Cozen O’Connor: Lee, Bernard

Bernard Lee

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-6961

(215) 665-2013

Bernard is a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, which consists of more than 60 attorneys in multiple offices. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, Bernard was a partner in the real estate department of a well-known Philadelphia law firm, which he joined in 1977. 

Bernard’s practice areas include real estate development and financing, mixed-use and mixed-finance projects, construction and architect agreements, and hotel management, acquisition, and development. His clients include individual developers and joint venture partners, small and major corporations, and governmental and quasi-governmental entities.

Bernard recently served as a commissioner on the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. He is a past member of the Executive Board of the Real Property Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and former president of the Barristers’ Association. Bernard’s recent pro bono work includes the representation of a church in the acquisition and financing of a building and serving as a mediator in the tenant-landlord Philadelphia Bar Association program. Bernard is active in his fraternity and provides legal services for them and is also an active member of the Real Estate Executive Council.

Bernard earned his undergraduate degree from Lake Forest College, where he served as president of his class, and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. 

Experience

News

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.

Cozen O’Connor Member Bernard Lee Honored by Philadelphia Bar Association

February 14, 2018

The Philadelphia Bar Association has announced that Bernard Lee, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, is the recipient of the 2017 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award.

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.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Fifty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 17, 2015

The current edition is based on more than five million detailed evaluations by the top lawyers of the country. This list will be included in dozens of city and regional publications in the United States including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Cozen O'Connor Helps Guide National Real Estate’s $141M Philly Loan

May 04, 2015

A team of Cozen O’Connor real estate attorneys, led by Howard Grossman, assisted a partnership comprised of affiliates of National Real Estate Development, Young Capital, SSH Real Estate and Joss Realty in its $141 million leasehold mortgage debt financing from Ullico, LLC, an insurance and investment firm.

Bernard Lee Receives Foundation of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division Renaissance Man Award

July 16, 2014

Bernard Lee, Co-Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department, is the 2014 recipient of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Foundation of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division’s (WLD Foundation) Renaissance Man Award. The WLD Foundation Renaissance Man Award recognizes Bernard’s outstanding achievements in his practice, his demonstrated commitment to ensuring paths of success for diverse women in the law and his unwavering commitment to serve as a mentor to many within the firm and beyond.

Abby Wenzel and Bernard Lee to Co-Chair Cozen O’Connor Real Estate Practice Group

January 06, 2014

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce two of its members — Abby M. Wenzel and Bernard Lee — will co-chair the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, replacing current Chair Herman C. Fala, who is taking over as general counsel at longtime client Liberty Property Trust.

46 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2013

Forty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from eight of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys were selected based on a rigorous peer-review of more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations. The list will be included in publications such as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York magazine.

43 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America

February 09, 2011

Forty-three Cozen O’Connor lawyers from six of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition based on a rigorous peer–review of more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations.

Forty-Two Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers in America

September 29, 2009

Forty-two Cozen O’Connor attorneys from seven of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Barristers' Association of Philadelphia

May 13, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

PBI: 18th Annual Real Estate Institute

December 04, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1977
  • Lake Forest College, B.A., 1972

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2007-2020

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2004-2008, 2010-2012

2019 Best Lawyers of Color

Philadelphia Bar Association 2019 Dennis Replansky Memorial Award

Women’s Division of National Bar Association Renaissance Man Award

Sadie Alexander Barristers Award

  • Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • National Bar Association