Jeffrey A. Leonard

Co-Chair, Business Law Department

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. 

Experience

News

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Chambers Ranks 86 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 22 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2022 Guide

June 02, 2022

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 86 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2022 edition.

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.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

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).

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

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.

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.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Education

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

Awards & Honors

Chambers & Partners USA, 2011-2022
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Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2004-2019
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  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association