2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“My quality of life is fantastic.”
“I feel like the directors are invested in having me learn how to do the job well.”
“There are tough, stressful times, but I gather that's the case at any law firm. … I'd rather be stressed here than at other BigLaw firms.”
“Even though billable requirements are comparably low, there's a ton of work to get done. …”
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.”
Keeping It Real
Operating across four main departments—corporate, litigation, private clients, and real estate—Goulston & Storrs is adept at handling a range of legal issues. The firm’s sub-specialties range from banking and finance to bankruptcy and restructuring to capital markets and securities to commercial litigation to data privacy to employment to environmental to estate planning to professional liability to real estate to tax—and much more. Among the industries the firm serves are health care, hospitality and recreation, international investment in U.S. Real Estate, multifamily housing, commercial real estate, retail, and technology.
The firm is probably best known for its experience in real estate law. Indeed, Goulston & Storrs is among the Top 15 law firms in Vault’s Best Law Firms for Real Estate. Around half of the firm’s attorneys focus on this practice, advising such clients as developers, entrepreneurs, investors, and REITS, as well as property owners and commercial tenants. The firm offers comprehensive real estate counsel with a multidisciplinary bent—clients also benefit from the firm’s experience in bankruptcy, insurance, environmental law, and tax, for example.
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.
Dedicated to Others
As a co-founding firm of the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Goulston & Storrs is dedicated to pro bono work. 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 72 percent of firm attorneys participate in pro bono work.
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
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
150 - 250
1st year: $190,000
Summer associate: $3,650/week
Summer Associate Offers:
9 out of 9 (2019)
No. of Summer Associates:
9 total (All 2Ls) (2019)
Sr. Manager of Legal Recruitment
Boston, MA (HQ)
New York, NY
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Development & Land Use
Hospitality & Recreation
Joint Ventures and Cross-Border Investors
Medical & Educational Institutions
Multifamily, Leasing, Office
Private Client & Trust
Probate & Fiduciary
Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
*See firm website for complete list of practices and industries.