Michael Fralin, General Counsel
Michael Fralin is the managing partner of his New York City based firm, Couzens Hall Advisors, LLC, which provides real estate, corporate and structured finance legal advice and general counsel services to its clients. Couzens Hall serves as general counsel to Somera Road Inc and its affiliates. Michael primarily advises Somera on the structure and execution of real estate transactions, general contracts and litigation.
Michael Fralin formerly practiced law in the offices of Paul Hastings, LLP in the firm’s Real Estate/Structured Finance Group. While there, Michael handled all types of real estate transactions, including the origination of mortgage loans intended for securitization, mezzanine loans, bridge loans and credit facilities. Michael was involved in all real estate asset types, including hotels, retail, office, multifamily, and industrial properties, ranging from single-asset financings to highly structured portfolio transactions.
Michael Fralin previously practiced at other leading international law firms, including Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Sidley Austin LLP and Kelley Drye LLP. In addition to serving as outside counsel, Michael has served as an in-house business lawyer in various capacities. Following his time at Cadwalader, Michael served as lead counsel for J.P. Morgan’s Chicago-based CMBS Group. Michael’s in-house experience also includes serving as a Managing Director at a New York based Collateral Debt Obligation manager and as General Counsel to a children’s activity franchise in Chicago.
Michael Fralin received his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, and his B.A. from the University of Michigan, where he graduated from Michigan’s LSA Honor’s Program.