Real Estate & Construction

Recent News:

Cozen O’Connor Taps Nevada Litigator Karl O. Riley to Manage its Las Vegas Office

Riley joins the firm as a member within the firm’s Commercial Litigation department. Additionally, Riley will be a part of the Labor & Employment, Class Actions, and Appellate practice groups.


The real estate and construction industry is a major component of the global economy. In the United States alone, millions of people are employed in related occupations. Industry leaders in this sprawling and vital sector must be prepared to evolve and adapt when unforeseen circumstances arise. The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought the importance of agility to the forefront.

Cozen O’Connor has a renowned real estate and construction practice that provides clients with the long-range perspective members of the industry demand. Our attorneys regularly counsel clients on acquisitions, development, financing, construction, disposition, and disputes. The firm’s dedicated real estate lawyers are often involved in the industry’s most sophisticated deals and most complex litigation. They are privy to — and often a driving force behind — critical legal advancements. And when clients face real estate projects in distress, our distressed real estate team works with developers, investors, banks, non-bank lenders, construction companies, landlords, tenants, owners, and operators to address distressed assets head-on.

Our practice has a truly national reach, and we represent commercial and residential developers, shopping center and office developers, property owners, real estate investment trusts, banks and lenders, investors, national and regional retail companies, real estate brokerage companies, public and privately held companies, property management companies, municipalities, general contractors and subcontractors, architects and engineers, building owners and manufacturers of construction-related products. Our attorneys counsel clients on issues related to office buildings, shopping centers, warehouses, commercial and industrial structures, highways, bridges, dams, docks, piers, refineries, drilling structures, and all residential structures from single-family dwellings to apartment house complexes.

Real estate and construction are exceedingly technical fields, and Cozen O’Connor attorneys are known for the depth of their technical knowledge. Whether discussing the specifics of compressive strength, load specifications, liquidation calculations, or insurance rates, our attorneys are fluent in industry-specific terminology, operations and formulas. Having lawyers with this degree of substantive background saves time, improves communication, and results in more sophisticated advocacy on behalf of our clients.



  • Defend clients in commercial disputes involving real estate transactions
  • Represent construction clients in cases of catastrophic personal injury or death, design errors and omissions, defects, surety and performance bond default matters, “sick building” syndrome, and delay/cost overrun damages
  • Respond to OSHA and ADA civil rights violation claims
  • Lead industry-wide construction products litigation and arbitrations


  • Lead real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development, and leasing deals
  • Analyze and prepare construction-related contracts
  • Arrange complex financings via senior debt, mezzanine debt, or structured finance
  • Perform loan restructuring, workouts, and foreclosures
  • Handle environmental impact assessments and risk allocation
  • Advise clients on partnering, leasing, and zoning transactions

Corporate and Regulatory

  • Provide guidance on insurance, indemnification, mechanic’s liens, and surety
  • Counsel clients on OSHA and ADA compliance
  • Assist clients with environmental regulations, land use, zoning, and condemnation laws
  • Advise construction and real estate professionals on industry best practices and standards



  • Real Estate
  • Environmental Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Labor & Employment
  • Tax
  • Insurance Coverage Claims/Litigation
  • Subrogation





Pennsylvania’s Prompt Payment Act Applies to Mixed Use Construction [Alert]

August 12, 2021

Kenny Cushing and Nick Berenato discuss the Pennsylvania Superior Court's decision in El-Gharbaoui v. Ajayi.

Climate Change – Real Estate Impact [White Paper]

March 22, 2021

Matthew Weinstein and Harrison Haas discuss how climate change impacts the real estate industry and the ways property owners, developers, governmental authorities, and others intend to tackle the perceived effect of climate change.

Boards Should Prepare Now for a Potential Second Wave of COVID-19

June 05, 2020

Leni Cummins and Jennifer Miller discuss changes to governing documents condo and coop boards should make that better equip themselves for this new reality.

Debt Cancellation Income Arising in Connection with the Ownership of Real Estate

June 03, 2020

Part II of a two-part series on the income tax rules applied to taxpayers recognizing cancellation of indebtedness income.

Now is the Time for Construction Impact Claims [Alert]

June 02, 2020

Chris Sweeney and Alex Busch explain why now could be the perfect moment for contractors to draw a baseline and measure the impacts to date and start measuring future impacts.

Lease Provisions To Consider in the Age of COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Adam Silverman discusses some provisions worth considering in new lease documents in the COVID-19 era.

COVID-Driven Commercial Litigation – What Businesses Can Expect

May 08, 2020

Adam Schlatner and Michael de Leeuw discuss potential COVID-19 related litigation, based on what is already happening and the legacy of other downturns.

Commercial Tenants Raising Impossibility of Performance and Frustration of Purpose [Alert]

May 06, 2020

Menachem J. Kastner, Emily Shoor, and Andrew Punzo discuss the case law behind New York courts applying the common law doctrines of Impossibility of Performance and Frustration of Purpose narrowly and strictly and only in limited circumstances.

Midwest States Allow Resumption of Some Construction Projects [Alert]

May 04, 2020

Sam Mogensen and Chris Sweeney provide updates on recent stay-at-home orders in the midwest and how they are impacting the construction industry.

Real Estate Tax Appeals [Alert]

April 30, 2020

Joe Bright advises real estate owners to consider filing an appeal of the assessed values assigned to properties for the tax year 2021.

New York’s Phased Plan to Reopen begins with Construction Industry [Alert]

April 29, 2020

Nick Berenato discusses New York's plan to reopen in phases.

What OSHA’s New Guidance Means for the Construction Industry

April 17, 2020

Chris Sweeney explains what the new OSHA guidance means for the construction industry.

New Jersey Imposes Additional Requirements on Construction Project Sites [Alert]

April 10, 2020

Nick Berenato and Chris Sweeney discuss New Jersey's latest executive order and what it means for construction project sites.

Federal Income Tax Consequences of Defaults and Restructurings Under Lease Agreements

April 10, 2020

Thomas J. Gallagher and Dennis L. Cohen discuss the intricacies of section 467 lease agreements and the surprising and unexpected consequences.

UPDATE: Several Midwest States Close Non-Essential Businesses – Potential Construction Impacts

April 10, 2020

Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, and Alex Busch detail the various stay-at-home orders issued by Midwest states and the impact of each on the construction industry.

Do Not Sign That Lien Waiver [Alert]

April 02, 2020

Chris Sweeney discusses what contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers should do before signing any lien waivers.

Property Owners Must Act to Reap Benefits of Two New Laws [Alert]

April 02, 2020

Leni Cummins, David Hackett, and Marty Schrier discuss how property owners and condo and coop boards can take advantage of programs in FFCRA and the CARES Act.

Interstate Travel for Construction During COVID-19 Restrictions [Alert]

April 01, 2020

Chris Sweeney discusses options for employees who must cross state lines for work and deal with conflicting stay-at-home orders.

D.C. Closes Non-Essential Businesses, Restricts Sick Employees of Essential Businesses [Alert]

March 31, 2020

Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, Kelly Trout, and Alex Busch discuss the D.C. mayor's order closing all non-essential businesses and how it impacts the construction industry.

What is Emergency and Essential Construction Under Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order? [Alert]

March 31, 2020

Leni Cummins and Jennifer Miller discuss the Department of Building's guidance following Governor Cuomo's order halting all non-essential construction in New York.

COVID-19 Construction Update: NJ, NY, DE, and PA Close Businesses

March 27, 2020

Nicholas Berenato, Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, and Alex Busch review the executive orders from the governors of Delaware, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and the impact on the construction industry.

West Coast States Close Businesses Due to COVID-19 [Alert]

March 25, 2020

Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, and Alex Busch discuss orders in California, Oregon, and Washington closing businesses due to coronavirus.

Pennsylvania Law Passed Requiring Mandatory Use of E-Verify in the Construction Industry [Alert]

October 11, 2019

Michael Hanlon and Fran Rayer discuss the new Pennsylvania law affecting the construction industry that goes into effect on October 6, 2020.

Indemnity and Additional Insureds: Tools for Risk Shifting

August 22, 2017

Fred Jacoby, Ray DeLuca, and Jeff Mullen, of Cozen O'Connor's Construction Law Group, published, "Indemnity and Additional Insureds: Tools for Risk Shifting," in The Legal's Construction Law supplement.

Newly Paved Path for Asserting Construction Defect Claims in Florida [Commercial Litigation Alert]

September 15, 2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 87 into law, codified at ch. 2015-165, which amends the Florida’s Construction Defect Statute. These amendments will go into effect on October 1, 2015

Five things to know about de Blasio and the built envir. [New York Real Estate Journal]

December 08, 2014

Ken Fisher, a member in the firm's Business Law Department, discusses New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo impact on infrastructure and real estate development in New York City.

Mind the Gaps in General Liability Coverage for Construction Companies Operating in Multiple States [Business Insurance]

March 14, 2014

Construction companies operating in multiple jurisdictions are finding that standardized language used in typical liability policies is subject to considerably different interpretations from one state to another.

Philadelphia Releases Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Regulations for Large Commercial Buildings [Real Estate Alert]

July 22, 2013

On July 10, 2013, the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) issued draft regulations filling in the compliance requirements of Philadelphia’s mandatory energy and water disclosure ordinance (the Disclosure Ordinance) that was enacted in June 2012. The draft regulations will become final on August 2, 2013.

Fiscal Cliff Act Impacts on Energy Efficiency Credits [Real Estate Alert]

January 07, 2013

Besides extending the lower tax rates for millions of Americans, as well as avoiding across the board federal budget cuts, the eleventh-hour legislative compromise reinstated two business and personal tax credits applicable to energy efficiency residences and appliances. Contractors or developers of homes or low-rise multi-family projects, as well as individuals considering energy efficient renovations or appliance purchases, should consider the availability of these tax credits.

The Push for a Greener Philadelphia: City Adopts New Energy Benchmarking Requirements for Owners of Large Commercial Buildings [Real Estate Alert]

December 14, 2012

In August 2012, the mayor of Philadelphia signed into law Bill 120428-A, which establishes new energy benchmarking requirements for owners of certain large commercial and mixed-use buildings. The energy benchmarking bill requires owners of “covered buildings” to report and disclose data annually related to energy and water usage and other building characteristics.1 Covered buildings include any commercial building with at least 50,000 square feet, and all commercial portions of any mixed-use building where at least 50,000 square feet of the building is devoted to commercial use.

That's A Wrap [Construction Today]

March 01, 2012

''Wrap'' insurance programs have become a popular alternative to traditional insurance arrangements, particularly on large construction projects. However, contractors need to be aware of some of the unique issues that arise in wrap programs - specifically, liability insurance wraps.

New Accounting Rules to Require Tenants to Reflect Operating Leases on Balance Sheet [Real Estate Alert!]

July 05, 2011

New Accounting Rules to Require Tenants to Reflect Operating Leases on Balance Sheet - Real Estate Alert! - consider the possible impact of new accounting rules to be issued shortly by the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board. These rules likely will eliminate the accounting distinctions between an operating lease and a capital lease, thus eliminating a tenant's ability to keep "liabilities" under an operating lease off its balance sheet.

Energy Alchemy: Turning Building Energy Use into a Profit Center [Real Estate Alert!]

June 01, 2011

Energy Alchemy: Turning Building Energy Use into a Profit Center - Real Estate Alert! - This Alert describes various strategies that a building owner or manager might employ to reduce energy costs or even transform them into building revenues. Co-Author Shapiro is both an attorney and a LEED Accredited Professional, and maintains a blog on green building legal issues at

Bid Rigging In The Crosshairs [Construction Today]

April 01, 2011

Bid Rigging In The Crosshairs - Construction Today -

Hidden Traps: Builders should watch for the pitfalls of the Interstate Land Sale Full Disclosure Act [Construction Today]

February 01, 2011

Hidden Traps: Builders should watch for the pitfalls of the Interstate Land Sale Full Disclosure Act - Construction Today -

Pennsylvania Licensing Boards' Penalty Assessments Increasing [Real Estate Alert!]

January 19, 2011

Pennsylvania Licensing Boards' Penalty Assessments Increasing - Real Estate Alert! - This Alert cautions Pennsylvania real estate owners and property managers to examine whether their customary operating practices could lead to severe fines for the unlicensed practice of real estate brokerage by their executives and employees. While the Alert focuses on Pennsylvania law, the basic message is valid in all jurisdictions -- a periodic review of your customary operating procedures is critical to avoid a "drift" into administrative or regulatory minefields.

OSHA Proposes New Interpretation of Noise Standard for Construction and General Industry [Labor & Employment Alert!]

October 19, 2010

On October 19, 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a notice in the Federal Register proposing to change the way in which the noise exposure standards for construction and general industry are interpreted, and modifying its enforcement policy accordingly.

The Developers' To-Do List While Waiting for Money to Thaw [Real Estate Alert!]

October 15, 2010

The Developers' To-Do List While Waiting for Money to Thaw - Real Estate Alert! - Tempting though it may be to spend time and effort on projects and tasks that got shunted aside during the heyday of the last real estate boom, but never went away, or on non-business pursuits, this is a perfect time -- even a critical time -- to position yourself and your businesses for the next economy. Please call us for additional suggestions, implementation advice, or just a good sounding board for your own ideas.

It’s Not Easy Being Green: New York City Adopts New Requirements Concerning Energy and Water Use Benchmarking, Energy Audits, Energy Use Retro-Commissioning, Lighting System Retrofitting and Electricity Submetering for Covered Buildings [Real Estate Alert!]

September 15, 2010

It’s Not Easy Being Green: New York City Adopts New Requirements Concerning Energy and Water Use Benchmarking, Energy Audits, Energy Use Retro-Commissioning, Lighting System Retrofitting and Electricity Submetering for Covered Buildings - Real Estate Alert! - This Alert addresses three local laws requiring energy conservation measures by owners of New York City residential and non-residential buildings containing more than 50,000 square feet of area. Although two of these local laws have compliance deadlines that are far in the future, some as early as 2013 and some as late as 2025, there are real advantages for those owners who elect to perform the work immediately.

To Eject or Evict - a Lease's 'Conditional' Dilemma [New York Law Journal]

August 30, 2010

This article addresses the drafting and interpretation of a provision found in all leases: the ''default provision.'' Specifically, this article provides an analysis of the ultra-subtle and ''age-old distinction'' between the ''conditional limitation'' and the ''condition subsequent'' (the latter sometimes referred to as a ''condition''). The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has noted that, when it comes to distinguishing between these two types of default provisions, New York courts have been ''far from consistent.''

SHARING RISK: Indemnification can be a valuable tool for builders [Construction Today]

August 01, 2010

SHARING RISK: Indemnification can be a valuable tool for builders - Construction Today - a familiar scenario – you are the general contractor on a large commercial project; the cast of characters working with you is huge,
the relationships complex. As the general contractor, your primary responsibility is the coordination of the construction, including scheduling and logistics so the work of your subcontractors is carried out as efficiently and smoothly as possible

Pennsylvania Suspends the Expiration Dates of Development Permits and Approvals Until July 2, 2013 [Real Estate Alert!]

July 07, 2010

Pennsylvania Suspends the Expiration Dates of Development Permits and Approvals Until July 2, 2013 - Real Estate Alert! - This Alert addresses an Act passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature and signed by the Governor just this week, suspending the expiration dates of development permits and approvals issued by state and local governments and agencies throughout Pennsylvania. The Act applies to permits and approvals that expired after December 31, 2008, as well as those permits and approvals that are otherwise scheduled to expire prior to July 2, 2013.

Truth in Labelling: Is that lease really ‘triple net’? [New York Law Journal]

June 21, 2010

Truth in Labelling: Is that lease really ‘triple net’? - New York Law Journal - No matter the label, the “ triple net” nature
of a lease ultimately depends upon its financial
terms and allocation of risk. It is, however, usually inaccurate and misleading to conceptualize what is essentially a space lease transaction, shift some of the payment and/or performance obligations from the landlord to the tenant, and characterize the result as a “triple net lease.”

Colorado Legislature Poised to Alter Landscape of Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects [Insurance Coverage Alert!]

May 03, 2010

Colorado Legislature Poised to Alter Landscape of Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects - Insurance Coverage Alert! - Later this week the Colorado State Legislature is expected to pass HB 1394, a bill that will dramatically change the insurance coverage available for construction professionals arising out of faulty construction. The stated purpose of HB 1394 is to reverse General Security Indem. Co. of America v. Mountain States Mut. Cas. Co., 205 P.3d 529 (Colo. App. 2009), which held that claims for damages arising from poor workmanship, standing alone, do not allege an accident that constitutes a

Winning The Bid [Construction Today Quarterly]

April 01, 2010

Winning The Bid - Construction Today Quarterly - With the proliferation of public / private partnership, the potential launching of the PPIP program as part of the Federal Government’s Stimulus Plan and the need to plug financing holes with public funds on what in the past were exclusively privately funded deals, there are many pitfalls for the unwary developer / owner. One of the more unique aspects of publicly funded projects (whether in whole or in part) is the selection of contractors.

Who's At Fault? [Construction Today Quarterly]

April 01, 2010

Who's At Fault? - Construction Today Quarterly -

Chinese Drywall Litigation [Subrogation Whitepaper]

July 09, 2009

Chinese Drywall Litigation - Subrogation Whitepaper - In a prior Alert, Defective Drywall: The Not‐So‐Great Wall of China1, we discussed the reported problems with Chinese‐manufactured drywall (“Chinese drywall”). This whitepaper provides an overview of pending litigation
arising out of the issues associated with Chinese drywall. From 2004 through 2006, the housing boom and rebuilding efforts necessitated by various hurricanes led to a shortage of construction materials. As a result, U.S. builders and suppliers

Tips for Expert Witnesses [Structure Magazine]

April 01, 2009

Tips for Expert Witnesses - Structure Magazine -

Construction Defects - Colorado Court of Appeals Rules Faulty Workmanship is Not an Occurrence [Insurance Coverage Alert!]

March 17, 2009

Construction Defects - Colorado Court of Appeals Rules Faulty Workmanship is Not an Occurrence - Insurance Coverage Alert! - On February 19, 2009, the Colorado Court of Appeals
held that a claim for damages arising from poor
workmanship, standing alone, does not allege an
accident that constitutes an occurrence, regardless of the
underlying legal theory pled. General Security Indemnity
Company of AZ v. Mountain States Mutual Cas. Co. (Case Nos.
CA07CA2291 & 07CA2292, February 19, 2009).

Executive Insights [Construction Executive]

February 01, 2009

Under the new Obama administration, Congress is expected to pass legislation to inject much needed capital into government projects. However, in the current economic climate, the construction industry landscape is a potential legal minefield and contractors should proceed with caution. In the words of Cozen O'Connor's F. Warren Jacoby, ''With the high cost of litigation, few contractors can weather more than one significant claim, irrespective of whether or not they are liable.''

BIM! You've Been Sued! [STRUCTURE]

February 01, 2009

BIM! You've Been Sued! - STRUCTURE - It has not happened yet. To date, no law- suit has been filed based upon the use of
Building Information Modeling (BIM) in a
project. But it will. It's only a matter of time.
Up until recently, BIM has mostly been used
as a design tool in experimental, high profile,
complex construction projects like the Freedom
Tower at the former World Trade Center site,
the London Hospital project, and refurbishment

Dangerous Liaisons: What to Do Before Things Go Wrong [Constructor Magazine]

January 28, 2009

Dangerous Liaisons: What to Do Before Things Go Wrong - Constructor Magazine - An indemnification or hold- harmless clause in a construction contract shifts liability and protects parties involved in the agreement.
Take a typical scenario: an owner hires an architect and a general contractor to design and build an addition. The general contractor hires various subcontractors. During construction, a collapse occurs, causing extensive damage and injuries. The injured workers file lawsuits against the owner, architect, GC and various subs.

Risk Management 101 [BEST'S REVIEW]

August 01, 2008

Risk Management 101 - BEST'S REVIEW - The value of customer data is recognized by all businesses. Each piece of data brings power but also risks. You can use it, sell it, update it, ignore it - even and here's the catch - lose it.

If your business possesses personal, identifiable, information such as Social Security numbers of dates of birth, customer account information such as account numbers and expiration dates, or medical records, then you have a legal duty to maintain the privacy of that information.

Construction Contract Pitfalls [ForConstructionPros.Com]

July 10, 2008

Construction Contract Pitfalls - ForConstructionPros.Com - Whether you have a high-priced lawyer on retainer, a lawyer friend, or no legal advisor whatsoever, before you sign on any dotted line - you must personally read the contract - the whole contract - thoroughly understand it, and ensure you can live up to its terms. Many believe that as long as the business terms are
acceptable, they do not have to pay attention to all the legal "mumbo jumbo." Nothing could be further from the truth. There are a number of boilerplate terms in construction

Hiring the Right Subcontractor for the Job []

July 08, 2008

Hiring the Right Subcontractor for the Job - - A general contractor is like the head coach of a football team: the buck stops here. When there are problems on a construction project, the owner expects the contractor to fix them.
Sometimes a contractor can compel the subcontractor who caused the problem to fix it. For example, if the HVAC system isn't working properly, the contractor can have the HVAC subcontractor patch the leaking ducts or re-balance the system. But sometimes it doesn't

The Electronic Paper Chase: What You Don’t Save Can Hurt You [Constructor]

April 01, 2008

The Electronic Paper Chase: What You Don’t Save Can Hurt You - Constructor - Over the past decade, an increasing amount of business is being conducted electronically, much of it by e-mail. It's estimated that there are more than one billion business e -mails created in the U.S. each day. Less than 20% of these are ever printed, and 95% or more of all new
documents are stored electronically. Some formal structure was needed to govern this volume of data within the litigation context.

Insurance Coverage is Not One Size Fits All [ForConstructionPros.Com]

March 25, 2008

Insurance Coverage is Not One Size Fits All - ForConstructionPros.Com - Construction contractors typically secure commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policies and assume that these policies address all of their risks. However, these CGL policies may not always apply or cover all risk scenarios that a contractor may face in a construction project. In fact, there are a variety of instances in which CGL policies may not provide the protection contemplated by a contractor. Let's discuss a few.

Contract Clauses to Know and Love [STRUCTURE]

January 01, 2008

Contract Clauses to Know and Love - STRUCTURE -

The Effect of Co-workers’ Actions in Scaffold Law Cases [The Defense Association of New York]

December 01, 2007

The Effect of Co-workers’ Actions in Scaffold Law Cases - The Defense Association of New York - The superseding actions of a third party have long been recognized in negligence cases as breaking the link between a defendant’s conduct and a plaintiff’s injury. The defense is also available when defending Labor Law § 240(1) claims, and Labor Law attorneys should keep this in mind.

Are You Really Covered By Your Insurance? [STRUCTURE]

December 01, 2007

Are You Really Covered By Your Insurance? - STRUCTURE - Engineers and other entities in the construction industry must understand their policies, the extent of the coverage provided, the effects of various exclusions in the polices and the duties arising under the policies and applicable contracts (in terms of defending or indemnifying another contractor or subcontractor) in order to adequately protect themselves when a catastrophic event occurs during construction.

The Care and Feeding of an Expert Witness - Watch Out, They May Bite! [STRUCTURE]

October 01, 2007

The Care and Feeding of an Expert Witness - Watch Out, They May Bite! - STRUCTURE -

Sorting Out Liability after a Disaster [STRUCTURE]

September 01, 2007

Sorting Out Liability after a Disaster - STRUCTURE - Architects and engineers are often involved in all aspects of planning and designing a building, perhaps supervising construction and maintaining safety standards. A person providing such professional services has the legal duty to exercise the degree of skill, care and diligence common to other professional members under similar circumstances. Because architects and engineers possess knowledge, skill and training superior to that of the ordinary person,

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2019 Construction SuperConference

December 16, 2019 - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

2018 Construction SuperConference

December 10, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV

A Day on Real Estate - East 2018

August 23, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

PBI Real Estate Institute 2017

December 07, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Bisnow: The Future of SoCal

November 15, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA

2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference

September 28, 2016 - San Diego, CA

Harco Verdict Impact on Construction Industry

July 27, 2016 - New York, NY

ICSC US Shopping Center Law Conference

October 31, 2015 - Phoenix, AZ

The Politics of Preservation

August 06, 2015 - New York, NY

Barristers' Association of Philadelphia

May 13, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

Real Estate Insurance Liabilities Program

February 24, 2015 - Webinar

ABC's of EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

December 17, 2014 - Webinar

PBI: 18th Annual Real Estate Institute

December 04, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

4th Annual Philadelphia Multifamily Summit

October 28, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Building Reuse in Philadelphia: Doing Well by Doing Good

September 23, 2014 - Philadelphia, Pa

Museums: Culture and Construction

May 22, 2014 - Webinar

Third Annual NYU Real Estate Symposium

April 23, 2014 - New York, New York

PLI's 15th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute

November 22, 2013 - New York, NY

2013 ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference

October 16, 2013 - San Diego, CA

New York State MWBE Forum

October 03, 2013 - Albany, NY

The 3rd Annual Real Estate General Counsel Forum

September 30, 2013 - New York, NY

In The News

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Former Toll Brothers Vice President and Counsel Wendy F. Klein Keane to Construction Practice

July 26, 2021

The former vice president and litigation and risk management counsel brings to this nationally recognized construction practice close to two decades of distinguished experience having managed hundreds of litigations and arbitrations through discovery, hearings, appeals, and/or settlement.

Cozen O’Connor Adds Former Silverstein Properties Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jonathan W. Knipe

March 08, 2021

Knipe has spent the past 15 years with Silverstein Properties, serving in the capacity of chief legal officer and corporate secretary, and was instrumental in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center properties after 9/11.

Cozen O’Connor Taps Nevada Litigator Karl O. Riley to Manage its Las Vegas Office

September 08, 2020

Riley joins the firm as a member within the firm’s Commercial Litigation department. Additionally, Riley will be a part of the Labor & Employment, Class Actions, and Appellate practice groups.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Two More Construction Law Attorneys to its Washington D.C. Office

October 07, 2019

Cozen O’Connor today announced attorneys Christopher M. Sweeney and Alexandra E. Busch have joined its Washington D.C. Construction Law practice, bringing to four the number of lawyers who have joined the fast-growing practice in just the past two weeks.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O'Connor Practice Areas and Nine Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2019 Legal Guide

June 14, 2019

The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O'Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, and Jeffrey Mullen to its 2019 Legal Guide.

Adam Silverman Elected Fellow of American College of Real Estate Lawyers

April 03, 2019

Adam Silverman, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group in Philadelphia, has been elected a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).

Calif. Builders Strategize Ahead Of 2020 Solar Panel Rules

January 11, 2019

David Shimkin, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in Law360's article, "Calif. Builders Strategize Ahead Of 2020 Solar Panel Rules."

Cozen O'Connor Leads McCarthy Cook & Co. in $179.7M Purchase of Mountain View Office Campus

September 14, 2018

Paul Rutter, a member in Real Estate, was featured in the Dealmaker Section of the Daily Journal. Paul led the Cozen O'Connor team that negotiated real estate investment and development firm McCarthy Cook & Co.'s $179.7 million acquisition of an office campus in Mountain View.

Investors Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions Bought More Than 1,200 Properties

November 13, 2017

Jeffery Gilbert, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, was quoted in the Daily Business Review's article, "Investors Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions Bought More Than 1,200 Properties."

Going after Amazon's HQ2 is like going after the Olympics

September 13, 2017

Jeffrey Mills, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice, discusses how competitive incentives could benefit Amazon’s search for a new headquarters in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Sign of the Times

May 12, 2017

Leni Cummins, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses the rise in political signage on condominium and cooperative units and the legal implications for their boards in The Cooperator.

Ken Fisher Represents Family-Run Construction Company

May 04, 2017

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Business Law Department, shares his client's hopes for a new office space.

Nationally Renowned Construction Law Practice Joins Cozen O’Connor

April 25, 2017

Four lawyers from Pepper Hamilton have joined Cozen O’Connor to spearhead the Construction Law Group. For more than three decades, these lawyers have successfully handled some of the largest and most complex construction litigation matters throughout the United States and abroad.


William F. Davis

Vice Chair, Real Estate

(212) 883-4947

Josh M. Greenbaum


(215) 665-2788

Fred Warren Jacoby

Vice Chairman

(215) 665-2154

Vincent P. Pozzuto


(212) 908-1284


Related Practice Areas

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from Cozen O'Connor

Enter your City or Zip.

Probably shouldn't change this:
Sign up to receive alerts, publications, and event / webinar invites.

By submitting your contact information, you are giving Cozen O'Connor consent to contact you via email.