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Linsey Cohen


Gould & Ratner

Became chair of Gould & Ratner’s real estate practice in 2020

Represents clients with property interests in Chicago and throughout the U.S. 

Actively involved in industry groups including ICSC and CREW Chicago

Linsey Cohen became chair of Gould & Ratner’s real estate practice in 2020. Her 20+ years of deal-making experience spans every sector of real estate. She represents developers, owners, investors, property managers and builders with property interests in Chicago and throughout the U.S.  

Cohen advises an impressive roster of national clients, and over the past several years, matter highlights have included:  

  • Negotiating leases for a discount supermarket chain in its aggressive nationwide expansion. 
  • Helping one of the nation’s largest drugstore retailers execute its plans for strategic store development, through leasing, acquisition or, when appropriate, repurposing assets. 
  • Representing Philz Coffee, a neighborhood-centric, hand-crafted coffee maker, in its strategic nationwide expansion, including its four Chicago-area locations that opened in 2019.  
  • Representing a Pennsylvania-based national media company and radio network in office leases, sales and vendor agreements, among other matters, for its various markets.  

These are some of the reasons that we named Cohen to our Chicago & Midwest grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community. 

An important aspect of Cohen’s practice is her active involvement in several real estate industry groups, including the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and CREW Network Chicago chapter. She also has been recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a “Notable Women in Law” recipient for 2020. 


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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