Jeff Leonard is the founder of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice, co-chair of the Business Law Department, and a member of the firm’s board of directors and Management Committee.
Jeff has decades of experience handling sophisticated real estate transactions, including portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, ground lease transactions, multifamily acquisitions and financings, large-scale urban development projects, joint venture formation, private equity investments, loan workouts, and leasing. Jeff prides himself as being a deal maker who can facilitate practical solutions for complex real estate issues.
Jeff was the firm’s first real estate attorney when he joined Cozen O’Connor. Since the Real Estate Practice’s humble origin, Cozen O’Connor has built a preeminent real estate practice that today boasts more than 70 attorneys in offices across the country.
Currently, Jeff serves as chair/co-chair of the Business Law Department, a position he has held since 2012. Over the course of his tenure, the Business Law Department has doubled in headcount and revenue. Jeff has been instrumental in launching and expanding key transactional practices in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, District of Columbia, and Vancouver.
Jeff devotes particular attention to fostering Cozen O’Connor’s collaborative and supportive firm culture. While understanding that the profession has evolved as a business, he believes that the performance metric that best reflects Cozen O’Connor’s true success is its high partner retention rate.
Outside of the firm, Jeff is a board member of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc., which joined together in a unique partnership in 2021. The combined organization is designed to bring superlative performances and dynamic educational programs to the city’s diverse audience. As part of his service, Jeff chairs the People & Culture Committee.
Jeff is a 1982 graduate of Lafayette College and is a 1985 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a member of The Tax Lawyer. He has been ranked by Chambers & Partners USA each year since 2011.