Brian Kooperman

USA: Ohio

Kooperman Mentel Ferguson Yaross
100 S. 4th Street
Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Tel: 614 344.4804
Fax: 614.344.4801


Since beginning his legal career, whether working in-house or in private practice, Brian has always worked in a smaller, tight-knit, collaborative work environment. After gaining experience at several small firms in Columbus as a litigation associate and focusing his practice in areas from General Business to Consumer Litigation, Brian started his own firm in June of 2007 and shortly thereafter began to work as the General Counsel for a real estate developer in Columbus, Ohio. After almost three years in-house on January 1, 2010, Brian focused all of his attention to the expansion of his own firm, Kooperman Law Offices, LLC with his practice consisting mainly of representing Landlords, Tenants, Buyers, and Sellers in commercial real estate transactions. Over the next several years, Brian expanded his real estate and general counsel practice as the principal of a continually evolving boutique law firm which as of April 15, 2016 is now Kooperman Mentel Ferguson Yaross, Ltd.

80% of Brian’s work is now focused on commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing and joint ventures. In last three years representing the interests of buyers or investors, Brian closed over $650 million in real estate acquisitions in 9 different states and in various different sectors of the real estate industry including multi-family (market rate and student-housing), office, industrial, retail, and raw land. Brian also represents multiple companies on a general counsel basis advising and consulting in relation to contracts, entity selection, strategic asset protection, corporate structuring, operations, employment, and every day business decisions. Brian still remains involved in KMFY’s litigation practice group. Brian’s training and background as a litigator has helped shape his preparation, approach and advice to his real estate and general practice clients by providing more practical and common sense solutions based upon his previous experience and perspective.

  • Capital University Law School (J.D.), 2004
  • Arizona State University, 2000 – B.A. Political Science; Business Minor
  • Ohio State Bar Association Member
  • Columbus Bar Association Member
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • City of Columbus, Graphics Commission Member
Our Real Estate and Development team provides comprehensive counsel and innovative advice in every phase of real estate development and in every facet of the commercial real estate industry. We offer a complete range of services regularly representing buyers, sellers, developers, investors, lenders, landlords, and tenants.

Our lawyers have the experience, acumen, and problem solving expertise to assist clients with their real estate related needs no matter how simple or sophisticated those needs may be. We assist our clients with as little or as much support as they may need whether it be identifying and implementing complex financing or tax savings strategies or the conventional purchase of a building to be occupied by its new owner.

Acquisitions and Dispositions: We negotiate, structure, and document purchase and sale transactions, limited partnership agreements, limited liability company operating agreements and other joint venture arrangements, and other ancillary property related documentation related with such transactions.

Development and Procurement of Incentives: We represent developers assisting with zoning, from site acquisition, incentives application and execution from TIFFs to property tax abatements and other pre-development transactions to the lease-up, construction, or financing of the real estate project.

Financing: We have experience negotiating and documenting every conceivable type of financing product associated with real estate, including property acquisitions, pre- development and construction costs, short-term bridge or interim loans to permanent loan vehicles, workouts and foreclosures.

Leasing: We represent both landlords and tenants in the negotiation and documentation of commercial leases related to any real estate use (retail, flex, medical, office, and more) or form (gross leases, NNN leases, build-to-suit leases, ground leases, sale-leasebacks, and more)

KMFY uses its experience to provide ongoing value and practical solutions when such needs arise (and they always do). While we have the sophistication and skillset to provide the essential advice when negotiating and drafting documents, we believe that this is just the beginning. We view our relationships with our clients as business partnerships. Having the sophistication and experience of attorneys typical of big law firms while still maintaining the type of attention to detail and collaborative environment found in a small firm environment, KMFY strives to provide its client’s with the best of both worlds.

The law isn’t just black words on white paper. It’s flexible. Nimble. Complicated. And it takes people to navigate the intricacies. The right people – working together. It takes collaboration and imagination to see past the black and white – to see the possibilities. Four partners. Each bringing their expertise to focus on your problems. Together working on solutions built specifically for you.

We combine exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and creative thinking to keep you up to date and one step ahead of your competition. We’re constantly challenging ourselves to bring new and original thinking to the most complex legal challenges our clients face.

We focus on a few areas of law so that we can do them exceedingly well. Our legal expertise includes business, finance, government relations, real estate, development, and business litigation. Our services are complemented by our experience across a wide range of industries, including construction, financial services, and government.

Our client relationships are built around one thing: moving you forward. Our knowledge is your resource. Our expertise is your advantage. Our energy is your success.

Client service is the cornerstone of our practice. We strive to be strategic partners to our clients by leveraging our expertise to provide individual, innovative, responsive, and cost-effective legal services. We understand that the law is often a means to accomplish our clients’ business objectives, and we pride ourselves on our intimate understanding of their industries and marketplaces. We also know that today’s enterprises are facing unprecedented changes in the business, regulatory, and global landscapes, and we have the knowledge and experience to help them confidently adapt to such challenges with state-of-the-art solutions.

Good legal representation comes from good people. Great business partnerships come from personal attention.

Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
Honors & Recognition