Founded in Boston in 1912, over the past century Goodwin has
grown to more than 1,000 lawyers in ten offices throughout the
U.S., Europe, and Asia. The firm focuses on working with clients in
the financial, private equity, real estate, technology, and life
More than Beantown
After a long history in Boston, Goodwin moved into other U.S.
markets in the 1990s, starting with Washington, DC and New York.
The firm continued to expand, opening several offices in California
in 2006 and 2007, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Silicon
The firm has also grown internationally, opening outposts in
Hong Kong and London in 2008, and in Frankfurt and Paris in 2016.
Lawyers in Goodwin's Hong Kong office represent private equity,
venture capital, M&A, IP, and capital markets clients, as well
as technology and life sciences companies. It also features
hospitality, real estate, and anti-corruption practices. The London
office focuses on real estate, fund formation, financial services,
real estate private equity, hospitality, and cross-border
transactions, with principal clients including Deutsche Asset &
Wealth Management (previously known as RREEF), Angelo Gordon, Ares
Management, Brookfield Office Properties, Four Seasons, GreenOak
Real Estate Advisers, Kennedy Wilson, and TIAA Henderson Real
Estate. London expanded its private equity practice in 2015 when it
brought in Richard Lever to head the team in the UK. The firm's
Frankfurt office offers one of the leading teams in the European
real estate, finance, and corporate sectors. The Paris office
focuses on private equity and M&A work.
Finance & Trials
Goodwin's strengths include real estate capital markets, private
equity, technology and life sciences, financial services,
intellectual property, securities litigation and white-collar
crime, and government investigations.
Among Goodwin's historic deals include the firm's representation
of DST Global-a private equity investor in web-based companies-in
its leading of a $950 million financing round for Groupon, as well
as its investments in Facebook, Zynga, Spotify, and China's 360Buy,
known today as JD.com. The firm is no stranger to big deals having
advised Essex Properties in its $15.4 billion merger with BRE
Properties, creating the third largest multifamily REIT in the
country, and Onyx Pharmaceuticals in its $10.4 billion sale to
Amgen, one of the largest biotech deals ever, in 2013. More
recently, the firm represented clients in a number of big stakes
deals, including Trulia's $3.5 billion sale to Zillow, Teva in its
$3.2 billion acquisition of Auspex Pharmaceuticals, and Paramount
Group in its $2.3 billion initial public offering (the largest ever
REIT IPO). U.S. News-Best Lawyers has recognized Goodwin
three times as the Law Firm of the Year in biotech law (2013, 2014,
Goodwin has also been busy in the court room with the firm's IP
litigators successfully arguing for clients Teva Pharmaceuticals
and B&B Hardware in two separate cases before the United States
Supreme Court in 2015. The firm also had a big win for ZTE, the
sixth-ranked mobile phone maker in the world, in front of the U.S.
International Trade Commission in 2014.
The firm was especially active on the hiring scene in 2014 and
2015 bringing in 20 new partners in eight practices areas
(intellectual property litigation, technology & life sciences,
ERISA & executive compensation, financial restructuring,
private equity, antitrust, real estate capital markets, and Asia)
across seven offices in 12 months. Most notably Goodwin added eight
laterals to its already heavy hitting IP litigation practice,
including Elizabeth Holland in New York, Marcia Sundeen in
Washington, DC, and Brett Schuman in San Francisco. The firm also
brought in antitrust pro Andrea Murino and financial services
experts Luciana Aquino-Hagedorn and Elizabeth Roberts as partners.
Goodwin is no stranger to new faces, though, having also added
Derek Cohen (Deputy Director of the Deepwater Horizon Task Force)
in New York, Willy Jay (Assistant to Solicitor General DOJ) in DC,
Grant Fondo (AUSA, N.D. of California) in Silicon Valley, and Bill
Harrington (AUSA, SDNY) in New York in recent years.
In 2014, Goodwin also announced a change at the helm, electing
litigation partner David Hashmall as its sixth chairman in the
firm's 102 year history. Regina Pisa held the top spot as chairman,
and formerly chairman and managing partner, since 1998, and was the
first woman to lead an AmLaw 100 firm. Today, she holds the
Chairman Emeritus title. Rob Insolia assumed the role of managing
partner in 2012 and continues to hold the position. The firm has
been recognized as a good place to work and is regularly ranked
among the top law firms for women, despite its big play in the
2008-09 recession to lay off 74 employees, reducing its associate
count by 38 people, and its subsequent announcement that it would
rebuild its associate ranks.
Varsity Brands, the nation's leading manufacturer of
cheerleading apparel, sued competitor Star Athletica for infringing
five of its cheerleader uniform copyrights. Goodwin litigators
successfully represented Varsity in a dispute that went all the way
to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court voted decisively (6-2)
in favor of Goodwin client Varsity Brands, ruling that copyright
protection is not undermined even though a design may follow the
outline of a cheerleading uniform (or a guitar, or a ceiling panel)
on which it appears.
Noting 39 announced deals, Mergermarket ranked Goodwin among the
top 10 most active (by volume) law firms advising on M&A
transactions globally in the first quarter of 2017. With 18 deals
in Europe, Goodwin placed among the top 15 most active (by volume)
advisers in Europe for the first time. Goodwin's Private Equity
Practice was also ranked as the most active adviser in France (by
volume), where the firm opened a Paris office last year with a
top-ranked team of private equity and M&A lawyers.
Commitment to Diversity
Goodwin announced the expansion of its 1L Diversity Fellowship
Program and the creation of a new 2L Diversity Fellowship Program.
Established in 2005, Goodwin's 1L Diversity Fellowships provide
first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with
awards of $10,000 each to help cover expenses while working in a
public interest law position during the summer after their first
year of law school. The newly created Goodwin 2L Diversity
Fellowships provide second-year law students from underrepresented
backgrounds with awards of $15,000 each.
Simply the Best
Best Lawyers in America named eight Goodwin partners to its 2017
"Lawyers of the Year" list. Based on peer review, this recognition
is presented annually to a single stand-out lawyer in each practice
and major metropolitan area.
Goodwin named "Best Law Firm for Women" by Working
Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers for the seventh
consecutive survey year. The annual report recognized 50 law firms
for leading the industry in creating and implementing best
practices around retaining and promoting women lawyers.
Dropping the Procter
Goodwin Procter rebranded as Goodwin. In June, the firm adopted
Goodwin as its brand name and "Unprecedented" as its brand promise.
The firm also unveiled a new visual identity and a new website as
part of a comprehensive brand strategy. Goodwin also announced that
it had relocated its Boston office-the firm's oldest and
largest-from 53 State Street in the Financial District to a Silver
LEED-certified, built-to-suit tower at 100 Northern Avenue in the
city's Seaport District.