Press Release May 25, 2011

Goodwin Procter Expands Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group with Addition of Mark Schonberger

BOSTON, May 25, 2011 – Goodwin Procter LLP , a national Am Law 50 firm, announced today that Mark Schonberger has joined the firm’s Business Law Department in its Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group. Schonberger specializes in corporate and securities law, with particular expertise in real estate companies and real estate fund formation matters, and will be resident in the firm’s New York office. He joins Goodwin from Paul Hastings in New York.

"Mark is extremely well-versed in the wide range of securities, corporate and investment management issues facing REITs, enabling him to seamlessly execute complex transactions," said Gil Menna, co-chair of Goodwin’s Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group. "His transactional expertise and broad-based knowledge of the real estate industry will be a tremendous asset to our practice."

Schonberger has extensive transactional experience representing publicly and privately held entities in acquisitions, joint ventures, ongoing management, and public and private securities offerings. He received his B.A., cum laude, from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and can be reached at 212.813.8842 or mschonberger@goodwinlaw.com.

In addition, the firm announced that Boston partner Yoel Kranz, also a member of Goodwin’s Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group, will relocate to New York this summer. In April, Goodwin announced that Jeffrey Legault had joined the firm’s New York private equity practice.

"Expanding our competitive presence in New York is a priority for the firm," said Al Solecki, chair of Goodwin’s New York office. "We are growing both our litigation and business law groups here and anticipate additional lateral partner hiring in the months ahead."

Goodwin currently has more than 150 New York-based attorneys.

Goodwin Procter’s Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group has more than 100 attorneys focused solely on serving real estate clients. From the beginning of the REIT industry, when the firm’s lawyers helped draft the Real Estate Investment Trust Act of 1960, through the firm’s pioneering work on the creation of the first public UPREIT structure in 1992, Goodwin Procter has been consistently recognized as one of the leading law firms serving public and private REITs. In recent years, Goodwin has structured and executed REIT transactions totaling over $150 billion.

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