Goulston & Storrs, PC


Founded in 1900, Goulston & Storrs is an Am Law 200 firm with a reputation for being one of the best places to work in the Boston region and beyond, whether you are a junior associate or a senior partner.

A Summer Associate Favorite

Goulston & Storrs has a record of pleasing its employees, having been hailed as one of the best places to work by publications such as The American Lawyer, the Washington Business Journal and the Boston Business Journal. Described as a firm with an "old-fashioned management" style by the ABA Journal and having "traditional values" by The American Lawyer, Goulston & Storrs has distinguished itself as a firm with a relatively low employee turnover rate.

Anarchists Need Counsel Too

The firm has a pro bono resume of historical proportions - partner Herbert Ehrmann served as (the ultimately unsuccessful) junior defense counsel for Italian immigrants and anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti, who were executed in 1927 after a politicized and highly controversial trial. More recently, Goulston & Storrs has served as general counsel for OxFam America and was the co-founding firm of the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless. In 1989, Goulston & Storrs became the second firm ever to receive the American Bar Association's national pro bono award, an honor usually reserved for individual attorneys.

Managing Massachusetts' Business

Although Goulston & Storrs has an international reach through its Beijing office, the firm has a strong hold on regional business - its attorneys have counseled clients like the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, did construction project finance work for Boston's Central Artery/tunnel project and represented the New England Patriots through the construction of Gillette Stadium outside Boston. Goulston & Storrs attorneys have gone on to serve on the board of the Massachusetts Port Authority and represent the state's court system.

Gu Shi Den

Over the past decade Goulston & Storrs has remodeled itself as a firm capable of handling U.S.-China business deals, educating its attorneys in the subtleties of Chinese etiquette, including proper seating patterns at business meetings, dinner behavior and dress codes. The firm has kept chopsticks and green tea on hand in the office, and even adopted a Mandarin moniker (Gu Shi Den, meaning "taking worldwide clients at our peak capacity") and endowed lawyers in its China practice group with Mandarin names. According to the Wall Street Journal, the oriental makeover was meant to recast the firm as a group capable of navigating middle-market U.S. companies into the Chinese market and vice versa. Apparently, it worked - Goulston & Storrs led Saks Fifth Avenue into China, making the clothes retailer one of the first U.S. luxury lines to break into the Chinese market, according to the Boston Business Journal

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Goulston & Storrs, PC

400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02110-3333
Phone: (617) 482-1776
Fax: (617) 574-4112


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Co-Managing Directors: Martin M. Fantozzi and Douglas M. Husid
  • Total No. Attorneys 2013: 190

  • Employment Contact

    Jennifer Smith
    Legal Recruitment Manager
    Phone: (617) 574-4072
    Fax: (617) 574-4112
    Email: jsmith@goulstonstorrs.com

  • Base Salary

    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers

    5 out of 5 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Bankruptcy & Restructuring
    Capital Markets
    Distressed Debt
    Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
    Green Business
    Education & Medical Institutions
    Hospitality & Recreation
    Innovation Development & Licensing
    Intellectual Property
    Medical, Cultural & Institutional Centers
    Private Client & Trust
    Public Law & Policy
    Real Estate
    Translational Science

Major Office Locations

  • Beijing, China
  • Washington, DC
  • Boston, MA
  • New York, NY

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