2022 Vault Rankings
- Firm Culture#22
- Real Estate#13
At a Glance
“Goodwin's entrepreneurial spirit.”
“The people—it makes all the difference on long days.”
“Great compensation including bonuses.”
“When things are busy they can be REALLY busy.”
“Billable hour requirement—no bonus if you don’t make this number.”
Founded more than a century ago, Goodwin has grown to more than 1,400 lawyers in 13 offices throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The firm has adopted what it calls a “capital-meets-innovation platform” through which the firm advises both innovators and investors in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology, and life sciences industries.
In 1912, Harvard classmates Robert Goodwin and Joseph Procter ran into each other in the street and decided to start a law practice together, opening Goodwin & Procter later that year. Two years later, the founders helped a sardine packing company issue preferred stock but later discovered the company financials were fabricated. They took out a $30,000 loan to buy back all outstanding shares at face value and established an ethical standard for their new firm. Fraud would play another key role in the early days of the firm when Robert Goodwin served as the bankruptcy referee who sorted out the original Ponzi scheme—the one perpetrated by Charles Ponzi himself.
Goodwin’s strengths include real estate, capital markets, private equity, technology and life sciences, financial services, intellectual property, securities litigation and white collar defense, and government investigations. The firm’s corporate practice is among the top 20 in Vault’s General Corporate Practice Area ranking and includes everything from capital markets and debt finance to financial restructuring and M&A to private investment funds and venture capital, and more.
The firm also has a bustling real estate practice with a global reach. Among the areas that its real estate lawyers tackle are hospitality and leisure deals, joint ventures, portfolio and REIT M&A, and private equity and debt financings. The firm partners with Columbia Business School annually to present its Real Estate Capital Markets Conference. The firm has also launched an initiative called PropTech, which brings together its real estate and technology lawyers to address the increasing intersection between real estate and technology.
Across the Map
Over the past several decades, Goodwin has grown internationally, opening outposts in Hong Kong, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Luxembourg, and Cambridge. 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. The firm’s Frankfurt office offers one of the leading teams in the European real estate, finance, and corporate sectors. The Paris office advises on private equity and M&A work and has expanded its capacity to serve clients on complex real estate, financial restructuring, and tax matters. In 2019, Goodwin opened a life-sciences-and-technology-focused Cambridge office in the heart of Silicon Fen, as well as a Luxembourg office that works with the firm’s existing London-based Luxembourg desk to serve as a single solution for clients raising and deploying capital in Europe.
Goodwin is a growth mindset firm, and the pandemic has provided opportunities for us to increase our reach in various markets while also being accommodating to our attorneys and employees. In order to attract top talent during the pandemic and going forward, Goodwin has expanded its recruiting efforts by hiring associates to work remotely. This more flexible working environment allows us to add highly skilled lawyers from across the country.
Once lawyers join the firm, we place a premium on providing them the support that they need to thrive. We have enhanced many of our policies and programs during the pandemic to specifically address the health issues, remote work environment, current social justice climate, and additional challenges that our employees, and especially our employees from underrepresented populations, continue to face during these challenging times. These resources include additional family care support benefits, as well as free virtual fitness classes, free Headspace meditation app, mental health and general well-being resources and webinars that promote community engagement.
News & Awards
- Advised Moderna on its $604 million initial public offering, which, at the time, was widely recognized as the largest-ever biotechnology IPO. Moderna is a revolutionary biotechnology company pioneering the discovery and development of messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines.
- In the U.S. Supreme Court, Goodwin successfully represented a longtime U.S. resident applying for cancellation of removal to remain in this country. The Court’s decision in Pereira v. Sessions had a significant impact on immigration law, and allowed thousands of other noncitizens to apply for one of the most important forms of immigration relief.
- Advised Medical Properties Trust, a U.S. public real estate investment trust, on the acquisition of a corporate structure which owned a portfolio of 30 acute care hospital facilities. The acquisition is considered the U.K.’s biggest real estate transaction of 2019.
- Represented Qualtrics throughout its acquisition by SAP SE while simultaneously preparing the company for a potential IPO. At closing, the acquisition was the largest sale of a private venture capital-backed enterprise software company in history.
- Corporate Firm of the Year, 2020—LMG Life Sciences
- Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certified, 2020—Diversity Lab
- Biotechnology Law Firm of the Year, 2021—Best Lawyers Best Law Firms
- Best Law Firms For Women, 2021—Seramount
- Dealmakers of the Year, 2021—The American Lawyer
Why Work Here
A great place to start your career.
Imagine working in a place filled with energy, momentum and smart people who love what they do. Suppose those people have a certain enthusiasm for their work, and bring an adventurous spirit with them to work every day. Now imagine they also love new ideas, and enjoy being part of an organization that is prized for its innovation. This may sound more like a start-up venture than an established law firm – but it’s a good description of Goodwin. We’re a top-tier firm with clients across the U.S. and around the world. At Goodwin you’ll find a collaborative environment and people who take their work seriously.
Our lawyers work side-by-side with clients to ensure success at every step. At Goodwin, lawyers and professional staff alike reach across practice areas and geographies to work together in a collaborative, collegial and entrepreneurial atmosphere.
100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 570-1000
Chairman: Robert S. Insolia
Managing Partner: Mark T. Bettencourt
Hiring Partners: Emily L. Rapalino (National); Milena E. Tantcheva (Boston); Brooks R. Brown (DC); Chauncey M. Swalwell (LA); Christopher B. Price (NY); Fred Lim (SF); Kevin Lam & Caine Moss (Silicon Valley)
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Class of 2021 - $202,500
Class of 2020 - $205,000
Class of 2019 - $215,000
Class of 2018 - $240,000
Class of 2017 - $275,000
Class of 2016 - $305,000
Class of 2015 - $330,000
Class of 2014 - $365,000
Summer Associate: $3,894/week
Managing Director, Talent Acquisition, Legal
No. of U.S. Offices: 7
No. of International Offices: 6
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC | Cambridge
Real Estate Industry
Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.