SOPHISTICATED REAL ESTATE COUNSEL
Cousino Law is a boutique real estate law firm that specializes in helping funds, investors, owners, and developers navigate complex transactions, developments, and investments. The team at Cousino Law couples sophisticated transaction negotiation with practical strategic counseling.
Founder and Partner
Founder and Partner
Dan Cousino has practiced commercial real estate law in Chicago, Detroit, and nationally for over a decade. In 2016, he founded Cousino Law to focus on representing and advising a distinctive collection of developers, owners, investors, and funds in large-scale, innovative, and complex real estate transactions. Dan's practice spans many areas of law related to commercial real estate and venture formation, with expertise in financing matters, joint ventures and syndicate structuring, acquisitions/dispositions, and leasing. Dan serves as outside general counsel to several large developers and investors and routinely provides critical business counseling in addition to ongoing legal advice.
Since early 2018, Dan and his team have worked closely with developers, fund managers, and their investors to develop organizational structures and documentation to fully benefit from the Opportunity Zone legislation. Dan participates in the Opportunity Zone Early Movers Coalition formed by the Economic Innovation Group, which works to provide guidance to the US Treasury with respect to regulatory codifications aimed at clarifying and enhancing the sparse statutory framework.
Dan was previously a partner at Honigman LLP in Detroit and an associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago, and he earned law and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and as a finalist in Law360's Top Lawyers Under 40, and is regularly invited to participate on panels at industry-related events.
Dan enjoys cooking, music, deliberate living, and time with his family.
Abby's experience touches all aspects of commercial real estate practice with particular focus on leasing, urban redevelopment, multifamily housing, and cannabis properties. Before joining the firm, she spent the first decade of her career as an associate and the Director of Attorney Development and Recruitment at Honigman LLP.
Abby earned her J.D. cum laude, order of the coif, from Wayne State University Law School and her B.A. in history from Michigan State University.
Abby has completed the New York and Chicago marathons, coaches youth soccer, and enjoys music festivals and spending time in Northern Michigan. She is a member of CREW Detroit and The Woodward Society.
Since 2014, Blair has counseled and assisted clients in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions throughout Michigan and nationally, including experience with acquisitions/dispositions, financing, leasing, cannabis-related projects, and various facets of development and construction projects. He has worked on transactions involving industrial sites, office buildings, shopping centers, multi-family and mixed-use projects, healthcare facilities, utility transmission facilities, cell towers, as well as multi-asset portfolios, in which he has represented owners, lenders, developers, investors, and municipalities.
Before joining Cousino Law, Blair was an associate with Dykema Gossett P.L.L.C. and then of counsel with Dickinson Wright PLLC. Blair earned his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School and his B.A. in finance from Ohio State University. He is a member of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
In his free time, Blair enjoys golfing, biking, playing on his neighborhood’s beer league softball team, walking his dog Sully, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Betsy supports all aspects of Cousino Law's transactional real estate practice, with particular experience counseling clients with respect to acquisitions, dispositions, retail leasing, and due diligence management. Betsy has vast experience across various areas of law to draw upon and is currently a Professor on the Adjunct Faculty at Loyola Chicago School of Law, where she specializes in education law and policy as well as professional skills development. She has co-authored two books about early childhood education, practiced law in the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Illinois, and taught third grade in Chicago.
Betsy earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, her M.A.T. from Dominican University, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. She enjoys running, cooking, Michigan football, and spending time with her family.
Chris oversees all operational aspects of the firm. Previously, Chris spent more than a decade working in national and international advertising roles in Detroit and Buenos Aires, including as Account Executive and later as a project manager for a Big Three automotive company.
Chris graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. He enjoys travel, live music, yoga, and biking.