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Lewis G Feldman
601 South Figueroa Street
41st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
USA
213.426.2688

Lewis G. Feldman is a partner in Goodwin Procter's Real Estate Capital Markets Group. He heads the firm’s Public Finance Practice and is co-chair of the firm’s Crowdfunding Practice. Mr. Feldman has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business every year since 2000 and is considered to be among the nation's leading real estate and public finance attorneys, specializing in structuring, entitling and executing large-scale financings for government and the private sector.

Mr. Feldman is active in many industry and civic organizations including serving as a Founding Board Member and Chairman of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate at the Anderson School of Management, the leading research university for graduate real estate studies in the United States. He is also a member of the Milken Institute’s California Center Advisory Council, identifying emerging challenges and opportunities in the world of business law and policy.

WORK FOR CLIENTS

Over the past 28 years, Mr. Feldman has advised clients on more than $75 billion in debt and equity transactions for market-rate and affordable apartments, master-planned residential communities, industrial and manufacturing facilities, urban entertainment centers, primary, secondary and university educational facilities, retail malls, hospitals, mixed-use projects, destination resorts and hotels, brownfield remediation, green building, mitigation banks, transportation projects and all forms of public infrastructure, such as water, wastewater, and energy facilities. He has represented:

  • Emerson College on the development of a $120 million 10-story building on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, which will provide housing, classrooms and training facilities for the Boston-based college’s West Coast campus
  • 901 West Olympic Boulevard Limited Partnership with the approval of a $67.3 million Subvention Agreement by the City Council of the City of Los Angeles for a 395-room Marriott and Residence Inn project in downtown Los Angeles
  • Westfield Corporation in connection with the $340 million financing and redevelopment of a Costco and the West Valley Shopping Center, which will generate over 4,000 permanent jobs for the community
  • Anschutz Entertainment Group in its negotiations with the City of Los Angeles relating to the Farmer’s Field project, which includes $1.5 billion in financing and construction for a new NFL football stadium and a new convention center hall in Los Angeles for LA Live (Recognized as the “2007 Deal of the Year” by Real Estate Forum)
  • Five Point Communities in the $1.6 billion redevelopment and reuse of the former El Toro Military Airbase in Irvine, CA known as The Great Park Neighborhoods
  • Taylor Morrison, Inc. and Lehman Brothers with infrastructure and public finance matters related to the acquisition of a 313-lot residential development in San Clemente, CA, known as “Marblehead,” one of the last approved oceanfront residential developments in the Southern California coastal zone
  • LNR Property Corporation in devising a $60 million financing program that utilizes tax increment financing, special tax bonds and a land-secured financing mechanism to remediate and operate the Carson Marketplace project, a 168-acre development with two million square feet of commercial, retail and entertainment uses, a 300-room hotel and 1,550 residential units

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Mr. Feldman is an active participant in many of the industry’s most eminent associations and groups, including the Board of Directors of the University of California, Los Angeles, Ziman Center for Real Estate; the University of Southern California, Lusk Center for Real Estate; the Haas Business School Fund, University of California Berkeley; the University of California Santa Cruz Foundation; The Jewish Federation's Real Estate and Construction (REC) Division Cabinet; the City of Hope Cancer Center's Los Angeles Real Estate Industry Council; the United Way of Greater Los Angeles; the Urban Land Institute; the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts; the National Association of Bond Lawyers; and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Additionally, Mr. Feldman is an active member of the Urban Land Institute's Public Private Partnership Council and participates on the Board of the Bet Tzedek.

Mr. Feldman was the 2013 honorary chairman of the Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business and serves on the planning committee for the UCLA Ziman Center/L.A. Bar annual Real Estate Symposium. He also served on the USC Gould School of Law's Real Estate Law and Business Forum Planning Committee (2009-2014) and is a member of the Real Estate Forum's Editorial Advisory Board.

MEDIA

Mr. Feldman is continuously accredited as a leader in the real estate community and is frequently called upon to teach, speak, write and comment on current legal trends and industry issues. Most recently, Mr. Feldman was featured on the Real Estate Crowdfunding panel during the 2014 LendIt Conference and the Business of Crowdfunding panel during the CFGE:Crowdfund Real Estate Summit.

He has been a featured speaker for the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Building Industry Association, the California Association for Local Economic Development, the California Redevelopment Association, the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the National Federation of Municipal Finance Analysts, The League of California Cities, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the USC Gould School of Law, the UCLA School of Law, the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, the Milken Institute, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference, the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate’s Economic Forecast and the Urban Land Institute. In addition, he has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and serves as an expert witness in high-stakes real estate and public finance litigation matters.

Articles and comments by Mr. Feldman have appeared in numerous publications, including ABA Banking Journal, American Infrastructure, The American Lawyer, Area Development, Arizona Daily Star, Barron's, Bloomberg, The Bond Buyer, The California Real Estate Journal, Commercial Property News, Construction Today Quarterly, Daily Commerce, The Daily Deal, Deal Pipeline, Debtwire, Fixed Income Daily, Forbes, Fortune Magazine, GlobeSt.com, Government & Infrastructure Magazine, Huffington Post, Infrastructure Solutions, International Property Journal, iStock Analyst, Law360, Law.com, The Los Angeles Business Journal, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, Los Angeles Downtown News, Los Angeles Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Mondaq.com, the NAREIT Report, The New York Times, North County Times, Pensions & Investments, POWER Magazine, Project Finance, Real Estate Finance & Investment, Real Estate Forum (including the July 2005 cover story), Real Estate Southern California, Retail Traffic Magazine, The Sacramento Bee, The San Diego Union Tribune, The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Recorder, The San Francisco Chronicle, UCLA Real Estate Wire, Urban Land Magazine, The Ventura County Star, Voice of San Diego, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Western Cities Magazine.

In addition, Mr. Feldman has appeared on Fox Business News’ “Money for Breakfast” with Alexis Glick, CNBC’s “Closing Bell” with Maria Bartiromo and KNX AM 1070’s “Business Hour with Frank Mottek.”

Additionally, he is on the editorial board of Goodwin Procter’s Real Estate Group's newsletter REsource: A Goodwin Procter Publication for the Real Estate Industry and is a founding editor of Goodwin Procter’s Municipal Bankruptcy blog and the firm's Sustainable Development blog.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Feldman was the managing partner of the Century City office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he headed that firm's national Public Finance Practice and its Los Angeles Real Estate practice.

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Mr. Feldman is admitted to practice in California.

RECOGNITION

Mr. Feldman has been recognized by the Daily Journal as among the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” in 2008 and 2013, and as one of “California's Top Real Estate Transactional Lawyers of 2013." He has been recognized by the California Real Estate Journal as one of “California’s Leading Dealmakers” and by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the “Top 100” leaders in the California legal community. He is recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate) (2000-2014), Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate and Public Finance) (since 1999), Lawdragon’s “Top 500 Lawyers in America,” The Legal 500 (2008-2011), the “Leading 500 Dealmakers in America” and holds Martindale-Hubbell‘s highest rating of "AV®-Preeminent™."

Other honors include recognition in the Los Angeles Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" and "Who's Who in Law" (2013, 2007); the Los Angeles Daily Journal's "Leading Rainmakers in California"; Real Estate Southern California's "Top Southern California Real Estate Lawyers" and American Lawyer Media's "Top 100 Attorneys" in Los Angeles County.

Most recently, Mr. Feldman was included in the Daily Journal’s list of California’s Top 50 Development Lawyers (2014).