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Brian K. Kozminski
2 North LaSalle Street Suite 1300
Chicago, Illinois 60602
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Brian Kozminski is proud to be a partner in LP’s Real Estate Group. The Real Estate Group has achieved recognition by Chambers & Partners each year from 2009-2016 and a #1 ranking of Midwest real estate law firms in 2007 and 2008. Brian's work is consistent with these achievements. He has broad experience in real estate law and represents developers and owners of office, senior housing, hotel, medical office, retail, multifamily, and industrial properties. He is currently serving a second four-year term as an elected trustee in the Village of Northfield, Illinois.
He was recognized individually in the 2012-2016 editions of Chambers USA in the area of Real Estate: Illinois (see related press release). Chambers noted that, according to his clients, Brian's strengths are "his quick response and turnaround times, quality drafting and solid negotiating skills." He was also recognized in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA, where the publication highlighted his "broad experience in real estate law" and his clients described Brian as "extremely responsive, thorough and understanding."
Brian has represented landlords of Chicago and suburban office buildings and has negotiated significant leases against tenants like Microsoft, New York Life, Travelers, BP Amoco, Viacom, SAP, General Electric, Fifth Third Bank, Aon, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Oracle, and Pulte Home Corporation. Most recently, Brian represented the landlord for Kraft Heinz and Motorola Solutions' moves to downtown Chicago, as well as the 370,000 foot headquarters lease for CH2M in Denver, Colorado. Brian has also represented retail owners in negotiations with retailers such as Target, the Gap, Marc Jacobs, Urban Outfitters, TJ Maxx, Starbucks, Kohl's, Toys R Us, and major grocery chains.
He recently taught a high level Practising Law Institute class on real estate purchase and sale agreements and has taught classes for Law Seminars International on lease operating expenses.
Brian has also had a number of deals involving vertical subdivisions and condominium structuring, including unorthodox use of the Illinois condominium statute in non-residential settings. Brian helped a client vertically subdivide a downtown office building into retail and office components in order to maximize the revenue streams available. Brian’s realization that the fully leased retail space could be sold at a premium to the significantly vacant office space which was better suited for an entrepreneurial purchaser completely changed the value of the deal. The subdivision helped the owner maximize value by selling the parts rather than the whole.
Bar Admissions: Illinois, 1995
Education: University of Illinois, B.A., 1992, Political Science
DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1995
Memberships: Economic Club of Chicago
United Way of the North Shore, Past Board Secretary
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Former Member of the Northwest Municipal Conference Transportation Committee
Honors & Awards: Ranked in Chambers USA, 2011-2016
40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch, Law Bulletin Publishing Company - 2009
Named by Super Lawyer as one of the 2009 Illinois' Rising Stars
Illinois Super Lawyer - 2010-2017
Named a Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine
Sweig Award For Excellence in Legal Writing - DePaul University
American Jurisprudence Awards: Legal Writing and Products Liability - DePaul University