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David P. Cohen

Chicago Office
Los Angeles – Century City Office

David P. Cohen focuses his practice on real estate acquisitions, dispositions, finance and development. David represents lenders, investors, developers, owners and other sponsors in all facets of real estate transactions, with particular experience in debt and equity financings, private equity joint ventures, public-private partnerships, tax-exempt bond financings, health care real estate transactions, and land development transactions including ground leases and mixed-use developments.

David has a substantial background in affordable housing and community development programs, with extensive experience in tax-exempt bond financings; tax credit syndications, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs), New Markets Tax Credits and Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits; tax increment financings (TIFs); multifamily housing revenue bonds; and Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage loan transactions. David also has counseled cities and other governmental agencies in connection with their housing and community development programs.

Shown below is a selection of David’s engagements.

  • Representation of developer in connection with acquisition and assemblage of land and subsequent financing and development of a luxury apartment complex.
  • Representation of a developer of assisted living facilities in the Midwest and Southeastern United States.
  • Representation of multiple real estate private equity funds in connection with a multitude of real estate investments including multifamily developments as well as medical office, senior housing, retail, hotel and industrial properties.
  • Counsel to a developer in connection with a multifaceted mixed-use development involving office, retail and senior housing (both market rate and affordable).
  • Representation of seller of portfolio of medical office buildings.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in connection with the formation of a joint venture and development of a mixed-use property under a ground lease.
  • Counsel to the purchaser of multiple, large-scale subsidized housing developments using conventional debt financing and private equity.
  • Counsel to a financial institution in connection with investments in several 80-20 transactions in New York.
  • Representation of a public company in connection with acquisitions of real estate throughout the United States.
  • Counsel to a low-income housing tax credit developer in obtaining seven tranches of financing, including LIHTCs, state tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, AHP funds, tax increment financing and energy grants.
  • Counsel to a nonprofit educational institution utilizing NMTC financing in connection with the development of athletic facilities.
  • Representation of a family office in connection with investment in multiple restaurant development transactions.
  • Counsel to a developer in the acquisition and assemblage of land parcels and subsequent redevelopment of a previously blighted property into a mixed-use development.


Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2018–2020
March 18, 2015
Moderator | The Next Big Thing?: Understanding and Evaluating the New Preservation Funds | Affordable Housing Investors Council Spring Meeting
January 22, 2015
Speaker | General Partner & Operating Partner JVs | IMN Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing
October 6, 2014
Moderator | National Housing & Rehabilitation Association Fall 2014 Developers Forum – Preserving Affordable Housing with Private Equity
April 23, 2014
Moderator | 2014 Illinois Governor's Conference on Affordable Housing
April 24, 2013
Speaker | 2013 Illinois Governor's Conference on Affordable Housing
May 10, 2012
Moderator | The New Markets Tax Credit: How It Works and Where It's Going
July 13, 2011
Moderator | When Conventional Financing Isn't Readily Available—HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits Offer Opportunities to Finance Multifamily Properties
David P. Cohen


  • JD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • MPP, University of California, Berkeley, Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
  • BA, University of Illinois, with distinction, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Bronze Tablet

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • California


Best Lawyers in America
Real Estate Law, 2018–2020
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  • Urban Land Institute
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