Goodwin Procter LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Kind, respectful, interesting, smart people”
  • “Early path to partnership”
  • “Strong focus on work-life balance”

Downers

  • “The hours can be intense at times”
  • “Litigation work is slower”
  • “Non-lockstep bonuses”

The Buzz

  • “Great Silicon Valley presence”
  • “Good in Real Estate and VC”
  • “Boston is best”
  • “Wannabe startup lawyers”

About Goodwin Procter LLP

Founded in Boston in 1912, Goodwin Procter 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 Procter 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. Lawyers in Goodwin Procter'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.

Finance & Trials

The firm's strengths include real estate capital markets, private equity, technology and life sciences, financial services, products liability, white-collar crime and government investigations, and securities litigation.

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, 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 this past year. 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 (IP 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. 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.

IN THE NEWS

April 2015

Making it Work
Goodwin reinforced its commitment to improving diversity and inclusion in the legal industry by partnering with OnRamp Fellowship, a program that provides a platform for women lawyers to re-enter the legal profession after stepping away from the practice of law for a period of time. Earlier in the year, the firm also named partner Sabrina-Rose Smith as Goodwin's fellow to the prestigious Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

January 2015

Patent Pros
In a decision that continues patent protection for Goodwin client Teva Pharmaceuticals' multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone®, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated and remanded a Federal Circuit decision invalidating one of Teva's patents, ruling that the appeals court had not given proper deference to findings of fact by the District Court during claim construction. Partner Willy Jay, co-chair of Goodwin's Appellate Litigation Practice, successfully argued the case for Teva before the Supreme Court.

November 2014

Hat Trick
Goodwin was named the Biotechnology Law Firm of the Year by U.S. News-Best Lawyers for the third consecutive year in a row. The firm's 100 life sciences attorneys work with more than 400 private and public life sciences companies, from start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations.

Ring My Bell
In the largest ever REIT IPO, Goodwin attorneys represented Paramount Group in its initial public offering of 131 million shares of common stock. Shares priced at $17.50, making it the largest IPO in REIT industry's history. Paramount rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on November 20, 2014.

September 2014

Online Shopping Just Got Even Better
Goodwin attorneys advised an investor consortium in connection with Rakuten Inc.'s $1 billion cash acquisition of retail website Ebates. The investor group, which together owns a substantial majority of Ebates, included venture capital firms August Capital, Canaan Partners and Foundation Capital. Rakuten is Japan's largest e-commerce site and is among the world's largest Internet services companies.

July 2014

Good News for House Hunters
A team of Goodwin attorneys advised Trulia in its $3.5 billion sale to Zillow. The transaction was a stock-for-stock transaction whereby Trulia shareholders received 0.444 shares of Class A Common Stock of Zillow for each share of Trulia, and Zillow Class A and Class B Common Stock shareholders received one comparable share of the combined company. The transaction closed in 2015.

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Goodwin Procter LLP

Exchange Place
53 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 570-1000
Fax: (615) 523-1231
www.goodwinprocter.com

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: David M. Hashmall
  • Managing Partner: Robert S. Insolia
  • Jeffrey Simes (National); Ken Gordon (Boston); Jennifer Bralower (New York); David Permut (Washington); David Van Horne (San Francisco); Jim Riley (Silicon Valley); Dan Tyukody (Los Angeles)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 851

  • Employment Contact
    Lindsey Boyle
    Legal Recruitment Specialist
    Phone: (617) 570-3491
    Email: ljboyle@goodwinprocter.com

  • Base Salary
    1st year:  $160,000
    2nd year:  $170,000
    3rd year:  $185,000
    4th year:  $210,000
    5th year:  $230,000
    6th year:  $250,000
    7th year:  $265,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    47 out of 48 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Asia
    Corporate
    Financial Institutions
    Intellectual Property
    Litigation
    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 (HQ)
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Hong Kong
  • London
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