Michael J Litchman

Michael J. Litchman


Michael Litchman practices in the firm’s Real Estate Industry group and is particularly active in the Leasing, Real Estate Acquisitions and Dispositions, and the Real Estate Development and Permitting practices. He divides his time between Goodwin'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, laboratory and research and development properties, industrial, 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.


The following are some representative transactions in which Mr. Litchman has recently been engaged:

  • Representation of and negotiating with landlords and tenants, including developers, hospitals, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and others in the technology and life sciences industry with respect to laboratory and R&D space from build-to-suit buildings to space sharing arrangements.
  • Representation of the joint venture owner of the Hub on Causeway development project in Boston, on the site of the old Boston Garden, in the sub‑ground leasing of an air rights parcel in which a European hospitality operator will build the project’s hotel.
  • Representation of a New York City real estate owner and developer in the lease of an entire building in the Tribeca neighborhood, but for the ground floor retail space, for office use.
  • Representation of a computer and electronics retailer in its store acquisitions, leasing and other real estate transactions across the country.
  • Sale of a downtown Boston building serving as the headquarters of not‑for‑profit outdoors and environmental organization and the acquisition of a new headquarters building for the client.
  • Advising a New York City developer in connection with responding to an RFP from a New York State public agency for a major west‑side Manhattan development project.
  • Sale‑leasebacks and acquisitions of new facilities for a company located in the southwest United States that operates rehabilitation and treatment facilities.
  • Representation of several developers in the negotiation of ground and air rights leases with public agencies of downtown Boston development sites.
  • Representation of prospective tenants and subtenants in leasing tower office space and prime retail space in New York City.
  • Rendering of advice and counsel to property owners and space uses alike in connection with potential high‑stakes disputes in order to minimize the risk of requiring litigation.

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 a periodic leasing conference sponsored by CLE International.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Litchman practiced with the New York City law firm of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays and Handler (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer), 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.




New York University School of Law


Connecticut College

(magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)



  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • District of Columbia