Goodwin launches in San Fran and LA with Pillsbury and Cooley raids

Boston-based Goodwin Procter has launched an assault on California, opening offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, on the back of raids on Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Cooley Godward.

The LA office will be chaired by Lewis Feldman, the former head of the LA real estate and national public finance team at Pillsbury.

Feldman will be joined by Pillsbury public finance and real estate partner Bruce Graham and land securities partner Robert Haight. Multi-family and affordable housing partner Tuan Pham will split his time between LA and San Francisco.

Paul Churchill, the former head of Cooley Godward’s real estate practice, will lead the Goodwin’s San Francisco real estate practice. He will be joined by former Cooley real estate attorney, Mark Goldberg, who will also be a partner.

Goodwin is taking two more litigation partners from Pillsbury to staff the San Francisco office.

Along with the eight partners joining the firm from Pillsbury and Cooley, partners from Goodwin Procter’s New York and Boston offices are relocating to California, including product liability practice leader Edward Weltman to San Francisco, and real estate capital markets tax partner Edward Glazer to LA.