As partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice, Linsey Cohen draws upon more than 20 years of experience in all areas of real estate, including retail, office and multifamily. Her deal-making experience strikes the strategic balance between risk and executing her clients’ vision. Linsey represents developers, owners, investors, property managers and entrepreneurs with property interests in Chicago and throughout the United States.
Linsey has an indefatigable business acumen that keeps good deals alive, even in the most complex negotiations. In handling sophisticated commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing transactions, Linsey advises an impressive roster of clients, including:
Linsey prides herself on her “business-first” perspective, learned early in her career while she was an in-house counsel, to help her clients find the optimal business solution within a legal context. She often counsels entrepreneurial and middle market clients on corporate and business concerns beyond real estate, liaising with other Gould & Ratner lawyers in litigation, tax, construction and other related areas to resolve their issues.
An important aspect of Linsey’s practice is her active involvement in several real estate industry groups, including the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)and Commercial Real Estate Executive Women (CREW)’s Chicago chapter. In 2019, Linsey joined the board of directors of ZCenter, a suburban Chicago-based nonprofit organization providing support to sexual abuse survivors. She also has been recognized by Crain's Chicago Business as a “Notable Women in Law” for 2020 and 2022 and as “Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” for 2020 by Illinois Real Estate Journals.In 2020, Linsey was inducted into Midwest Real Estate News' Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. In 2021 she was recognized as "Chicago Power Woman in Commercial Real Estate” by Bisnow, as a “Notable GenX Leader in Law” by Crain’s Chicago Business and was named to Connect CRE “2021 Lawyers in Real Estate”.