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
More than Beans
With a long history in Beantown, Goodwin Procter waited until
the 1990s to move into other states, 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 continues to pay close attention to
New York and California as growth markets in the U.S.
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 Wealth & Asset Management
(previously known as RREEF), Angelo Gordon, Brookfield Office
Properties, GreenOak Real Estate Advisers, Four Seasons, Starwood
Hotels, and Fairmont Raffles Hotels.
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. U.S.
News-Best Lawyers has twice recognized Goodwin 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 taking client Teva Pharmaceuticals to the United States
Supreme Court on a patent infringement case in 2014 and
successfully representing ZTE, the sixth-ranked mobile phone maker
in the world, in front of the U.S. International Trade
Prominent personnel include former CIA director R. James
Woolsey, who was vice president of Booz Allen after serving as the
nation's top spy. Retired now, Woolsey advises Goodwin clients on
public policy issues involving security, energy and clean tech
matters. Litigation partner Gus P. Coldebella rejoined the firm in
its Washington, DC office after a stint as acting general counsel
for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He counsels on
complex and securities litigation, governmental and internal
investigations, and-surprise!-U.S. national security laws. The firm
recently added Michael Bromwich, formerly the nation's top offshore
drilling regulator, to its DC partner roster. Other recent
government hires include 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, S.D.N.Y.)
in New York.
Goodwin is one of the only firms in its peer group to feature a
female chief, Regina Pisa-the first woman, in fact, to have been
chairperson and managing partner of an AmLaw 100 law firm. Regina
served in both roles until 2012 when Rob Insolia assumed the role
of managing partner. 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
IN THE NEWS
Attorneys from Goodwin Procter advised Opower on its initial public
offering of 6,100,000 shares of common stock. Shares priced at
$19.00 per share and began trading on Friday, April 4 on the New
York Stock Exchange under ticker "OPWR."
Pro Bono Powerhouse
Goodwin Procter was selected by the Business Law Section of the
American Bar Association as the law firm recipient of its 2014
National Public Service Award. Initiated in 1994, the annual honor
recognizes delivery of significant pro bono legal services that
demonstrate a commitment to providing assistance to the poor in a
business context. Last year, the firm's attorneys delivered more
than 53,000 hours of pro bono services to a wide range of
organizations and individuals.
Google is Nesting
Goodwin Procter attorneys advised a consortium of venture investors
in Nest Labs in the company's recently announced $3.2 billion sale
to Google, Inc. The group of investors, which includes lead
investor Kleiner Perkins, owns a majority equity stake in Nest.
Other terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Products Liability Pay Dirt
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently
affirmed the Western District of Tennessee's grant of a motion to
dismiss for Goodwin client Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. in a
products liability action involving the prescription drug
metoclopramide. The Sixth Circuit's ruling was based on the
doctrine of federal preemption and, specifically, the United States
Supreme Court's June 2011 decision in PLIVA, Inc. v.
Mensing, a victory Goodwin Procter helped achieve for
In it for the Long Haul
In 2011, BioAmber, a Montreal-based industrial biotechnology
company that produces renewable chemicals, decided to raise capital
by going public. Two years, 19 filing amendments and one novel IPO
structure later, BioAmber is dual-listed on the New York Stock
Exchange and NYSE Euronext in Paris and holds the distinction of
being the first American issuer to use the NYSE's streamlined Fast
Path process for an initial public offering.
Equality in the Office
Goodwin Procter was named to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's
2014 "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" list, a distinction
awarded to businesses who receive the top score of 100 percent in
the organization's benchmark Corporate Equality Index (CEI) report.
The CEI is a survey of "corporate policies and practices related to
LGBT workplace equality" and includes companies from all industries
and geographies across corporate America.