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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.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 60%
    15 years
  2. Financial Services: 30%
    15 years
  3. Business: 10%
    15 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (10%)

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Cozen O'Connor

1900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
40 Under 40Philadelphia Business Journal2012
Top Lawyers (Business Law & Real Estate)Main Line Today2012
Rising StarSuperLawyers2011
Rising StarSuperLawyers2006
Rising StarSuperLawyers2005
Who's Who in Executives and ProfessionalsNational Register2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberCozen O'Connor2013 - Present
General CounselGMH Associates, Inc.2008 - Present
Associate General CounselGMH Communities Trust2007 - 2008
AttorneyCOZEN O'CONNOR2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Villanova University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Cozen O'Connor Research and Enterprise ForumWhy Would a General Counsel Hire You & Your Firm?2013
3rd Annual Real Estate General Counsels ForumConstruction, Development, Associated Environmental Issues & Financing2013
GMH Mortgage Services "Lunch and Learn" SeriesUnderstanding RESPA2012
GMH Mortgage Services "Lunch & Learn"Truth In Lending Act2011
Philadelphia Lender RoundtableRESPA - GFE2010
Legal Issues/Regulatory Compliance ConferenceRESPA2010