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Joshua Matthew Marks

Joshua Matthew Marks

Practice areas:

Business, Real Estate

About Me

It wasn't until the summer after his junior year at Penn State University that Josh Marks found himself on the path toward becoming an attorney. In fact, had it not been for a chance internship with a Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge that he landed thanks to a family friend, Josh may have headed into his senior year as the oldest undecided major on campus.


Yet, as he observed numerous hearings and trials in that courtroom during the summer of 1993, Josh fell in love with the practice of law. He found the proceedings exciting, and admired the skill of those lawyers who thought so quickly on their feet. Always playing the role of mentor, the judge that Josh worked for encouraged him to pursue the challenge of law school, advising him that regardless of his chosen profession a law degree opened many doors. After surprising his family and friends with his inspired decision to pursue a career in law, Josh applied, and was ultimately accepted, into the 1994 class of first-year law students at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. Josh thrived at law school, and his academic accomplishments were recognized by way of an invitation to become a member of The Law Symposium, the school's law review journal. After graduating Cum Laude in 1997, Josh accepted an associate's position with a small Cherry Hill, New Jersey litigation and transactional firm focused on criminal defense, personal injury and real estate law.


During his two-year employment, Josh gained invaluable courtroom experience litigating a variety of cases and was involved in the negotiation of a wide-range of transactions including real estate acquisitions, business acquisitions and music, publishing and other entertainment-related deals. Most importantly, Josh received priceless mentoring by the firm's partners who imparted lessons of professionalism, ethics, and relationship building with clients.

Recognizing his own entrepreneurial desires to build a law firm, Josh opened The Law Offices of Joshua M. Marks on January 3, 2000, concentrating in criminal defense, real estate and business law. After almost five years of operating successfully as a sole practitioner, Josh became a founding member of Marks & Rosenzweig, LLC on April 1, 2004. Although the center-city, Philadelphia-based Marks & Rosenzweig, LLC provided excellent growth opportunities for Josh's business, he aspired to create a firm that catered to entrepreneurs, small business owners and real estate investors needing focused legal guidance in the areas of real estate and business-commercial law On April 15, 2009, Josh realized his goal in founding JM LAW GROUP, LLC - a firm specifically created to work with entrepreneurs, small to medium-sized business owners, start-ups and entities or individuals with commercial/residential real estate holdings. Josh is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

It's easy for Josh to stay motivated and empowered by his chosen career. He knows clients put their faith in him, and he finds it inspiring that he has the chance to make a difference in their lives. Navigating the challenges of each deal that Josh works on keeps his skills sharp and clients truly appreciate his ability to anticipate problems, bring parties together and create resolutions that allow deals to close rather than fall apart. Josh's approach and representation style is unique among attorneys, as he believes that most disputes can be resolved or negotiations conducted through preparation and open dialogue, rather than confrontation.

Josh's love of sports, particularly football, began long before he attended a Big Ten university. As a kid in Lower Merion, he played sports and attended summer day camp religiously when he wasn't "down the shore." Realizing that his own size and skills wouldn't carry him much past the local playground courts, Josh turned his attention to what he deemed the next best thing to being a professional athlete-- representing professional athletes in their career on and off the field. Wanting to combine his love of sports with his experience negotiating a variety of contracts, Josh became a Certified Contract Advisor licensed by the National Football League Players Association in 2000. Since that time, he has represented NFL players in their player-contracts, marketing and endorsement deals, as well as off-field business and real estate holdings.

Josh is most proud of his role as a member of the Board of Directors of the Adam J. Taliaferro Foundation. The Foundation is named after Adam J. Taliaferro, a former student-athlete at Penn State University who miraculously recovered from a serious spinal cord injury suffered on the football field. Josh plays an integral role in the Foundation's efforts to plan and hold fund-raising events, which provide necessary funding to deserving high school and collegiate athletes who suffer spinal cord injuries on the field.

Outside of the office, Josh still plays sports including golf, racquetball and basketball. He also enjoys travel, hiking in Arizona, and spending time at the beach. He currently lives in Manayunk with his wife, Christine, and their dog, Chloe.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Real Estate: 50%
    18 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Business: 50%
    18 years, 1.5 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

13 total 

  • Laura Lynn Ergood

    Josh is the type of attorney who will take the time to explain the law to his clients and work with clients to get the job done properly. He has an excellent demeanor and he is a wise attorney.

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    Laura Ergood Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ronald J Cappuccio

    I referred a client to Josh for a Pennsylvania Real Estate matter. He was thorough and efficient in preparing the necessary documents. Josh always quickly replied to emails and telephone calls. I would not hesitate to recommend Josh again

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    Ronald Cappuccio Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

JM LAW GROUP, LLC

1818 Market Street
Suite 3740
Philadelphia, PA, 19103-3639

102 Browning Lane
Building C-3
Cherry Hill, NJ, 08003

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Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
PAActive199808/03/2015
NJActive199705/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Awesome AttorneySJ Magazine2011
Awesome AttorneySJ Magazine2010
Certified Contract AdvisorNational Football League Players Association2000

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerJM LAW GROUP, LLC2009 - Present
PartnerMarks & Rosenzweig, LLC2004 - 2009
OwnerLaw Office of Joshua M. Marks2000 - 2004
AttorneyLutz & LeVow, P.A1998 - 1999

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Adam Taliaferro FoundationBoard Member2000 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State v. VEI LimoThe Court ruled that the statutory definition of a bus was vague and should not apply to limousines/limo-vans

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
BLOGBuyer Beware: Including Contingencies In a Purchase Agreement Can Protect A Buyer2014
BLOG5 Resolutions To Help Avoid Any Legal Hassles In 20142014
BlogPhilly Home Show To Philly Condo2012
Appearance on Talk Exchange RadioA Discussion On Legal Marketing Techniques2012
BlogStand Your Ground2012
BlogDo Your Twitter Followers Belong To You Or Your Employer2012
BlogAnd The Loan Goes To.....2012
BlogA Business Lesson From A Hot Dog Mecca2012
BlogKentucky Fried Taco Hut?2012
BlogExcuse Me2012
BlogRemembering Joe Paterno2012
BlogTwibel And Other Social Media Maladies2011
BlogTiger's Latest Troubles2011
BlogAre You (Finally) Ready For Some Football?2011
BlogCasey Anthony: From Inmate To Movie Star?2011
BlogToday's Business Forecast: Increasing Clouds2011
BlogTis The Season (For Your Business)2011
BlogSnooki's Italiana Dilemma2011
BlogAre You Ready For Some Football? Too Bad.2011
BlogDon't Let The Shark Bite You2011
BlogAre You The Next Diddy Or Bethenny Frankel2011
BlogLosing His Sheen2011
WebsiteResidential Lease-Purchase Agreements2011
BlogPSU Headlines This Week's Legal Scandals2011
Ezine ArticlesThe Superbowl Debacle2011
BlogTim Tebow Brings Religion To The Workplace2011
BlogFamous Celebrity Feuds & Court Cases2011
BlogDon't Be A "BP"2011
BlogWhere Ice Cream (Used To) Makes The Meal2011
BlogBon Jovi's Greatest Hit2011
WebsiteNuts & Bolts Of Buying A Small Business2010
WebsiteTips For Navigating The Short Sale Process2010
WebsiteThe Basics Of Commercial Leases2010
WebsiteBuying New Construction2010
WebsiteThe Perils Of Going Condo2010
Ezine ArticlesSelecting The Right Entity For Your Business2009
Ezine ArticlesDue Diligence In Commercial Real Estate Transactions2009

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Pennsylvania State UniversityGeneral Arts & SciencesBA - Bachelor of Arts1994

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
JM LAW GROUP TELE-SEMINAR FOR REALTORSResidential Short-Sale Negotiations2012
Harriton High School 2012 Career SymposiumWorking In the Sports Industry2012
The Basics of Commercial LeasesCommercial Leasing2011
Short Sales: Beyond The BasicsResidential Short Sale Transactions2011
Legal Marketing For Solos & Small FirmsMarketing For Lawyers2011
Joint Meeting of Realtors/Attorneys Montgomery County Bar Assoc.Residential Short Sales2011
The Good, The Bad and The TruthResidential Short Sales2010