Matthew H. Kamens

Senior Counsel

Philadelphia

(215) 665-2079

(215) 701-2257

New York

(212) 883-4912

Matthew concentrates his practice in trusts, estate, and business planning matters, as well as complex estate administration.  He has planned for, and handled the administration of, many large estates, including estate and gift tax planning and audits, disposition of assets both public and private, and matters affecting multi-generational planning.

Matthew serves as a trustee of a number of  substantial trusts holding liquid and illiquid assets and commercial and residential real estate.  He has significant experience in structuring major philanthropic gifts of all types and managing relationships with charitable organizations.  He also has extensive knowledge of life insurance and its structuring in estate planning contexts, and has handled the negotiation and preparation of many complex prenuptial agreements.  Matthew has a broad experience in planning with clients’ collections of fine arts, and he frequently acts as liaison to international and regional auction houses, museums, and art appraisers, overseeing the acquisition, maintenance, gifting, and sale of multi-million dollar collections.

Through June, 2020, Matthew was a long-time member of the board of trustees, executive committee and other committees of the Agnes Irwin School.  He was a member of the board of directors of the Jones Group, Inc. for more than a decade before its sale in 2014.  During his career, he has served as co-chairman of the board of trustees of the National Museum of American Jewish History, as a vice president and member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Federation Endowments Corporation, and as a member of the board of directors and board of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Matthew serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he teaches the course Gift and Estate Tax in Practice.

Matthew earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Franklin and Marshall College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his law degree, with honors, from Columbia University School of Law. 

News

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

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.

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

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Publications

End-of-Year Estate Planning [Private Client Services Alert!]

December 07, 2009

End-of-Year Estate Planning - Private Client Services Alert! - As we move quickly toward year end, consider the following for this year and for 2010"End-of-Year Estate Planning".

Education

  • Columbia University, J.D., 1976
  • Franklin and Marshall College, B.A., cum laude, 1973

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 1993-2021

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Estate Planning Council