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

Acquisitions and Dispositions 

  • Represented a Houston-based real estate investment firm in the sales of two multifamily properties in Dallas/Tarrant Counties aggregating $110 million
  • Represented California-based Stonebridge Global Partners, LLC in the acquisition of nine affordable housing properties located in the Midwest and along the East Coast totaling $100 million. Each of the properties are subject to Section 8 HAP contracts, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) or Section 236 restrictions. Click here for press release.
  • Represented a client in the financing and acquisition of an established chain of seven restaurants located in Illinois for $16 million
  • Represented real estate developers in the acquisition, disposition and management of multifamily properties, including student housing properties throughout the United States
  • Represented hospital systems and physician-owned practices in the acquisition and disposition of medical office buildings, ambulatory surgery centers and laboratory facilities
  • 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 real estate investors in the acquisition and disposition of self-storage facilities
  • Represented debtor-in-bankruptcy in the disposition of industrial real estate assets in the United States and Canada
  • Represented real estate investors in the acquisition and disposition of triple-net retail properties


  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in the negotiation of a building lease and adjacent property with rent in excess of $155 million
  • Represented one of the world’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 healthcare providers in medical office lease negotiations
  • Represented the owner of an upscale restaurant in Houston, Texas, in lease negotiations


  • Represented lenders in connection with financing of restaurant and retail projects across Texas
  • Represented hard money lenders in connection with financing of single family investment properties
  • Represented real estate developer in connection with construction financing for a residential community in Tarrant County, Texas
Thought Leadership / News
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward/White, Inc.'s The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" in the field of Real Estate Law (2021 - 2022)
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 and 87th 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 and Washington Capitals
  • Catching up with friends at one of the many great restaurants around Dallas