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Goodwin Procter has made its San Francisco and Los Angeles debut with a handful of partners plucked from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Cooley Godward. Joining the Boston-based firm in its new San Francisco office at 101 California St., which officially opens today, are former head of Cooley Godward’s real estate practice Paul Churchill and fellow real estate attorney Mark Goldberg. Churchill will lead the office’s real estate practice, which will be fleshed out with former Pillsbury litigation partners Forrest Hainline and Patrick Thompson. Churchill has represented real estate investment firm Menlo Equities LLC and Woodside Hotels & Resorts among other clients. Spearheading the Los Angeles office, which also opens today, will be former Pillsbury real estate head Lewis Feldman, who has advised clients in both the public and private sectors on more than $50 billion in capital markets transactions. These include Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc., AvalonBay Communities Inc. and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Also on board are former Pillsbury public finance and real estate lawyer Bruce Graham and public finance attorney Robert Haight Jr. Tuan Pham, who did real estate and public finance work at Pillsbury, will split his time between L.A. and San Francisco. None of the new partners could be reached for comment Monday. Two Goodwin partners will relocate from Boston to help with the integration and buildup at the new offices. Products liability practice leader Edward Weltman will join in San Francisco, and real estate capital markets tax partner Edward Glazer will join the L.A. team. A Palo Alto office is set to open “sooner rather than later,” though nothing is “actually in the works,” firm chairwoman Regina Pisa said. Though Goodwin’s point of entry has been the state’s lucrative real estate market, the full-service firm intends to eventually make a push into its five other strategic practices, including technology, life sciences, private equity and intellectual property. Pisa said the expansion, motivated by client demand, will be financed through working capital and client opportunities. “We don’t borrow in the firm,” she said. Work from clients such as BlackRock Inc., one of the largest publicly traded investment management firms with about $452 billion of assets, will cover the costs of expansion, she added. The 650-attorney firm has offices in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. Its foray into local waters is part of a long-term strategy to become a bicoastal firm. “You won’t see us in Atlanta, you won’t see us in Chicago or in Minneapolis,” Pisa said, “but you will see us in the key West Coast markets” with real estate capital centers comparable to those on the East Coast. Pisa said Goodwin continues to grow both in terms of revenue and head count in its three East Coast offices. The firm’s revenue has grown from $248 million in 2001 to $414 million last year, an increase of 66 percent. Based on 2004 revenue, the firm ranked No. 67 on the Am Law 100, with per-lawyer revenue of $700,000 and profits per partner of $1.16 million. “In the last five years, what you will see is a pattern of steady increase of revenue growth that cuts right across varying economic cycles, which belies any notion that we are moving west because we can no longer grow in the East,” Pisa said. Based on proceeds, Goodwin was ranked the 15th most active issuer-side legal adviser in worldwide IPOs in the U.S. between January and September 2005, according to markets information provider Thomson Financial.

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