My approach is to first understand business goals and strategies and align my legal advice to achieve those goals. 


Jim Modzelewski focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions, transactional financing, and general corporate counseling. As the former General Counsel at Jet East, Jim specialized in mergers and acquisitions, finance, securities law, investment partnerships and corporate governance matters. He is adept at handling commercial contracts, leases, employment matters, litigation, executive compensation planning and execution and corporate governance issues. 

Personal Insights

My Greatest Strengths
  • Solution & “Customer” Oriented – I say “Yes” first and then find ways to get around obstacles to help my business clients find successful outcomes.

  • Excellent Judgment – I see around corners and balance risks with business goals.

  • Contract & Deal Negotiation – I understand the most important business objectives of all sides to drive deal execution.

  • Project Management – I am adept at setting and managing ever-changing priorities.

  • Business and Financial Acumen – A rare combination.

  • I was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Penn Virginia Corporation, an NYSE-listed company
    • At Penn Virginia, I
      • Was the youngest Vice President at the company

      • Negotiated 30+ deals worth over $1.75 billion to a successful close

      • Led 10+ successful public and private debt and equity offerings, including an IPO

      • Negotiated 5+ credit facility refinancings

      • Was responsible for all public company report for 3 NYSE-listed companies

  • I negotiated the sale of Jet East Corporate Aviation, LLC to Gama Aviation

  • I was a corporate lawyer at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, an Am Law 200 firm

  • I started my career as a corporate lawyer at Dechert LLP, an Am Law 50 law firm

  • I am a strategist, advisor, influencer, team leader, and cross-functional collaborator. I am a high-integrity, low-ego, and collaborative professional.

  • In my free time, I am a chauffeur and cheerleader for my son and daughter.


Practice Focus
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Acquisitions
  • Finance
  • Securities Law
  • Investment Partnerships
  • Corporate Governance


  • Joint ventures
  • Private equity
  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • Energy
  • Oil and gas
  • Aviation
  • Venture capital



Practice Areas


J.D., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1999

  • University of Pennsylvania Law Review, member

B.A., magna cum laude, Economics, Public Policy Studies, Duke University, 1995

LaSalle College High School, 1992


  • Pennsylvania
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