Goodwin Procter LLP at a Glance


  • “Lots of cool partners who give you great opportunities and are really looking out for you”
  • “Significant responsibility on substantive issues as a junior associate”
  • “Culture is friendly and low-stress”


  • “Long hours can be tough”
  • “Not a lot of perks”
  • “Compensation is not lockstep”

The Buzz

  • “Solid Boston firm”
  • “Great pro bono work”
  • “Fratty”
  • “Decent”

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 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 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 Commission.


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 ranks.


April 2014

Opower IPO
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."

March 2014

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.

January 2014

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 Teva.

September 2013

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.

December 2013

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.

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Goodwin Procter LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Regina M. Pisa
  • Managing Partner: Robert S. Insolia
  • Jeffrey Simes (National); Ken Gordon (Boston); Jennifer Bralower (New York); David Permut (Washington); Susanne Geraghty (San Francisco); Kristen Dumont (Silicon Valley); Dan Tyukody (Los Angeles)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 808

  • Employment Contact
    Lindsey Boyle
    Legal Recruitment Specialist
    Phone: (617) 570-3491

  • 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
    49 out of 50 (2013)

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

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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