Bernard Lee

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-6961

(215) 665-2013

Our friend and colleague Bernard Lee passed away on Sunday, November 7. Bernard was a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group  since he first joined the firm in 2009. Bernard was not only highly regarded by his clients, but he was a great partner, mentor, and friend to all of us. He will be greatly missed.

Bernard served two terms as a member of the board of directors of Cozen O'Connor and a five-year term as co-chair of the real estate practice group. Bernard’s practice areas included real estate development and financing, mixed-use and mixed-finance projects, construction and architect agreements, and hotel management, acquisition, and development. His clients included individual developers and joint venture partners, small and major corporations, and governmental and quasi-governmental entities. He also represented borrowers in workouts of loans, as well as owners and tenants in terminations and settlements of leases.

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 included the representation of a church in the acquisition and financing of a building and served as a mediator in the tenant-landlord Philadelphia Bar Association program. Bernard was active in his fraternity and provided legal services for them and was also an active member of the Real Estate Executive Council; a national member organization of experienced black real estate professionals.

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

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).

Bernard Lee Honored by The Legal Intelligencer for Lifetime Achievement

June 10, 2020

Bernard Lee, member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate group, has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a 2020 Professional Excellence Award winner in the Lifetime Achievement category.

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.

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 2007-2022

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2004-2008, 2010-2012

2019 Best Lawyers of Color

Philadelphia Bar Association 2019 Dennis Replansky Memorial Award

The Legal Intelligencer 2020 Professional Excellence Award, Lifetime Achievement 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