Cozen O’Connor Continues to Grow its National Real Estate Practice, Adding New York City Zoning Practitioner and Litigator Ariel S. Holzer

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

NEW YORK – July 23, 2019 – Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce Ariel S. Holzer, a New York City-based litigator who brings nearly 15 years of experience guiding developers, property owners, architects, and other related entities through the city’s complex zoning and land use application processes, has joined its national Real Estate Practice Group. Holzer comes to the firm from GoldmanHarris LLC and joins Cozen O’Connor’s midtown Manhattan office as counsel. He is the fourth prominent, senior-level attorney to join the firm’s East Coast Real Estate Practice in the past nine months.

In his new position Holzer will work with clients to prepare zoning and land use applications and represent them before a range of key New York City regulatory bodies, including the City Planning Commission, the Board of Standards and Appeals, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Department of Buildings as well as the Environmental Control Board and the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.

As a litigator, Holzer will also continue to represent clients in Article 78 disputes — proceedings that challenge the actions of the city’s land-use related administrative agencies and other government bodies — and support Cozen O’Connor’s real estate transaction, administrative, and litigation departments.

“Ariel has handled a wide range of administrative proceedings that typically accompany New York City’s complex, multifaceted real estate transactions,” says James R. Williams, co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Group. “As an experienced real estate litigator, Ariel can help clients identify and resolve potential legal issues at the outset and represent them in court should a legal dispute later arise. He’s a valuable addition to our New York practice.”

Holzer opted to join Cozen O’Connor because it’s one of the few major law firms to offer comprehensive, integrated legal services to leading real estate players, nationwide. 

“Coming from a boutique zoning and land use firm, I was often impeded by the inability to serve all of our client's real estate legal needs,” Holzer explains. “With full access to a range of noted and renowned real estate practitioners — in numerous real estate practice areas — I can now represent clients in virtually any type of real estate related legal issue.”

Fluent in Hebrew, Holzer earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. from Talmudic University of Florida.

He is the fourth senior-level attorney to join Cozen O’Connor’s East Coast Real Estate Practice in past nine months. In June James Grier Hoyt, one of D.C.’s leading commercial leasing attorneys, joined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Alex DuFour, a finance attorney who represents major lenders, investors, and developers, joined the Washington, D.C., office in March. Thea Parent — a leading Philadelphia-based real estate attorney who has documented and closed more than $1.5 billion in hospitality sector acquisitions and dispositions in the last three years alone — joined the Philadelphia office in November 2018.

About Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group

Cozen O'Connor's national Real Estate Practice Group represents REITs and other public companies, regional and national developers, owners, builders, managers, private equity funds, institutional and private investors, banks, and governments in the acquisition, development, financing, leasing, ground leasing, management, and sale of real estate in every asset class. It comprises more than 60 attorneys in 10 offices who are regularly supported by members of its corporate, litigation, tax, and environmental groups.

About Cozen O’Connor

Established in 1970, Cozen O’Connor has more than 750 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor services its clients’ needs through 30 offices across two continents.




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