2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Consistent top-level work and early client contact”
“Collaborative and collegial environment.”
“Quality of life”
“The unpredictability of the hours”
“Stressful transactions from time to time—but not unique to my firm”
About Goulston & Storrs PC
Founded in 1900, Goulston & Storrs is an AmLaw 200 firm with around 200 lawyers working down the East Coast from Boston to New York City to DC. The firm touts its collaborative culture with a motto of “Collaboration: Some law firms say it. We live it.”
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 as having “traditional values” by The American Lawyer, Goulston & Storrs has distinguished itself as a firm with a relatively low employee turnover rate.
Deep Pro Bono Roots
As a co-founding firm of the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Goulston & Storrs is dedicated to pro bono work, and this commitment is part of the firm’s DNA. Late 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. 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.
Goulston & Storrs’ commitment to pro bono continues today. More than 70 percent of firm attorneys participate in pro bono work. The firm helped set up the nonprofit school Mil Milagros in Guatemala, which helps malnourished children. In 2014, the firm represented pro bono client Roca, Inc. which had a central role as a partner in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts landmark Day for Success initiative, the largest of its kind in the U.S. And the firm serves as a general counsel and is on the board of the nonprofit Horizons for Homeless Children.
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, have done construction project finance work for Boston's Central Artery/tunnel project, and have represented the New England Patriots through the construction of Gillette Stadium. Goulston & Storrs attorneys have gone on to serve on the board of the Massachusetts Port Authority and represent the state’s court system.
Why Work Here
Culture is Key
Vault has been surveying associates about firm life for 10 years now, and rarely do associates concur so completely about their firms' culture. A real estate associate explains, "Goulston is an incredibly warm and friendly place to work and there is definitely a sense of community within the firm." To which a trusts lawyer adds "People are friendly, and there is ample opportunity for socializing ... My spouse even enjoys the social activities!"
This culture permeates throughout the ranks. "The partners genuinely seem to care how associates are feeling" and "communication and dialogue at all levels are highly encouraged," from monthly meetings with associates and the managing directors to associates participation in firm operating committees.
400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 482-1776
Co-Managing Directors: Martin M. Fantozzi & William H. Dillon
Recruiting Chairs: Joshua Davis & Pamela MacKenzie
1st year: $190,000
Summer associate: $3,650/week
Summer Associate Offers:
7 out of 7 (2018)
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