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900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
Tel: 603 628 1176

Rolf Goodwin

Director, Real Estate Department

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As a member of the Real Estate / Commercial Lending and Corporate Departments, Rolf brings a practical, focused approach to financing, sales and acquisition, and titles of real estate. He has extensive experience in commercial financing, including bank, SBA, bond, and asset-based loan structure and documentation, and has assisted lenders and borrowers through many workouts and foreclosures. Rolf has represented title insurance companies and insureds alike in the generation of, review of, and claims on title insurance policies. He works with owners and lenders in working through issues of land use regulation such as zoning, easements, growth regulation, condominium establishment and registration, and subdivision approval and registration.

As the lead director of the firm's non-profit entities practice group, Rolf has worked with many non-profit organizations on structural issues, financing and in helping with mission definition, including involvement with the Charitable Trusts division of the New Hampshire Department of Justice, where he has helped numerous organizations find common ground to avoid regulatory or litigation clashes.

Rolf works with donors and recipients in establishing conservation easements that meet the parties' intent while providing maximum flexibility against future changing circumstances.

Rolf received his J.D. from New York University (1982), University of Maine Law School, visiting student (1981-1982), Graduate School of Business Administration, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, (1978-1979) and A.B. from Harvard College, cum laude, 1978.

Areas of Focus

  • Banking Law
  • Commercial Finance
  • Corporate Business Law
  • Financial Services
  • International Trade
  • Land Use and Development Law
  • Real Estate Law


Rolf is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and the US District Court for New Hampshire. He is a member of the Nashua and New Hampshire Bar Associations, Ethics Committee of the New Hampshire Bar Association - chair for four years, and currently serving as coordinator of the committee's review of the Rules of Professional Conduct in conjunction with the New Hampshire Supreme Court.


  • Ranked in Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Lawyers (2021 - Real Estate)
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2020 (Real Estate Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law)
  • Lawyer of the Year 2019 in Best Lawyers in America (Non-Profit/Charities Law)


  • Home, Health and Hospice Care - Trustee
  • New Hampshire Bar Association - member and past chair, Ethics Committee; rules revision coordinator with the NH Supreme Court
  • United Way of Greater Nashua - trustee and past chair; member of Executive Committee
  • Harvard Club of New Hampshire - director and vice president for admissions and financial aid
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