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James Kennedy joined Cozen O'Connor as a member in the Real Estate Department in Philadelphia. Jim has extensive experience in complex corporate and real estate finance, securitization, financial services, mortgage banking and commercial real estate transactions. He regularly represents clients in real estate and related finance matters, mortgage banking and general corporate transactions.
For the past six years Jim has been senior vice president and general counsel to a real estate company that owns and operates a large portfolio of real estate investments, particularly multifamily residential apartments and student housing, as well as a mortgage bank and a private equity group with diversified holdings. Jim has personally supervised the negotiation and closing of many sophisticated acquisitions, sales, joint ventures, mergers and financing transactions.
Jim graduated cum laude from Villanova Law School in 2001. Last year Jim was honored with Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award, which recognizes young business leaders who are making an impact before their 40th birthday. Jim also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (10%)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|40 Under 40||Philadelphia Business Journal||2012|
|Top Lawyers (Business Law & Real Estate)||Main Line Today||2012|
|Who's Who in Executives and Professionals||National Register||2005|
|Member||Cozen O'Connor||2013 - Present|
|General Counsel||GMH Associates, Inc.||2008 - Present|
|Associate General Counsel||GMH Communities Trust||2007 - 2008|
|Attorney||COZEN O'CONNOR||2005 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||N/A||2001 - Present|
|Philadelphia Bar Association||N/A||2001 - Present|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||N/A||2001 - Present|
|Villanova University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|Cozen O'Connor Research and Enterprise Forum||Why Would a General Counsel Hire You & Your Firm?||2013|
|3rd Annual Real Estate General Counsels Forum||Construction, Development, Associated Environmental Issues & Financing||2013|
|GMH Mortgage Services "Lunch and Learn" Series||Understanding RESPA||2012|
|GMH Mortgage Services "Lunch & Learn"||Truth In Lending Act||2011|
|Philadelphia Lender Roundtable||RESPA - GFE||2010|
|Legal Issues/Regulatory Compliance Conference||RESPA||2010|