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LOS ANGELES-The law firm of Goodwin Procter has expanded its national real estate practice with three new partners and plans a Downtown L.A. office to complement its Century City office. The 700-attorney firm’s new partners are Dean Pappas and Dani Vogt, both from Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; and Edward Hagerott Jr., who joins from Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.

Regina Pisa, chairman and managing partner of Goodwin Procter, says that the addition of the new partners is part of a long-term strategic plan in which California “is a critical component.” That plan includes a “commitment to investing in key practices and markets in the state,” Pisa adds.

The new partners will be based in Goodwin Procter’s new office Downtown, for which the firm is now negotiating for space. Lew Feldman, chair of Goodwin Procter’s Century City office and head of its national public/private development finance practice, will assume additional responsibility for chairing the new office.

Pappas has more than 15 years of experience in representing real estate investment management clients with an emphasis on structuring, negotiating, drafting and closing complex real estate and corporate transactions. During the past three years he has chaired the Los Angeles Real Estate Group at Mayer Brown.

Vogt’s practice focuses on joint ventures, acquisitions and sales, lending and commercial leasing. Hagerott specializes in property owners and investors, including financial institutions, REITs and private real estate companies in purchase and sale, finance, development and leasing transactions and the formation of real estate joint ventures.

Feldman describes the new partners as “among the top real estate, joint venture and private equity attorneys in California.” The new partners will expand Goodwin Procter’s capacity to handle the complex transactions on the West Coast in the same way that Goodwin Procter has specialized in such transactions for decades on the East Coast, Feldman says.

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