Cozen O’Connor: Kwartnik, James M.

James M. Kwartnik, Jr.



(215) 665-6937

(215) 665-2013

James focuses his practice on construction law. Prior to becoming an attorney, James worked for a construction management firm and a Northeast regional specialty subcontractor performing various accounting and management functions. Building on that experience, his practice focuses exclusively on the construction industry. 

James has counseled and represented construction managers, general contractors, design professionals, developers, and subcontractors in all phases of construction projects, both public and private, and through the dispute resolution process. He has experience in numerous sectors of the construction industry, having worked on projects involving infrastructure construction, renovation and expansion, power plants, industrial facilities, hotels, and other commercial vertical construction. 

He also counsels and represents clients through the contract negotiation process and has experience drafting a wide array of construction, project management and design services contracts.

James received his bachelor’s degree in finance, magna cum laude, from Saint Joseph’s University, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Business Honor Society. James earned his law degree from Temple University School of Law.



James Kwartnik recognized as a Law360 Rising Star

October 16, 2019

James Kwartnik has been recognized as a 2019 Rising Star by Law360.

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.


2017 AIA Contract Documents Update [Construction Alert]

September 25, 2017

James Kwartnik and Fred Jacoby discuss the AIA's changes to A201 (General Conditions of the Contract for Construction) documents.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2019 Construction SuperConference

December 16, 2019 - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

2018 Construction SuperConference

December 10, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV


  • Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • St. Joseph's University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2003

Awards & Honors

Law360, Rising Star for Construction 2019

  • Pennsylvania