Biography

Drew Goodwin is the chair of Farella's Business Transactions group. Drew primarily advises business owners, boards of directors, executive teams and investors on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, capital markets and general corporate and securities matters. He also serves as primary outside counsel to many clients, advising on corporate governance issues and major contract negotiations.

Drew acts as U.S. and California-based “local” counsel for overseas clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He partners with law firms across the globe on complex multi-national transactions, mostly involving buyers, sellers and/or target companies located in California. Drew’s value for his international colleagues is his deep understanding of the U.S. M&A market and his experience completing California-based deals.

As co-chair of Farella’s Renewable Industry Initiative and a member of the firm’s Energy + Infrastructure Industry group, Drew advises clients through the process of acquiring, developing, and selling renewable energy projects. He has considerable experience with negotiating mergers and acquisitions in the renewable energy industry, including both buy-side and sell-side, drafting development services agreements, and serving as go-to outside counsel for multiple solar energy developers.

Beyond his experience and legal acumen, Drew brings particular value to any business deal by connecting with people quickly and deeply. Opposing counsels view him as a collaborator who will help resolve issues efficiently and professionally, and his clients consider him an indispensable member of their business teams. All these traits make Drew a truly trusted advisor.

Distinctions

  • Northern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, Business/Corporation (2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Energy Law (2024)

Firm Highlights

News

Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions

Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in the Law360 Real Estate Authority article "Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions." In the article, Gary noted that there is usually...

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 2

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 22, the second of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using commentary on the...

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 1

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I'm happy to refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 21, the first of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using the...

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San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit.

Farella's Tom Mayhew, CJ Higley, Daniel Contreras, Vanessa Ing, and Alyssa Netto were mentioned in the Daily Journal article "San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit."...

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City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan

Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to...

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Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth

Farella’s Linda Gilleran and Chris Rendall-Jackson and Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Uday Varadarajan are presenting the session “Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth” at the ACG...

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A New Overtime Threshold Takes Effect in Mere Weeks: HR Should Assess Its Impact Now

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for various exempt “white-collar” employee categories beginning on...

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21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference

Erik Olson is speaking at the 21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference for the session "Track A: Content Moderation." To register for the event, please click  here .

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Housing Action Coalition and Farella Braun + Martel File Lawsuit Challenging the City of San Mateo’s Housing Element

Today, the Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella Braun + Martel LLP filed a lawsuit against the City of San Mateo, challenging its recently adopted Housing Element in order to make the city comply with...

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No Three-Year Bar on Copyright Damages (For Now): SCOTUS Issues Opinion in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al.

In a 6-3 majority decision in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al. , the Supreme Court held that the Copyright Act entitles a copyright owner to recover damages for any...

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