Goodwin Procter LLP

Goodwin Procter LLP

5 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:

100 Northern Avenue | Boston | MA | 02210

Phone: 617 570 1000 | Fax: 617-523-1231

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Year of establishment 1912 Number of partners 352
Number of offices 10 Partner to associate ratio 0.70
Biggest office Boston Percentage of women attorneys 38.30
Number of attorneys 955 Percentage of minority attorneys 15.90
Number of associates 501 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 4.70
Goodwin Procter LLP
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Goodwin Procter LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on December 16, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Open up some more permanent positions so more people can join your amazing team for life!

Pros: I was only hired as a 1-year temp, but it was such an amazing experience. Everyone was so friendly and helpful.

Cons: I wasn't able to stay there longer because of the tight-knit work environment. I enjoyed my time there, though.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

- Reviewed on September 25, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Improve technology. Offer more opportunities for advancement.

Pros: This firm provides a lot of benefits for employees. There is excellent training available. The atmosphere is laid back and friendly. The benefits and people are great.

Cons: The location isn't good and there is little room for advancement. Hours are long.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


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.

Practice Areas

Goodwin Procter LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Private Equity
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate Industry
  • Reits
  • Financial Services
  • Intellectual Property

Hiring Criteria

Goodwin Procter LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

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.

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.

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.

Goodwin Procter LLP 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.


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