Goodwin Procter LLP

Main office Exchange Place, 53 State Street | Boston | MA | 02109
Phone 617-570-1000 
Fax 617-523-1231 
Year of establishment 1912
Number of offices 9
Largest office Boston
Number of attorneys 946
Number of associates 539
Number of partners 336
Partner: associate ratio 0.60
Percent women attorneys 31.90
Percent minority attorneys 13.30
Percent gay attorneys 1.80


Goodwin Procter LLP is a national law firm with a growing international presence. With offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C., we work closely with clients to advance business objectives in the U.S. and abroad. Our corporate headquarters are in Boston, where the firm was originally founded in 1912. Helping our clients navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing world Goodwin Procter is dedicated to helping clients manage risk, maximize opportunities and move their business forward. Our attorneys are nimble, creative and pragmatic, working tenaciously to protect and promote our clients' interests in the United States and around the world. At Goodwin Procter, you'll find a collective determination and an entrepreneurial spirit. We're business-oriented lawyers equally comfortable in the boardroom and the courtroom. While we handle some of the largest cases on record, we also work with individuals and investors leading the way in new technologies and markets. We advise multinational companies on public/private enterprises and help emerging companies grow. From critical regulatory and compliance matters to deals, transactions, and high-stakes litigation, we're prepared to do what it takes to defend and protect our clients' interests.

Areas of practice

  • Corporate
  • Financial Services
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Private Equity
  • Product Liability & Mass Torts

  • Real Estate
  • Reits & Real Estate Capital Markets
  • Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense
  • Tech Companies & Life Sciences
  • Specialty Practices

Notable cases

  • Goodwin Procter attorneys received a 2011 Leadership Award from Lutheran Social Services in recognition of outstanding leadership and dedication to the representation of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, children under the age of 18 who have resettled alone in the United States, without a parent, relative or other responsible adult to care for them.
  • In July 2011 Goodwin Procter achieved a significant appellate victory for Hill Holliday/Erwin-Penland and Erwin-Penland's President, Joseph Erwin, when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia denied a motion for rehearing in a national advertising dispute with agency 1st Approach and its chief executive Jeffrey Greenfield, who claimed intellectual property and other rights in an ongoing marketing campaign that launched in 2007.
  • In June 2011 Goodwin Procter attorneys helped secure a victory for long-time client Teva Pharmaceuticals and for manufacturers of generic drugs generally, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in PLIVA v. Mensing. Goodwin's team was instrumental in drafting the certiorari and merits briefs before the Court.

Awards and recognitions

In September 2011 Wayne Budd received the American Lawyer's Lifetime Achiever Award.
In June 2011 Legal 500 recognized Goodwin Procter Trademark group for fifth consecutive year and CIO Magazine chose Goodwin Procter Information Technology Department as CIO Award Winner.
In May 2011 Goodwin was recognized in inaugural "IAM Patent Litigation 250" and Ken Parsigian was chosen as the litigator of the week.
In April 2011 Goodwin Procter was named a top Trademark Law Firm by World Trademark Review.
In December 2010 Goodwin Procter was recognized as one of New York City's "Best Places To Work" in Crain's New York Business Survey.
In November 2010 Goodwin Procter Chairman Regina Pisa received the inaugural ACCESS First One Award and NARIET honored Goodwin Procter partner Gil Menna with Lifetime Achievement Award.
In October 2010 Goodwin Procter received NLADA'S 2010 Beacon of Justice Award for Outstanding Pro Bono contributions in immigration law.

Hiring criteria

Apart from general hiring criteria Goodwin prefers candidates with strong law school and undergraduate record and those with law review or journal experience. Interviews at Goodwin aren't just about grades and academics - recruiters want to see that candidates are driven, energetic, bright and focused. The firm conducts on-campus interviews at up to 30 schools - some in the top 25, plus a few others in its offices' geographies.


Goodwin Procter is committed to promoting diversity in its law firm and in the legal profession. The firm believes that promoting diversity affirms their core values and better serves their clients and the broader communities in which they work and live. The firm has a lengthy record of providing equal access to the legal system through their extraordinary pro bono efforts and their non-discrimination policies. Goodwin hires, trains, and promotes employees without regard to race, sex, age, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or other legally protected status.

Goodwin Procter believes that every attorney and staff member deserves a supportive, meritocratic environment in which people of all backgrounds are given the opportunity to excel and thrive.

For Goodwin diversity is more than a mere policy or aspiration. It recognizes the imperative to actively support, mentor and further the advancement of attorneys and staff from all backgrounds, to ensure that they have the broadest and most diverse pool of talent available to the firm.

Summer associate program

Regardless of which city, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley or Washington, the associate chooses, he will be exposed to a range of projects and will get both a broad overview and in-depth study into specific issues. There will be practice areas in just about every established and emerging field of law. The associate will work, learn, and connect with peers, associates, and partners at the firm.

Summer associates are expected to complete 11 to 15 projects in various practice areas during the summer.

At the end of the program the associate will leave with valuable mentors, a large professional and social network, and a very good idea of what it's like to work at Goodwin Procter. On any given day, the associate might find himself immersed in a deposition, a trial, a negotiation session, document drafting, a client meeting, or some other hands-on professional work experience.

The summer program includes include boat cruises, outdoor concerts, and baseball games. Spontaneous events are also initiated by the summer associates, often partnering with their mentors at the firm. These have included everything from sport fishing and golfing to gourmet cooking, billiards, and live jazz.

Salary & benefits

The firm initiated a salary freeze in 2009, but unfroze salaries in January 2010 and increased salaries for certain class years in January 2011. The firm has shifted to a lockstep salary structure with each class level having set salaries, but individual assessments could lead to some deviation. The firm is a follower with respect to bonus amounts, and from 2009 through 2011 the firm paid market-level bonuses to associates who billed at least 1,950 hours.

Working hours, quality of work, pro bono and overall contributions are factors that can increase or lessen an associate's bonus. Although the firm announced "special bonuses" in April 2011 that matched the Cravath spring bonus scale, in a departure from its peer firms, Goodwin Procter's associates had to have billed 1,950 hours from May 1, 2010 to April 20, 2011 to receive the special bonus.

Goodwin Procter's starting salary ranges from $145,000 to $160,000, depending on the office. Goodwin Procter's profits per equity partner in 2009 - the most recent year for which data are available - were $1,275,000, placing the firm in the 58th percentile.

  • Y1 $0-$160,000.00


  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
  • Bar Association Fees
  • Business Casual Dress Code
  • CLE
  • Dental Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • On-site Child Care
  • On-site Child Care - Emergency
  • Parental Leave
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision Insurance

Benefits Package:

Additional benefits include: (1) ELDER AND ADULT CARE -- Employees have access to the LifeWeavers Network (operated by the Visiting Nurse Association), a free resource that helps working caregivers find answers to their care-giving questions anywhere in the United States where care is needed for an older relative or loved one. (2) CHILD CARE -- We provide back-up daycare facilities near, or in, each of our locations. (3) EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PLAN -- Free and confidential assistance on topics such as emotional well-being, personal relationships, educational/financial/legal issues, addiction and recovery, work-related issues, parenting, communicating with teenagers, older adults, retirement planning, and much more. (4) GOOD HEALTH/GOOD LIFE WELLNESS PROGRAM -- Free seminars and workshops offered in the areas of personal, professional and financial wellness (examples include caring for an elderly parent, managing work and personal stress, or trying to engage in an overall healthier lifestyle). (5) HEALTH ADVOCATE PROGRAM -- Health Advocate is a national advocacy and assistance company whose mission is to help individuals and organizations get the very best healthcare service. Services offered include assistance with: finding the best doctors and hospitals and getting to see them, obtaining services for elderly parents, scheduling timely appointments (esp. with specialist physicians), issues arising when faced with serious illness or injury, insurance claims and billing issues, etc.

Working for the Goodwin Procter LLP

    Working for Goodwin Procter will be a rewarding and meaningful experience for the associate, as a person and as a professional. The associate will be exposed to an interesting and challenging mix of work learning from professionals and seasoned lawyers. Through the many firm generated and sponsored programs and the continually evolving programs, the associate can take charge of his career and craft a career and professional persona that makes him proud.

    At Goodwin you will have the opportunity to be creative and imaginative and you will not be constrained by insistence on following conventional methods of practice. The staff members bring a level of professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment to work each and every day and all work in a collaborative work environment.

    As part of the professional team here, the associate will have opportunities to share ideas and participate in challenging, leading edge work, finding professional development and training opportunities, a commitment to diversity, and a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits.

Pro bono

    Pro bono work is one of the cornerstones of Goodwin Procter. The firm's attorneys, summer associates and paralegals last year dedicated over 45,700 hours to 492 pro bono matters. Goodwin Procter works on a range of challenging and topical issues including rights to education, death penalty challenges, immigration, microfinance, constitutional law, and civil rights matters. And the Pro Bono Initiative actively works with the members of the Committee for Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the Women's Initiative to provide programming and pro bono opportunities that are responsive to the individual interests of each group.

    Goodwin Procter and its attorneys have been widely recognized by clients and legal services partners for their pro bono achievements. These achievements are symbolic of the firm's lawyers' generosity of spirit and a desire to help those in need.

    No matter how big or small, how monumental the issues or how routine, every pro bono matter receives the same level of dedication, professionalism, and care. The firm greatly appreciates the energy, commitment, and creativity that all of the attorneys and other legal professionals involved bring to the firm's Pro Bono Initiative.

    The firm sets a goal of 25 pro bono hours per associate, and credits up to 150 pro bono hours annually as billable hours.

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