Michael Goodwin co-chairs the firm's national Real Estate practice. His practice encompasses all facets of commercial real estate, with particular emphasis on development, public/private partnerships, debt and equity financing, ground leases and hospitality.

Mr. Goodwin represents developers in the Washington region on all aspects of complex development projects. He has handled many of the catalyst projects spearheading the region's extraordinary growth over the past 30 years. These projects include trophy office properties, full-service hotels, theaters and other cultural venues, multifamily residential and a Metro station. Creative public/private structures support many of these projects.

Mr. Goodwin also regularly represents universities, private institutions and governmental authorities in transactions with private developers. The transactions involve reconciling the programmatic objectives of the nonprofit or public entity with the developer's market realities. They span projects as diverse as the District's new convention center headquarters hotel and the redeployment of the District's old convention site for upscale mixed uses.

Mr. Goodwin is heavily involved in hospitality projects nationwide, handling hotel projects for owners and developers. His work includes the development of full-service hotels, as well as acquisitions/sales, debt and equity financing, public incentives, and management and franchise agreements.

Perspectives

Structuring and Negotiating Real Estate Joint Ventures
American Bar Association Webinar, Real Estate Joint Ventures Series
Real Estate - Is It Over? Will It Be Different This Time?
Moderator for panel discussion on the state of the real estate market
A Practical Guide to Commercial Real Estate Transactions
American Bar Association
Negotiating Guaranties in a Joint Venture
American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Recognition

Washingtonian Magazine
"Top Lawyers" – Real Estate (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
Best Lawyers
Leisure and Hospitality Law (2016-2018)
Real Estate Law (2006-2018)
"Washington, DC Lawyer of the Year" – Real Estate Law (2014, 2018)
"Washington, DC Lawyer of the Year" – Leisure and Hospitality Law (2017)
The Legal 500 US
Real Estate and Construction (2013-2017)
"Leading Lawyer" – Real Estate (DC) (2008-2009)
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Credentials

Education
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1984, with honors
  • AB, University of Chicago, 1981, with honors
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Activities
  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2003-Present
  • Board of directors, District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, 2007-2009
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