Sam Richardson is a partner in Goodwin's Real Estate Industry group. He represents real estate owners, operators and investors, including REITs, private and public institutional investors and pension funds and other tax-exempt investors, in a variety of complex commercial real estate matters, including in the hospitality industry, with particular focus on financings, acquisitions, sales and joint ventures. He has also been involved in restructuring debt and equity investments across the United States.





Mr. Richardson's recent experience includes representing:

  • Brookfield Properties in connection with acquisitions, dispositions and financings throughout the country, including representing Brookfield in:
    • the sale of 245 Park Avenue, a 45-story office tower located in Manhattan for $2.21 billion, one of the highest prices ever paid for a New York skyscraper
    • the mortgage refinancing of One Liberty Plaza, a class A commercial office building in Manhattan in the amount of $850 million and subsequent sale of a minority interest to a U.S. institutional investor
    • the mortgage refinancing of One New York Plaza, a class A commercial office building in Manhattan in the amount of $750 million and subsequent sale of a minority interest to a Sovereign Wealth Fund
    • the $273 million sale of two Class A office buildings in Seattle, Metropolitan Park East and Metropolitan Park West
    • the debt and equity restructuring of 8 commercial office buildings located in downtown Washington, D.C.
    • the debt and equity recapitalization of 75 State Street, Boston
    • obtaining $3.6 billion of CMBS and mezzanine debt in connection with its acquisition of Trizec Properties, Inc.
    • the acquisition of 685 Market Street in downtown San Francisco, which was named a Bay Area Real Estate Deal of the Year by the San Francisco Business Time
  • EPR Properties in providing financing to a U.S. private equity fund in connection with its acquisition of a portfolio of 14 ski resorts from CNL Lifestyle Properties
  • Guggenheim Real Estate LLC and its affiliates throughout the country in connection with over $2 billion worth of real estate acquisitions, joint ventures and financings for retail, industrial, multi-family and office properties

Hotel Experience:

  • DiamondRock Hospitality Company in the following:
    • $65 million refinancing of the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek in Denver Colorado
    • $205 million financing secured by its leasehold in the Westin Waterfront Boston Hotel
  • HEI Hotels and its affiliates in connection with financings across the United States, including properties located in Florida, California, Indianapolis, Texas, New York and Maryland with aggregate financing proceeds in excess of $600 million
  • Xenia Hotels in connection with the following:
    • Obtaining a $100 million mortgage loan for the refinance of The Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, a 525-room hotel in Atlanta, Georgia
    • Obtaining a $65 million mortgage for The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City located in Arlington, Virginia
    • Obtaining a $115 million mortgage loan for the San Francisco Airport Marriott
  • A recognized real estate investor and developer in the headline sale of a highly sought after ski operation facility
  • A partnership of institutional investors in connection with the $1.1 billion debt and equity recapitulation of three luxury hotels in the United States and the subsequent sale of the portfolio
  • Rockwood Capital in connection with a $400 single borrower securitization secured by 16 hotels along the U.S. east coast
  • A New York-based REIT in connection with the $148.5 million acquisition of the New York Viceroy Hotel
  • American Realty Capital Hospitality Trust in connection with the $1.8 billion acquisition of the 116 Equity Inns hotel portfolio, which includes rooms across 31 states and established ARC as one of the largest self-service hotel REITs in North America
Professional Activities

Mr. Richardson is a member of NAREIT, the Real Estate Financing Association and the Boston and American Bar Associations, and is a member of the board of directors of the Architectural Heritage Foundation, a Massachusetts non-profit organization.

Professional Experience

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Richardson worked in both state and national politics and Massachusetts state government.

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J.D., 1992
Boston University School of Law
B.A., 1985
Wesleyan University



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