2019 Vault Rankings
- Firm Culture#19
- Real Estate#20
“Great culture and people”
“Good communication between partners and associates”
“Emphasis on training/associate development”
“A little cheap with the perks”
“Unpredictability of the timing of work can be frustrating”
Founded in Boston more than a century ago, 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
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.
After a long history in Boston, Goodwin moved into other U.S. markets in the 1990s, starting with Washington, DC and New York. In 1998 Regina Pisa was named chair and managing partner, becoming the first woman to lead an AmLaw 100 firm. Under her leadership over the ensuing decade and a half, 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, London, Frankfurt, and Paris over the past decade. 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 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 biggest 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, and Spotify. The firm also counseled The Infatuation in its purchase of the Zagat guide from Google, Trulia in its $3.5 billion sale to Zillow, and Paramount Group in its $2.3 billion initial public offering—the largest ever REIT IPO). Goodwin is regularly recognized by the likes of U.S. News-Best Lawyers, Law360, and Chambers USA for its Life Sciences and IP practices.
Goodwin is also busy in the court room with its award-winning IP and appellate litigation groups leading the way. Its appellate litigation team sports seven former SCOTUS clerks and the attorneys have argued more than a dozen cases before the highest court in the land. The firm’s litigators successfully argued for clients Teva Pharmaceuticals and B&B Hardware in two separate cases before the United States Supreme Court in 2015. They followed that up by winning another two cases before SCOTUS in 2017.
IN THE NEWS
Everybody has a story to tell. As a part of Goodwin’s inaugural Day of Inclusion, the firm invited attorneys and staff to share their stories, to learn more about one another, to understand different backgrounds, and to appreciate a variety of perspectives.
Goodwin relocated its Silicon Valley office from Menlo Park to 601 Marshall Street in downtown Redwood City. The move aligns with the continued expansion of the firm’s corporate and litigation practices in the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.
In its fifth consecutive year of financial growth, Goodwin’s gross revenue surged 13.2 percent, to $1.032 billion, in 2017, a record high for a firm that got its start more than 100 years ago in Boston.
KIND, a healthy snacking leader, and Mars, Incorporated, a family-owned global pet care, confectionary, and food business, announced a strategic partnership whereby Mars will take a minority stake in KIND. As part of the agreement, the two companies will partner to grow KIND’s product offerings and business globally, utilizing each other’s strengths. Goodwin represented KIND in the transaction.
Goodwin signed on to Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule, a pioneering initiative that helps law firms diversify candidate pools for significant leadership positions. It measures whether law firms have achieved 30 percent slate diversity when considering qualified candidates for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, and lateral positions.
Goodwin has been named 6th among The American Lawyer’s Best Big Law Firms for Summer Associates, according to roughly 3,900 second- and third-year law school students who responded to The American Lawyer’s annual Summer Associate Survey.
In addition to cracking the top 10, Goodwin had the largest move on the list, jumping from 72nd in 2016 to sixth in 2017. Summer associates at the firm gave it 5 out of 5 in the overall place to work category, making Goodwin one out of 10 firms to earn that distinction on the survey.
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.
100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 570-1000
Employer Type: Private
Chairman: David M. Hashmall
Managing Partner: Robert S. Insolia
Hiring Partners: Emily Rapalino (National); John Mutkoski (Boston); Christopher Price (New York); Brooks Brown (Washington); Brian McPeake (San Francisco); Jim Riley (Silicon Valley); Chauncey Swalwell (Los Angeles)
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 1,060
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
Summer associate: $3,650/week
58 out of 58 (2Ls) (2018)
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Real Estate Industry
Technology and Life Sciences
Securities, White Collar, and Business Litigation
Specialty Litigation (Antitrust, Appellate, Energy & Environmental, Global Trade, Labor & Employment, Products Liability & Mass Torts)