Goodwin Procter

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Goodwin Procter LLP
Goodwin Procter (logo).png
No. of offices10
No. of attorneysapproximately 1000
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Key peopleDavid Hashmall
Robert S. Insolia
Managing Partner
RevenueIncrease$1.198 billion USD (2018)[1]
Date founded1912
FounderRobert Goodwin and Joseph Procter
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Goodwin Procter LLP (known as Goodwin) is a Global 50[2] law firm consisting of more than 1000 lawyers with offices in Boston, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.. Goodwin focuses on complex transactional work and high-stakes litigation in matters involving financial institutions, intellectual property, private equity, real estate capital markets, securities litigation, white collar defense, technology and life sciences.

Goodwin's New York offices at New York Times Building


In 1912, lawyers and former Harvard classmates Robert Eliot Goodwin and Joseph Osborne Procter, Jr. ran into each other on the street and decided to start their own law firm, Goodwin & Procter, which opened its offices at 84 State Street in Boston. That winter, Robert Goodwin and Amos Taylor represented Marjorie Newell Robb against the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company for the sum of $110,400 resulting from the April 15, 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.[3] Not long after, Samuel Hoar V, a litigator, was hired, followed by Fred Tarbell Field, a well-respected tax lawyer who was a friend of Procter’s, and the firm became known as Goodwin, Procter, Field & Hoar. In early 1929, Field was appointed a justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (and would later become its Chief Justice), and the firm was renamed Goodwin, Procter & Hoar, a name it would retain for the next 72 years.

In 1998, Regina Pisa became the first woman to be named Chairman and Managing Partner of an AmLaw 100 firm.[4] Under Pisa’s leadership, Goodwin grew from 300 lawyers primarily in Boston to more than 900 lawyers serving clients from eight locations in the United States, Europe and Asia.

In 2004, the firm merged with the Washington, D.C.-based litigation and regulatory mid-sized firm Shea & Gardner.[5] The following year over 60 attorneys from Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault joined Goodwin Law as Testa Hurwitz dissolved,[6] a move the Boston Globe called "the biggest coup in Boston legal history."[7]

Goodwin first established its West Coast presence in 2006, opening offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.[8] It launched its Silicon Valley presence in 2007.[9]

In 2015, Goodwin announced the opening of an office in Frankfurt, Germany.[10] In April 2016, Goodwin announced the opening of its third European office in Paris, France.[11] In January 2017, Goodwin announced a significant expansion of its European Private Equity and Private Investment Funds practices with a group comprising the bulk of the market-leading and former SJ Berwin investment funds team.[12]


Goodwin has been consistently recognized by Chambers,[13] and U.S. News and World Report,[14], and The American Lawyer.[15] Legal Business named Goodwin to its list of top 30 global firms.[16] U.S. News and World Report has named Goodwin Biotechnology Law Firm of the Year five times in the past six years.[17]

Founders Workbench[edit]

In 2010, Goodwin launched Founders Workbench, a first-of-its-kind open source legal advisory resource[18] designed to help entrepreneurs navigate the legal and organizational challenges faced by startups and emerging businesses, with free start-up document creation capability.[19] In March 2013, Goodwin launched an updated version of Founders Workbench, which now included legal documents for establishing Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) and introduced new web mobile apps for managing finances and understanding relevant legal and business terms.[20] The site has been recognized by the Legal Marketing Association,[21] InformationWeek,[22] and CIO.[23]


  1. ^ "Goodwin Procter Sees Revenues Soar on Tech, Life Sciences Deals". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  2. ^ "Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  3. ^ "TIP - Limitation of Liability Hearings - Claim of Mary E. Newell (Arthur Newell)".
  4. ^ "Goodwin Procter Names New Chairman". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  5. ^ "Goodwin Procter acquires Shea & Gardner". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 2004-06-13.
  6. ^ Kimberly Blanton, How Goodwin Procter won many of Testa's law partners,, February 6, 2005
  7. ^ Kimberly Blanton, How Goodwin Procter won many of Testa's law partners,, February 6, 2005
  8. ^ "Goodwin Procter Establishes West Coast Presence; Opens Offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco". BusinessWire. Retrieved 2006-04-25.
  9. ^ "Goodwin Procter Opens Office Palo Alto". Goodwin Procter LLP. Retrieved 2007-06-06.
  10. ^ "With Frankfurt Launch, Goodwin Procter Enters Crowded German Market". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  11. ^ "Driven By Global Client Demand, Goodwin Extends International Private Equity and M&A Platform into France". Goodwin. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  12. ^ "Goodwin Boosts Private Equity and Funds Platform with the Addition of a Significant Private Investment Funds Team in London". Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  13. ^ "Goodwin". Chambers and Partners. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  14. ^ "Goodwin". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  15. ^ "The 2017 Am Law 100". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  16. ^ Field, Matthew. "Swoop to conquer – a turbulent year for US firms in London but no retreat |". Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  17. ^ "Goodwin Named 2017 Biotechnology Law Firm of the Year by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers". Goodwin Procter LLP. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  18. ^ "When making things free means gaining more interest". Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  19. ^ Watters, Audrey (November 15, 2010). "Legal Documents for Your Startup".
  20. ^ "New Founders Workbench Helps Entrepreneurs Kick Start Their Business Ventures | Blog | One North Interactive". Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  21. ^ "Legal Marketing Association : 2014 - Website Individual". Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  22. ^ "InformationWeek Names Goodwin Procter to 2011 List of Top Technology Innovators in America". Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  23. ^ "CIO 100 2011 Winner Profile: Goodwin Procter". CIO. Retrieved 2015-08-18.

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