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.
Licensed since 1997
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Josh is a very conscientious attorney with a great deal of knowledge and skills in the area of real estate law. Josh has integrity and honesty and would handle any legal matter in a responsible and expert manner. I would highly recommend Josh for any real estate legal matter in the greater Philadelphia area.
Nancy Lanard Franchising Attorney
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Awesome Attorney||SJ Magazine||2011|
|Awesome Attorney||SJ Magazine||2010|
|Certified Contract Advisor||National Football League Players Association||2000|
|Owner||JM LAW GROUP, LLC||2009 - Present|
|Partner||Marks & Rosenzweig, LLC||2004 - 2009|
|Owner||Law Office of Joshua M. Marks||2000 - 2004|
|Attorney||Lutz & LeVow, P.A||1998 - 1999|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Philadelphia Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Adam Taliaferro Foundation||Board Member||2000 - Present|
|BLOG||Buyer Beware: Including Contingencies In a Purchase Agreement Can Protect A Buyer||2014|
|BLOG||5 Resolutions To Help Avoid Any Legal Hassles In 2014||2014|
|Blog||Philly Home Show To Philly Condo||2012|
|Appearance on Talk Exchange Radio||A Discussion On Legal Marketing Techniques||2012|
|Blog||Stand Your Ground||2012|
|Blog||Do Your Twitter Followers Belong To You Or Your Employer||2012|
|Blog||And The Loan Goes To.....||2012|
|Blog||A Business Lesson From A Hot Dog Mecca||2012|
|Blog||Kentucky Fried Taco Hut?||2012|
|Blog||Remembering Joe Paterno||2012|
|Blog||Twibel And Other Social Media Maladies||2011|
|Blog||Tiger's Latest Troubles||2011|
|Blog||Are You (Finally) Ready For Some Football?||2011|
|Blog||Casey Anthony: From Inmate To Movie Star?||2011|
|Blog||Today's Business Forecast: Increasing Clouds||2011|
|Blog||Tis The Season (For Your Business)||2011|
|Blog||Snooki's Italiana Dilemma||2011|
|Blog||Are You Ready For Some Football? Too Bad.||2011|
|Blog||Don't Let The Shark Bite You||2011|
|Blog||Are You The Next Diddy Or Bethenny Frankel||2011|
|Blog||Losing His Sheen||2011|
|Website||Residential Lease-Purchase Agreements||2011|
|Blog||PSU Headlines This Week's Legal Scandals||2011|
|Ezine Articles||The Superbowl Debacle||2011|
|Blog||Tim Tebow Brings Religion To The Workplace||2011|
|Blog||Famous Celebrity Feuds & Court Cases||2011|
|Blog||Don't Be A "BP"||2011|
|Blog||Where Ice Cream (Used To) Makes The Meal||2011|
|Blog||Bon Jovi's Greatest Hit||2011|
|Website||Nuts & Bolts Of Buying A Small Business||2010|
|Website||Tips For Navigating The Short Sale Process||2010|
|Website||The Basics Of Commercial Leases||2010|
|Website||Buying New Construction||2010|
|Website||The Perils Of Going Condo||2010|
|Ezine Articles||Selecting The Right Entity For Your Business||2009|
|Ezine Articles||Due Diligence In Commercial Real Estate Transactions||2009|
|Widener University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|Pennsylvania State University||General Arts & Sciences||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|JM LAW GROUP TELE-SEMINAR FOR REALTORS||Residential Short-Sale Negotiations||2012|
|Harriton High School 2012 Career Symposium||Working In the Sports Industry||2012|
|The Basics of Commercial Leases||Commercial Leasing||2011|
|Short Sales: Beyond The Basics||Residential Short Sale Transactions||2011|
|Legal Marketing For Solos & Small Firms||Marketing For Lawyers||2011|
|Joint Meeting of Realtors/Attorneys Montgomery County Bar Assoc.||Residential Short Sales||2011|
|The Good, The Bad and The Truth||Residential Short Sales||2010|