Diane McCabe

Diane J. McCabe

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PartnerCo-Chair of Joint Ventures / Real Estate Finance
Diane J. McCabe
+1 617 570 1604

Diane McCabe is a partner in Goodwin’s nationally recognized Real Estate Industry group. Ms. McCabe is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Investment Management, Real Estate Finance and Hospitality & Leisure practices, and serves as co-chair of its Joint Ventures and Real Estate Finance practice.

Ms. McCabe advises on a variety of commercial real estate transactions, including complex debt and equity investments and restructurings; mezzanine, construction and permanent financings; and debt purchases; acquisitions and sales across various property types, including office, retail, hospitality, self-storage, multi-family apartments, senior housing facilities and condominiums. She has been actively involved in highly structured finance transactions, including CMBS, and has experience with workouts, restructurings and other transactions involving distressed assets. She regularly advises clients on joint venture formation and restructuring, portfolio transactions and development transactions.

Ms. McCabe is also involved in Goodwin’s PropTech Initiative, which is focused on supporting the intersection of Real Estate and Technology through thoughtful collaboration across the two practice areas. As a participant, Ms. McCabe stays up to date on relevant market trends impacting the PropTech sector to effectively support clients involved in this space.


Ms. McCabe counsels institutional investment funds, pension fund advisers, individual investors, real estate operators and insurance companies on a variety of commercial real estate transactions. She has recently represented:

  • Forest City Enterprises, Inc. in its joint venture with Greenland Group Co. to develop Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, NY. The development will include significant infrastructure improvements, a permanent MTA rail yard, a platform above the rail yard and 6,430 residential units, including 2,250 units of affordable housing, to be built in 14 residential towers. It is currently the largest, single-site commercial real estate development project in the United States, and is one of the largest-ever commercial development projects backed by a Chinese company in the country.
  • Brookfield Financial Properties and its subsidiary in the financing and subsequent sale of the Newport Tower in Jersey City, NJ.
  • A subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company in the sale of its interests in a portfolio of self-storage facility assets, which includes 36 properties in 18 states.
  • A subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company in connection with nearly all of the U.S. mortgage financing for its deferred gains portfolio.
  • Normandy Real Estate Partners and its subsidiaries in the acquisition and financing of eight office buildings located in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
  • Normandy Real Estate Partners and its subsidiaries in the acquisition financing and refinancing of eight office buildings located in Virginia and Maryland.
  • AEW Capital Management and its subsidiary in the closing of AEW’s joint venture investment and related acquisition financing in The Village at Proprietors Green, a senior housing facility in Marshfield, MA.
  • AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp. in the closing of a joint venture and related financing to develop 3780 Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford, MA, a project consisting of a luxury apartment building and parking garage.

Professional Activities

Ms. McCabe has been selected as Goodwin’s ambassador to the NAWL (National Association of Women Lawyers) Challenge Club. She is a member of New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE) and the Urban Land Institute, and is an active participant in the ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.




University of Connecticut School of Law

(with high honors)


Tufts University

(cum laude)



  • Massachusetts

Recognition & Awards

Ms. McCabe is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. While attending law school, Ms. McCabe was a member of the University of Connecticut Law Review.