Michael Goodwin chairs the Real Estate practice group at Arnold & Porter LLP. His practice encompasses all facets of commercial real estate, with particular emphasis on development projects, public/private partnerships, debt and equity financing, and hospitality transactions.
Mr. Goodwin represents owners and developers in the Washington, DC region on all aspects of complex development projects. He has handled many of the catalyst projects that have spearheaded the region’s extraordinary growth over nearly 30 years.
Over the past 20 years the District has enjoyed a surge of creative tools for development, and Mr. Goodwin has been involved in developing and implementing these tools. He handled the first TDR transaction in 1991, was involved in formulation of the District’s TIF legislation in 1998 and first TIF projects, and handled the first special assessment district for the financing of the new Metro station at NY and Florida Avenues. He has also been involved in numerous PILOT, tax abatement, and other transactions involving public incentives and subsidies for real estate development and dispositions of public land.
Mr. Goodwin regularly represents universities, institutions, governments, and quasi-governmental authorities in transactions with private developers. The transactions involve reconciling the programmatic and investment objectives of the nonprofit or public entity with the developer’s market realities, and have involved projects as diverse as the new convention center headquarters hotel and the creation of the ballpark district around the new Nationals’ stadium.
Mr. Goodwin is heavily involved in hospitality projects nationwide, representing owners and developers in connection with hotel and resort projects. His work includes the development of full-service hotels, as well as acquisitions and sales, debt and equity financing, public incentives, and management and franchise agreements.
Since 2003, Mr. Goodwin has been selected as one of America's leading real estate lawyers by Chambers & Partners, which ranks him in its top band in the District of Columbia. Mr. Goodwin has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers, Global Counsel Corporate Real Estate Handbook, Super Lawyers and US Legal 500. Mr. Goodwin is a fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012 for Leisure & Hospitality
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012 for Real Estate (DC)
PLC Which lawyer? 2012 - Recommended for Real Estate
Washingtonian's "Best Lawyers" 2011 for Real Estate
The Best Lawyers in America 2012 for Real Estate Law
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2011 for Real Estate
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2007-2011 "Top 100 Lawyers in DC" for Real Estate
Who's Who Legal 2011 for Real Estate
Super Lawyers 2011 for Real Estate
PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook 2011 - Leading in Real Estate
The Legal 500 US 2009 "Leading Lawyer" for Real Estate: District of Columbia
PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook 2009: Leading in Real Estate
Legal Times 2008 "Leading Lawyers in Real Estate"
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2012 for Real Estate
Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2003 - present.
Board of directors, District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, 2007-2009.
Teaching: There’s More Than One Way to Form a JV: Alternative Structures for Real Estate Joint Venture, American Bar Association, April 28, 2011.
Teaching: Real Estate Ventures and Funds: The New Reality, Law Seminars International, September 20 - 21, 2010.
Teaching: Joint Ventures by Another Name, Law Seminars International, November 18, 2008.
Teaching: Ground Lease Structuring Issues, Law Seminars International, October 17, 2008.
Teaching: Ground Lease - Structuring Issues, Law Seminars International, October 19, 2007.
Teaching: Commercial Real Estate Leases, Law Seminars International, November 30, 2006.
Teaching: Public Private Partnerships, American Bar Association, May 26, 2004.
Teaching: Leasing Seminar, International Facilities Management Association, March 1, 2001.
Teaching: Federal Tax Incentives and Other Economic Development Incentives, Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors, September 29, 1999.
Teaching: DC’s New Tax Incentives and their Implications, Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors, April 8, 1999.
Member, Steering Committee of the Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section of the District of Columbia Bar, 1995 to 1999.
Teaching: Real Estate Law for Non-Lawyers, District of Columbia Building Industry Association. February 6, 1995.
Teaching: Transferable Development Rights: A Case Study, District of Columbia Bar, May 19, 1993.
Coordinator, Arnold & Porter Partnership with Garrison Elementary School: Served as coordinator of firm's relationship with school, including supervising tutoring program, renovation of playground, construction of parents' center, and other programs, 1996 to 2000.
Senior High Youth Advisor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, Virginia: Volunteer advisor to senior high youth group, 1985 to 1992.
MANNA, Inc.: Pro bono representation of this nonprofit developer of affordable housing in downtown Washington, DC, 1995 to present.
Food Access is Right (FAIR): Pro bono representation of nonprofit coalition spearheading efforts to attract new grocery store development to underserved areas of Washington, DC. Efforts led to passage by District's City Council of tax abatement for new grocery stores, 1999 to 2000.