Brian Cohen real estate retail leasing commercial multifamily construction financing



Brian M. Cohen advises clients on all aspects of sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, focusing on financings, acquisitions, sales, site assemblages, joint ventures, leases, restructurings and workouts for office, multifamily, retail, industrial and hospitality properties and portfolios in New York City and throughout the country.

As one of New York City’s leading real estate lawyers, Brian has played an integral role helping advance the legal and business goals of his clients, which include private equity and debt funds, institutional investors, family offices, public and private REITs, foreign investors, and high-net-worth individuals.

Brian is particularly distinguished for his deep understanding of the New York City real estate ecosystem. A trusted advisor, he has a unique ability to develop highly creative solutions to complex problems such as using litigation as a tool to restructure real estate loans and projects and helping negotiate and collaboratively resolve partnership disputes.

His market-leading practice also entails representing entrepreneurs and family offices in a wide variety of investment activities, transactions, and agreements designed to help them accumulate, manage, transfer, and protect private wealth.

Brian’s clients include:

  • Brause Realty
  • Rockrose Development
  • Nuveen
  • Lonicera Partners
  • Olshan Properties
  • Third Millennium Group
  • BH3 Management
  • QC Terme
  • Nasser Freres


  • Martindale Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV PreeminentTM
  • New York Trailblazers (2020), The New York Law Journal
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2023
  • UJA-Federation of New York Volunteer Service Award, 2009
  • UJA-Federation of New York Lawyer's Division James H. Fogelson Award, 2005


  • Honorary Counsel to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. (Claims Conference)

  • Co-Chair, Real Estate Council, UJA-Federation of New York

  • Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York

  • Research Sponsor, Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center, University of Pennsylvania

  • Lecturer, Contract Negotiations and Legal Considerations, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, 2017 - 2023


  • New York
  • New Jersey


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University  (J.D., 1996)
  • George Washington University  (B.A., 1992)