Powell A. Wright


Powell assists clients in real estate financing, development, and leasing. He is knowledgeable and experienced in the drafting and review of organizational documents, purchase and sale agreements, finance documents, and leases. Powell is skilled at coordinating transactions with multiple parties to ensure closings occur according to schedule.

Prior to joining the firm, Powell was a real estate finance attorney at a Washington, D.C., firm. He represented commercial real estate lenders participating in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily mortgage-backed securities programs from loan origination through closing and post-closing servicing. Powell also clerked with the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County's Office of the General Counsel where he prepared loan finance documents for multifamily developments participating in affordable housing programs and prepared leases for tenants residing in said developments. 

Powell earned his bachelor’s degree from Union College and his law degree from American University Washington College of Law. While in law school, he was a student attorney in the Community Economic and Equity Development Law Clinic, the note and comment editor in the American University International Law Review, and a member of both the business law and the construction law and real estate societies.



Investindustrial’s Agreement to Purchase Majority Stake of Eataly S.p.A

October 17, 2022

Cozen O’Connor served as U.S. and Canadian counsel in Investindustrial’s acquisition of a majority stake in Eataly S.p.A., the global chain of upscale Italian marketplaces. A team led by M&A attorney and Italy Practice chair Christian Moretti conducted significant due diligence of more than 20 Eataly businesses in the United States and Canada, in collaboration with Deloitte Legal Italy and Studio Legale Chiomenti. For nearly two decades, Eataly has been operating high-quality Italian food markets and restaurant concepts in prestigious locations across the globe, including flagship stores in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, and Silicon Valley.


  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 2018
  • Union College, B.A., 2013
  • District of Columbia

Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County's Office of the General Counsel

American Bar Association, Forums on Affordable Housing, Real Property Law, and Business Law