2021 Vault Rankings
- Firm Culture#15
- Real Estate#15
At a Glance
“Culture of respect for others.”
“There's a lot of autonomy to control your own schedule and work.”
About Goodwin Procter LLP
Founded in Boston more than a century ago, Goodwin has grown to more than 1,000 lawyers in 10 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.
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 areas that its real estate lawyers tackle include hospitality and leisure deals, joint ventures, portfolio and REIT M&A, and private equity and debt financings. The firm partnered with Columbia Business School in 2019 to present the 12th annual 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, and Paris. 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.
News & Awards
“In less than 15 years, Boston-born Goodwin Procter has become a known entity, and frequent adviser, to Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs. Competing head-to-head with its Big Law rivals in the valley, Goodwin represented about 11 percent of startup clients last year, according to a survey by Kruze Consulting; it was the only East-Coast-born firm to land in the top five for startup client market share.” – “How Goodwin Became a Household Name in California’s Startup Community,” The Recorder, April 29, 2019
According to the February 13, 2019 article in The American Lawyer titled “Goodwin Procter Sees Revenues Soar on Tech, Life Sciences Deals,” “Revenue at Goodwin Procter increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2018, reaching a new all-time high for the 107-year-old firm.” Goodwin Chairman David Hashmall is quoted in the article as saying, “We’ve been really focusing on the convergence of capital and innovation.”
Goodwin launched a PropTech practice in September 2018, which focuses on the intersection between real estate and technology. The new practice was featured in the Law360 article “Goodwin’s PropTech Group Eyes A Burgeoning Sector” from September 21, 2018. The article notes that according to Goodwin, the firm is the only major U.S. law firm to create this type of practice. Per Goodwin, the firm is uniquely suited to handle the complex multibillion-dollar opportunities in this emerging market, offering real estate clients the ability to leverage the power of technology while helping technology clients find innovative ways to integrate technology into real estate matters.
In 2018, Goodwin associate David Zimmer represented Massachusetts’ resident Wesley Pereira before the Supreme Court. Pereira was facing a final order of removal, which could have resulted in his deportation. The case drew headlines not only for the potential immigration law impact, but also because Zimmer was one of only two associates that Term arguing before the Supreme Court, as noted in the Boston Business Journal’s April 22, 2018 article “Not yet a partner, this young Boston lawyer will argue before the Supreme Court.”
- Pereira v. Sessions—A Goodwin associate persuaded SCOTUS to adopt a more immigrant-friendly reading of an important immigration statute.
- Qualtrics—In what is the largest-ever purchase of a VC-backed enterprise software company, an international team of Goodwin lawyers led Qualtrics in its $8 billion sale to SAP SE.
- American Century Investments—Goodwin achieved a complete trial victory in an ERISA class action brought by former employees participating in a defined-contribution 401(k) retirement plan.
- Moderna—Goodwin advised Moderna on its $604 million initial public offering, which is recognized as the largest ever biotechnology IPO.
- The Deal’s UK Lawyer of the Year, 2018
- Mergers & Acquisitions Mid-Market Law Firm of the Year, 2018
- Mansfield Certification
- The American Lawyer’s Dealmaker of the Year, 2019
- Law360 Rising Stars, 2018
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); Brian C. McPeake (SF); An-Yen E. Hu (Silicon Valley)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
1K - 1.5K
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
Director, Talent Acquisition, Associate & Professional Track Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 6
No. of International Offices: 4
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Real Estate Industry
Securities, White Collar, and Business Litigation
Specialty Litigation (Antitrust, Appellate, Energy & Environmental, Global Trade, Labor & Employment, Products Liability & Mass Torts)
Technology and Life Sciences
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.