Judge Cozzens has over 30 years of trial experience. Previously as a trial attorney in the New York metropolitan area and since 1998 as a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court.
For the past six years, Judge Cozzens has been the presiding Judge in the Trial Assignment Part of the Nassau County Supreme in Mineola. In the Trial Assignment Part he oversees the trial judge assignment for all jury and non-jury trials. The trial calendar in the Part can range from 50 to 100 cases each day. Judge Cozzens also addresses each day the new panels of jurors and discusses with them the jury selection process and jury trial procedures.
He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Hofstra University School of Law. He teaches a practical skills course, Pre-Trial Skills, in which the students learn to apply their knowledge of the law to the practical day to day work of a litigation lawyer. He is also a regular instructor in Continuing Legal Education with the Nassau County and New York State Bar Associations and the National Business Institute.
While in private practice, he was Chairman of the Insurance Law and Municipal Law Committees of the Nassau County Bar Association. In his community he has been a coach in the North Shore and Oyster Bay-East Norwich Soccer Clubs and the Glen Head-Glenwood Little League.
Judge Cozzens is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association.
Judge grew up in Tonawanda, New York. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Pace University School of Law. He is married to the former Mary Ann Meyer of Roslyn, New York..