Goodwin at a Glance


  • “Cool technology clients”
  • “People are laid back”
  • “Lots of responsibility as a junior associate”


  • “Unpredictable hours”
  • “Generally tight on expenses”
  • “Lateral integration”

The Buzz

  • “Boston leader”
  • “Making a great name in Silicon Valley”
  • “Difficult and militaristic”
  • “Corporate-heavy—laid off lit”

About Goodwin

Founded in Boston in 1912, Goodwin is known for its IP litigation, financial services, private equity, real estate capital markets, technology and life sciences, securities litigation, and white collar crime experience in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

More than Beans

With a long history in Beantown, Goodwin moved into other states in the 1990s, starting with Washington, DC and New York. But the 21st century brought real growth to the firm starting with its DC office, which merged with Shea & Gardner in 2004. The firm continued to expand, opening several offices in California in 2006 and 2007, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. The firm has also grown considerably in New York and California.

Goodwin 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 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, 2015).

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.

New Faces

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.


May 2016
AmLaw Movers

The firm celebrated its third consecutive year of record revenue and profit, and moved up three spots by gross revenue and six spots by profits per partner in the annual American Lawyer 100  ranking. In an interview with the publication, Chairman David Hashmall noted that Goodwin continues to focus on six core practice areas: IP litigation; private equity; financial institutions; securities and white-collar litigation and regulatory matters; technology and life sciences; and real estate capital markets.

April 2016
Paris, Je T'aime

Goodwin announced that a top-ranked team of French private equity and M&A lawyers will extend the firm's international practice into Paris, France-the firm's 10th office. Chairman David Hashmall noted that while Goodwin is initially focused on building its French private equity and M&A platform, the firm sees in Paris attractive future opportunities that align with Goodwin's other focus areas, including technology, life sciences, real estate and more.

January 2016
Euro Expansion

Building on the success of its London office, which has grown to nearly 40 lawyers over the past year and took out a lease at a larger space, the firm opened its second European office in Frankfurt, Germany with a team of four senior real estate and private equity partners. The move was a significant step in Goodwin's strategy to expand strategically in its focus practice areas and markets. By May, the office had grown to a dozen lawyers.

November 2015
Indefatigable IPO Issuing

The firm was recognized by Dealogic as representing the most IPO issuers in 2015 One example-Goodwin advised the Atlassian Corporation in one of the year's highest profile technology IPOs. A few months later, Goodwin advised on one of 2016's first IPOs when Chinese biotech company BeiGene debuted on the U.S. market.

July 2015
Doing Good(win)

The firm once again reaffirmed its commitment to doing well by doing good in the community. The American Lawyerrecognized Goodwin as one of the top 25 law firms for pro bono work. This jump of 30 spots from the prior year prompted the magazine to recognize Goodwin among the few firms with the biggest yearly increase in its pro bono rankings.

June 2015

Goodwin continued to secure significant litigation wins for its clients. In June, the firm helped to make new law in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for client IBM in Williamson v. Citrix Online LLC, et al.  Legal commentators and scholars in the blogosphere noted that the decision will have a significant impact on the interpretation of computer software patents.

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100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 570-1000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: David M. Hashmall
  • Managing Partner: Robert S. Insolia
  • Ken Gordon (National); John Mutkoski and Emily Rapalino (Boston); Christopher Price (New York); David Permut (Washington); David Van Horne (San Francisco); Jim Riley (Silicon Valley); Chauncey Swalwell (Los Angeles)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 923

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: 280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    Summer associate: $3,500/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    65 out of 65 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Financial Institutions
    Intellectual Property
    Private Equity
    Real Estate Capital Markets
    Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense
    Technology & Life Sciences
    UK & Europe
    Specialty Practices (Carbon Markets & Climate Change, Energy, Environmental, ERISA & Executive Compensation, FDA Group, FinTech, Food Industry, Gaming, Gambling & Sweepstakes, Government Contracts and Disputes, Higher Education, Israel, Mining, National Security & Foreign Trade Regulation, Privacy & Data Security, Tax, Tax-Exempt Organizations, Transportation, Trust & Estate Planning Advisory Services, Trusts & Estates)

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Paris
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