Cozen O’Connor: Leonard, Jeffrey A.

Jeffrey A. Leonard

Chair, Business Law Department

Philadelphia

(215) 665-4157

(215) 665-2013

Recent News:

64 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has selected 64 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Jeff focuses his practice on real estate law, including real estate development, real estate finance, joint venture transactions, multifamily transactions, landlord-tenant disputes, and loan workouts. He currently serves on the firm's management committee and board of directors, and is chair of the firm's Business Law Department.

Jeff’s representations have included engagements by private equity funds in connection with the purchase of distressed debt, lenders in connection with construction and permanent financing, borrowers in connection with financings of a wide range of asset classes, including FNMA and Section 8 financings for multifamily projects, borrowers and lenders in loan work-out negotiations, corporations in connection with corporate headquarters acquisitions and leases, sales and leasing, a real estate investment trust in connection with a mixed-use condominium project, developer parties and investor parties in joint venture transactions, and buyers and sellers in portfolio acquisitions and dispositions.

Jeff is an executive board member of the PENJERDEL Council, an economic development council which promotes development of commerce in the Philadelphia region. He also serves on the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' board of directors. Jeff’s professional memberships include the American, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia bar associations and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Jeff is a 1982 graduate of Lafayette College and a 1985 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a member of The Tax Lawyer.

Experience

News

64 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 21, 2019

Super Lawyers has selected 64 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

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.

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

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.

Real Estate Lawyers Are In High Gear

July 13, 2016

Jeff Leonard discusses the impact that the Philadelphia real estate market’s record breaking volume and transaction amounts has had on real estate attorneys.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2016 Chambers USA Rankings

May 27, 2016

Chambers USA recognized 41 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Jeff Leonard Discusses 2016 Real Estate Market Outlook and Impact on Legal Practices

May 03, 2016

Jeff Leonard discusses the strong 2015 real estate market in comparison to the 2016 market, and what this means for law firms.

Cozen O’Connor Serves as Counsel to Maguire Hayden Real Estate Company Affiliate in Purchase of 300 Four Falls

January 08, 2016

The national real estate practice at Cozen O'Connor represented a Maguire Hayden Real Estate Company affiliate in its purchase of a seven story West Conshohocken office property for $98.4 million.

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 Earns Client Recognition in 2015 Chambers USA Rankings

July 06, 2015

Chambers USA recognized 37 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 10 were ranked in the top band.

Jefferson Health System Legal Counsel, Raphaely, Joins Cozen O’Connor as Co-Chair of Health Care Practice Group

July 09, 2014

Cozen O’Connor continues to strengthen its focus on health care with the recent hiring of R. Christopher Raphaely, who will serve as co-chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Previously deputy general counsel for the Jefferson Health System, and general counsel to the system’s accountable care organization and captive professional liability insurance companies, Raphaely will be resident in the Philadelphia office.

Best Corporate Practice: Jeffrey Leonard Describes the Practice’s Growth, Success and Strategy [The Legal Intelligencer]

July 30, 2013

On July 30, 2013, Jeffrey Leonard and Cozen O’Connor were featured in The Legal Intelligencer. The article, titled “From Beach Bodies to Bonds”, showcases the recent strategies that have led to success and growth for Cozen O’Connor. In the article, Leonard, of the Real Estate Practice Group, explained how Cozen O’Connor’s entrepreneurial spirit has helped them stay nimble enough to meet client demands through unique servicing and pricing strategies during the recession.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2013 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2013

PHILADELPHIA – May 26, 2013 – Chambers USA has recognized 29 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields; five attorneys were recognized nationally and five were ranked in the top band.

Six Cozen O’Connor Members Named to SmartCEO’s 2012 Legal Elite List

December 18, 2012

Michael J. Heller, Larry P. Laubach, Steven N. Haas, Jeffrey A. Leonard, Herman C. Fala and Jeffrey G. Weil were named to the Philadelphia SmartCEO’s 2012 list of Legal Elite.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2012 Chambers USA Rankings

June 11, 2012

Chambers USA has recognized 28 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields; five attorneys were recognized nationally and three were ranked in the top band.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2011 Chambers USA Rankings

June 16, 2011

Chambers USA has recognized 27 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers By Law & Politics

May 28, 2009

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that 52 attorneys from the firm’s Philadelphia and West Conshohocken offices have been named 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics, and will appear in the June 2009 issues of Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers By Law & Politics

May 29, 2008

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that 42 attorneys from the firm’s Philadelphia and West Conshohocken offices have been named 2008 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics, and will appear in the June 2008 issues of Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Cozen O’Connor Forms New Practice Group to Address Credit Market Crisis

January 16, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Forms New Practice Group to Address Credit Market Crisis

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1985
  • Lafayette College, A.B., 1982

Awards & Honors

Chambers & Partners USA 2011-2019

Best Lawyers in America 2015-2020

Named a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics 2004-2018

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Penjerdel Council
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association