Cozen O'Connor's Jennifer Brandt is one of the Philadelphia region's leading young matrimonial lawyers, who has already cultivated a higher profile -- even nationally -- than most attorneys in her field. Indeed, just in her 40's, Brandt, a partner of 550-plus-lawyer, 23-office Cozen since 2005, is the firm's sole family-law practitioner based at its Market Street headquarters. Her practice extends as well into her native New Jersey, where she has strong roots in the law. As such she's achieved an independence and scrappiness rarely recognized by, but no less essential to, the largest firms these days. She's burnished all of that with a remarkably steady presence on television - not simply on local news programs, but CNN, MSNBC, even Bill O'Reilly's opinion show on FOX News Network. As such she's built an enviable foundation to a career that's likely to be high-profile for years to come. All that is befitting a former Miss Middlesex County, New Jersey, and the youngest of three accomplished daughters of a Manhattan Garment District business owner and former teacher. Brandt grew up in Woodbridge, a one-time cheerleader whose focus and drive were evident from an early age; by 21 she had her BA. Further, she made it a point to learn the legal landscape: she interned as an undergraduate at nearby Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, working for Barry T. Albin, who today sits on the New Jersey State Supreme Court. While at Penn Law School she worked as a summer associate at McCarter & English in Newark; those and other stops helped Brandt build a professional network valuable to this day. She joined Dilworth Paxson out of law school, where she took on her own family law cases, often involving litigation. "I knew from the start I wanted to be in the courtroom." In 1998 Cozen recruited Brandt, joining the firm's practice co-chair, at its headquarters. Brandt - poised, youthful, yet in manner still remarkably authoritative - knew she was a good fit for television, and she worked with the firm's marketing department to secure appearances. Many traditional lawyers have long sniffed at television, but Brandt has used it to her advantage: She first appeared on Lynn Doyle's "It's Your Call" on CN8, and was spotted by CNN producers not long thereafter. Over the years Brandt has become a reliable source for the networks seeking professional comment on high-profile cases. Today, in a routine few lawyers appreciate, Brandt must be meticulously coiffed virtually every workday, since TV producers often call at the last moment. All of that reliability for casting agents has paid off for her, though; "It's definitely helped my practice." Brandt remains fairly hands-on with her cases. A Cozen partner since 2005, Brandt is a growing asset to the firm. Her practice too takes her to many venues in New Jersey, where she remains well known. Brandt says her philosophy is simple: Always give advice that's in the long-term interests of the family. She and her husband, Glen Hassett, have two children, Zoe and Zachary. They live in Lower Merion Township.