Mitchell Poole


Santa Monica

(310) 594-3128

(310) 394-4700

Mitchell has focused his practice on real estate for more than two decades. He regularly represents investors in real estate joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings, and workouts throughout the United States. Mitchell has significant experience representing both lenders and borrowers in connection with mortgage and mezzanine financing. He also regularly serves as landlord and tenant counsel for owners and tenants of office buildings, mixed-use projects, data centers, and specialty industrial/warehouse properties.

Representative of Mitchell’s work is his representation of a Tokyo-based investor in greater than 20 joint venture transactions involving the ground-up development through disposition of student housing projects in 12 states, including two projects in Chicago with historic tax credit financing elements. Another example is his representation of a U.S. pension fund in a joint venture with a big-3 health care REIT for 78 medical office buildings in 13 states. For this investment, Mitchell provided life-cycle investment representation for more than a decade, including development of supplemental buildings, handling four different mortgage (ground lease and fee) lenders, and multiple refinancings.

Before joining Cozen O’Connor, Mitchell was a partner in the Los Angeles office of a global law firm for 12 years. He earned both his J.D. and a Master of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law. In addition, he holds an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. Before attending law school, Mitchell was the recipient of a State of New Jersey Governor’s Fellowship under Governor Thomas Kean and Governor James Florio.



Cozen O’Connor Represents Equus Capital Partners, Ltd. in $1 Billion Multi-Tiered Real Estate Transaction

April 20, 2021

Cozen O'Connor represented affiliates of Equus Capital Partners, Ltd. in a multi-tiered transaction that included the sale of two portfolios of industrial properties throughout the Southeastern United States.

Cozen O’Connor Lands Noted California-based Real Estate Attorney Mitchell Poole

July 06, 2020

Poole, who has for 20-plus years represented general and limited partners investing in national/international real estate funds and joint ventures, joins Cozen O’Connor as a shareholder.


COVID-19 Amplifies Unique Issues For Student Housing

September 08, 2020

Mitchell Poole authored an article published by Law360 that examines the unique business and legal issues that distinguish student housing from traditional multifamily housing facilities, and discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified those issues and affected the economics of off-campus student housing.

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  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, M.D.R., 1998
  • University of Colorado, M.B.A., 1989
  • Brown University, B.A., 1985

Awards & Honors

2013 ACLU Foundation of Southern California’s Pro Bono Special Service Award

2007 ACLU Foundation of Southern California’s Pro Bono Special Service Award

2012 The Legal 500 – recognized as a leading lawyer in real estate

  • California