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Goodwin Procter LLP

Goodwin Procter LLP

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Main Office:
Exchange Place, 53 State Street | Boston | MA | 02109
Phone: 617-570-1000  | Fax: 617-523-1231 

Year of establishment 1912 Number of Partners 336
Number of offices 9 Partner:associate ratio 0.60
Larget office Boston percent women attorneys 31.90
Number of attorneys 946 percent minority attorneys 13.30
Number of associates 539 percent gay attorneys 1.80
Goodwin Procter LLP


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.

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.


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.

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.


Julie Lehrman is a Legal Recruiter in BCG Attorney Search’s Chicago office, where she places candidates in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions. After earni...

Boston based Goodwin Proctor LLP was founded in 1912 and today it is a national law firm with a growing global presence. It has 850 attorneys working from offic...

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