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Goodwin’s stellar reputation—developed over the last 100+ years—in many practice areas is certainly a draw for new associates. It is selective in the hiring process, looking at grades, school attended, journal experience, work experience, personality, and diversity. Attorneys are friendly and collaborative and enjoy time together in social settings. Partners welcome project feedback from associates and take time to help them develop professionally, while firm leadership could be better with communication and transparency. The firm, often through practice groups, provides useful training, but associates feel the best guidance comes on the job with individual attorneys. Lateral hires find work and feel welcomed immediately. Work is cutting edge, though even the more basic, administrative-type work serves a purpose, and associates are encouraged to push for additional responsibilities. Central staffing tries to dispense assignments fairly, but many partners still seem to handpick certain associates for projects. Associates find the 1,950 billable hour requirement to be reasonable, and they enjoy flexibility in where they work. Compensation follows the market, but bonus guidelines are confusing to many. Firm tech is pretty good and is bolstered by helpful support staff. Goodwin’s wellness programs are numerous and well received, and associates especially appreciate “Recharge on Goodwin,” which includes $5,000 for vacation for hitting the hours goal. There is no cap on pro bono hours that count toward the billable target, and Goodwin encourages this work. Diversity initiatives in hiring and affinity groups are solid. Associates can realistically make partner, and if not, they have quality options to transition to counsel roles, government work, other firms, or in-house positions with any of the PE and tech/life sciences companies they work with.


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.