An appellate lawyer with her own Winter Park law firm (Margaret E. Kozan, P.A.), Ms. Kozan has a diverse legal background, having practiced with prestigious law firms in Orlando, Tampa, and her hometown of Baton Rouge.
Licensed in two states and a graduate of Louisiana State University’s School of Law, Ms. Kozan finished in the top ten percent of her law school class, served as a Senior Editor of the Louisiana Law Review, and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school she served as judicial clerk to United States District Court Judge Frank Polozola in the Middle District of Louisiana. “That was a tremendous opportunity. I learned so much from a great mentor.”
With 27 years of legal experience, Ms. Kozan has focused the past 15 years of her practice on appellate litigation. She not only represents clients in state and federal appellate courts (where a litigant asks the higher court to review a lower court’s decision), she is also regularly engaged by other lawyers to assist with litigation at the trial court level. “It is the ultimate compliment when highly skilled and respected trial advocates engage me on their cases because they are in a position to appreciate my analytical and written advocacy skills.”
Ms. Kozan is former chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee and has served on Ninth Circuit Grievance Committee and the pro bono committee of the Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section. She is a former media lawyer and commercial litigator who worked in journalism and media relations before law school.
For the past seven years straight, Ms. Kozan has been selected as a Florida “Super Lawyer” in appellate practice. She has an “AV Preeminent” peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell (reflecting the highest level of legal ability and ethical standards). And, she has twice been selected by the Judicial Nominating Commission for potential appointment to the Fifth District Court of Appeal. “I never made it past the nomination stage but was truly honored for my name to have been sent to the Governor’s Office for consideration. Ultimately, I love being an appellate lawyer with my own practice. I’m very grateful for where my career has taken me and for all the exceptional lawyers I’ve had the chance to work with and learn from over the years.”