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.
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.
Over the last decade, 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.