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  • J.D., 1991
    University of Southern California
    (Order of the Coif)
  • B.S., 1988
    University of Southern California

Dean Pappas
601 South Figueroa Street
41st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Dean Pappas, a partner in Goodwin Procter's Business Law Department and a member of the Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group, has extensive experience with real estate and corporate transactions.


Mr. Pappas' practice involves structuring, negotiating, drafting and closing various real estate and corporate transactions, including joint venture formation (partnerships and limited liability companies), merger, acquisition and disposition transactions, construction, mortgage and mezzanine loan transactions, public contracting, leasing and other various transactions.


In 2012, Mr. Pappas was appointed as the Chair of ACREL's Equity Investment Structures Committee and serves as a member of ACREL’s Program Committee. He is also a member of the USC Gould School of Law - Los Angeles County Bar Association's Real Estate Law and Business Forum Planning Committee, the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).


Mr. Pappas is the author of “The Independent Sector and the Tax Laws: Defining Charity in an Ideal Democracy” in Southern California Law Review; “Constructing and Modernizing Our Public Schools” in California Real Property Journal; and “Issues in Joint Venture Capitalization: May I Have Some More, Please?” published in REsource: A Goodwin Procter Publication for the Real Estate Industry (Spring 2008). He has also been sourced or quoted in several publications, including the Los Angeles Business Journal, Real Estate Southern California, Real Estate Forum, Los Angeles Times and

Mr. Pappas has delivered numerous lectures and presentations for several associations and groups, including: the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), the USC Gould School of Law, the UCLA School of Law, the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the IMN Western Borrowers' & Investors’ Forum on Real Estate Mezzanine Loans and the IMN Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing.

Most recently, Mr. Pappas participated in a discussion on what lies ahead for lenders and borrowers as part of a webcast entitled, “Building Owners at Risk: Surviving Distress.”  He is a frequent contributor to Goodwin Procter’s Municipal Bankruptcy Blog, reporting on a range of topics currently affecting distressed municipalities.


Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Pappas was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, where he was the Office Practice Leader for the L.A. Real Estate Group. Before that, he practiced with O'Melveny & Myers LLP.


Mr. Pappas is admitted to practice in California.


Mr. Pappas was recently included in the Los Angeles Business Journal's Who’s Who in L.A. Law: Angelenos to Know in Real Estate Law” (2013) and has been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in the specialty of Real Estate Law, Madison’s International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers (2011) and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2012). He has also been recognized as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics magazine (2009).

In addition, Mr. Pappas’ work on the J.W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live was recognized by Real Estate Forum as a 2008 “Deal of the Year” in the development category and was featured on the cover of the issue. While attending law school, he served as Notes Editor of the USC Law Review.