Brian in His Own Words
"Very intelligent, calm negotiator" who "finds creative solutions that bring the parties together without diluting his client's rights." - Chambers USA
Brian Kozminski is proud to be a partner in LP’s Real Estate Group, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and chair of the firm’s Professional Development Committee. Brian represents developers and owners of office, senior housing, hotel, medical office, retail, multifamily, and industrial properties. He served two four-year terms as an elected trustee in the Village of Northfield, Illinois. He serves as Midwest counsel for sophisticated out of state clients.
Brian was recognized individually in the 2012-2019 editions of Chambers USA in the area of Real Estate: Illinois. Chambers noted that, according to his clients, Brian's strengths are "his quick response and turnaround times, quality drafting and solid negotiating skills." In the 2017 edition of Chambers USA, the publication noted he is an "excellent transaction attorney who protects our interests while getting the transaction done."
Brian has represented landlords in Chicago and nationwide and has negotiated significant leases against tenants like KPMG, Microsoft, United Health, Travelers, BP Amoco, Viacom, Siemens, General Electric, Aon, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Leo Burnett. 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 REI, Target, the Gap, Marc Jacobs, Urban Outfitters, TJ Maxx, Starbucks, Kohl's, and major grocery chains. Brian recently took a significant lease from term sheet to full execution in 8 days to meet a public company end of quarter deadline.
Brian has taught a high level Practicing Law Institute class on real estate purchase and sale agreements and has taught classes for Law Seminars International on lease operating expenses. He has also taught classes at REIT Conferences.
Brian advises clients on vertical subdivisions and condominium structuring, including unorthodox use of the Illinois condominium statute in non-residential settings. Brian helped multiple clients vertically subdivide downtown office buildings into retail and office components in order to maximize the revenue streams available. Often one component of a building may be sold at a premium. Portions of a building may have different buyer profiles. A subdivision may help the owner maximize value by selling parts rather than the whole.