James M. Kwartnik, Jr.



(215) 665-6937

(215) 665-2013

Jim, who was recognized in 2019 as one of three Law360 “Rising Stars” in construction law and has spent his entire career in the construction industry, often gets involved in his clients’ projects from the outset, providing project delivery system advice and working closely with clients throughout the contracting process. Aided by his business background, Jim has extensive experience drafting and negotiating a wide array of construction, renovation, architectural services, design-build, engineering and consulting contracts from both sides of the table on projects and for clients situated throughout the country. Once these projects are up and running, Jim provides ongoing project counseling and dispute avoidance or mitigation advice to his clients.

When disputes cannot be avoided, Jim counsels and represents his clients through the dispute resolution process. Jim has been involved in disputes arising in connection with projects in the public and private sectors.  He has experience counseling his clients through the various types of disputes they face in the construction industry, including bid protests, scope disputes, payment claims, delay and disruption claims, termination claims, defective design claims, mechanics’ lien claims, and bond claims, to name a few.

Jim’s counseling and dispute resolution clients include owners, developers, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors and design professionals. He has worked on projects in numerous sectors of the construction industry, including commercial office towers, luxury condominiums and apartment buildings, hotels, industrial facilities, cannabis facilities, power plants, and infrastructure construction.

While in college, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma (the National Business Honor Society), Jim worked for a construction management firm in its accounting department. After graduating magna cum laude, Jim moved on to become the controller of a regional specialty subcontractor, performing various accounting and management functions. While serving in that role, Jim also attended law school full time in the evening. For four years, Jim continued to gain practical construction business experience by day and earned his law degree by night.



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