Annual Employment Law Institute
    Faculty Presentation: “Email, Text Messages, Instant Messaging and Electronic Communications in the Workplace: What Every Employer Needs to Know”
    (04.27.2017)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 22nd Annual Employment Law Institute
    Faculty Presentation: “BYOD: Bring Your Own Device or Bring Your Own Disaster?”
    (04.28.2016)

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