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Jonathan Gross


Cozen O’Connor

Real estate practice co-chair at Cozen O’Connor

Clients have included CommonWealth Partners, LendLease Real Estate and Maguire Properties

Named to Best Lawyers in America each year between 2007 and 2022

Co-chair of the real estate practice at Cozen O’Connor, Jonathan Gross focuses his practice primarily on commercial real estate, including entity formation, major office and retail leasing, construction, and design agreements; service, engineering, consulting, and management agreements; brokerage agreements; title insurance; real estate secured lending; purchase and sale of developed and undeveloped property; reciprocal easement agreements and covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs); ground leases; and fine art commission agreements. 

His clients have included the Bayside District Corporation, CommonWealth Partners, The Equitable-Nissei Figueroa Company, LendLease Real Estate, Maguire Properties, and Thomas Development Partners. A few examples of his experience include the following: 

  • Represented entities owned by a vertically integrated office investor in restructuring a national co-working space tenant’s obligations under leases in two separate office projects — one in Philadelphia and one in Pasadena, CA- to provide cash flow relief necessitated by circumstances related to COVID-19.   
  • Represented the managing member and 50% equity investor in an Opportunity Zone development of a student housing project, with related retail, in a unique transaction that combined Opportunity Zone tax advantages, educational non-profit participation, financing from a national bank, and subordinate financing from a local development fund.  
  • Represented a joint venture as owner in connection with an office lease including 46,101 square feet on penthouse floors of two buildings in the Enclave project in San Diego. This representation included handling the structuring, drafting, and negotiation of the office lease and all lease-related documents. 

Based in Santa Monica, CA, Gross has been honored numerous times over the years, to include being named to Best Lawyers in America each year between 2007 and 2022. 

These are some of the reasons that we named Gross to our National grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community. 


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).