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Cozen O’Connor has earned its place among the nation’s top-rated real estate firms over the last two decades. We are widely recognized for our ability to complete complex real estate transactions, utilize the most current and sophisticated deal structures, and achieve client success when the stakes are high.

Cozen O’Connor represents REITs and other public companies, regional and national developers, owners, builders, managers, private equity funds, institutional and private investors, banks, and governments in the acquisition, development, financing, leasing, ground leasing, management, and sale of real estate in every asset class. With a real estate practice group that includes more than 70 attorneys in 10 offices who are regularly supported by members of our corporate, litigation, tax, and environmental groups, Cozen O’Connor provides comprehensive, integrated service to some of the largest real estate organizations in the country.

Cozen O’Connor has strategically developed a full-service real estate practice. We know clients require access to a wide range of practice areas, and we believe our work in each area is enhanced by taking a multidisciplinary approach. Our lawyers regularly represent clients in the areas of:

Our team includes real estate practitioners who have been ranked by Chambers & Partners and recognized as “rising stars” and top regional dealmakers. They have previous experience as in-house counsel, and government counsel, which provides them with valuable insights into the needs and interests of both clients and regulators.

In every representation, Cozen O’Connor differentiates itself by a clear-eyed focus on client business objectives and marketplace realities. Rather than belaboring the “can’t-dos” and “better-nots,” the firm’s real estate attorneys find a way to get results.

SERVICES

  • Lead acquisition and disposition of all real estate asset classes
  • Counsel on development and construction of mixed-use, multi-phase projects
  • Negotiate debt financing on behalf of borrowers and lenders
  • Arrange joint venture and other equity investment transactions
  • Lead public-private real estate projects
  • Conduct commercial, industrial, and retail leasing for both landlords and tenants
  • Structure tax-efficient real estate transactions
  • Procure land use, zoning, special legislation, and other entitlements
  • Negotiate workouts, restructurings, and acquisitions of distressed debt

CLIENTS

  • Developers of and investors in residential, retail, office, and industrial properties
  • Global corporations
  • Hotel developers and investors
  • Health care facilities
  • Building management companies
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
  • Pension funds and other institutional and private equity investors
  • Banks, lending institutions, and real estate brokerage firms

TEAM

The Cozen O’Connor team is made up of noted real estate practitioners. Both the practice group and individual attorneys are ranked by Chambers & Partners USA. Moreover, many attorneys have previous experience as in-house counsel and government counsel, which means they are adept at seeing things from a client perspective. 

During the last decade, many large law firms have made the decision to focus strictly on the finance side of the real estate industry. Cozen O’Connor has taken a markedly different approach. We continue to invest in building a full-service national real estate practice because we believe all participants in this sector deserve and demand the most sophisticated counsel. Where others may see limitations, we see opportunities.

Experience

Publications

Hold Off on Reopening Pools and Gyms in Condos and Coops [Alert]

July 09, 2020

Leni Cummins and Jennifer Miller discuss the Empire State Development Corporation's guidance for private pools and fitness centers.

Fierce Competition Awaits Distressed Real Estate Funds as Deals Ramp Up [Fund Fire]

July 07, 2020

Bill Davis discusses the deal competition confronting real estate funds in the months ahead as private real estate fund strategies turn to distressed assets in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and economic downturn.

Boards Should Prepare Now for a Potential Second Wave of COVID-19

June 05, 2020

Leni Cummins and Jennifer Miller discuss changes to governing documents condo and coop boards should make that better equip themselves for this new reality.

Lease Forbearance Agreements in the Age of COVID-19

June 02, 2020

Adam Silvermann discusses a variety of issues and provisions landlords (and tenants) should consider when crafting a lease forbearance agreement during the COVID-19 crisis.

Lease Provisions To Consider in the Age of COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Adam Silverman discusses some provisions worth considering in new lease documents in the COVID-19 era.

Landlords in California Must Prepare to Address COVID-19 Based Rent and Eviction Moratoria [Alert]

May 13, 2020

Tom Lombardi discusses why real property owners must familiarize themselves with all applicable rent moratoria governing their properties and cannot take a blanket approach concerning enforcement of their rights and compliance with moratoria.

Commercial Tenants Raising Impossibility of Performance and Frustration of Purpose [Alert]

May 06, 2020

Menachem J. Kastner, Emily Shoor, and Andrew Punzo discuss the case law behind New York courts applying the common law doctrines of Impossibility of Performance and Frustration of Purpose narrowly and strictly and only in limited circumstances.

Federal Income Tax Consequences of Defaults and Restructurings Under Lease Agreements

April 10, 2020

Thomas J. Gallagher and Dennis L. Cohen discuss the intricacies of section 467 lease agreements and the surprising and unexpected consequences.

UPDATE: Condo and Coop Eligibility for PPP Loans

April 08, 2020

Leni Cummins gives an update on condo and coop eligibility for Paycheck Protection Program loans following the SBA's Interim Final Rule.

Overview of the Federal Income Tax Consequences of Defaults and Restructurings Under Loan Agreements

April 07, 2020

Tom Gallagher and Dennis Cohen provide borrowers and lenders with some of the significant tax issues presented by attempts to restructure and renegotiate debtor/creditor relationships, whether by modifying the terms of the economic arrangement or restructuring the arrangement in its entirety.

Are “Fair Chance” Housing Ordinances an Unconstitutional Infringement on Landlords’ Rights?

April 07, 2020

Steve Katkov and Jon Schoenwetter discuss fair chance housing ordinances in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Oakland Calif., and the case Yim v. City of Seattle challenging the constitutionality of these ordinances.

Property Owners Must Act to Reap Benefits of Two New Laws [Alert]

April 02, 2020

Leni Cummins, David Hackett, and Marty Schrier discuss how property owners and condo and coop boards can take advantage of programs in FFCRA and the CARES Act.

What is Emergency and Essential Construction Under Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order? [Alert]

March 31, 2020

Leni Cummins and Jennifer Miller discuss the Department of Building's guidance following Governor Cuomo's order halting all non-essential construction in New York.

Non-Essential Construction Must Cease in New York [Alert]

March 30, 2020

Leni Cummins and Jennifer Miller review ESD's guidance shutting down all non-essential construction in New York.

Summary and Analysis of Key Provisions of the CARES Act

March 28, 2020

Members of Cozen O'Connor's Coronavirus Task Force provide analysis of the CARES Act and how it will impact small businesses, distressed industries, employers and employees, taxes, and the health care, real estates, and energy industries.

NYS DFS Releases Emergency COVID-19 Regulation on Mortgage Forbearances and Financial Fee Waivers [Alert]

March 26, 2020

Stuart Shorenstein, Katie Schwab, Jamie Ansorge, and Evan Preminger discuss EC 202.9, requiring New York state-regulated financial institutions to provide mortgage forbearance for residential properties located in New York for 90 days and to eliminate ATM fees, overdraft fees, and credit card late payment fees.

Holding Board and Shareholder Meetings Under Social Distancing [Alert]

March 25, 2020

Leni Cummins and Jennifer Miller discuss why boards should consider postponing meetings or holding meetings virtually.

What Landlords Should Consider in the Wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19) [Alert]

March 24, 2020

Marnie Kudon discusses how commercial landlords should navigate tenants' requests to terminate or modify their leases.

Pennsylvania Mandates Business Closures: Considerations for Commercial Property Owners [Alert]

March 20, 2020

Erin Szulewski answers commercial property owners' questions about Pennsylvania's business closure mandate.

Pennsylvania Hotels Not Included in Statewide Mandated Closures [Alert]

March 20, 2020

Erin Szulewski provides an update on what businesses are considered essential in Pennsylvania when following Governor Wolf's mandate for all non-essential businesses to close.

The New York State SHIELD Act Becomes Effective March 21: Is Your Board in Compliance? [Alert]

March 19, 2020

Leni Cummins discusses what condo and coop owners and managers need to know about the SHIELD Act.

Coronavirus and Commercial Real Estate Leases [Alert]

March 18, 2020

Christian Bruno, Matt Robbins, Jon Schoenwetter, and Erin Szulewski discuss the impact the COVID-19 outbreak is having on commercial real estate assets whose tenant occupants are experiencing complete or partial shutdown of their business operations.

Coronavirus Issues for Commercial Real Estate Owners [Alert]

March 16, 2020

Paul Rutter discusses what property owners need to do now in relation to their properties and the coronavirus.

Mayor to Announce District of Columbia Will Operate Under a Telework Schedule [Alert]

March 13, 2020

Meridith Moldenhauer discusses systems that may be impacted by D.C. mayor's decision to operate under a telework schedule beginning March 16.

How Boards and Property Managers Should Prepare for COVID-19 in New York [Alert]

March 09, 2020

Leni Cummins and Jennifer Miller outline how property owners, managers, and boards should prepare themselves for the coronavirus.

Minneapolis’s Great Experiment: An Introduction to the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan [Bench & Bar of Minnesota]

March 06, 2020

Steve Katkov and Jon Schoenwetter discuss components of Minneapolis’s urban planning initiative designed to combat the affordable housing crisis.

Expanded Façade Inspection Requirements [Alert]

March 05, 2020

Leni Cummins and Jennifer Miller discuss the New York City Department of Buildings expanded the requirements of its Façade Inspection and Safety Program, previously known as Local Law 11.

Rent Control National Momentum [Alert]

February 26, 2020

Steven P. Katkov and Jon Schoenwetter discuss rent control measures throughout the United States.

Transitioning for the End of LIBOR [Alert]

February 24, 2020

Benjamin A. Bomrind, Anne M. Madonia, and Joshua C. Weinberger discuss this discontinuation of LIBOR and how clients should prepare.

Cooperative and Condominium Tax Abatement Safe from Prevailing Wage Requirement [Alert]

February 11, 2020

Leni Cummins discusses the governor's pocket veto of Bill S6219/A8082, which proposes requiring New York coops and condos to certify that their service employees are paid a prevailing wage to avail their shareholders and unit owners of the benefits of the state’s Cooperative and Condominium Tax Abatement.

If Your Condo or Coop Utilizes CSC ServiceWorks, Inc., Act Now for Class Action Benefits

February 05, 2020

Leni Cummins discusses the settlement reached with laundry machine provider CSC and who may benefit.

New D.C. Law Will Require Disclosure of Ownership of LLCs [Alert]

January 30, 2020

Alex DuFour and Jackson Siegal discuss what DC LLCs and LLCs doing business in the District of Columbia need to know when filing new entity filings and biennial reports.

Philadelphia Non-Residential Buildings Required to Boost Energy Efficiency Under New Law [Alert]

January 09, 2020

James Van Orden and Matthew Robbins discuss what commercial building owners need to know about the Building Energy Performance Policy bill signed into law by Mayor Kenny.

ACEC New York: The need to build a new consensus to build [New York Real Estate Journal]

December 03, 2019

Ken Fisher authored this article on the political changes and challenges facing New York City’s real estate industry and the importance of industry activism in support of new construction and growth in the city.

Sponsor Self-Dealing [Habitat Magazine]

November 07, 2019

Leni Cummins discusses self-dealing sponsor issues in a special issue of Habitat magazine, titled “Seeking Counsel,” which profiles top condo and co-op attorneys.

Update: Housing Security & Tenant Protection Act of 2019 – Limited Exemption for Coop Boards [Alert]

September 16, 2019

Leni Cummins updates her previous alert with new guidance provided by the New York State Department of State.

Impact of New York’s Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 on Condo and Coop Boards [Alert]

September 05, 2019

Leni Cummins discusses what condo and coop boards can do to comply with this act.

Vacancy Control the Most Onerous Form of Rent Control [MHInsider Magazine]

August 01, 2019

Thomas Casparian contributed an article to MHInsider Magazine explaining some of the most common elements of MHC-specific rent control systems.

Maintaining: Public Works in the Next New York

July 09, 2019

Ken Fisher co-authored a chapter titled, “Turn Development Rights into Landmarks Revenue” in Maintaining: Public Works in the Next New York, published by the Urban Design Forum.

The Clock Is Ticking on Energy Retrofits [Habitat Magazine]

May 23, 2019

Leni Cummins discusses the impact the Climate Mobilization Act will have on condo and co-op boards.

Eight Key Issues for Potential Opportunity Zone Investors [Wealth Management]

May 10, 2019

Paul Rutter and Peter Swain discuss factors that could impact investors interested in pursuing opportunity zone investments.

New Law Imposes New Requirements on New York City Property Owners

April 19, 2019

Leni Morrison Cummins discusses the Energy Retrofit Bill passed by New York City Council and its impact on property owners including boards of condos and coops.

Watch Your Step Crossing the Fannie and Freddie Lending Minefield [Habitat Magazine]

April 04, 2019

Leni Cummins and Rebecca Eschen explain how condo boards can avoid pitfalls associated with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage refinancing guidelines.

Fannie and Freddie Litigation Guidelines a Minefield for Condo Boards [Habitat Magazine]

March 07, 2019

Leni Morrison Cummins and Rebecca Eschen authored an article in Habitat Magazine on how lenders blacklist entire condominium buildings based upon the Fannie and Freddie guidelines.

Beware the Anti-Gouging Trap

December 28, 2018

Thomas Casparian and Susy Forbath authored an article in California Mobilehome Parkowners Alliance’s publication Alliance News.

Momentum Builds for Infrastructure Improvements

December 05, 2018

Ken Fisher authored an article in the New York Real Estate Journal the impact the 2018 midterm election results could have on shaping infrastructure funding decisions.

Navigating Improved Rules for HVCRE Loans – What You Need to Know [Alert]

October 19, 2018

Zach Samton and William Davis discuss the enactment of the Economic Growth Act and how it impacts both borrowers and lenders.

Early Termination Provisions: A Landlord’s Saving Grace…If Done Right [The New York Law Journal]

August 28, 2018

Menachem J. Kastner and Ally Hack, members in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "Early Termination Provisions: A Landlord’s Saving Grace…If Done Right' for the New York Law Journal.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statute Broadened to Include Nearly All New York Condominiums [Real Estate Alert]

April 24, 2018

Leni Cummins discusses Governor Cuomo's correction bill that applies BCL Section 727 to condominiums created pursuant to the New York Real Property Law.

New Tax Bill May Require Real Estate Professionals to Rethink Long-Held Tax Truths [Tax Alert]

January 22, 2018

Tom Gallagher discusses how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may impact real estate professionals.

Legal Tools for Harnessing the Power of Arts, Sports, and Entertainment Uses to Stimulate Urban Revitalization [The Practical Real Estate Lawyer]

January 01, 2018

Paul S. Rutter, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses important legal issues and considerations for future artistic, cultural, and entertainment projects in the Los Angeles region in The Practical Real Estate Lawyer magazine.

Q&A: Being on Two Boards [The Cooperator]

December 06, 2017

Leni Morrison, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses if it is legal for homeowner association (HOA) board members to also serve on the board of directors of the property management company that the HOA hires and oversees in The Cooperator.

Infrastructure Priorities in the Eye of the Beholder [New York Real Estate Journal]

December 05, 2017

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the varying infrastructure priorities of New Yorkers Donald Trump, Andrew Cuomo, and Bill de Blasio, in New York Real Estate Journal.

New Law Requires NYC Condos and Coops to Adopt Smoking Policies [Real Estate Alert]

November 27, 2017

Leni Cummins discusses Local Law 147 that requires all residential buildings to establish and display a smoking policy that specifies where smoking is and is not permitted on the property.

Breweries on the Move [Bar Business Magazine]

November 01, 2017

Matthew Weinstein, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses unique considerations in connection with expansions and relocations of breweries in Bar Business Magazine.

Zoning Hurdles for Budding Pennsylvania Cannabis Businesses [The Temple 10-Q]

October 27, 2017

Bob Careless, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Zoning, Land Use, & Development and Tax Practice Groups, discusses zoning obstacles for medical marijuana operators after the passage of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act (Act 16) in The Temple 10-Q.

Mixed-Use: 5 Questions Every Lawyer Should Answer [Commercial Property Executive]

September 06, 2017

Adam Silverman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice, addresses the questions developers need to ask their legal team when considering a mixed-use development in the Commercial Property Executive article, “Mixed Use: 5 Questions Every Lawyer Should Answer.”

Mixed-Use Development [Pennsylvania Bar Institute]

September 01, 2017

Adam Silverman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice, discusses the considerations for mixed-use developers and legal practitioners in a book published by the Philadelphia Bar Institute.

Q&A: Seeking Compensation for Damages to My Unit [The Cooperator]

July 01, 2017

Leni Morrison Cummins, a member of the firm's Real Estate Group, participates in a Q&A in The Cooperator, regarding whether a co-op owner can sue for water damages caused by a leaky roof.

What De Blasio’s Land Use Agenda Means for Brooklyn Real Estate Development [Real Estate Alert]

June 01, 2017

Ken Fisher discusses key current proposals that could set the stage for the next wave of growth in Brooklyn.

New State Construction Notices Directory: A Valuable Tool for Owners [Real Estate Alert]

April 19, 2017

David B. Lipner discusses the amendment to Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 that allows for an online State Construction Notices Directory to provide notice to parties involved in projects costing a minimum of $1,500,000.

Recent Federal Court Decision Adds Clarity to “Ordinary Wear and Tear” Lease Provisions [Real Estate Alert]

March 15, 2017

Steven P. Katkov discusses a recent federal court decision in a case involving a landlord-tenant dispute regarding the Woolworth Building in St. Paul, Minn., in which Foot Locker Foot Locker was the tenant under a lease from 1920. The landlord claimed that Foot Locker failed to keep the building in good repair, and the court considered the measure of damages for the landlord’s claims.

Take The Trump Organization Public

December 14, 2016

Ken Fisher discusses methods for Donald Trump’s business organization to avoid conflicts of interest in Crain’s New York Business.

Builder In The White House: What’s Ahead for Built Environment?

December 06, 2016

Ken Fisher discusses the potential impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on New York’s design professionals in the New York Real Estate Journal.

Prohibition Against Listing Apartments or Units on Home-Sharing Sites [Real Estate Alert]

November 02, 2016

Leni Morrison Cummins and Kelly S. Maharaj discuss Section 121 to the Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL) and Article 18 to Title 27 of the New York City Administrative Code that makes it unlawful for anyone to advertise the use or occupancy of apartments for purposes other than primary residence.

Text Messages Add New Layer of Risk to Deal-Making in the Modern Age [Real Estate Alert]

June 09, 2016

Steven P. Katkov discusses a recent decision in Massachusetts Land Court that text messages between two real estate brokers regarding the purchase and sale of a commercial building may constitute a “writing” sufficient to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Statute of Frauds.

‘Artcorp’ and Curing Improper Assignments [New York Law Journal]

December 14, 2015

Menachem Kastner, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate practice, discusses the recent decision in Artcorp Inc. v. Citireach Realty Corp. case.

Protecting Condominiums From Undesirable Purchasers [New York Law Journal]

December 14, 2015

Leni Morrison Cummins, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate practice, discusses how condominium boards can prevent undesirable purchasers, such as foreign investors, as well as undisclosed occupants.

Storm Clouds Building for NYC Built Environment [New York Real Estate Journal]

December 08, 2015

Ken Fisher, a member of the firm’s Business Law Department, discusses the forecast for New York City’s future infrastructure and development efforts. Ken addresses funding transportation and major infrastructure projects throughout the city, including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Tappan Zee Bridge and LaGuardia Airport.

New Condominium Sponsor-Developers Guidelines Go Into Effect November 1: Certificates of Occupancy [Real Estate Alert]

October 15, 2015

Under New York General Business Law § 352-e(2-b), sponsor-developers of new construction and gut-renovation condominiums are required to hold all deposits, down payments and advances made by buyers of residential units in a special escrow account pending delivery of the completed unit.

New York City Building Owners Granted One-Time Amnesty of Façade Inspection Safety Program [Real Estate Alert]

May 01, 2015

Under Local Law 11, the New York City Department of Buildings requires owners of building that are six stories or greater to have exterior walls inspected once every five years. Building owners who did not comply by the most recent deadline have received a pardon, but are obligated to meet new requirements.

Q&A: I'll Tell Ya Where to Park Your Garage [The Cooperator]

February 01, 2015

Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, answers a question discussing parking garage issues in an apartment building.

Five things to know about de Blasio and the built envir. [New York Real Estate Journal]

December 08, 2014

Ken Fisher, a member in the firm's Business Law Department, discusses New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo impact on infrastructure and real estate development in New York City.

Courts Rule on Underfunded Condominium Reserve Funds [Mann Report]

October 01, 2014

Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, discusses sponsors of condominium conversions and the ownership and funding of reserve funds.

Crowdfunding Is Causing Creative Disruption to Real Estate Transactions [UCLA Economic Letter]

October 01, 2014

Paul Rutter, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice, discusses crowdfunding in the UCLA Economic Letter.

Housing Development Fund Corporations [The Cooperator]

September 01, 2014

Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, discusses housing development fund corporations under New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Mobile Home Parks: A Hidden Gem for Redevelopers [Western Real Estate Business]

June 25, 2014

Richard Close, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discusses mobile home parks in Western Real Estate Business.

City Congressional Delegation Looks to Expand Its Electoral Influence [Politicker.com]

September 19, 2013

Members of New York City’s Congressional delegation, long relegated to the sidelines of local politics, are increasingly filling the void left by the declining influence of political party apparatchiks.

Philadelphia Releases Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Regulations for Large Commercial Buildings [Real Estate Alert]

July 22, 2013

On July 10, 2013, the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) issued draft regulations filling in the compliance requirements of Philadelphia’s mandatory energy and water disclosure ordinance (the Disclosure Ordinance) that was enacted in June 2012. The draft regulations will become final on August 2, 2013.

Escalations and Rents - the Defensive Side of the Voluntary Payment Doctrine [New York Law Journal]

April 18, 2013

The voluntary payment doctrine has been long applied to prevent tenants from recovering payments made to the landlord which were tendered “voluntarily”—to wit, without dispute or inquiry—over a lengthy period of time. For example: a tenant tenders payment of real estate taxes to the landlord for over 10 years pursuant to what the tenant later claims to be an erroneous method of calculation, resulting in an overbilling. With this newfound knowledge, the tenant brings suit against the landlord to recover the amounts overpaid. By virtue of the voluntary payment doctrine, under this scenario, the tenant is, in essence, out of luck.

A Supplemental Whitepaper Addressing Sandy's Impact on Commercial and Residential Property Owners and Construction Companies [Cozen O'Connor Whitepaper]

January 23, 2013

This whitepaper provides an overview of construction related issues potentially raised by storm damage, including delay claims, areas of responsibility of municipalities and design professionals, environmental concerns and other topical matters.

Fiscal Cliff Act Impacts on Energy Efficiency Credits [Real Estate Alert]

January 07, 2013

Besides extending the lower tax rates for millions of Americans, as well as avoiding across the board federal budget cuts, the eleventh-hour legislative compromise reinstated two business and personal tax credits applicable to energy efficiency residences and appliances. Contractors or developers of homes or low-rise multi-family projects, as well as individuals considering energy efficient renovations or appliance purchases, should consider the availability of these tax credits.

The Push for a Greener Philadelphia: City Adopts New Energy Benchmarking Requirements for Owners of Large Commercial Buildings [Real Estate Alert]

December 14, 2012

In August 2012, the mayor of Philadelphia signed into law Bill 120428-A, which establishes new energy benchmarking requirements for owners of certain large commercial and mixed-use buildings. The energy benchmarking bill requires owners of “covered buildings” to report and disclose data annually related to energy and water usage and other building characteristics.1 Covered buildings include any commercial building with at least 50,000 square feet, and all commercial portions of any mixed-use building where at least 50,000 square feet of the building is devoted to commercial use.

Q&A: Who Pays for Water Leak? [The Cooperator]

April 01, 2012

Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, answers a Q&A from a reader about who pays for a water leak in a residence.

Other Lender Protections besides Waiver of Security Interest in Contaminated Real Property [Korek Land Company, Inc's Commentaries & Bulletins]

June 01, 2011

Donald Nanney and Duane Montgomery discuss this topic in Korek Land Company, Inc's Commentaries & Bulletins.

Lender’s Right to Waive Its Real Property Security Interest in Environmentally Impaired Property [Korek Land Company, Inc's Commentaries & Bulletins]

April 01, 2011

Paul Rutter, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice, discusses a lender's right to waive in Korek Land Company, Inc's Commentaries & Bulletins.

Negotiation of Environmental Insurance: Policy Clarifications that Insurers May Give

November 01, 2008

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discusses environmental insurance and policies in California Real Property Journal.

Anthropogenic Global Warming: Believe it or Not, it's Here [Real Estate Southern California]

January 01, 2008

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "Anthropogenic Global Warming: Believe it or Not, it's Here" in Real Estate Southern California.

The Lawsuit Trigger: Closing the Gap in Environmental Insurance [Brownfield News]

January 01, 2006

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "The Lawsuit Trigger: Closing the Gap in Environmental Insurance" in Brownfield News.

Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium Embarks on New Era [Real Property Section Review]

January 01, 2004

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium Embarks on New Era" in Real Property Section Review.

Brownfields: Consider Aggravating & Mitigating Factors [Valuation]

January 01, 2004

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, co-authored an article titled, "Brownfields: Consider Aggravating & Mitigating Factors " in Valuation magazine.

Appraising Brownfield Sites [Brownfield News]

January 01, 2003

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "Appraising Brownfield Sites" in Brownfield News.

Environmental Risk in Today's Market [Real Estate Issues]

October 01, 2001

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discusses environmental risks in today's market in Real Estate Issues.

Ninth Circuit Also Rules that Voluntary Remedial Action May be "Necessary" under CERCLA [Real Property Section Review]

January 01, 2000

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "Ninth Circuit Also Rules that Voluntary Remedial Action May be "Necessary" under CERCLA" in Real Property Section Review.

Getting All Your Ducks in a ROW: Right-of-Way Portfolio Management [American Gas]

January 01, 1998

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "Getting All Your Ducks in a ROW: Right-of-Way Portfolio Management" in American Gas magazine.

Environmental Insurance is Finally Catching On [Real Property Section Review]

January 01, 1997

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "Environmental Insurance is Finally Catching On" in Real Property Section Review.

Manage Mess [California Law Business]

January 01, 1996

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "Manage Mess" in California Law Business.

Asbestos Inspection, Disclosure by Building Owners and Employers

January 01, 1996

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "Asbestos Inspection, Disclosure by Building Owners and Employers" in California Real Property Journal.

New OSHA Asbestos Regulation Expand Duties of Employers and Building Owners and Tenants [Journal of Environmental Regulation]

January 01, 1995

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "New OSHA Asbestos Regulation Expand Duties of Employers and Building Owners and Tenants" in Journal of Environmental Regulation.

New OSHA Asbestos Standards: A New Chapter in an Old Controversy [Environmental Liability Enforcement and Penalties Reporter]

January 01, 1995

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "New OSHA Asbestos Standards: A New Chapter in an Old Controversy" in Environmental Liability Enforcement and Penalties Reporter.

New Asbestos Regulations Create Expanded Duties [The Corporate Counselor]

December 01, 1994

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "New Asbestos Regulations Create Expanded Duties" in The Corporate Counselor.

Hazardous Materials Disaster Management [Environmental Manager]

January 01, 1994

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "Hazardous Materials Disaster Management" in Environmental Manager.

Trustee and Fiduciary Liability Under CERCLA: What Did the Trustee Know and When Did the Trustee Know It?

January 01, 1993

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "Trustee and Fiduciary Liability Under CERCLA: What Did the Trustee Know and When Did the Trustee Know It?" in Probate Law Journal of Ohio.

ASTM Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments [Environmental Liability, Enforcement and Penalties Reporter]

January 01, 1993

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, authored an article titled, "ASTM Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments" in Environmental Liability, Enforcement and Penalties Reporter .

Mitigating Factors in Appraisal and Valuation of Contaminated Real Property [Counselors of Real Estate]

January 01, 1900

Donald Nanney, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, co-authored an article titled, "Mitigating Factors in Appraisal and Valuation of Contaminated Real Property" in Counselors of Real Estate.

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Health Law 2019

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Hot Air

December 13, 2017 -

The Art of Negotiation

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2016 Real Estate Institute

November 03, 2016 -

The Overreaching Government

June 05, 2016 -

New York Law School Master Class

February 03, 2016 -

The Politics of Preservation

August 06, 2015 -

New York State MWBE Forum

October 03, 2013 -

AURP 2013 National Conference

September 24, 2013 -

Land Use and Zoning 101

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Cozen O'Connor Group Tackles Surge Of Virus-Driven Lease Disputes

July 09, 2020

Matt Weinstein discusses the formation of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Lease Restructuring Practice, a multidisciplinary team assembled to address the growing needs of landlord and tenant lease renegotiation issues that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic in Law360.

Vivien Krieger Appointed to Two Urban Land Institute New York Leadership Positions

July 08, 2020

Vivien Krieger, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice, has been appointed vice chair of Urban Land Institute (ULI) New York’s Technical Assistance Panels Steering Committee for a one-year term, effective July 1, 2020.

Cozen O’Connor Lands Noted California-based Real Estate Attorney Mitchell Poole

July 06, 2020

Poole, who has for 20-plus years represented general and limited partners investing in national/international real estate funds and joint ventures, joins Cozen O’Connor as a shareholder.

Ken Fisher Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by New York Law Journal

July 01, 2020

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, has been selected by the New York Law Journal to receive its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Peloton plots, paramours and other problems as buildings reopen

June 23, 2020

Leni Cummins discusses what measures condominium and coop boards should take in preparation for the potential second wave of the coronavirus in The Real Deal.

Leni Cummins Named an “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer” by the American Bar Association

June 19, 2020

Leni Cummins, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Real Estate Practice, was named a 2020 “On the Rise – Top 40 Lawyer” by the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Young Lawyers Division.

Marrying Yesterday’s Basis with Today’s Underwriting: Players Unpack What’s Unfolded

June 15, 2020

Duane Montgomery was featured in the Commercial Observer about a panel he moderated about commercial real estate and COVID-19.

Co-op and Condo Boards Need to Prepare for a Possible Second Wave

June 12, 2020

Leni Cummins discusses efforts condo and coop boards can take now to protect and prepare themselves for a possible second wave of the virus in Habitat magazine.

Bernard Lee Honored by The Legal Intelligencer for Lifetime Achievement

June 10, 2020

Bernard Lee, member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate group, has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a 2020 Professional Excellence Award winner in the Lifetime Achievement category.

What a toothless de Blasio means for real estate

June 10, 2020

Ken Fisher discusses the impact New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's loss of influence has on the real estate industry in The Real Deal.

Fifty-Eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 05, 2020

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Steven Katkov Appointed Member at Large of the Landlord Tenant Section Council of Hennepin County Bar Association

May 22, 2020

Steve Katkov, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice, has been appointed a member at large of the Landlord Tenant Section Council of the Hennepin County Bar Association.

Councilman: Resume land-use reviews – but just for Rikers

May 15, 2020

Ken Fisher discusses New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides’ request for the city to restart its land use review process for the Rikers Island Public Place Mapping amid the COVID-19 pandemic in The Real Deal.

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.

4 Lingering Real Estate Questions After $2T COVID Stimulus

April 08, 2020

Leni Cummins discusses how the CARES Act could impact condos and co-ops in Law360.

Leni Cummins Named a Real Estate & Construction Trailblazer by the National Law Journal

April 02, 2020

Leni Cummins, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Real Estate Practice, was named a Real Estate & Construction Trailblazer by the National Law Journal.

Co-op and Condo Boards Can Sue to Enforce Social Distancing

March 31, 2020

Leni Cummins is quoted in Habitat Magazine on how condo and co-op boards should handle residents who refuse to comply with social-distancing and self-quarantine edicts.

Kenneth Fisher Named to City & State New York’s Real Estate Power 100

March 30, 2020

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, was named to City & State New York’s Real Estate Power 100.

Break Quarantine? Your Co-Op Board Can Sue

March 26, 2020

Leni Cummins comments on actions that condo and co-op boards can take if their residents do not follow social distancing or quarantine advisements in The Real Deal.

South Florida Commercial Real Estate Closings Face Delays and Cancellations Due to Coronavirus Economic Meltdown

March 25, 2020

Christian Bruno commented on the impact the coronavirus is having on real estate closings in South Florida in The Real Deal.

No More Playrooms, Pools or Gyms as NYC Resi Buildings Hunker Down

March 17, 2020

Leni Cummins comments on how New York City high-rise, residential buildings can manage coronavirus anxiety and potential exposure in The Real Deal.

How to Fix Those Cracking, Crumbling Plaster Walls

March 14, 2020

Leni Cummins explains what to do when a co-op shareholder needs to make repairs to her apartment in a New York Times article.

Kenneth Fisher and Stuart Shorenstein Named to City & State New York’s Law Power 100

March 11, 2020

Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, and Stuart A. Shorenstein, a member of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies and chair of the New York City and state practice, were named to City & State New York’s 2020 Law Power 100.

NYC Brokers’ Fees to Remain in Place Until at Least June

March 09, 2020

Leni Cummins is quoted in the Commercial Observer on the Attorney General’s granted request to extend the deadline to respond to the real estate industry’s lawsuit against the brokers’ fee ban in New York.

NYC Real Estate Industry Grapples With Broker Fees, Commercial Rent Control

February 18, 2020

Leni Cummins comments on the impact of the Department of State’s (DOS) issued guidance on tenant-paid broker fees in the Commercial Observer.

Co-op and Condo Tax Abatement Will Not Be Tied to Prevailing Wage

February 14, 2020

Leni Cummins and Jennifer Miller discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pocket-veto of a bill that would have required condominium and cooperative boards to pay building employees a prevailing wage or lose a property tax abatement.

Cuomo Veto Spares Condos, Co-Ops from Paying Prevailing Wage

February 13, 2020

Leni Cummins comments on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pocket-veto of a bill that would remove a property tax abatement from condominium and cooperative homeowners in larger buildings in which building service workers did not receive prevailing wage in an article in The Real Deal.

New York Real Estate is Business as Usual and Vigilant

February 11, 2020

Leni Cummins discusses the temporary injunction against the Department of State’s guidance on tenant-paid broker commissions in an article on GlobeSt.com.

What Do You See? Banning Brokers Fees Ain’t Law, Experts Argue

February 07, 2020

Leni Cummins is quoted in Real Estate Weekly on The New York Department of State’s legal guidance on tenant-paid broker fees. As a part of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act that was passed last summer, landlords are now prohibited from charging tenants for broker fees. The real estate industry is challenging the legality of the guidance.

New York Broker Fee Ban Halted by Judge

February 06, 2020

Leni Cummins comments on the court’s decision to grant a temporary restraining order against guidance from the Department of State that prevents landlords, in certain circumstances, from collecting broker fees from tenants in a Multi-Housing News article.

Litigation Likely as New York Frees Tenants from Broker Fees

February 06, 2020

Leni Cummins explains how new guidance from the New York Department of State could impact landlords in an article in Law 360.

NYC Real Estate Industry Reeling after Surprise Broker Fees Ruling

February 06, 2020

Leni Cummins is quoted in the New York Post on a recent guidance memo issued by the New York Department of State which dictates that tenants cannot be charged broker fees in certain circumstances.

Nine Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers

January 15, 2020

Super Lawyers has named nine Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers.

De Blasio Unlikely to Hit Rezoning Goals

January 15, 2020

Ken Fisher discusses the likelihood of the de Blasio administration reaching its rezoning goals before the term ends in a Crain’s New York Business article.

Developer Paid de Blasio-linked Lobbyist, Lawyers for East Village Petition

January 14, 2020

Ken Fisher was quoted in an article the New York Post discussing claims that a developer paid a New York City Hall lobbyist and a law firm with ties to Mayor DeBlasio to win approval of the expansion of a 10-story office tower in the East Village.

Sponsor Self-Dealing

December 30, 2019

Leni Cummins discusses the issues and irregularities that are all too often uncovered when a condominium boards takes over from sponsors and steps boards can take to protect themselves in Habitat Magazine.

Developers Call Inwood Ruling Another Blow in War Against Them

December 23, 2019

Ken Fisher is quoted in The Real Deal on developers’ reactions to the New York Supreme Court’s decision to nullify the Inwood neighborhood rezoning regulations.

Big Real Estate Facing New Limits on NY State Campaign Contributions

December 05, 2019

Ken Fisher quoted in The Real Deal on New York’s decision to reduce the amounts that real estate donors and other large contributors can give to candidates for governor and other statewide offices.

Real Estate Thought It Was Invincible in New York. It Wasn’t.

November 29, 2019

Ken Fisher comments on significate changes to New York’s political climate for the real estate industry in a New York Times article.

Housing Court Could Get a lot More Political Under Reform Plan

November 19, 2019

Ken Fisher comments on proposed changes to the structure of the New York City Housing Court in an article in The Real Deal.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 24 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2019

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.

Unprecedented suspension from New York City Council likely for Andy King

October 22, 2019

Ken Fisher comments on New York City Council’s decision to suspend Councilman Andy King in City & State New York.

D.C. Council Approves Measure to Curb Wave of Development Appeals

October 09, 2019

Meridith Moldenhauer and Samantha Mazo comment on the D.C. Council’s vote to approve amendments to the Comprehensive Plan's Framework Element nearly two years after the Office of Planning introduced the proposed changes in an article in Bisnow.

17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 27, 2019

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Why The Four Jails to Replace Rikers Island are Likely to Get Done

September 06, 2019

Ken Fisher provides his perspective on whether a plan to close Rikers Island, one of the largest jails in the country, and build four new borough-based jails in New York City will succeed in City & State New York.

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.

Suite and Sour on DeB Order

August 27, 2019

Ken Fisher comments on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s order to the Department of City Planning to study implementing a special permit for developing hotels in New York City in the New York Post.

De Blasio Pushes Plan to Restrict Hotel Development

August 26, 2019

Ken Fisher is quoted in Crain’s New York Business on Mayor de Blasio’s plans to implement a special permit for hotel development, following a hotel union’s (Hotel Trades Council) support of de Blasio’s presidential campaign.

Kenneth K. Fisher Named to City & State New York’s Brooklyn Power 100

August 19, 2019

Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, was named to City & State New York’s 2019 Brooklyn Power 100.

Better Call Paul: One of LA’s Top Lawyers Reflects on Decades of Deals

August 07, 2019

Paul Rutter was interviewed for an article in Commercial Observer regarding his 40 years of real estate experience.

"It gives me comfort": Real estate reacts to Katz's "miraculous" Queens DA Victory [The Real Deal]

August 07, 2019

Ken Fisher discusses Queens District Attorney Democratic candidate Melinda Katz's narrow victory over Tiffany Cabán in the primary that was announced only after a lengthy manual recount and threats of affidavit ballot challenges.

Courtyard Battle Heats Up at Apartment Complex in Brooklyn

July 27, 2019

Ken Fisher was featured on a WPIX 11 New York news segment discussing the plan to build a parking garage below the Riverside Apartment complex courtyard in Brooklyn.

State Governments Push Hard for Rent Control

July 24, 2019

Thomas Casparian was quoted in MHInsider discussing his thoughts on statewide rent control and how it affects the industry.

Cozen O’Connor Continues to Grow its National Real Estate Practice, Adding New York City Zoning Practitioner and Litigator Ariel S. Holzer

July 23, 2019

Holzer is a New York City-based litigator who brings nearly 15 years of experience guiding developers, property owners, architects, and other related entities through the city’s complex zoning and land use application processes.

Developers Say D.C. Comp Plan Changes Won't Do Enough to Beat Back Frequent Legal Challenges

July 22, 2019

Meridith Moldenhauer comments on the newly released amendments to D.C’s comprehensive plan in an article in the Washington Business Journal.

‘A Light at the End of the Tunnel’: D.C.'s Development Appeals Freeze Beginning to Thaw

July 18, 2019

Samantha Mazo comments on the positive effects a recent D.C. Court of Appeals’ decision could have on real estate developers in an article in Bisnow.

What the Industry is Saying About the Federal Rent Law Challenge

July 17, 2019

Ken Fisher notes the makeup of the Supreme Court could impact New York's Rent Stabilization Association's and Community Housing Improvement Program's lawsuit, challenging the New York State rent stabilization law, in an article in The Real Deal.

Cozen O’Connor Further Expands its Washington D.C. Real Estate Practice, Adding Transaction Attorney James Grier Hoyt

June 18, 2019

Hoyt has closed leasing transactions on behalf of landlords and tenants in excess of 15 million square feet, including major build-to-suit and corporate headquarters deals.

What the Death of the Vacancy Bonus means for Landlords

June 17, 2019

Ken Fisher comments on the impact just-enacted changes to New York’s rent laws will have on New York City landlords, including a provision eliminating the ability to raise rents by 20% when a rent-regulated tenant moved out.

Governing by the Book

June 06, 2019

Leni Cummins explains why it is important for condo/co-op board members to govern in accordance with the corporate documents in The Cooperator.

REBNY is donating more than ever. But so are its independent-minded constituents

June 05, 2019

Ken Fisher shares his thoughts on the increase in political contributions from landlords above what their trade association, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), as the State Legislature prepares for its most significant overhaul in decades.

Affordable Housing Landlords Among City’s Most Active Evictors

May 22, 2019

Ken Fisher explains why the narrative of aggressive evictions in New York is unfair to landlords in a PincusCo article.

Inside the fight to revamp Right to Counsel

May 13, 2019

Ken Fisher discusses New York City's Right to Counsel law in The Real Deal. The article explains that New York passed the law in 2017, guaranteeing a lawyer to all low-income tenants facing eviction, and while it has received support from both tenants and landlords some issues still remain.

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.

Q&A: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

April 04, 2019

Leni Cummins discusses what happens when joint tenants of a co-op disagree on selling the shared property in The Cooperator.

Adam Silverman Elected Fellow of American College of Real Estate Lawyers

April 03, 2019

Adam Silverman, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group in Philadelphia, has been elected a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).

Kenneth K. Fisher Named to City & State New York’s Real Estate Power 50

March 31, 2019

Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of the law firm of Cozen O'Connor was named to City & State New York’s inaugural Real Estate Power 50.

New York is Closer to “Universal Rent Control” Than You Think

March 05, 2019

Ken Fisher is quoted in City & State New York on efforts to reform existing rent stabilization laws. According to the article, Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance, a coalition of activist groups, is advocating for tenant protections and has laid out a universal rent platform consisting of several pieces of legislation.

Opportunity Knocks, but Why Hasn't Pittsburgh Answered the Door?

February 14, 2019

Jim Forsyth is quoted in the Pittsburgh Business Times on why Pittsburgh may be slower to capitalize on opportunity zones than other regions.

Latest Chapter In D.C. Zoning Appeal Saga Pits Developer Against Developer

February 12, 2019

Meridith Moldenhauer weighs in on a dispute between an owner of a high-rise apartment building and a developer of a hotel in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in Bisnow.

Fact Checking the NYC Public Advocate Debate

February 07, 2019

Ken Fisher discusses the accuracy of statements made by candidates during the first debate for New York City Public Advocate special election in City & State New York.

First Lutheran Church Reaches Settlement with City of Saint Paul in Religious Liberty Suit

February 06, 2019

In the settlement, the city acknowledged that RLUIPA is an important and central aspect of its land use decisions and is a primary consideration in processing and responding to land use applications made to the city.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Paul S. Rutter Named the Urban Development Lawyer of the Year by Century City Bar Association

January 24, 2019

– Cozen O’Connor attorney Paul S. Rutter, a member of the real estate practice in the firm’s Santa Monica, Calif., office, has been named “Urban Development Lawyer of the Year” by the Century City Bar Association. The Association provides legal education, leadership opportunities, and a sense of community to more than 4,000 Century City attorneys. Paul is among six attorneys being recognized by the Association for distinguishing himself in his respective field of expertise.

D.C. Council Bill looks to unmask individuals behind all LLCs

December 04, 2018

Dan Hardwick is quoted in the Washington Business Journal on a provision in a bill that would require major disclosures from individuals with an ownership interest in limited liability companies.

Thea Parent, One of the Country’s Leading Hospitality Sector Real Estate Attorneys, Joins Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group

November 19, 2018

Parent Has Closed Real Estate Acquisition/Disposition Deals Worth Billions of Dollars

Ken Fisher Elected to Board of Directors of Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

November 05, 2018

Kenneth Fisher, a member of the Business Law Department at Cozen O’Connor, has been elected to the board of directors of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Fisher will serve a two-year term on the board, effective October 25, 2018.

Leasing Considerations Landlords Should Keep in Mind When Their Properties Serve as Delivery Pick-Up Points

October 17, 2018

Steven Katkov authored an article in National Real Estate Investor on challenges confronting landlords when their property is used as a package pick-up point.

18 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 21, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Twelve were recognized as Super Lawyers and five were named "Rising Stars."

Cozen O'Connor Leads McCarthy Cook & Co. in $179.7M Purchase of Mountain View Office Campus

September 14, 2018

Paul Rutter, a member in Real Estate, was featured in the Dealmaker Section of the Daily Journal. Paul led the Cozen O'Connor team that negotiated real estate investment and development firm McCarthy Cook & Co.'s $179.7 million acquisition of an office campus in Mountain View.

Seven Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2019 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

August 31, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that seven of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most highly regarded peer review publications in the legal profession.

Evicted Tenants of 85 Bowery in New York Are Going Home

August 31, 2018

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the return of displaced tenants to a renovated New York apartment building in the Daily News, CBS New York, and AsAmNews.com.

Q&A: Why am I Paying for My Neighbor’s Roof Garden

August 27, 2018

Leni Cummins, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice, discusses the allocation of co-op expenses to pay for common costs in The New York Times.

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.

Using Tactical Preservation to Revive Neighborhoods outside Downtown Detroit

August 10, 2018

Adam Silverman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice, is quoted in Urban Land Magazine on the city of Detroit’s new plan for “Tactical Preservation” – an effort to target for preservation some of the thousands of abandoned but architecturally or historically significant properties in the outlying districts of the city.

D.C. bill would unmask individuals behind landlord, developer LLCs

July 24, 2018

Daniel Hardwick, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice, discusses the proposed Real Estate LLC Transparency Amendment Act of 2018 in the Washington Business Journal.

Can NYC increase local input without endangering real estate projects?

July 23, 2018

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the review of the New York City charter by two commissions and the potential impact to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure.

Cozen O'Connor’s National Real Estate Practice Continues to Grow with the Addition of Transactional Member Marnie R. Kudon

July 11, 2018

Kudon Will Help Clients Acquire and Develop Real Estate While Continuing to Navigate New York City’s Complex Land Use and Development Processes

Rent Guidelines Board leaves affordable-housing developers in a pinch

June 27, 2018

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the NYC Rent Guidelines Board’s vote to allow a 1.5 percent increase on one-year leases and a 2.5 percent increase on two-year leases to rent-regulated apartments in New York City.

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.

Fifty Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA 2018

May 21, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized 50 Cozen O’Connor attorneys for 2018 as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 14 were ranked in the top band either nationally or at the state level.

Can real estate brokers cash in on this tax deduction?

March 13, 2018

Thomas Gallagher, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Tax group, spoke with New York Real Estate News about the impact the tax deduction may have on real estate brokers.

Risks, Benefits of Dog-Friendly Offices

March 09, 2018

Diane Hvolka, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discussed with Commercial Property Executive about the legal, health, and safety implications at the workplace for landlords and property managers.

The New Landscape of Public Subsidy for Development

March 07, 2018

Jeffrey Mills, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discussed with Developing Pittsburgh about the use of public grants and loan assistance to make private development feasible through public/private partnerships (P3).

Cozen O’Connor Member Bernard Lee Honored by Philadelphia Bar Association

February 14, 2018

The Philadelphia Bar Association has announced that Bernard Lee, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, is the recipient of the 2017 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award.

Beware of Rent Control Coming to Northern California

February 05, 2018

Richard Close, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses why the damage caused by mudslides, flooding, heat waves, and wildfires to homes and infrastructure throughout Northern California could ultimately lead to a need for rent control in Super Lawyers.

2018 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranks Cozen O’Connor

February 01, 2018

In the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms, Cozen O’Connor is ranked nationally in 17 practice areas and regionally in 64 practice areas.

Can Brooklyn MLS Keep it Going Alone?

February 01, 2018

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses Brooklyn Multiple Listing Service’s (MLS) increase in memberships in the recent years despite losing the benefits from the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) membership in The Real Deal.

In the HQ2 Race, Cost of Living Benefits Pittsburgh

January 19, 2018

Jeffrey Mills, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses Pittsburgh’s appealing cost of living as a distinguishing feature from other cities in competition for Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2) in Pittsburgh Business Times.

HQ2: ‘We’re a City That Isn’t Standing Still’

January 18, 2018

Jeffrey Mills, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses Pittsburgh’s chances of being selected as the home for Amazon’s new headquarters, a multibillion-dollar investment boasting an expected 50,000 jobs, in Pittsburgh Business Times.

Cozen O’Connor Serves as Lead Counsel in Acquisition and Financing of Ozone Park Manufacturing Facility

November 27, 2017

The national real estate practice at Cozen O’Connor represented Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center Local Development Corporation (GMDC) in the acquisition, development, and financing of an Ozone Park manufacturing facility in Queens, New York. The cost of the acquisition and development of the project is an estimated $40 million.

How Transparent Should Boards Be

November 09, 2017

Leni Cummins, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses what information cooperative and condominium boards are required to provide to shareholders and unit owners in The Cooperator New York.

Cozen O’Connor Announces Hiring of Gilchrist & Rutter Attorneys

September 27, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is thrilled to announce that effective October 1, 2017, all of the lawyers from the Los Angeles real estate and commercial litigation boutique, Gilchrist & Rutter, will join the firm.

Going after Amazon's HQ2 is like going after the Olympics

September 13, 2017

Jeffrey Mills, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice, discusses how competitive incentives could benefit Amazon’s search for a new headquarters in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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.

Midtown East Rezoning: Not for the Faint-Hearted

August 17, 2017

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the new zoning plan in Manhattan’s Great East Midtown district in a Q&A in the Commercial Property Executive.

Ross commissioners approve 'mixed-use overlay district'

July 24, 2017

Jeffrey Mills discusses the approval for mixed-use developments in Ross Township, Pa. in TribLIVE.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Real Estate Member to Pittsburgh Office

July 18, 2017

Jeffrey A. Mills is a member of the Real Estate and Public & Project Finance practice groups.

Cozen O’Connor Continues Rapid Expansion in Washington, D.C., with Addition of Zoning, Land Use & Development Group

June 27, 2017

The group is led by Meridith Moldenhauer, who joins as a member, and includes Samantha Mazo, who joins as of counsel, Alyssa Bigley and Eric DeBear, who both join as attorneys, and Stephen Varga, who joins as planning services director.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Serves as Lead Counsel in Independence Realty Trust’s $300 Million Unsecured Credit Facility Financing

May 04, 2017

The national real estate practice of Cozen O'Connor represented Independence Realty Operating Partnership, LP and Independence Realty Trust, Inc. in the consummation of a new $300 million unsecured credit facility.

Cozen O’Connor Promotes 17 Attorneys to Membership

April 03, 2017

The management committee is pleased to welcome a particularly qualified group to membership, composed of outstanding attorneys who have demonstrated remarkable professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to the firm and the legal community at large.

Rules of Disclosure

February 28, 2017

Leni Cummins discusses the rules and regulations related to disclosure for condominium and cooperative unit sales in The Cooperator.

Not In Their Backyard

February 13, 2017

Richard Close, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice, discusses how the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association has come to be a lesson of grassroots politics in Los Angeles Magazine.

Q&A: Getting Rid of a Board President

January 19, 2017

Leni Cummins, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses the process of replacing co-op board members and presidents in The Cooperator.

East Village Community Battles Over Fate of Old School

January 16, 2017

Ken Fisher discusses his client’s efforts to develop a former elementary school in New York City’s East Village into private dorms in a WCBS TV interview.

Amid Tense Politics, Developer Pushes De Blasio for Village Dorms

January 11, 2017

Ken Fisher discusses his client’s plan to develop a former New York City elementary school into private Adelphi University dorms in Crain’s New York Business.

Even in Tony Brownstone Brooklyn Infrastructure Lags Behind

January 01, 2017

Ken Fisher discusses the slow growth of infrastructure in emerging New York City neighborhoods in The Real Deal.

Mayor de Blasio Says Criticism of the Video His Taxpayer-Funded Team Created is ‘Ludicrous’

December 30, 2016

Ken Fisher discusses a taxpayer-funded video released by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office in New York Daily News.

Cozen O’Connor’s Ross Weiss Appointed to Philadelphia Film Society’s Board of Directors

December 16, 2016

Ross Weiss, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Philadelphia Film Society.

The State of Surveillance

December 12, 2016

Leni Cummins discusses condo and co-op buildings’ increased use of video surveillance in The Cooperator.

Cozen O'Connor ranked in 2017 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

November 23, 2016

Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

Ken Fisher Named to Brooklyn’s Power 50 by City & State

November 15, 2016

Ken Fisher will be recognized among the Brooklyn Power 50 by City & State at the Borough 50 Series.

Why Does Infrastructure Lag so Far Behind Gentrification?

November 11, 2016

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses why New York City infrastructure can not keep up with gentrification in Brick Underground.

Laura B. Sorscher Joins Cozen O’Connor’s Premier National Real Estate Practice

October 19, 2016

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to welcome Laura B. Sorscher as a member of its national Real Estate practice, one of the premiere such practices in the country.

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.

Low-Rise Inspections

September 10, 2016

Leni Cummins, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discusses building exterior inspection regulations in The New York Times.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Trading Down: Williamsburg Biz Worries New Homeless Refuge Will Repel Customers

August 13, 2016

Ken Fisher addressed the public’s concern surrounding a new refuge center in Williamsburg, NY, at a local community meeting.

Does Living Near An Above-Ground Train Equal Cheaper Housing? Not So Much

August 02, 2016

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses the effect above-ground trains have on apartment prices on BrickUnderground.com.

Cozen O’Connor Names Seven New Shareholders

July 29, 2016

Cozen O’Connor promoted seven members to shareholder of the firm: David Barron (Houston), Melissa Brill (New York), Bryan Campbell (Seattle), W. Blake Coblentz (Washington, D.C.), Martin Gusy (New York), James Schultz (Philadelphia) and Matthew Weinstein (Philadelphia).

Real Estate Lawyers Are In High Gear

July 13, 2016

Jeff Leonard discusses the impact that the Philadelphia real estate market’s record breaking volume and transaction amounts has had on real estate attorneys.

Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio Continue to Clash Because ‘They Don’t Trust the Other One’

June 25, 2016

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate department and Public Strategies group, discusses Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to maintain mayoral control of New York City schools in the New York Daily News.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Christian Bruno to the Firm’s Real Estate Practice in Miami

May 05, 2016

Bruno is a transactional attorney who handles all aspects of commercial real estate and finance transactions, including acquisitions, leasing, development, joint ventures, loan issuances and restructurings, note purchases, workouts, and fund formations in Florida and throughout the United States.

Jeff Leonard Discusses 2016 Real Estate Market Outlook and Impact on Legal Practices

May 03, 2016

Jeff Leonard discusses the strong 2015 real estate market in comparison to the 2016 market, and what this means for law firms.

Leni Cummins Discusses New Regulation Favoring Condo/Cooperative Boards

April 25, 2016

Leni Cummins discusses a new U.S. Treasury Department regulation in Habitat Magazine.

Leni Cummins Discusses Significant Victory for Manhattan Condominium Board in the Commercial Observer

April 21, 2016

Leni Cummins discusses a significant victory for the Manhattan Modern 23 condominium board in the Commercial Observer.

The Cooperator Q&A: Board - Buyer Runaround

April 01, 2016

Leni Cummins addresses a cooperative shareholder's concerns about his board's new policies in The Cooperator.

Ken Fisher Discusses Major New York City Compromise On Mayor's Proposals in Crain's

March 15, 2016

Ken Fisher discusses a compromise crafted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on housing proposals.

Howard Grossman Discusses Philadelphia's Rising Commercial Real Estate Taxes in Law360

March 04, 2016

Howard Grossman, senior counsel in Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate practice group, discusses the implications of higher property taxes in Philadelphia.

Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Close Deal for Brooklyn Residential Project

February 22, 2016

Benjamin Suckewer and Daniel Levin recently closed an $80 million land and construction loan for a Brooklyn residential project.

Leni Cummins Discusses Allocation of Common Expenses in Cooperatives

February 20, 2016

Leni Cummins discusses the allocation of common expenses in cooperatives in The New York Times and Habitat.

Leni Cummins Discusses Building Maintenance in The New York Times

February 13, 2016

Leni Cummins, member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate practice group, discusses building maintenance responsibilities in The New York Times.

Leni Cummins Discusses Use of Drones by Condominiums and Cooperatives in The Cooperator

January 19, 2016

Leni Cummins, member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate practice group, discusses drone usage by condominiums and cooperatives in The Cooperator.

Ken Fisher Discusses Affordable Housing Incentives in Engineering News Record

January 18, 2016

Ken Fisher discusses New York City's ongoing struggle to agree on a prevailing wage requirement in an Engineering News Record article.

Cozen O’Connor Serves as Counsel to Maguire Hayden Real Estate Company Affiliate in Purchase of 300 Four Falls

January 08, 2016

The national real estate practice at Cozen O'Connor represented a Maguire Hayden Real Estate Company affiliate in its purchase of a seven story West Conshohocken office property for $98.4 million.

Howard Grossman Discusses the Booming Philadelphia Residential Real Estate Market in Law360

January 07, 2016

Howard Grossman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses the Philadelphia residential real estate market and its recent unprecedented boom over the last two years.

Ken Fisher Discusses Potential Effects on Manhattan and Beyond if 421-A Program Expires

December 03, 2015

Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department and Public Strategies Group, discusses the potential repercussions of the 421-a tax abatement program expiring.

Ken Fisher Discusses Potential New Reporting Requirements for Consulting Firms in New York with NY1

November 24, 2015

Ken Fisher discussed new regulations for political consulting firms in New York to register as lobbyists and disclose their clients and income to the public.

Vivien Krieger Comments on 15-Story Mixed Use Building Planned for Jackson Heights

November 24, 2015

Due to the building’s proximity to LaGuardia Airport, changes are required to the maximum height allowance in the area. According to Krieger, the FAA and the Port Authority determined that the proposed height restrictions do not constitute a danger.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Steven Katkov to the Firm’s Real Estate Practice in Minneapolis

October 26, 2015

Steven brings over 25 years of experience representing a wide variety of closely held corporations, partnerships, emerging businesses, lenders, and individuals throughout the United States.

Ken Fisher Discusses Designating New York City's Greenwood Cemetery and Fairway Apartments as Landmarks in CityLand

October 20, 2015

Ken Fisher is quoted in CityLand discussing the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on designating New York City's Greenwood Cemetery and Fairway Apartments as landmarks.

Ken Fisher Discusses Proposal to Landmark New York's Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn Daily

October 13, 2015

Ken Fisher is quoted in Brooklyn Daily on the proposal to landmark New York's historic Green-Wood cemetery.

Ken Fisher Discusses Selling "Air" over New York City Landmarks

October 07, 2015

Ken Fisher is quoted in Commercial Observer on incorporating the ability to build higher than zoning allows when it comes to air rights on New York City landmarks.

Ken Fisher Discusses New York City's 421-a Tax Abatement in Real Estate Weekly

October 07, 2015

Ken Fisher is quoted in Real Estate Weekly on the potential expiration of New York City's 421-a tax abatement program.

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in The Cooperator on Positive Condo Board Actions

October 01, 2015

Leni Morrison Cummins is quoted in The Cooperator on condo boards implementing fun ideas for their community.

Leni Morrison Cummins Discusses Condo Boards' Power to Institute Procedures and Fees in The Cooperator

September 30, 2015

Leni Morrison Cummins is quoted in The Cooperator on condo unit owners abiding by a condo board's declaration and bylaws.

Leni Morrison Cummins Discusses Converting a Property to a Co-Op or Condo in The New York Times

September 19, 2015

Leni Morrison Cummins was quoted in the New York Times article,

Howard Grossman Discusses Philadelphia’s Spike in Outside Investment in Urban Land

September 08, 2015

Howard Grossman discusses Philadelphia’s upswing in investment interest in every asset class, and it is coming from a multitude of sources, including national equity investors, regional and local institutions, and operators.

Cozen O’Connor Continues Growth of Washington, D.C. Office Expanding Energy and Real Estate Practices

September 01, 2015

Bob Fallon and David Tiger have joined the firm as members in the Washington, D.C. office.

Ken Fisher Discusses the 421-a Tax Abatement Program in City & State

August 31, 2015

Ken Fisher discusses the approaching deadline to cut a pivotal deal on construction incentives and wages for construction workers.

Cozen O'Connor Welcomes Joseph Mascia to New York Real Estate Group

August 25, 2015

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that it has expanded its New York Real Estate Group with the hiring of Joseph Mascia as a member. He joins Cozen O’Connor from Duane Morris, where he served as special counsel. Mascia will be resident in the firm’s New York Midtown office.

Cozen O’Connor Names Six New Shareholders

July 20, 2015

– Cozen O’Connor promoted six members to shareholder of the firm: Philip Carroll (Chicago), William Davis (New York), John B. Galligan (New York), Kendall Hayden (Dallas), Andrew Kay (D.C.) and Vincent Pozzuto (New York).

Richard Close: A Lion’s Roar in the Valley

July 16, 2015

Richard Close, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice, is featured in an article by the Jewish Journal describing his heavy involvement with the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association (SOHA), which he has led since 1977.

Contacts

James R. Williams

Co-Chair, Real Estate

jrwilliams@cozen.com

(215) 665-4698

Jonathan S. Gross

Co-Chair, Real Estate

jgross@cozen.com

(310) 460-4474

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