In recent years, Goodwin Procter has structured and executed REIT and REIT M&A deals totaling more than $65 billion, has counseled clients on real estate investment transactions valued at more than $20 billion, and has provided advice on the formation of real estate and related funds with private equity capital in excess of $20 billion. The firm's litigation practice includes nearly 300 attorneys focusing on the areas of commercial litigation, products liability and class actions, antitrust, intellectual property, securities litigation and SEC enforcement, and white collar crime and governmental investigations.
"We are extremely pleased to establish a West Coast presence with truly exceptional lawyers who will continue to further our mission to provide 'best in class' counsel to organizations with capital markets, business, finance, litigation, life science and technology interests," said Regina M. Pisa, chairman and managing partner of Goodwin Procter. "Our consistent and measured growth continues to be based on the principles of excelling at client service, attracting outstanding talent and expanding strategically in our focus practice areas."
Lewis G. Feldman, formerly the Los Angeles real estate head and national public finance practice team leader for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, will chair Goodwin Procter's Los Angeles office. Feldman is widely considered to be one of the nation's leading real estate capital markets and public finance attorneys. He has advised clients in both the public and private sectors on over $50 billion in capital markets transactions, including Anschutz Entertainment Group, AvalonBay Communities, Boeing Realty Corporation, Fountainglen Properties, KB Home, The Lennar Family of Builders, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Pulte Home Corporation, Stone & Youngberg, the State of California, and Tejon Ranch Corporation. Feldman will head the firm's national public finance practice and be a leader in driving Goodwin Procter's California expansion into markets where the firm will be making significant service-based investments.
"Lew Feldman brings 24 years of proven success in debt, equity, real estate finance and real estate capital transactions, including many of the largest, most successful public-private partnership, mixed-use, affordable housing and infrastructure transactions in California, Arizona and Nevada," added Pisa.
Feldman will be joined by three additional real estate capital markets and public finance partners from Pillsbury Winthrop. Partners Bruce J. Graham, a veteran public finance and real estate lawyer, and Robert M. Haight, Jr., one of the leading land securities attorneys in California, will also be located in Goodwin Procter's Los Angeles office at 10100 Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City.
Multifamily and affordable housing partner Tuan A. Pham, one of California's distinguished "40 under 40 in Real Estate," will split his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Pham will join Paul Churchill, one of the Bay Area's most highly regarded real estate lawyers, in Goodwin Procter's San Francisco office at 101 California Street, in the city's Financial District. Churchill, the former head of Cooley Godward's real estate practice, will lead the firm's San Francisco real estate practice. He will be joined by former Cooley Godward real estate attorney, Mark Goldberg, who will also be a partner.
San Francisco-based litigation partners will include Forrest A. Hainline and Patrick S. Thompson, two prominent trial lawyers from Pillsbury Winthrop. Hainline is regarded as one of California's most versatile trial attorneys and has handled cases for some of the country's most visible companies in the areas of complex litigation and class actions, as well as patent infringement and trade secrets litigation. Hainline has recently represented Campbell Soup Company, Pepperidge Farm and the principal manufacturers of canned tuna, among others.
Patrick Thompson, a recipient of the Daily Journal's "20 under 40" distinguished lawyer award, represents many high profile clients in antitrust, telecommunications and complex litigation matters.
Along with the eight partners joining the firm from Pillsbury and Cooley, partners from Goodwin Procter's New York and Boston offices will be relocating to California. Products liability practice leader Edward S. Weltman and real estate capital markets tax partner Edward L. Glazer will lead the integration teams and help anchor the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, respectively.
"Serving our clients in California and the West is a key component of our long-term bi-coastal strategy. These lawyers of extraordinary quality, achievement and character - when combined with and complemented by our real estate, real estate capital markets and litigation groups on the East Coast - will further position Goodwin Procter as a bi-coastal powerhouse with significant resources and capabilities to further our clients' business goals," said Pisa.
Goodwin Procter's West Coast expansion follows several other milestones. In March of 2005, Goodwin Procter added nearly 100 attorneys to its Boston office from Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and McDermott Will & Emery, adding significant depth and capabilities to its technology, life sciences, private equity and intellectual property practices. Private Equity Analyst recently ranked Goodwin Procter "6th Most Active Law Firm" nationally based on the number of private equity and venture deals negotiated and closed in 2005. Plans to open an office in Silicon Valley are currently being explored.
In October of 2004, Goodwin Procter combined with Shea & Gardner, the venerable Washington, D.C.-based law firm. Opened in 1997, the New York office of the firm has grown through strategic lateral hiring and growth from within the organization. Today, Goodwin Procter has 120 lawyers in New York and 85 lawyers in Washington, D.C.
About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation's leading law firms. The firm's core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property and products liability. Additional information on the firm may be found at www.goodwinprocter.com.
Partner Biographical Information:
-- Lewis G. Feldman, formerly managing partner of Pillsbury Winthrop's West LA office and head of its Public Finance Practice, graduated with highest honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz, with majors in business economics and environmental planning. Feldman earned his J.D. from the University of California at Davis, where he served as Executive Editor of the Law Review. He has experience with respect to more than $50 billion in debt and equity financings for a variety of projects, including apartments, single-family master-planned communities, industrial manufacturing facilities, urban entertainment centers, retail malls, hospitals, commercial and residential redevelopment projects, successful brownfield remediation efforts, and forms of public infrastructure. He is on the Board of Directors and Leadership Counsel of the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate, the Board of Directors of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Board of Trustees of the Carlthorp School, and the City of Hope Cancer Center's Real Estate Industries Council. Feldman has been elected to Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, SuperLawyers, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and frequently speaks and publishes on issues affecting the real estate, public finance and affordable housing industries.
-- Bruce J. Graham specializes in the financing and refinancing of a wide variety of public and private projects, including all forms of public infrastructure, utilities, multi-family housing projects, single-family master-planned communities, industrial, manufacturing, transportation and recreational facilities; hospitals and other non-profit facilities; and commercial and residential redevelopment projects. He earned his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law and his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated magna cum laude.
-- Robert M. Haight, Jr. specializes in municipal and public finance matters. He has extensive experience in providing counsel services to developers, bondholders, underwriters, financial advisors, municipalities, special districts and other governmental agencies in the State of California. He earned his J.D. from the University of California at Davis, King Hall School of Law and his B.S. from the University of Santa Clara with honors as a Beta Gamma Sigma.
-- Paul Churchill was chair of Cooley Godward's Real Estate Group, and specializes in a variety of real estate matters including acquisition, development, leasing, disposition, secured financing and restructuring work. He has also represented financial institutions, pension fund advisors and developers in connection with origination as well as restructuring of loans secured by real estate. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and his B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated with highest honors, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi. Paul was recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in 2004 and 2005.
-- Mark R. Goldberg maintains a general transactional real estate practice, including purchase and sales, leasing and financing transactions. He also has experience in commercial litigation, specializing in creditor's rights and general real estate matters. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and his B.S. from the University of Arizona.
-- Forrest A. Hainline III is one of the country's most experienced and successful trial lawyers. He has tried approximately 100 cases in more than 40 states and has appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States. Hainline has tried cases in wide-ranging areas of the law, including: toxic torts, environment, antitrust, securities, employment issues, false advertising, construction, patent, trademark and media defense. Hainline has recently represented Campbell Soup, Chevron, Pepperidge Farm and the principal manufacturers of canned tuna, among others. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan, his M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
-- Tuan A. Pham is an industry-recognized specialist in the overlap between real estate and public finance. He has particular expertise in the area of tax-exempt multifamily affordable housing, and real estate acquisitions and sales subject to bond financing. He was selected by Real Estate Southern California magazine as one of the top "40 Under 40" most successful and youngest stars of the Southern California real estate industry. He earned his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he graduated magna cum laude.
-- Patrick S. Thompson is one of the country's most versatile trial lawyers, specializing in antitrust, telecommunications and complex litigation matters. He has represented various clients in price-fixing and monopolization cases involving federal and state law. In addition, he has represented clients in a number of evidentiary hearings involving competition law issues before the California Public Utilities Commission, including the SBC/AT&T merger, the proposed WorldCom/Spring merger, the SBC Communications/Pacific Telesis merger and the rulemaking proceedings concerning the unbundling of incumbent telecommunications networks. Thompson has been recognized as one of America's Top Black Lawyers and was recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in 2004 and 2005. He was also named one of the top 20 lawyers under the age of 40 in California by the Daily Journal. He earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan with high honors and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.