Chauncey Swalwell, a partner in Goodwin’s Real Estate Industry group, focuses his practice on commercial real estate and represents private and institutional investors and lenders in connection with the acquisition, sale, development, leasing and financing of hotels, student housing facilities, industrial parks, office buildings, regional shopping centers and other projects, including the structuring of complex transactions involving public and private REITs, TICs and other investment and lending vehicles.

Mr. Swalwell has extensive experience structuring and negotiating joint venture agreements on behalf of private equity and institutional investors and promoters in a broad array of real estate transactions. He also represents both lenders and borrowers in negotiating a variety of commercial lending transactions, including the origination and restructuring of such transactions. In addition, his practice includes representing both buyers and sellers in the negotiation of purchase and sale contracts, along with a wide range of other real estate-related transactions and issues.

Mr. Swalwell has expertise in the intricacies of California’s unique foreclosure framework, including the so-called "one action" and "anti-deficiency" statutes and their effect on the rights and remedies of lenders, borrowers and guarantors. He has also been involved in numerous judicial foreclosure, receivership and other real estate-related litigation matters.





  • An institutional investment fund in its $2.45 billion recapitalization and refinancing of a three building office complex in Century City, California.
  • An institutional investment fund in its $762 million acquisition and financing of the CME Center office building in Chicago, Illinois.
  • An institutional investment fund in its $421 million acquisition, joint venture and financing of the China Basin office building in San Francisco, California.
  • An institutional investment fund in its acquisition, joint venture and subsequent $150 million disposition of the Trident Center office building in Los Angeles, California.
  • A private equity fund in the acquisition, financing and subsequent $182 million disposition of a portfolio of 12 limited service hotels located in Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and Illinois.
  • A private equity fund in the acquisition, joint venture and financing of the Dallas Quorum Marriott in Dallas, Texas.
  • A private equity fund in the acquisition and joint venture to acquire a retail property located in Beverly Hills, California.
  • A private equity fund in the $71 million disposition of the Courtyard by Marriott/San Diego Downtown Hotel in San Diego, California.
  • An institutional mortgage fund in the $50 million construction financing for the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Professional Activities

Mr. Swalwell is a member of the California Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He previously has served as a board member of USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2015, Mr. Swalwell was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.


Mr. Swalwell has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for his work in Real Estate Law 2022-2023.

Recognized annually by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2007, Mr. Swalwell has also been featured by the Los Angeles Business Journal in "Who's Who in Real Estate" in 2009 and "Who's Who in L.A. Law – Angelenos to Know in Real Estate" in 2013. Mr. Swalwell has been nationally recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the area of Real Estate.

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J.D., 1990
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
B.A., 1986
University of California, Los Angeles



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