Lewis G. Feldman is a retired partner in Goodwin's Real Estate Capital Markets Group. He heads the firm’s Public Finance Practice and is co-chair of the firm’s Crowdfunding Practice. Mr. Feldman has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business every year since 2000 and is considered to be among the nation's leading real estate and public finance attorneys, specializing in structuring, entitling and executing large-scale financings for government and the private sector.

Mr. Feldman is active in many industry and civic organizations including serving as a Founding Board Member and Chairman of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate at the Anderson School of Management, the leading research university for graduate real estate studies in the United States. Mr. Feldman is a member of the Milken Institute’s California Center Advisory Council, identifying emerging challenges and opportunities in the world of business law and policy.

Professional Activities

Mr. Feldman is an active participant in many of the industry’s most eminent associations and groups, including the Board of Directors of the University of California, Los Angeles, Ziman Center for Real Estate; the University of Southern California, Lusk Center for Real Estate; the Haas Business School Fund, University of California Berkeley; the University of California Santa Cruz Foundation; The Jewish Federation's Real Estate and Construction (REC) Division Cabinet; the City of Hope Cancer Center's Los Angeles Real Estate Industry Council; the United Way of Greater Los Angeles; the Urban Land Institute; the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts; the National Association of Bond Lawyers; and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Additionally, Mr. Feldman is an active member of the Urban Land Institute's Public Private Partnership Council and participates on the Board of the Bet Tzedek.

Mr. Feldman was the 2013 honorary chairman of the Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business and serves on the planning committee for the UCLA Ziman Center/L.A. Bar annual Real Estate Symposium. He also served on the USC Gould School of Law's Real Estate Law and Business Forum Planning Committee (2009-2014) and is a member of the Real Estate Forum's Editorial Advisory Board.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Feldman was the managing partner of the Century City office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he headed that firm's national Public Finance Practice and its Los Angeles Real Estate practice.


Mr. Feldman has been recognized by the Daily Journal as among the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” in 2008 and 2013, and as one of “California's Top Real Estate Transactional Lawyers of 2013." He has been recognized by the California Real Estate Journal as one of “California’s Leading Dealmakers” and by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the “Top 100” leaders in the California legal community. He is recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate) (2000-2014), Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate and Public Finance) (since 1999), Lawdragon’s “Top 500 Lawyers in America,” The Legal 500 (2008-2011), the “Leading 500 Dealmakers in America” and holds Martindale-Hubbell‘s highest rating of "AV®-Preeminent™."

Other honors include recognition in the Los Angeles Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" and "Who's Who in Law" (2013, 2007); the Los Angeles Daily Journal's "Leading Rainmakers in California"; Real Estate Southern California's "Top Southern California Real Estate Lawyers" and American Lawyer Media's "Top 100 Attorneys" in Los Angeles County.

Most recently, Mr. Feldman was included in the Daily Journal’s list of California’s Top 50 Development Lawyers (2014).





Representative Matters




Over the past 28 years, Mr. Feldman has advised clients on more than $75 billion in debt and equity transactions for market-rate and affordable apartments, master-planned residential communities, industrial and manufacturing facilities, urban entertainment centers, primary, secondary and university educational facilities, retail malls, hospitals, mixed-use projects, destination resorts and hotels, brownfield remediation, green building, mitigation banks, transportation projects and all forms of public infrastructure, such as water, wastewater, and energy facilities. He has represented:

  • Emerson College on the development of a $120 million 10-story building on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, which will provide housing, classrooms and training facilities for the Boston-based college’s West Coast campus
  • 901 West Olympic Boulevard Limited Partnership with the approval of a $67.3 million Subvention Agreement by the City Council of the City of Los Angeles for a 395-room Marriott and Residence Inn project in downtown Los Angeles
  • Westfield Corporation in connection with the $340 million financing and redevelopment of a Costco and the West Valley Shopping Center, which will generate over 4,000 permanent jobs for the community
  • Anschutz Entertainment Group in its negotiations with the City of Los Angeles relating to the Farmer’s Field project, which includes $1.5 billion in financing and construction for a new NFL football stadium and a new convention center hall in Los Angeles for LA Live (Recognized as the “2007 Deal of the Year” by Real Estate Forum)
  • Five Point Communities in the $1.6 billion redevelopment and reuse of the former El Toro Military Airbase in Irvine, CA known as The Great Park Neighborhoods
  • Taylor Morrison, Inc. and Lehman Brothers with infrastructure and public finance matters related to the acquisition of a 313-lot residential development in San Clemente, CA, known as “Marblehead,” one of the last approved oceanfront residential developments in the Southern California coastal zone
  • LNR Property Corporation in devising a $60 million financing program that utilizes tax increment financing, special tax bonds and a land-secured financing mechanism to remediate and operate the Carson Marketplace project, a 168-acre development with two million square feet of commercial, retail and entertainment uses, a 300-room hotel and 1,550 residential units

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J.D., 1982
University of California, Davis
B.A., 1978
University of California, Santa Cruz

(with highest honors)



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