James E. Goodrich
Jim Goodrich handles acquisitions, sales, loans, construction contracts and other matters for industrial, office and retail projects, as well as student housing and other higher education projects, across the country. His work includes assisting private equity funds, REITS, Fortune 500 companies, higher educational institutions and shopping center owners in complex transactions.
Jim takes a practical approach to commercial real estate deals and is responsive to clients. 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 commercial 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 leads the Higher Education initiative launched by the Firm's Real Estate Practice.
Jim also serves as a vice chair in the Firm's Construction Practice.
To better understand clients and their concerns, Jim has been a member of a national Urban Land Institute Product Council for Industrial & Office Park Development. He was 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. He currently plays in an adult amateur jazz combo group.