Katherine L. Murphy

Katherine L. Murphy

Katherine L. Murphy

Katherine Murphy, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Group, focuses her practice in the representation of landlords, tenants, lenders, investors and developers in commercial lease transactions. Ms. Murphy is a LEED Green Associate and has extensive experience negotiating all aspects of lease transactions, including large and small scale leases for office, retail, industrial, laboratory, medical office, biotech and data center space throughout the United States. Ms. Murphy was awarded the prestigious Collaborating Professional of the Year Award (2012) by the Commercial Brokers Association of Massachusetts.

Professional Activities

Ms. Murphy is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Commercial Brokers Association of Massachusetts. She is a certified LEED Green Associate. She also served as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Real Estate Section Leasing Committee from 2009-2011 and currently serves on the Board of Directors and on the Diversity Committee for the Commercial Brokers Association of Massachusetts.


During law school, Ms. Murphy served as a staff member and comment editor of the Suffolk University Law Review. Ms. Murphy was a member of Goodwin’s Leasing Practice Group that was awarded the 2012 Collaborating Professional of the Year from the Commercial Brokers Association of Massachusetts.

She was also recognized by Boston’s Business Journal for the historic renovation deal of the year featuring her work as owner’s counsel at Boston’s 50 Post Office Square and the deal of the year awarded to 101 Seaport for the Skanska USA – PricewaterhouseCoopers deal brokered by Goodwin’s leasing team.

Areas of Practice


Ms. Murphy represents REITS, investors, developers and other owners of real estate as well as private companies and retailers in all varieties of lease transactions, including owners and tenants in buildings in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and California. Ms. Murphy’s experience includes:

  • Representation of the owner in a 114,000-square-foot lease with the GSA for the new National Labor Relations Board space at 1015 Half Street, Washington, D.C.
  • Representation of the ground lessee and operator of the Boston Westin Waterfront Hotel and retail portions of the Boston Convention Center in a lease restructuring with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.
  • Representation of Goodwin Procter in its Boston headquarters lease at Fan Pier in the Seaport District of Boston, which lease transaction was awarded the Boston Office Deal of the Year for 2013.
  • Representation of Skanska USA Commercial Development in a build-to-suit lease transaction with PricewaterhouseCoopers for its new Boston headquarters in Seaport Square in Boston which was nominated for the Boston Office Deal of the Year for 2013.
  • Representation of Boston Properties as Buyer/Landlord in the acquisition and lease back of over 700,000 square feet of office and retail space with Bank of America at One Hundred Federal Street in Boston.
  • Representation of the landlord in a lease of over 400,000 square feet at 50 Post Office Square in Boston to Brown Brothers Harriman that was awarded the Boston Office Deal of the Year for 2012.
  • Representation of the developer and landlord in a new build-to-suit lease of over 492,000 square feet with State Street Corporation in the Channel Center project in Boston which was nominated for the Boston Office Deal of the Year for 2012.
  • Representation of Boston Properties in a 117,000-square-foot expansion lease with Constant Contact at Reservoir Place in Waltham, Massachusetts that was nominated for the Suburban Office Deal of the Year for 2012.
  • Representation of Brightcove as tenant in its new headquarters lease at Atlantic Wharf in Boston which was awarded the Boston Office Deal of the Year for 2011.
  • Representation of iRobot in its multi-building headquarters lease in Bedford, Massachusetts.
  • Representation of Goodwin Procter in its two New York headquarters leases at the New York Times Building in New York City with the New York Times Company and Forest City.
  • Representation of RBS Citizens Bank in its in-store branch agreements with multiple supermarkets, including Stop & Shop, Shaw’s, Tops, and Giant Eagle. 
  • Representation of a major national drugstore in its license agreements for a national roll out of in-store health clinics.
  • Retail leases with Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, CVS,TD Ameritrade, Pret, Hale & Hearty, Vapiano’s, Rebecca’s, Capriotti’s, Walgreens, Au Bon Pain, Cosi, Aeropostale, Baskin Robbins, Cinnabon, Express, Gamestop, FYE, Pro Sports, Pacific Sunware, Lids, The Picture People, The Children’s Place, Metro PCS, Things Remembered, Journeys, ULTA and U.S. Bank, among others. 
  • Pro bono representation of several companies in lease transactions, including Trust for Public Land, Old South Meeting House, Camp Harbor View, Victim Rights Law Center, Kipp Academy charter schools, Williamsburg Charter School, Mass Insight, Jumpstart, Lazarus House, Cape Cod Museum, New England Innocence Project and Voltage Coffee, among others.



J.D., 1996
Suffolk University School of Law

(magna cum laude)

B.A., 1992
Boston College

(magna cum laude)



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