Cozen O’Connor: Cozen O'Connor Continues Expansion of Minneapolis Office and National Real Estate Practice with Addition of Frank Halm

Cozen O'Connor Continues Expansion of Minneapolis Office and National Real Estate Practice with Addition of Frank Halm

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Minneapolis, July 25, 2017 — Cozen O'Connor is pleased to welcome Francis "Frank" Halm to the firm's nationally recognized Real Estate Practice Group. Halm joins as a member and will be resident in the Minneapolis office.

Halm's national practice focuses on all areas of commercial real estate, including leasing, financing, development, dispositions and acquisition, REAs, and litigation. At Cozen O'Connor, Halm will assist with the operation and management of commercial real estate, corporate governance, and litigation, and continue to represent international and national real estate companies, local municipalities, national brokerage firms, and regional and local developers and companies on a wide variety of real estate matters.

"Cozen O'Connor's real estate team is widely regarded as one of the best in the country and I am delighted to continue growing my practice on this national platform," said Halm.

Currently, Halm is representing a number of international, national, and regional REIT's and real estate companies and brokerage firms in leasing office, retail, medical and industrial office buildings; as well as acquisitions, dispositions and financing, including sale and lease backs.

Halm brings nearly 30 years of experience in private practice and as in-house counsel, most recently serving as of counsel at Kutak Rock. Previously, Halm served as regional counsel and officer of Brookfield Office Properties Corporation, a publicly traded international real estate company, for 21 years. In this role, he managed all legal matters in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., Chicago, and Denver, relating to assets consisting of more than six million square feet; and provided assistance to New York and Toronto offices on other real estate matters outside of the region.

"The firm has been strategically focused on strengthening our real estate service offerings and growing our presence in the Midwest with the most experienced and well-respected attorneys in the industry," said Minneapolis Office Managing Partner Thomas Wallrich. "Having an attorney of Frank's caliber join our team is of great value to the firm and our clients."

Cozen O'Connor's national Real Estate Practice Group ranks among the top in the country and has grown tremendously over the last year. In the past month alone, the firm has welcomed seasoned real estate attorney Jeffrey Mills as a member in Pittsburgh and a prominent Zoning, Land Use and Development Group in Washington, D.C.

About Cozen O'Connor

Established in 1970 and ranked among the top 100 law firms in America, Cozen O'Connor has more than 700 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O'Connor services its clients' needs through 26 offices across two continents.

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