Jesse Ryan Loffler



(412) 620-6493

(412) 275-2354

New York

(212) 453-3926

Jesse focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including matters relating to real estate litigation, securities law, shareholder litigation, contract, governmental investigations, insurance, bankruptcy, and employment disputes. He has handled matters at all levels of the state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

In particular, Jesse has extensive experience in real estate litigation and has handled a wide range of complex real estate disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts around the country, including but not limited to cases arising out of distressed assets and foreclosures; commercial mortgage-backed securities and trust issues; disputes between trustees, special and master servicers, lenders, and borrowers; disputes relating to purchase agreements, including options and rights of first refusal; complex landlord-tenant disputes, including the interplay between ground leases, subleases, and commercial financing; and multimillion-dollar cases involving damage and destruction to real property and its owners.

Jesse also has experience with significant shareholder and securities litigation, including actions involving breaches of fiduciary duties, squeeze outs of minority shareholders, joint venture and intra-corporate disputes, derivative lawsuits, securities fraud and 10b-5 actions, and disputes relating to convertible notes and other complex financing arrangements.

In addition, Jesse’s broad complex commercial practice ranges from constitutional law claims (including a victory before the U.S. Supreme Court in Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, 139 S. Ct. 1921 (2019)) to corporate and governmental investigations, board and audit committee representations, adversary proceedings and other bankruptcy-related proceedings, and all manner of commercial contract disputes.

Before joining the firm, Jesse was a litigation associate at the New York headquarters of an international law firm. While there, he engaged in all aspects of complex commercial litigation at trial and appellate level in federal and state courts.

Jesse also serves as president of the board of directors of the National LGBT Bar Association. Jesse also maintains an extensive pro bono practice serving a diverse range of clients in impact litigation, including matters relating to LGBTQ and political asylum, voting rights, women’s access to health care, and transgender rights.

Jesse gained valuable business experience before attending law school.  He was co-founder and managing director of Magellan Publications, Inc. and manager of Research & Business Development for the Regina Regional Economic Development Authority (now Economic Development Regina, Inc.).

Jesse earned his undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard University, and earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was head editor of the Cardozo Law Review and member of Order of the Coif. While attending law school, he was a research assistant to Professor Marci Hamilton, with whom he was a founding board member of CHILD USA, a nonprofit think tank dedicated to protecting children and preventing abuse.  Jesse was also an Alexander Fellow, acting in the capacity as junior clerk, to Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.



Jesse Loffler Named 40 Under 40 by Bloomberg Law

July 28, 2022

Jesse was selected for this honor due to the sophistication of his legal practice and depth of his commitment to DEI and pro bono service.

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.

200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 200 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).

Cozen O’Connor Advises United Hydrogen Group, Inc. in Sale to Plug Power, Inc.

June 24, 2020

United Hydrogen is one of the largest privately held merchant hydrogen producers in North America. The company operates a manufacturing plant in southeast Tennessee with a capacity to produce 6.4 tons of liquid hydrogen daily, with plans to expand to 10 tons per day.

Jesse Ryan Loffler Named President of the Foundation Board of the National LGBT Bar Association

June 09, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Pittsburgh and New York-based Commercial Litigator Jesse Ryan Loffler has been named president of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Foundation board of directors.

Cozen O’Connor Team Wins Landmark First Amendment Ruling

June 21, 2019

The team includes Michael de Leeuw, Stuart Shorenstein, Tamar Wise, Stephen Miller, Jesse Loffler, William Lesser, and Anna Hanke.

Cozen O'Connor Promotes 27 to Membership

May 01, 2019

Cozen O'Connor is pleased to recognize 27 attorneys with the promotion to member: Dylan Alper, Philip J. Berens, Alison Weintraub Berson, Evan Berquist, Alexandra Campau, Alissa K. Christopher, Matthew D. Clyde, Rachel Collins Clarke, Michael A. Corgan, Matthew L. Elkin, Nicole M. Ellis, Alex H. Hayden, David S. Huard, Haryle Kaldis, David Kirchblum, Matthew Evan Lewitz, Jesse Ryan Loffler, Samantha L. Mazo, Lindsey A. Miller, Jeffrey M. Monhait, Jonathan Nase, Jacqueline Promislo, Shelby K. Riney, Kelly Shinn, Terri A. Sutton, Daniel P. Thiel, and Laura Zulick.

Jesse Ryan Loffler Named President-Elect of the National LGBT Bar Foundation

March 08, 2019

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Pittsburgh-based Commercial Litigator Jesse Ryan Loffler has been named president-elect of the National LGBT Bar Foundation’s board of directors after serving for two years as its Treasurer.


The First Amendment is Not a Right to Say Anything, Anywhere

September 27, 2019

Jesse Loffler contributed an article to Lawyers Journal discussing American's freedom of speech and what this really entails.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

MBA of NY Scholarship Networking Breakfast

October 11, 2023 - New York, NY

Litigating through the Coronavirus

April 17, 2020 - Webinar

Industry Sectors


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011
  • Harvard University, B.A., 2005

Awards & Honors

E. Nathaniel Gates Award, 2018

Immigration Equality Safe Haven Award, 2014

National LGBT Bar Association, Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, 2014

Empire State Counsel, New York State Bar Association

Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" 2021, 2022

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

National LGBT Bar Association, Foundation Board of Directors, Treasurer

Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD) USA, Secretary

American Bar Association

National LGBT Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

New York State Bar Association