Cozen O’Connor: Witt, Thomas P.

Thomas P. Witt

Of Counsel

Philadelphia

(215) 665-5578

(215) 701-2229

Recent News:

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

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.

Thomas has extensive experience in commercial real estate transactions, including sales, leasing, financing, brokers licensing, zoning, and land development regulation. His practice includes zoning, land use, and historic preservation for projects in Philadelphia, including the Comcast Center (which is the tallest building in the city), the luxury condominium 1706 Rittenhouse Square, and the National Museum of American Jewish History. He also handles sale leaseback transactions and the representation of office tenants in leasing. Tom has lectured on real estate practice and zoning, currently teaches a seminar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in the practice of land use law, formerly taught the course in land use law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is listed in Who's Who in American Law.

Tom served as co-chair of the Zoning and Land Use Committee of the Real Property Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and was active on committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Development Workshop commenting on Philadelphia's 2012 Zoning Ordinance. He is also a member of the board of directors of Regional Housing Legal Services. Tom is a past president and current publications chair of the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, chairs the advisory committee of the LaSalle University Art Museum, and, with his wife, Loretta, is past co-president of the Science and Art Club of Germantown. He also served on the board of Historic RittenhouseTown, and was recently elected Treasurer of Historic RittenhouseTown.

Tom earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from LaSalle College, his Master of Arts from Harvard University, and his law degree, cum laude, from Temple University. In 1968, he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. 

Experience

News

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.

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.

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.

Real Estate Giants: Comcast Center, Philadelphia

September 23, 2016

Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group represented Liberty Property Trust, the REIT developing the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center project.

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.

17 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Awarded Pro Bono Service Awards by First Judicial District of PA

October 29, 2015

The judges of the First Judicial Distrct of PA will present pro bono service awards to 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys who have handled pro bono matters this year in FJD courts.

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.

Cozen O'Connor Helps Guide National Real Estate’s $141M Philly Loan

May 04, 2015

A team of Cozen O’Connor real estate attorneys, led by Howard Grossman, assisted a partnership comprised of affiliates of National Real Estate Development, Young Capital, SSH Real Estate and Joss Realty in its $141 million leasehold mortgage debt financing from Ullico, LLC, an insurance and investment firm.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2014 Chambers USA Rankings

May 30, 2014

Chambers USA recognized 29 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; six attorneys were recognized nationally and eight were ranked in the top band. Stanley Sher was named a “Senior Statesman” in the “Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York)” industry, for the pivotal role Sher plays in the firm’s continued success in the transportation industry.

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.

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 Earns Client Recognition in 2010 Chambers USA Rankings

June 18, 2010

Chambers USA has recognized 18 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields. The annual rankings are based on client and peer references, as well as information gathered from Chambers’ own independent research. Given both nationally and regionally, the rankings are based on qualities including technical legal ability, professional conduct, and client service.

Publications

Pennsylvania Suspends the Expiration Dates of Development Permits and Approvals Until July 2, 2013 [Real Estate Alert!]

July 07, 2010

Pennsylvania Suspends the Expiration Dates of Development Permits and Approvals Until July 2, 2013 - Real Estate Alert! - This Alert addresses an Act passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature and signed by the Governor just this week, suspending the expiration dates of development permits and approvals issued by state and local governments and agencies throughout Pennsylvania. The Act applies to permits and approvals that expired after December 31, 2008, as well as those permits and approvals that are otherwise scheduled to expire prior to July 2, 2013.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Building Reuse in Philadelphia: Doing Well by Doing Good

September 23, 2014 - Philadelphia, Pa

Land Use and Zoning 101

October 17, 2012 - Philadelphia, PA

Session Two: Land Use and Zoning 101

October 12, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1975
  • Harvard University, M.A., 1969
  • La Salle University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1968

Awards & Honors

Ranked by Chambers USA 2009 - 2019

Best Lawyers in America 2018-2020

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2006, 2008

  • Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association