James E. Goodrich

Jim Goodrich handles industrial, office, retail and multi-family transactions for clients across the country.  Jim takes a practical approach to commercial real estate deals and is responsive to clients.  His work includes assisting industrial REITS, Fortune 500 companies, shopping center owners, and private equity funds in complex transactions.  Even on complex deals, Jim’s approach is to simplify matters when practical and get straight to the point in negotiations when feasible.  

Before he began concentrating on real estate deals in 2000, Jim worked for eight years as a litigator.  Those years give Jim perspective on worst-case scenarios that clients may face.  He draws on this knowledge to provide legal counsel to both national and local clients, helping them weigh potential risks against the practical needs of their business.

Jim has recently assisted clients with the following deals: 

Acquisitions and Dispositions

  • The acquisition of an office building and the disposition of an apartment complex in the Midwest for a private equity fund
  • The acquisitions by a major multi-family company of several apartment complexes in multiple states
  • The acquisitions by a regional shopping center owner of numerous shopping centers


  • Closed numerous acquisition financings for a New England based private equity fund
  • Negotiated CMBS and other loans for a major multifamily company
  • Concluded workout negotiations for a private real estate company with a special servicer


  • Represented a large industrial REIT in numerous leasing matters
  • Closed a 240,000 square foot industrial lease for a landlord client with one of the nation’s largest privately-held companies
  • Assisted Becton, Dickinson and Company, a Fortune 500 company, in the negotiation of a 719,000 square foot build-to-suit lease and other leasing matters
  • Assisted significant regional retail companies in leasing matters in multiple states

Construction contracts

  • Negotiated construction contracts for a private equity firm in its substantial renovation of an office building
  • Prepared form construction contracts for a Fortune 500 company
  • Negotiated a construction contract for the major expansion of a significant Baltimore retailer

To better understand clients and their concerns, Jim is a member of a national Urban Land Institute Product Council for Industrial and Office Development.  He is the only lawyer among the 48 members in this group.

Prior to practicing law, Jim served in the Peace Corps, teaching English at a secondary school in Gabon, Africa.  His personal interests include playing trombone.  He was a member of the Dartmouth College jazz ensemble during his undergraduate years and had the opportunity to play a gig with The Temptations during his senior year.

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