Brian Cohen real estate retail leasing commercial multifamily construction financing



Brian M. Cohen counsels investors, lenders, developers, owners, family offices and entrepreneurs in all aspects of sophisticated commercial real estate transactions with a focus 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 in helping advance the legal and business goals of clients ranging from private equity and debt funds, institutional investors and family offices to public and private REITs, foreign investors and high-net-worth individuals. As a trusted advisor to his clients, Brian is particularly distinguished for his deep understanding of the New York City real estate ecosystem, and for his unique ability to develop highly creative solutions to complex problems, which range from using litigation as a tool to restructure real estate loans and projects, to helping negotiate and collaboratively resolve partnership disputes. His market-leading practice also entails representation of entrepreneurs and family offices in a spectrum of investment activities, transactions and agreements designed to help clients accumulate, manage, transfer and protect private wealth.

Brian’s clients include:

  • Brause Realty
  • Rockrose Development
  • Nuveen
  • Lonicera Partners
  • Third Millennium Group
  • BH3 Management
  • QC Terme


  • 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


  • Research Sponsor, Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lecturer, Contract Negotiations and Legal Considerations, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, 2017 - 2023
  • Co-Chair, Real Estate Council, UJA-Federation of New York
  • Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York


  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia


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