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Michael Litchman practices in the firm’s Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group. He divides his time between Goodwin Procter's Boston and New York offices.

Mr. Litchman represents clients in a wide variety of real estate and related commercial transactions throughout the United States. These transactions have included the acquisition, disposition and development of commercial, industrial and multi-family real estate and related financing transactions, as well as lease transactions involving office, retail and industrial properties, parking and warehouse facilities, and other commercial real estate. Mr. Litchman is particularly well known for his expertise in commercial real estate leasing, with an emphasis on complex ground and air rights leases, biotechnology and other laboratory leases, “anchor” retail and shopping center leases, and “headquarters” office leases in major downtown office towers, and other large blocks of space, throughout North America.

Mr. Litchman has, for many years, represented a major, publicly held, Cleveland-based real estate firm in, among other things, complex development ground lease transactions, and major office, biotechnology research and development and laboratory, retail and parking lease transactions. On behalf of a California-based major regional shopping center owner, he supervises all mall and pad leasing, and Mr. Litchman regularly represents owners of downtown office towers, and significant suburban office parks, in their office leasing activities to major tenants, with a particular emphasis on the Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. markets.

On behalf of tenants, Mr. Litchman has represented financial institutions in significant office lease transactions, and regularly represents several companies in their nationwide office leasing activities, as well as national retailers in their shopping center and other store leasing programs across the country. He recently represented the developer of a major suburban Boston retail and commercial mixed-use project, in connection with land disposition agreements, reciprocal easement agreements, financing arrangements and development matters, as well as a major national developer of multi-family housing, in connection with its potential acquisition in Rhode Island of a former industrial mill building, for conversion to residential apartments. He is presently representing an internationally prominent private primary and secondary school in its expansion into several major U.S. urban markets in connection with its leasing and acquisition activities and related development.

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Litchman practiced with the New York City law firm of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays and Handler, after having begun his legal career with the New York City law firm of Shea & Gould. While at New York University School of Law, he was Administrative Editor of the Moot Court Board.


Professional Activities

Mr. Litchman is a member of the Boston and American Bar Associations, including the ABA’s section on Real Property, Probate and Trust. He is also a member of the District of Columbia Bar’s section on Real Estate, Housing and Land Use. Mr. Litchman is active in the Boston Bar Association Leasing Committee and the International Council of Shopping Centers, at whose law conference Mr. Litchman has been a lecturer. Mr. Litchman has also been invited to serve as a panelist for legal education programs sponsored by the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties and the National Business Institute, and he is program chair of an annual leasing conference sponsored by CLE International.