University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
  • cum laude
Loyola University Chicago, B.B.A.
  • Accounting
  • cum laude; Beta Alpha Psi, Vice President; Beta Gamma Sigma; Alpha Sigma Nu


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Howard Goldman is a partner in the Real Estate department. His practice focuses on negotiating and representing borrowers and lenders in secured loans, commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) loans, refinancings, loan workouts and foreclosures, ground leases, and commercial leasing matters. Howard takes an advisory and proactive approach with clients and looks for long-term opportunities based on his understanding of their operations and industry to enhance their profitability and increase their business.

  • Represents clients in a wide variety of financing and refinancing issues that are related to loans made by real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMIC), the acquisition of raw land and commercial properties, long-term lease negotiations with public and private entities, commercial lease negotiations with tenants, and property management issues
  • Works with developers on many project types, including industrial properties, office buildings, apartment buildings, retail centers, and residential lots
  • Assisted with financing related to notes acquired in the sale of residential lots, loan workout negotiations, the acquisition of properties by deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, and the negotiation of construction loans and loans with multiple loan participants


Representative Matters

  • Represented a tenant in connection with the lease and renovation of a 100,000 sq. ft. research facility in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, including grants from the City and State of Michigan
  • Represented a tenant in connection with the relocation of their offices to leasing two and a half floors of a major downtown Detroit office building
  • Represented an owner of multiple medical office properties in connection with a CMBS refinancing loan
  • Counseled a purchaser in the acquisition of a defaulted loan and in acquiring fee title to a medical office building
  • Advised a special servicer in connection with a workout of a Michigan State Housing Development Authority apartment complex
  • Represented a property owner in connection with two separate lease transactions each exceeding 50,000 sq. ft.
  • Represented an owner of two medical office buildings in connection with an insurance company refinancing loan
  • Represented the owner of a medical office building in connection with a loan restructuring
  • Represented the owners of two television stations in connection with term and revolving loans
  • Represented an owner in connection with a sale of an industrial property in South Carolina
  • Represented an owner in connection with a construction financing of a hotel/condominium project in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Represented an owner in connection with the sale of an industrial property to a real estate investment trust (REIT)
  • Represented an owner of property in connection with an industrial lease extension and expansion for premises exceeding 100,000 sq. ft. to a major freight company
  • Represented an owner in connection with the refinancing of a retail property with an insurance company
  • Represented an owner in connection with the sale of an industrial property in Miami, Florida

Prior Experience

  • Thompson & Knight LLP, 2011-2013
  • Butzel Long, P.C., Shareholder, 2000-2011
  • International Airport Centers L.L.C., Vice President and General Counsel, 1998-2000 
  • Heitman Finance Group, Senior Vice President and Counsel, 1994-1998 
  • Winston & Strawn, Associate, 1986-1994



  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2021
    • Recognized in practice area of Real Estate Law
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Real Estate Law: Commercial
      • Real Estate Law: Finance
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010, 2011, and 2013-2017
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2008-2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Michigan Chair
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Real Property Law Section
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