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At a Glance


“Goodwin's entrepreneurial culture is the best thing about it.”

“Flexibility, laid-back atmosphere, pro bono opportunities, and strong training/resources.”


“Remains BigLaw hours with BigLaw billable hour requirement. Often a lot of work to go around, and quick timelines. Expectation is that you're available at all times.”

“I wish there was better organization around assigning work.”

About Goodwin

Founded more than a century ago, Goodwin has grown to more than 1,800 lawyers in 16 offices throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The firm operates on what it calls a “capital-meets-innovation platform,” through which the firm advises both innovators and investors in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology, and life sciences industries.

Ethics First

In 1912, Harvard classmates Robert Goodwin and Joseph Procter ran into each other in the street and decided to start a law practice together, opening Goodwin & Procter later that year. Two years later, the founders helped a sardine packing company issue preferred stock but later discovered the company financials were fabricated. They took out a $30,000 loan to buy back all outstanding shares at face value and established an ethical standard for their new firm. Fraud would play another key role in the early days of the firm when Robert Goodwin served as the bankruptcy referee who sorted out the original Ponzi scheme—the one perpetrated by Charles Ponzi himself.

Technology Trailblazers

Goodwin supports successful and innovative investors, entrepreneurs, and disruptors, at the convergence of and within key industries. The firm’s strengths include real estate, capital markets, private equity, technology and life sciences, financial services, intellectual property, complex litigation, and dispute resolution. Goodwin lawyers are committed to helping companies accelerate and fuel next-generation industries, leading to the firm’s recognition as a Band 1 Nationwide Firm for Startups & Emerging Companies by Chambers USA and its top 10 ranking in Vault’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital ranking.

Goodwin practice areas that intersect with technology include proptech, fintech, medtech, and insurtech. The firm’s proptech initiative brings together its real estate and technology lawyers to address the increasing intersection between real estate and technology. Goodwin’s investment in proptech—and other high-growth areas of the real estate industry—includes an annual Real Estate Capital Markets Conference, a gathering of industry leaders in public REIT and private real estate markets, hosted in partnership with Columbia Business School. The firm also co-hosts a symposium with KPMG at the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference dedicated to opportunities for growth in the innovation- and technology-driven life sciences sector.

Across the Map

Over the past several decades, Goodwin has grown both nationally and internationally, opening outposts in Cambridge, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Munich, Paris, Philadelphia, and most recently, Singapore. Lawyers in Goodwin’s Hong Kong office represent private equity, venture capital, M&A, IP, and capital markets clients, as well as technology and life sciences companies. It also features hospitality, real estate, and anti-corruption practices. The London office focuses on real estate, fund formation, private equity, hospitality, technology, life sciences, and dispute resolution. The firm’s Frankfurt office offers one of the leading teams in the European real estate, finance, and corporate sectors. The Paris office advises on private equity and M&A work and has expanded its capacity to serve clients on complex real estate, financial restructuring, and tax matters. In 2019, Goodwin opened a life-sciences-and-technology-focused Cambridge office in the heart of Silicon Fen, as well as a Luxembourg office that works with the firm’s existing London-based Luxembourg desk to serve as a single solution for clients raising and deploying capital in Europe. The firm also recently added an office in Munich in 2022 to grow its European private equity platform, and in Philadelphia in 2023 to expand its life sciences, healthcare, and private equity practices.

News & Awards

  • Advised Citrix Systems on its $16.5 billion acquisition by affiliates of Vista Equity Partners and Evergreen Coast Capital Corporation, an affiliate of Elliott Investment Management.
  • Advised AXA IM–Real Assets owned Kadans Science Partner on establishing a development platform with Canary Wharf Group to build Europe’s biggest commercial lab building in London.
  • Advised Advent International on its fundraising for Advent International GPE X, which reached its $25 billion hard cap after less than six months in the market.
  • Advised India-based Biocon Biologics in its $3.335 billion acquisition of US-headquartered Viatris’ global biosimilars business.
  • #1 Firm for Global M&A by Deal Count, 2022—Refinitiv
  • Biotechnology Law Firm of the Year, 2022—U.S. News—Best Lawyers Best Law Firms
  • Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified, 2022—Diversity Lab
  • Best Use of Technology, 2022—The American Lawyer Industry Awards
  • International Law Firm of the Year, 2022—British Legal Awards

100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 570-1000

Firm Stats

Chairman: Robert S. Insolia
Managing Partner: Mark T. Bettencourt
Hiring Partners: Kevin V. Lam (National); Srikanth K. Reddy (Boston); Brooks R. Brown (Washington, DC); Chauncey M. Swalwell (Southern California); Katherine Baudistel (Hiring Lead, Southern California); Kevin D. Grumberg (New York); Mitzi Chang (Northern California); John G. Casnocha (Hiring Lead, SF); Dane A. Patterson (Hiring Lead, SV)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1.5K - 2K
No. of Partners Named 2022:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

1st year: $225,000
2nd year: $235,000
3rd year: $260,000
4th year: $310,000
5th year: $365,000
6th year: $390,000
7th year: $420,000
8th year+: $435,000
Summer Associate: $4,135/week

Employment Contact

Ashley Nelson
Managing Director, Talent Acquisition, Legal
(617) 570-8156

No. of U.S. Offices: 8

No. of International Offices: 8

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC |
Hong Kong

Major Departments

Financial Industry
Private Equity
Real Estate Industry
Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Life Sciences
Intellectual Property Litigation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas.