Real Estate Development

Cozen O’Connor represents local, regional, national, and international owners, operators, developers, contractors, landlords, tenants, and institutional clients, such as REITs, in the development of commercial, retail, office, industrial, mixed-use, and multifamily projects. With real estate attorneys throughout the United States, we have the resources, experience, and knowledge necessary to assist clients throughout the life cycle of their development project. Our attorneys help clients navigate opportunities and issues that may arise related to the acquisition of property, ground lease development, zoning, finance, and construction.

Our nationally renowned office, retail, and industrial development practice immediately distinguishes us from our peers. In the retail sector, we handle, among other projects, in-line centers, power centers, big box centers, grocery-anchored centers, malls, lifestyle centers, and urban and suburban business districts. The firm represents entrepreneurs, joint venture partners, and equity participants in connection with the acquisition, construction, and development of properties. We counsel commercial and multifamily developers in connection with all phases of the construction process, with an emphasis on project development, land use, construction disputes, and litigation.

Many big law firms have shifted away from so-called “dirt law” in order to focus exclusively on real estate finance, leaving the development work to boutique firms that often lack the requisite skills or capacity to handle large, complex matters. Cozen O’Connor has taken a different approach. We understand that financing is just one (albeit critical) piece of the puzzle and that development clients need coordinated assistance in the areas of real estate finance, public finance, land use, zoning, tax, construction, environmental, corporate, and general real estate law. As long as our clients engage in commercial development, we will provide them with the full array of necessary legal services.

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Life Science Conversions in Real Estate

May 24, 2023

Matt Weinstein discusses the legal issues surrounding the lease that need to be evaluated and addressed when considering a conversion of office space to life science space in Area Development.

Modernizing Real Property Easements For The 21st Century

March 22, 2022

The Uniform Easement Relocation Act (UERA) was approved by the NCC in 2020 in order to resolve the myriad regional approaches to the relocation of easements.

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Cozen O’Connor Adds Former Silverstein Properties Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jonathan W. Knipe

March 08, 2021

Knipe has spent the past 15 years with Silverstein Properties, serving in the capacity of chief legal officer and corporate secretary, and was instrumental in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center properties after 9/11.


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