About Goodwin

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 sciences industries.

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 Valley.

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, 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 2017
Varsity Victory

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.

March 2017
Active Advisors

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.

January 2017
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.

August 2016
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.

July 2016
Seven Straight

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.

June 2016
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.

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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
  • Hiring Partners: Ken Gordon (National); John Mutkoski and Emily Rapalino (Boston); Christopher Price (New York); David Permut (Washington); Brian McPeake (San Francisco); Jim Riley (Silicon Valley); Chauncey Swalwell (Los Angeles)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 1,006

  • 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
    54 out of 55 (2Ls) (2016)

  • 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, 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