Joseph H. Goddard

Clients rely on me to understand their objectives, address potential issues before they become real world problems and develop practical solutions to push a deal across the finish line. I strive to cut through the “legalese” and provide concise, straightforward answers in response to our clients’ questions and concerns.

Joseph Goddard focuses his real estate practice on the acquisition, disposition, financing and development of a wide variety of commercial properties. He also represents both landlords and tenants in commercial lease negotiations and advises clients in the resolution of commercial landlord-tenant disputes. Joseph has handled projects involving a number of property types, ranging from industrial warehouses, shopping centers and office buildings to mixed-use properties, medical facilities and raw land.

Joseph brings substantial in-house experience to his private practice, having previously served as legal counsel for a publicly-traded REIT that owns, operates and develops a nationwide portfolio of malls and shopping centers. This unique background helps Joseph analyze complex issues from a client’s perspective and anticipate potential pitfalls in a transaction.

In addition to his real estate practice, Joseph handles a variety of general transactional and governance matters, including strategic planning, contract negotiations, entity formation and structuring, and advising clients on day-to-day operational issues.

Before attending law school, Joseph spent two years in Washington as an aide to U.S. Congressman John Campbell.

Representative Experience
  • Represented real estate developers and investors in the purchase and sale of multifamily properties, shopping centers, self-storage facilities and raw land nationwide
  • Represented healthcare providers in acquisition and disposition of medical office buildings and the negotiation of medical office leases 
  • Represented the developers of planned mixed-use and residential communities in the acquisition and development of real property and issues relating to property owners’ associations
  • Represented one of the nation’s largest third-party logistics providers in the negotiation of a build-to-suit lease for a 1,000,000 SF storage and distribution facility
  • Represented shipping logistics provider in lease negotiations for a 200,000 SF storage and distribution facility near DFW Airport
  • Represented the landlord of a luxury shopping center in The Woodlands, Texas in retail lease negotiations
  • Represented the landlord of a super-regional shopping center in Corpus Christi, Texas in retail lease negotiations
  • Represented the owner of an upscale restaurant in Houston, Texas in lease negotiations
  • Represented debtor in bankruptcy in the disposition of real estate assets in the United States and Canada
  • Represented financial institutions in various credit transactions in connection with the financing of real estate development projects
Organizational Involvement
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Real Estate Legislative Affairs Committee - 86th Texas Legislature
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2014)
  • B.A., B.S., Southern Methodist University (2009)
Bar Admission
  • Texas
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Cheering on my favorite teams – the SMU Mustangs, Washington Redskins and Washington Capitals
  • Catching up with friends at one of the many great restaurants around Dallas