Lissa Cooke


2030 Main Street Suite 850 Dallas, Texas 75201 USA
1 (972) 467-1975


Commercial Real Estate

Cooke, Swaney & Cooke

Lissa Cooke, founder of Cooke, Swaney & Cooke, has twenty-one years of commercial real estate experience.  She has twice been recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the Top Heavy Hitters in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex two years in a row (1999, 2000).

Lissa’s prior experience includes Office Asset Manager of a portfolio of over 800,000 square feet for Axiom Real Estate (division of Grubb & Ellis Company).  Lissa also previously worked as Senior Managing Director for Newmark Real Estate & Company.  Prior to joining Newmark, she was a commercial real estate broker specializing in Tenant Representation with The Staubach Company for four years where she earned their Top Achiever Award every year.  Lissa’s background in both tenant and landlord representations provides her with valuable negotiating expertise due to a thorough understanding of both sides of a transaction.  She began her commercial real estate career with Metric Property Management (division of Metropolitan Life) as a Commercial Property and Leasing Manager where she was named Top Income Producer/Southwest Region in 1991, and Leasing Broker of the Year, 1989.  Prior to her commercial real estate career, Lissa served on the faculty of Southwestern University.

Lissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA.  She has furthered her education through the MBA program at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.  She has earned both the Certified Property Manager (CPM) and Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designations, which are recognized nationally as two of the highest designations in the commercial real estate industry.


Tenant Representation

• State & Local incentives

• Build-to-suits & Development

• Purchase & Owner/Users

Subleasing, Assignment, Disposition

Leasing & Renewals

• Site Selection

• Strategic Consulting

• Project Management

Practice Areas

• Office

• Law firms

• Government & Institutions

• Data-center & Colocation centers

• Biotech & Life-sciences Laboratories

• Flex & R&D Showrooms

• Distribution centers

• Industrial

• Oil & Gas

Following are a few interesting facts about Dallas and its commercial real estate market…

  • Dallas, with a 2013 population of 1.3 million, is the third-largest city in Texas and the ninth-largest in the United States. The Dallas-Fort Worth- Arlington Metropolitan Area has a population of 6.8 million, the fourth most populous metro area in the U.S.
  • In 2013, the metropolitan area led the nation with the largest year-over-year increase in employment, and advanced to become the fourth-largest employment center in the nation (behind New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago) with more than three million non-farm jobs.
  • The most notable event held in Dallas is the State Fair of Texas, which has been held annually at Fair Park since 1886. The fair is a massive event, bringing in an estimated $350 million to the city's economy annually.
  • The city's economy is primarily based on banking, commerce, telecommunications, computer technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, and transportation and logistics. The city is home to the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation.
  • In the latest rankings released in 2013, Dallas was rated as a "beta plus" world city by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network, and was 14th in world rankings of GDP by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
  • Dallas is currently the third most popular destination for business travel in the US, and the Dallas Convention Center is one of the largest and busiest convention centers in the country, at over 1,000,000 sq. ft.