Jay F. Cook

Of Counsel


Of Counsel in the Real Estate practice group. Practices in all aspects of real property law, focusing on transactions involving the acquisition, development, construction, financing, sale, leasing and/or securitizing of commercial real estate, including office, mixed-use, shopping center, other retail, and industrial properties.

Financing experience includes multi-state transactions and loan workouts and foreclosures. Also has extensive experience with townhouse and condominium development, much of it connected with resort development. Also supports other departments in matters affecting real property, including business mergers, acquisitions, sales and financings.

Education & Admissions

Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington (J.D., 1973),

  • magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Managing Editor, Indiana Law Journal, 1972-1973

Northwestern University (B.S., Journalism, 1970),

  • Florida
  • Minnesota
  • New York

Industries & Practices

  • Real Estate & Land Use

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, Florida Bar
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys 


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
  • One of six "Leading Individuals" among real estate lawyers in Minneapolis in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, by Chambers & Partners, a London, England, legal publisher.
  • Cited as a "Super Lawyer" by peers in Minneapolis publications.