Samuel Cooper has a multi-dimensional practice with focus on municipal finance, real estate, land use, municipal government, and business law and estates. Mr. Cooper represents clients in real estate development, commercial and residential acquisitions involving conventional mortgage financing, debt and equity financing, industrial development authority financing, and financing involving state and local governmental entities as participating lenders.
Sam’s public finance practice entails serving as bond counsel, co-bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, project counsel, and special project counsel in various publicly and privately-financed projects, including new construction, renovation, and refinancing. He regularly counsels clients on strategic planning for public and private financings and has ongoing contact with banks, mortgage companies and other financial sources. He advises governments, non-profits and a variety of for-profit entities. More specifically, his transactional experience includes infrastructure financing, education and other 501(c)(3) financings, revenue and general obligation bonds, distressed municipalities and economic development project financings and derivative transactions,
His municipal government work involves the representation of state and local public entities and political subdivisions including municipalities, municipal authorities, school districts and other public entities where he has served as general counsel, solicitor, and special counsel.
Sam’s real estate work involves many aspects of transactional commercial real estate, where he regularly counsels clients in the acquisition, sale, development, construction, financing, and leasing of mixed-use, office, residential and retail projects. His clients include realtors and real estate developers, private real estate investment funds, and construction companies. He has represented landlords and tenants, lenders and borrowers, contractors and owners, and sellers and purchasers of real estate.
Additionally, Sam has lengthy experience in governmental procurement matters, including structuring and reviewing requests for proposals, invitations to bid, and contracts for governmental authorities and agencies. Sam is also well versed in women, minority and disadvantaged business creation, certification and procurement.
Sam continues to represent for-profit and non-profit entities with a particular emphasis on faith based organizations regarding formation, structure, finance, real estate development and other matters.
- Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Corporate Law, 2021-2022
- The Legal Intelligencer, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015
- The Legal Intelligencer, one of the “Diversity Attorneys of the Year,” 2009
- Recipient, The Pennsylvania Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award
- United Postal Service Legacy Award, 2004
- Professional Achievement Award, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, 2002
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