Richard B. Cohn

Richard B. Cohn


J.D., 1983, American University’s Washington College of Law
B.A., 1980, Political Science and International Studies, Dickinson College

Bar Admissions

Rich is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Professional Activities

Member of the Executive Committee

Real Estate Practice Group Chair

International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Camden County Bar Association

New Jersey Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Community Involvement

Rich is a former member of the Zoning Board in Haddonfield, New Jersey, where he served for many years as the Chairman. Rich has served on the Board of a local YMCA summer camp. Rich sings and plays lead guitar in the classic rock band, “Mother Zeta,” which has performed at many civic and charitable events.

Representative Matters

  • Acquisition of Office Building Portfolio

    Rich was involved in the acquisition of a multi-site office building portfolio, consisting of four (4) multi-tenant office buildings in Morris County, New Jersey, containing over 600,000 rentable square feet. Rich was involved in all aspects of the transaction, including negotiation and drafting of the purchase and sale agreement, formation and syndication of the acquisition entity, performance of due diligence (including review of leases, environmental reports and other due diligence materials), financing issues, and closing the transaction.
  • Commercial Leasing

    In the past several years, Rich has negotiated and drafted commercial office, industrial and retail leases involving hundreds of thousands of square feet of space, and handled the acquisition, sale and financing of a variety of multi-million dollar transactions involving raw land, office, industrial and retail properties. Rich is a frequent presenter on commercial real estate leasing issues.
  • Recent Leasing Transactions

    In 2016 alone, Rich has been involved in the negotiation and leasing of almost one million square feet of commercial office space throughout New Jersey and suburban Philadelphia, including two major leases of single-user office buildings totaling over 500,000 square feet in Somerset and Sussex Counties, New Jersey.
  • Acquisition, Change of Use and Disposition of Former Industrial Property

    Rich handled the acquisition and simultaneous disposition to two subsequent purchasers of a former industrial site. While under contract for sale to Earp Cohn’s client, the site was divided into two parcels to be used for residential and institutional purposes. Rich worked with local zoning counsel and counsel for the seller and for the acquiring entities to successfully coordinate the closing of a complex transaction. It involved the transfer of development credits from a separate parcel owned by the institutional purchaser, the simultaneous sale of that parcel to a municipality, and the purchase and immediate disposition of the former industrial parcel to the ultimate ownership entities.
  • Local Counsel Work for REITs

    Rich has served as local counsel for several REITs in transactions in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including the acquisition two commercial condominium units consisting of a 300+ unit luxury apartment building in the Philadelphia suburbs, the acquisition of a large multi-family project in Marlton (Burlington County), New Jersey, the sale of a large multi-family project in Hoboken, and the acquisition of a suburban shopping center in Parsippany. Local counsel services have included review of agreements of sale relating to local laws, review of condominium documents and zoning/land use approvals, giving guidance on transfer tax and other conveyancing issues, review of financing documents, and issuance of opinion letters covering various local law issues.
  • Hospital Expansion

    Rich was lead development and zoning counsel for a South Jersey urban hospital’s major expansion. Rich was involved in all aspects of the expansion, including acquisition of land parcels, obtaining zoning and other land use approvals (which involved assisting in the creation and drafting of redevelopment ordinances relating to the area in which the expansion occurred), and negotiation and preparation of easements, restrictions and other agreements relating to the development of the expansion.