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Joel T. Cooper focuses his practice on transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, development and partnership and joint venture formation, with a special emphasis on private equity fund formation and private equity investment. As a partner in Hahn Loeser’s Chicago office, Joel is a part of the Business Practice Area, focusing in corporate and real estate law.

Joel represents institutional sponsors of private equity funds, major money center banks, life insurance companies and other lenders and investors in connection with direct investment (including portfolio and fund-to-fund investment) and/or lending transactions. Joel represents full-service real estate organizations, commercial owners and developers, local and national construction companies as well as individual owners, developers and property managers, and counsels clients in connection with strategic initiatives and governance matters.


  • 200 West Madison Street, Suite 2700
    Chicago, IL 60606


  • DePaul University , J.D.
  • Purdue University, MA
  • Purdue University, BA

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1981

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Real Estate Law


  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2020-21
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, 2013-22
  • AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, 2017

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