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Goodwin
THE NEW YORK TIMES BUILDING
620 EIGHTH AVENUE
NEW YORK NY 10018
United States

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 1

Recommended for ‘great service, knowledgeable staff‘, Goodwin‘s experienced team is co-led by Boston-based David Apfel, Bill Growney in Silicon Valley, Brett Schuman and Jennifer Fisher, who are both in San Francisco. The core pillars of the firm’s cannabis practice are litigation, transactions and regulatory advice to industry players. Intellectual property is another stand out discipline for the team, with one client praising the firm’s ‘unique perspective as they have executed some of the only multi-state IP licensing deals for infused product manufacturers’. Another name to note in the space is San Francisco-based associate Nicholas Costanza, who works across the area on litigation, regulatory and IP matters.

Practice head(s):

David Apfel; Jennifer Fisher; Bill Growney; Brett Schuman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great service, knowledgeable staff!’

‘Great advise and counsel on a number of topics. Great sense of humor.’

‘Goodwin has a unique perspective as they have executed some of the only multi-state IP licensing deals for infused product manufacturers.’

‘Bill Growney is as genuine as they come. Quick with pragmatic counsel, admits what he does not know, but instantly finds someone on his team who does. Zero ego, just 100% actionable guidance. A key part of our team.’

Key clients

Central Coast Agriculture, Inc.

CoGrow Massachusetts LLC

Consummate Holdings

Dutchie

Gotham Green Partners

Harvest Health & Recreation Inc.

KIVA Brands, Inc.

Last Prisoner Project

Mercer Park Brand Acquisition Corp.

Mesobis, Inc.

PAX Labs, Inc.

Surterra Wellness dba Parallel

Terra Tech Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised Dutchie, a cannabis technology platform focused on providing consumers with safe and easy access to cannabis and supporting the positive wave of societal change cannabis is bringing to the world.
  • Advised Mercer Park Brand Acquisition Corp. on its acquisition of a vertically integrated, California-based cannabis company, Glass House Group, and all related assets for total consideration of approximately $567 million.
  • Representing Gotham Green Partners (“Gotham Green”), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm focused on deploying capital into cannabis and cannabis-related enterprises, with respect to its $100+ million debt investment into iAnthus, a multi-state cannabis operator.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

Goodwin‘s practice continues to attract attention in the market, especially for its prowess in complex licensing agreements for a solid technology and life sciences client base. Its bench of skilled attorneys, which was further reinforced in November 2021 with the arrival of a new California-based partner Beni Surpin, who joined from Foley & Lardner LLP, is led by technology expert James Riley, and Catherine McCarty, whose main expertise falls within the life sciences sector. They co-steer the team from Silicon Valley and Boston respectively. The group assists clients through all stages of growth, by evaluating, structuring, drafting and negotiating licenses, collaborations and other strategic technology transfer transactions across a variety of technologies. It is also well known for handling the licensing aspects of financings, including public offerings, and M&A transactions. Additional expertise in the biotechnology market is brought in by Kingsley Taft, who operates from the Boston office, where technology, data and IP expert Stephen Charkoudian is also based. Washington DC’s Noelle Dubiansky, who represents biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and other life science companies in a wide range of mandates, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Moderna

Whoop

Autobooks

BitSight Technology

Imprivata, Inc.

Prime Medicine

Spring Works Therapeutics

AbSci, LLC

Agios Pharmaceuticals

Zoll Medical

Work highlights

  • Advising Moderna on its $500m and $1.34bn underwritten public offerings, its proprietary mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine candidate, and several collaborations connected to the vaccine pursuit, for example on the expansion of its collaboration with Merck to develop and commercialize novel personalized messenger RNA cancer vaccines and on Moderna’s agreement with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan and Takeda Pharmaceutical to purchase and distribute 50m doses of Moderna’s vaccine candidate against Covid-19.
  • Advised RBC Bearings on its $2.9bn acquisition of the DODGE mechanical power transmission division of ABB Ltd.
  • Advised Surface Oncology on its agreement with GSK to exclusively license worldwide development and commercial rights to Surface Oncology’s preclinical program SRF813.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 1

Goodwin has an excellent track record for representing companies and investors throughout all stages of the venture life cycle. The firm’s Boston team is especially noted for its support to clients in the life sciences sector, where it is ‘one of the most respected, most experienced, best staffed, and best equipped‘ firms in the market. This is complemented by good credentials in the technology space which has seen growth in mobility tech, robotics, edtech and blockchain-related work, and where partners such as John Egan and Kenneth Gordon in Boston, and Anthony McCusker in Silicon Valley hold sway. Boston-based partners Mitchell Bloom and Kingsley Taft co-chair the life sciences side of the practice, which benefits from the expertise of partners such as William Collins and the versatile and ‘highly knowledgeableWilliam Schnoor, who is ‘one of the most experienced venture/ biotech lawyers in the industry‘ and also handles technology-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Mitch Bloom; Kingsley Taft; John Egan; Anthony McCusker; Kenneth Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm is one of the most respected, most experienced, best staffed, and best equipped in the venture and particularly the biotech/pharma space. Goodwin is our go-to partner for our legal matters, and we continue to be impressed by their thoroughness, their client-centricity, and the advice and support they provide us with.

‘William Schnoor: one of the most experienced venture/biotech lawyers in the industry; highly knowledgeable, extremely hard-working, always available even at short notice when the need arises, incredible network, and genuinely extremely pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Step Mobile

Poshmark

Greylock Partners

Flex Logix Technologies

Oura Health Oy

Services Labs

Hodinkee

Ecovative Design

Prime Medicine

Tessera Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Counsel to iBoss, a Boston, MA-based cloud network security platform, in its $145m Series B financing.
  • Counsel to Step Mobile, a Palo Alto, CA-based mobile banking platform, in its $50m Series B and its $100m Series C financings.
  • Counsel to ElevateBio on its $525m Series C financing to develop and expand its technology platforms, build upon its network of process development and GMP manufacturing capacity, and advance an increasing number of industry partnerships.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

Goodwin has a ‘phenomenal‘ technology transactions practice, noted for its ‘exceptionally talented lawyers‘ and for being ‘extremely helpful across the board‘. The firm offers an impressive platform that supports clients through all stages of the lifecycle, including strategic and corporate finance issues as well as domestic and cross-border licensing, collaboration and joint venture agreements. The cross-practice group also advises on related data privacy and cyber-security issues. At the top end of the scale, it has an extremely good track record on major M&As, SPAC mergers and equity and debt capital markets listings. The team boasts an deep bench of lawyers and is co-chaired by ‘stand out‘ corporate partner Anthony McCusker  in Silicon Valley, and Boston-based partners Kenneth Gordon and John Egan. Other key individuals include IP transactional expert Stephen Charkoudian, corporate finance partner Joseph Theis,  Silicon Valley’s ‘exceptional‘ capital markets partner Bradley Weber, and the ‘invaluableJacob Osborn in Washington DC, who is experienced in digital currency and blockchain. All partners based in Boston unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Gordon; John Egan; Anthony McCusker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Goodwin team is phenomenal. They are exceptionally talented lawyers and extremely helpful across the board. We could work with any firm we want and choose them.’

‘Brad Weber is exceptional. We work with about 20 outside firms, and he is probably my favorite outside counsel. Highly knowledgeable and extremely cool under pressure, he solves our problems and makes our lives easier. Anthony McCusker is also a stand-out – he’s our relationship partner and will pick up the phone and solve your problem no matter what time you call and no matter how tough the issue. For specialists, Jacob Osborn is my go to and has been invaluable to us on countless occasions. I’ve recommended him to many GC friends and they all love working with him.’

 

Key clients

Dashbase

Hopin

Atlassian Corporation

Oura Health

Dynatrace

ClubHouse

Toast

Klaviyo

Salsify

Miro

Work highlights

  • Advised Toast in its  $1 billion initial public offering on the heels of its $400 million Series F financing.
  • Advised Whoop in its $100 million Series E, $200 million Series F, acquisition of PUSH, and in its commercial partnership agreement with G42 Healthcare
  • Advised Datavant, a healthcare technology company helping healthcare organizations safely connect their data, in its $7 billion merger with Ciox Health, a healthcare information management company.

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 1

Goodwin maintains an active REITS practice and is considered the ‘go-to’ for many public and private REITS and investment banks in top-end transactional mandates. Jointly managed by Gil Menna and Ettore Santucci , who also co-chair the firm’s real estate M&A practice, the group handles equity and debt offerings, IPO’s and joint venture investments. Key contacts include Scott Chase who is active in securities matters, and transactional lawyer Mark Opper who advises private real estate investment funds. In a representative matter, the team represented a syndicate of three multinational investment banks as lead underwriters in an IPO of Philips Edison & Company. Another key name is counsel Christopher Versfelt who is recommended for SEC compliance and corporate governance matters. In New York, Yoel Kranz has over two decades of experience advising corporate clients in M&A, as well as REITS. Lawyers are in Boston unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Gil Menna; Ettore Santucci

Other key lawyers:

Mark Schonberger; Scott Chase; Mark Opper; Christopher Versfelt; Yoel Kranz

Testimonials

‘Strong REIT practice, creative and hardworking, thought leader in application of Regulation A.’

‘Mark Schonberger gets things done. Always ready to discuss options and strategies towards getting to a strong solution.’

‘We have enjoyed a long term and successful relationship which has performed well in a rapidly changing environment. Expertise in our specialty is very highly regarded.’

‘Gil Menna has been our “go to” advisor in a broad range of corporate matters. Always generous with his time and thoughtful advice.’

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Key clients

AvalonBay Communities

Boston Properties, Inc.

Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc.

The Macerich Company

Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc.

Medical Properties Trust

Paramount Group, Inc.

Retail Properties of America

Two Harbors Investment Corp.

VEREIT

Work highlights

  • Advised Cottonwood Residential II, Inc. (“CRII”) in the completion of its sale to Cottonwood Communities, Inc. (“CCI”) in an all-stock transaction.
  • Representing The Macerich Company in connection with the filing of a prospectus supplement and the negotiation and execution of an equity distribution agreement with Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC providing for the sale of up to $500m of The Macerich Company’s common stock in “at-the-market” transactions from time to time.
  • Representing Slate Asset Management in buying the commercial real estate business of Annaly Capital management, Inc., a publicly traded REIT.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 2

Goodwin is heavily involved in engage in deal-related litigation in state and federal courts across the US, as well as having a strong record of success in heavyweight matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery. The firm also arbitrates M&A disputes domestically and in international arbitration tribunals. It has a unique focus on key industry verticals, notably life sciences, technology and real estate, in which it frequently handles high-stakes matters. Deborah Birnbach leads the practice from Boston and specialises in M&A and securities litigation. Michael Jones, who splits his time between Boston and Silicon Valley, is a key adviser to technology, life sciences and REIT clients. He successfully obtained dismissals of lawsuits in four federal courts for Myokardia, in which plaintiffs alleged violations of Sections 14(a) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in connection with the company’s $13.1bn sale to BMS. Boston's Caroline Bullerjahn is also recommended for M&A matters and post-closing disputes.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Birnbach

Other key lawyers:

Michael Jones; Caroline Bullerjahn

Key clients

AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Benchmark Capital

Brookfield Financial Properties

Chudy Group, LLC d/b/a TCGRx

Forge

Frazier Healthcare

Global Goldman Fund

Helpsystems

Medidata Soultions, Inc.

Myokardia

PNMAC Capital Management LLC

Polaris Venture Partners

Retail Properties of America, Inc.

Rocket Lab

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of NantKwest

Trillium Therapeutics Inc.

Virtusa Corporation

Webster Equity Partners

AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Benchmark Capital

Brookfield Financial Properties

Chudy Group, LLC d/b/a TCGRx

Forge

Frazier Healthcare

Global Goldman Fund

Helpsystems

Medidata Soultions, Inc.

Myokardia

PNMAC Capital Management LLC

Polaris Venture Partners

Retail Properties of America, Inc.

Rocket Lab

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of NantKwest

Trillium Therapeutics Inc.

Virtusa Corporation

Webster Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Representing Myokardia in obtaining dismissals of lawsuits in four different federal courts—U.S. District Courts for the District of Delaware, Northern District of California, Eastern District of New York, and Southern District of New York—asserting violations of Sections 14(a) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in connection with its $13.1 billion sale to BMS.
  • Represented HelpSystems LLC, an IT software company, in connection with its acquisition of GlobalSCAPE, Inc. for an enterprise value of approximately $217 million.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

At Goodwin, the lawyers are praised by clients as ‘top-flight, responsive and knowledgable‘, demonstrating ‘extensive knowledge, responsiveness and profound understanding of the material‘ in its standout work on securities class actions for companies in the life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, as well as the defense of financial institutions. It has also developed a strong presence in SEC investigations and enforcement actions, and securities class action litigation for companies and individuals in the blockchain and digital currency industry. Deborah Birnbach and James McGarry in Boston lead the practice. Birnbach secured the dismissal of a securities class action against biopharmaceutical company Alkermes plc, in which plaintiffs alleged misstatements and omissions regarding the development program for a clinical stage drug for major depressive disorder. Brian Pastuszenski is a highly respected litigator who continued his impressive track record working with fellow New York partner Daniel Roeser in defending two syndicates of investment banks that underwrote over $158m in secondary offerings of common stock of Axogen, Inc. alleging that that the company misrepresented the size of the market for its products.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Birnbach; James McGarry

Other key lawyers:

Brian Pastuszenski; Daniel Roeser; Richard Strassberg

Testimonials

‘I primarily worked with one partner, but the lawyers that I came into contact with were all top flight, responsive and knowledgable.’

‘The responsible party was very responsive, thoughtful, detail oriented and a pleasant person with whom to work. It was difficult situation and she has managed to help us navigate it well.’

‘The team as a whole demonstrated extensive knowledge, responsiveness, profound understanding of the material. I work with other law firms and Goodwin’s professionalism definately stands out.’

‘The lead partner was Richard Strassberg. He demonstrated a great combination of profound knoeledge and undertanding of legal aspects together with a very hands on approach and understanding of the complex background and facts.’

‘Highly experienced team members with all specialties represented and work together seamlessly. Disciplined responses to changing situations speaking with a single voice.’

‘Dan Roeser is simply outstanding with deep thinking, highly valued advice and detailed legal reviews.’

Key clients

Alkermes plc

BNP Paribas S.A. and BNP Paribas Securities Corp. (BNPP)

The Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen of Wayfair Inc.

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc

Citigroup

Zendesk, Inc.

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Brookfield Property Partners

Axogen, Inc. Syndicates of Underwriters

Occidental Underwriting Syndicate

AmosAnatot

Shimmur, Inc., d/b/a Community

Work highlights

  • Represented Alkermes in obtaining full dismissal with prejudice of a securities class action filed in the Eastern District of New York against Alkermes as well as four of its officers and executives, relating to alleged misstatements and omissions regarding the development program for ALKS 5461, a clinical stage drug for major depressive disorder, including the submission of its NDA and related FDA interactions.
  • Represented Zendesk, a SaaS company that provides a variety of tools that allow the company’s clients to manage their customer interactions, and some of the company’s executive officers and directors in a putative securities class action filed in the Northern District Court of California.
  • Representing numerous SPACs in discussions around key process and disclosure considerations in connection with SPAC IPOs and deSPAC transactions.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Goodwin‘s longstanding status as one of the leading equity capital markets practices in the US has afforded it consistently active practice in IPOs, PIPEs, private placements and other equity offerings. The firm has benefitted from its commitment to buoyant sectors such as tech, life sciences, healthcare and real estate, and achieved substantial growth in 2021 by deal count. Its market-leading life sciences practice provides the basis for a steady pipeline of IPO and other equity offering engagements. The capital markets team also has a dedicated SPAC group, committed to SPAC offerings and de-SPAC transactions. Edwin O’Connor has an outstanding record in life sciences sector offerings, while Siavosh Salimi is rated for both tech and life sciences transactions. Silicon Valley partner Bradley Weber has played a pivotal role in booting the firm’s standing in the tech space, as has Boston partner Joseph Theis in tech and healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Edwin O’Connor; Bradley Weber; James Barri

Other key lawyers:

Siavosh Salimi; Joseph Theis

Testimonials

‘Great overall equity capital markets platform, particularly in life sciences. Great industry knowledge. Solid across the board.’

‘Seo Salimi and Edwin O’Connor stand out as excellent partners in the equity capital markets space, particularly within the life sciences industry vertical. Both of them are technically excellent securities lawyers who bring a collaborative, practical and business-oriented approach to complicated transactions and problem solving.’

‘The team had deep capabilities and strengths in both the IPO legal process as well as understanding the unique issues that software/fintech companies face when doing an SEC registered offering.’

‘The dedication and hard work from our team during our IPO process was incredible. Joe Theiss, Brad Weber and Natalie Martirossian [technology partner] worked tirelessly and were always available – day, night or weekend. Their commitment was extraordinary and I have recommended them to other companies who need similar support. But beyond that, they have been truly committed to support our company after the offering was complete and clearly are ‘full service’ advisors, not just a ‘deal team’ — and that is a big differentiator from experiences I have had with other firms. I can’t say enough good things about them.’

‘The Goodwin team is phenomenal. They are exceptionally talented lawyers and extremely helpful across the board. We could work with any firm we want and choose them.’

‘Brad Weber is exceptional. We work with about 20 outside firms, and he is probably my favorite outside counsel. Highly knowledgeable and extremely cool under pressure, he solves our problems and makes our lives easier.

 

 

Key clients

CRISPR Therapeutics

Relay Therapeutics

iTeos Therapeutics

Graphite Bio

AbCellera

BeiGene

argenx

Dynatrace

ThredUp Inc.

SEMRUSH

Work highlights

  • Advised Centessa Pharmaceuticals on its $250m financing round in parallel with the simultaneous acquisition by Centessa of ten private biotech companies across four jurisdictions and subsequent $379m IPO.
  • Advised UK-based Vaccitech on its $110m US IPO and preceding $168m Series B crossover financing.
  • Advised several leading global investment banks as representatives of several underwriters on a number of offerings, including IPOs, follow-on public offerings, and private placements.

Industry focus > Education Tier 2

Based in Boston, the multidisciplinary higher education practice at Goodwin is frequently instructed by leading schools and colleges on the full range of matters, with strength in investigations. The team is noted for its strong litigation background and includes key names such as Jennifer Chunias who holds various education instructions and private healthcare companies as key clients. On the white-collar defense side, Joseph Savage  is the main contact, specializing in complex civil litigation for individuals. The team has sector strength across IP and has bolstered its cyber security and privacy offering with the arrival of partner Boris Segalis from Cooley LLP in early 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Chunias; Joseph Savage; Boris Segalis

Key clients

CollegeVineNoMassachusetts Institute of Technology

OutSchool, Inc.

Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District

Simmons University

University of Pittsburgh-of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education

Wellesley College

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Work highlights

  • Advised on an investigation into both Jeffrey Epstein’s donations and Epstein’s other interactions with MIT, including any visits to campus.
  • Represented Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Massachusetts university, in connection with fraudulent conveyance claims filed in Massachusetts federal district court.
  • Represented one of the “Varsity Blues” parents charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in connection with her son’s college application process. The client entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to three weeks in prison.

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 2

Well known for the strength of its global  life sciences practice, Goodwin offers US clients advice on financing transactions and regulatory approvals. The team has been strongly involved in capital markets advising on multimillion-dollar IPOs and a number of follow-on financings. Its M&A capacity is also strong with Boston-based Stuart Cable and co-head Mitchell Bloom advising Myokardia on its $13.1bn sale to Bristol Meyers Squibb. The FDA team, meanwhile, advises on pre and post-market matters,  with a recently established late-stage drug division established. It also has expanded its patent litigation offering with the hiring of Los Angeles-based Kristin Havranek from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in August 2021. San Francisco-based Can Cui joined from Morrison Foerster in March 2021, with a practice advising on regulatory and transactional matters in the Chinese market. Kingsley Taft co-leads the team from Boston, advising on licensing and collaborations with Robert Puopolo. Also noteworthy are Washington DC-based Hatch-Waxman expert Alexander Varond, and Boston-based emerging companies expert Danielle Lauzon.

Practice head(s):

Mitchell Bloom; Kingsley Taft

Testimonials

‘A very experienced and pragmatic team with a very obvious focus on their clients’ satisfaction above all.’

‘Rob Puopolo – relaxed and experienced – his team – including Marishka deToy have been pretty much faultless through our IPO and subsequently.’

‘Goodwin is our corporate counsel. Their team is experienced, responsive, resourceful, collaborative, nimble and thoughtful.

Key clients

Moderna, Inc.

BeiGene, Ltd.

CRISPR Therapeutics AG

MyoKardia

Blueprint Medicines

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Vaccitech

Monte Rosa Therapeutics

insitro

Centessa Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advising A 5AM Ventures in its role as lead investor in the $70m Series A financing of genetics company Ensoma.
  • Advising Centessa Pharmaceuticals on its $379.5m initial public offering.
  • Advised MyoKardia in its $13.1bn sale to Bristol Myers Squibb.

Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 2

Goodwin‘s ‘practitioners have high profiles in the industry‘, making the firm a leading choice for a broad range of service providers in the funds space, including major custodian banks, transfer agents, retirement plan service organizations and securities lending agents, as well as fund complexes and independent directors. The practice is distinguished by its standout strength in the contentious space, and its proven track record of successfully handling litigation, investigations, and enforcement actions involving participants in the registered fund industry. Another area of expertise for the group is the representation of companies which issue and sell variable life and variable annuity insurance products, and the mutual funds which serve as the funding vehicles for those insurance products. The core team comprises Washington DC-based attorneys Christopher Palmer, Marco Adelfio and Paul Delligatti – they are praised by one client for their ability to ‘nurture associates and get them engaged with the client, providing comfort of continuity and growth‘.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Goodwin has great depth in the “40 Act Investment Management” sector. Practitioners have high profiles in the industry. Partners nurture associates and get them engaged with the client, providing comfort of continuity and growth in the practice. Partners have been creative in using para-professionals and administrative staff at Goodwin to interface with clients to help contain fees.’

‘All are very patient with us, very responsive to us.’

‘Depth of resources; ability to quickly bring necessary information to help guide decisions.’

Key clients

INVESCO Funds – Independent Trustees

Bridge Builder Trust – Independent Trustees

Series Portfolio Trust

Federated Hermes Funds – Independent Trustees

Eaton Vance Funds

Rise Companies Corporation

Knights of Columbus Asset Advisers

Fidus Investment Corporation – Independent Directors

Hartford Mutual Funds – Independent Directors

Thrivent Mutual Funds – Independent Directors

Guardian Variable Products Trust – Independent Trustees

AssetMark Funds – Independent Trustees

Work highlights

    Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 2

    Goodwin continues to demonstrate its expertise through work with clients such as the New York Life Insurance Company and Natixis Investment Managers. The firm pursues a client partnership model, working in close collaboration with clients across contentious proceedings and broader strategy. The firm includes Boston-based practice head James Fleckner and Alison Douglass, as well as Boston-based partner Dave Rosenberg and Washington DC-based partners Matthew Riffee and DeMario Carswell.

    Practice head(s):

    James Fleckner

    Testimonials

    ‘Goodwin gets immersed in the case facts sufficiently early to make sure that they have time to present the best possible defense for their clients.’

    ‘Goodwin’s ERISA litigation team possesses tremendous capabilities in many different areas including knowledge of the law, legal strategy, and knowledge of the expert issues. They are exceptional at determining what points to prioritize and how to adapt to different forums.’

    ‘James Fleckner is among the top ERISA litigators in the country. Defendants seek him out to represent them in their most important ERISA litigation. He is a creative and adept litigator, quick on his feet, and excellent in the courtroom.’

    ‘Alison Douglass is also an excellent litigator. She excels in making clear, persuasive arguments and in explaining complex subjects in an easy-to-understand manner.’

    Key clients

    John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.)

    IQVIA

    FirstGroup America, Inc.

    Natixis Investment Managers, LLC

    Newport Trust Company

    Stadion Money Management

    BTG International

    State Street Bank and Trust Company

    MFS Investment Management

    New York Life Insurance Company

    Work highlights

    • Represented Stadion Money Management in a putative class action pending in the District of Nebraska, and successfully opposed the plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, with the court declining to certify any class.
    • Represented New York Life Insurance Company in a putative class action pending in the Southern District of New York.
    • Represented John Hancock Life Insurance Company (USA) in a putative class action pending in the Southern District of Florida.

    M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 2

    A team which combines regulatory and transactional expertise, Goodwin advises on a wide range of corporate deals, calling upon the firm’s antitrust and competition knowhow to provide early regulatory planning advice. The practice is chaired from Boston by Lisa Haddad , Deborah Birnbach , John Haggerty and Stuart Cable , a specialist in the life sciences sector. Over on the West Coast, Alessandra Simons serves as co-chair of the technology practice and is carving out a prominent reputation for deals within the sector.

    Practice head(s):

    Stuart Cable; Lisa Haddad; Deborah Birnbach; John Haggerty

    Other key lawyers:

    Alessandra Simons; Andrew Weidhaas; Jacqueline Mercier

    Testimonials

    ‘Full-service across the spectrum – M&A, tax, compliance, regulatory – all under the same umbrella. Works seamlessly together like clockwork.  I love how easy it is to work with them, and how much we have confidence in their viewpoints and counsel. Outstanding experience.’

    ‘Alessandra Simons is an outstanding M&A partner. A trusted advisor and became a friend. No doubt she was fighting for our interests and paying attention to every detail.’

     

    Key clients

    MyoKardia

    Trillium Therapeutics

    Centerview Partners

    Yumanity Therapeutics

    Thrive Earlier Detection

    Shields Health Solutions

    Cerevel Therapeutics

    KIND

    AMAG Pharmaceuticals

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    Work highlights

    • Counsel to Cadent Therapeutics on its $770m acquisition by Novartis (NYSE: NVS).
    • Counsel to Freshly in its $950m sale to Nestlé USA.
    • Counsel to Arena Solutions, a JMI Equity portfolio company, on its $715m acquisition by PTC (Nasdaq: PTC).

    Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 2

    Goodwin‘s data, privacy and cybersecurity team is known for assisting clients in the design and implementation of data-driven products and the protection of privacy rights, and during transactions and related agreements. Incident preparedness and response are also at the center of the offering, as are litigation and investigation matters. In October 2021, former vice president and chief knowledge officer at the IAPP Omer Tene joined the firm as partner and is now the firm’s Boston-based practice head alongside his New York counterpart Boris Segalis. In the same locations are, respectively, David Kantrowitz and Jacqueline Klosek, former counsels both promoted to partner in October 2021. Kantowitz received praise for being ‘patient and effective at delivering both good and bad news’ and was described as ‘a top-notch strategic thinker.’ 

    Practice head(s):

    Boris Segalis; Omer Tene

    Testimonials

    ‘Goodwin has assembled a very strong team that includes diverse background experience, from policy experts from IAPP, to those with in-house experience, and partners who have been practicing privacy at a firm for decades. This enables them to have a very good grasp of both where the winds are blowing, but also practically how companies can implement and interpret various requirements that on their face seem daunting.’

    ‘They have a relaxed and less stodgy approach that makes it easy to engage them and sort out the path of least resistance to getting the needed guidance or work product. Their flexibility helps to save money, because a quick call with the right internal players is enough to satisfy clients’ needs without having to document formal opinions/guidance. However, in the cases where one needs work product, their responses are comprehensive and prompt.’

    ‘Responsive, collaborative.’

    ‘David Kantowitz is patient and effective at delivering both good and bad news. A top-notch strategic thinker who really boosts clients’ confidence.’

    Key clients

    Binance.US

    BitSight

    CLEAR

    Hopin

    Lucid Motors

    Metropolitan Transit Authority

    Paperless Post

    ZoomInfo

    Work highlights

      Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 2

      Goodwin has one of the leading technology practices in the market, and this expertise extends to the fintech market where it represents a wide range of start-ups and established providers. These include leading companies in the payments, wealth management, alternative lending, insurtech, and digital currencies and blockchain space. In addition to corporate finance and high-end transactional matters, the firm provides strong support on partnership agreements with banks and financial services companies, as well as contentious and non-contentious regulatory, privacy and cybersecurity advice. Fintech co-chairs Mitzi Chang and Scott Joachim, who respectively lead the team out of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, are both highly active on the corporate transactional side, representing investment funds and public and emerging companies. Key partners in the financial services regulatory practice, which is praised for its ‘amazing bench and great practitioners with years of experience in government service and advising clients‘ include Mike Whalen in Washington DC and the ‘fantastic expertKimberly Monty Holzel in Boston.

      Practice head(s):

      Mitzi Chang; Scott Joachim; Mike Whalen

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Goodwin has an amazing bench and great practitioners with years of experience in government service and advising clients. They’re constantly working with cutting edge clients on novel products and legal issues, which makes them the first place I call when we’re doing something new. The team is also very solutions oriented and great about charting a way to a compliant product launch. I can’t speak highly enough about the firm’s FinTech and financial services practice groups.’

      ‘Kim Monty Holzel is a fantastic expert who has incredible knowledge on a wide range of topics. Kim is able to quickly understand our business objectives, help us apply the law, and also navigate any grey areas. Kim was instrumental in the recent launch of our latest FinTech card product, and helped us develop several innovative solutions to maintain a rich customer experience while also complying with notice, disclosure and billing requirements.’

      ‘Strong consumer regulatory team.’

      Key clients

      Stripe

      Majority USA

      Step Mobile

      Seed Financial

      Clear Financial Technology

      DailyPay

      Kovo

      Affirm

      CoinFlip

      Till Financial

      Social Finance

      Deserve

      Toast

      Bangor Savings Bank

      Splitit Payments

      Bond Financial Technologies

      Kabbage (K. Servicing)

      Bank of America

      Even Financial

      Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

      Goodwin updated its practice with the April 2021 arrival of practice co-heads Andrew Lacy and Arman Oruc from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and an in-house position respectively, based out of the firm’s Washington DC and Los Angeles offices. This bolsters a team that combines a prolific record in HSR filings and merger review processes for M&A and private equity investments with a strong record in more contentious merger clearances, including DOJ challenges and most notably FTC Second Requests. The firm retains a strong specialism in tech and life sciences deals, with standout involvements during 2021 including its role as a co-counsel to Slack in its $27.7bn sale to Salesforce, and its representation of Nimbus Therapeutics in Second Request proceedings. DC’s Paul Jin  is another key name in the team, handling a wide range of transactions, alongside risk advisory work and support in contentious merger proceedings. Also in DC, Kara Kuritz specialized in HSR filings in a previous role at the DOJ, and continues to advise clients on notifications, both pre-merger and throughout the process.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew Lacy; Arman Oruc

      Other key lawyers:

      Paul Jin; Kara Kuritz

      Testimonials

      ‘Arman Oruc is a first class antitrust lawyer, who clearly stood above the army of other antitrust attorneys involved in our transaction. He is measured in his communication, has a strong understanding of the big picture, logically designs and articulates his case, and can go deep into the clinical science to support his legal case.’

      Key clients

      edX

      Innovium

      KIND North America

      Nimbus Therapeutics

      Slack Technologies

      TA Associates

      Trillium Therapeutics Inc.

      Virtusa Corporation

      Workfront

      Work highlights

      • Representing life sciences company Nimbus Therapeutics in a multi-faceted antitrust matter involving both a Second Request issued by the Federal Trade Commission and the related antitrust litigation in the Southern District of New York against Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and Celgene Corp.
      • Advised Slack in its $27.7 billion sale to Salesforce.
      • Advising Trillium Therapeutics in its definitive agreement under which Pfizer will acquire Trillium.

      Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

      Goodwin‘s appellate practice is active across the US, making routine appearances before the US Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals and state appellate courts. The wider firm’s weight in the IP, technology and life sciences spheres translates into a prominent record in IP and pharmaceutical-related cases. The team also brings to bear strong expertise in regulatory litigation and ERISA class actions, where Washington DC-based Jaime Santos recently defended the dismissal of an ERISA class action in the Second Circuit against General Electric. In a high-profile Supreme Court victory, Boston-based David Zimmer successfully cleared the way for Augusto Niz-Chavez to apply for immigration relief that would allow him to remain in the US with his family. Department co-chair William Jay, based in Washington DC, has argued 17 cases in the Supreme Court, as well as handling cases in every US Court of Appeals. Brian Burgess, an ‘excellent written and verbal communicator‘, is also noted in Washington DC. In Boston, group co-chair Kevin Martin is recommended for his strength in appellate matters and civil and administrative litigation. Boston-based Gerard Cedrone is a talented associate.

      Practice head(s):

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Goodwin Proctor’s appellate focus on intellectual property stands out. The appellate practice is strong across many disciplines but the intellectual property focus stands out as a positive distinction.’

      ‘William Jay is a superb advocate. His briefs are particularly clear and focused and he is an excellent oral advocate.’

      ‘In my experience with Goodwin Proctor, they have some very talented, forward-thinking and creative people and that has paid off well for us in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. A coordinated effort among bankruptcy, litigation and appellate attorneys resulted in our case being well prepared and positioned for success.’

      ‘Brian Burgess is an excellent written and verbal communicator whose clear thinking and presentation skills as an appellate lawyer make a huge difference. In the extended oral argument in our case, there was not a single issue that Brian was not completely prepared for and he handled the discussion with the court flawlessly.’

      Key clients

      Actavis

      Alphonso Inc.

      Association for Accessible Medicines

      CNA Insurance

      DCo LLC

      EcoServices, LLC

      General Electric

      Hologic, Inc.

      Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

      Viasat, Inc.

      Actavis

      Alphonso Inc.

      Association for Accessible Medicines

      CNA Insurance

      DCo LLC

      EcoServices, LLC

      General Electric

      Hologic, Inc.

      Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

      Viasat, Inc.

      Work highlights

      • Secured a significant victory in the Second Circuit on behalf of General Electric Company.
      • Scored a victory for immigrants in the US Supreme Court, clearing the way for pro bono client Augusto Niz-Chavez to apply for immigration relief, allowing him to remain in the US with his family.
      • Successfully represented Alphonso Inc. in the Federal Circuit.

      Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

      The complex litigation and dispute resolution department at Goodwin is headed out of Boston by Deborah Birnbach and James McGarry. It acts for large multinational companies and senior executives in relation to white-collar crime, enforcement and investigation matters with a focus on the financial services, technology, life sciences and healthcare industries. New York’s Richard Strassberg is a key white-collar defence practitioner and is well versed in FCPA matters, SEC enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. Silicon Valley-based Grant Fondo has notable expertise in digital currencies and blockchain-related matters. Andrew Lacy and Arman Oruc both recently joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in Washington DC and Los Angeles, respectively.

      Practice head(s):

      Deborah Birnbach; James McGarry; Deborah Birnbach; James McGarry

      Testimonials

      ‘Tremendous work ethic.’

      ‘Thorough understanding of the law.’

      ‘Smart, responsive, efficient.’

      ‘Good mix of experience, including former government officials who understand the regulatory and investigatory realm.’

      ‘Goodwin has a committed and talented team of lawyers who represent both individuals and corporates in white-collar matters and investigations.’

      ‘They are strategic, strong thinkers, and detail-oriented, and quickly develop a command of the facts.’

      ‘Smart but also well liked by the jury’

      ‘Partners are incredibly smart and able to quickly hone in on relevant issues and are strategic in considering what is best for their client.’

      Key clients

      Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

      Progrexion; Lexington Law Firm

      Poloniex (Circle)

      The Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen of Wayfair Inc.

      Work highlights

      • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s Office regarding allegations that former SCDAO employee Adam Foss engaged in behavior that was “inappropriate, an abuse of his authority, unethical or illegal.”
      • Currently representing a tax lawyer identified as one of three targets in a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice and IRS, among others.
      • Represented the former CEO of an organization that provides mental health services across Massachusetts, in connection with a pending federal civil fraud lawsuit brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and a former employee whistleblower, involving FCA allegations related to licensing and supervision of certain clinicians rendering mental health services.

      Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 3

      Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 3

      Goodwin‘s financial services litigation team handles a range of disputes in the consumer lending space, including acting in investigations by federal and state regulators. The team is particularly active in the mortgage space, where it represents clients facing allegations of violating the Fair Housing Act, the False Claims Act and CFPB regulations. Key figures in the practice include Thomas Hefferon, who has deep experience in this space, and Brooks Brown, who works on a wide variety of consumer finance matters including alleged breaches of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The team was bolstered in January 2021 by the addition of Allison Schoenthal from Hogan Lovells US LLP. Schoenthal now leads the consumer finance practice in New York and acts for a number of prominent banks in this space, with a focus on mortgage-related cases. Schoenthal and Hefferon co-lead the team alongside James McGarry and Matthew Sheldon, who has a sizeable client base of mortgage lenders. Hefferon, Brown and Sheldon are based in Washington DC, while Schoenthal and McGarry are based in New York and Boston, respectively.

      Practice head(s):

      James McGarry; Thomas Hefferon; Allison Schoenthal; Matt Sheldon

      Other key lawyers:

      Brooks Brown; Sabrina Rose-Smith

      Key clients

      Quicken Loans

      Ocwen Financial

      Fifth Third Bank

      Guaranteed Rate

      Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc.

      KeyBank

      LoanCare

      CIT Bank

      Coinbase

      Work highlights

      • Represented Ocwen Financial Corporation, one of the largest mortgage loan account servicing companies in America, in defending litigation filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and several state consumer regulatory agencies.
      • Representing Quicken Loans, LLC, the nation’s leading lender, in various consumer finance litigation and government enforcement matters, including serving as Quicken’s national counsel for Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits.

      Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 3

      Goodwin has a notable understanding of the underlying technology, science, and law associated with product liability claims deriving from alleged damage caused by consumer products, manufacturing processes, asbestos and hi-tech products. The products litigation and counselling team, which spans both the East and West Coast, has experience acting as national counsel and trial counsel in major litigation, as well as providing an effective risk management service to prevent future litigation. New York-based team head Joanne Gray  is particularly well-known for her expertise at handling recall issues and litigation impacting food and supplement companies. Nilda Isidro and Glenn Kerner  left the firm in November 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Boehringer Ingelheim

      Confluent Medical/Cordis IVC Filter Litigation

      Herbalife International, Inc.

      Kolmar Laboratories

      Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Barr Pharmaceuticals, LLC and Barr Laboratories, Inc.

      Work highlights

      • Representing Herbalife International on the development and execution of all products liability and mass tort litigation strategy, both domestically and globally.
      • Representing Boehringer Ingelheim in a Pradaxa wrongful death lawsuit filed in Massachusetts state court.
      • Representing Kolmar Laboratories, Inc., a contract manufacturer of consumer cosmetic products in connection with talc mass tort litigation alleging exposure to asbestos through various loose powders manufactured with talc.

      Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

      Goodwin‘s geographically diverse product liability offering, which includes strong coverage on both coasts, regularly handles disputes for pharma and medical devices manufacturers. As well as acting as trial counsel in a multitude of individual actions, the firm often acts as national counsel, responsible for formulating nationwide defense strategies and developing large stables of medical, scientific and regulatory experts. New York-based team head Joanne Gray  has niche expertise advising food and supplement companies on compliance, recall and litigation; she continues to represent Herbalife International in all product liability cases pending in state and federal courts throughout the US. Richard Oetheimer  in Boston has a strong track record litigating product liability cases in the sector including before juries in federal and state courts, as well as at appellate level, where notably he served as lead counsel in the Supreme Court case that established federal pre-emption of generic drug failure to warn lawsuits. Glenn Kerner  and Nilda Isidro left the firm in November 2021.  

      Practice head(s):

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Boehringer Ingelheim

      Confluent Medical/Cordis IVC Filter Litigation

      Herbalife International, Inc.

      Kolmar Laboratories

      Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.,

      Barr Pharmaceuticals, LLC

      Barr Laboratories, Inc.

      Work highlights

      • Representing Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Barr Pharmaceuticals, LLC, and Barr Laboratories, Inc. in the nationwide amiodarone litigation.
      • Representing Boehringer Ingelheim in a Pradaxa wrongful death lawsuit filed in Massachusetts state court.
      • Representing Kolmar Laboratories, Inc., a contract manufacturer of consumer cosmetic products in connection with talc mass tort litigation alleging exposure to asbestos through various loose powders manufactured with talc.

      Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

      Goodwin is at the forefront of convertible debt offerings in the life sciences and tech sectors; this includes for US clients and non-US clients that are listed on Nasdaq. This flourishing side of the practice is complemented by an impressive flow of broader investment grade and high-yield debt engagements. REITs and financial services are also important sectors for the team. Boston partners James Barri and Ettore Santucci co-head the debt capital markets practice, with the former noted for life sciences and tech deals, and the latter recognised for his experience in REIT transactions. New York’s John Servidio provides additional support with his background in derivatives and structured products, and his experience in the digital currency and blockchain field.

      Practice head(s):

      James Barri; Ettore Santucci

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Atlassian

      Boston Properties

      Boyne USA, Inc.

      BridgeBio, Inc.

      Gaming & Leisure Properties

      Medical Properties Trust

      Okta, Inc.

      Slack Technologies, Inc.

      Wayfair

      Zendesk

      Work highlights

      • Counsel to Medical Properties Trust on its public high-yield offering of $1.3bn of its 3.500% Senior Notes due 2031.
      • Advised Boston Properties on the completion of an underwritten public offering of $850m of 2.550% senior unsecured notes due 2032, which qualified as green bonds.
      • Advised Esperion Therapeutics on its successful offering of 4.00% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2025.

      Finance > Commercial lending Tier 3

      Though active on both sides of transactions, it is borrower representation that is Goodwin's specialty. The firm client base spans private companies and private equity sponsors, which it advises on acquisition financing, subscription-secured financing and asset-based transactions. The group has a presence in many of the firm’s network of US offices, and recently expanded into California in a bit to develop the team’s profile. Kristopher Ring now operates from the Santa Monica office, and represents public, family-owned, and private equity-backed companies. Jennifer Bralower continues to lead the team from New York and counts syndicated credit facilities and junior capital among her specialisms. In September 2021, Milena Tantcheva departed the firm to take up an in-house role.

      Practice head(s):

      Jennifer Bralower

      Other key lawyers:

      Kristopher Ring; Fredrich Lim; Anna Dodson; Mohammed Alvi; Melissa Schwab Wright

      Key clients

      Benefit Street Partners

      Crescent Capital Group

      PennantPark Investment Advisers

      Bregal Sagemount

      Charlesbank Capital Partners

      TA Associates

      Piney Lake

      AEA Mezzanine

      Thoma Bravo LLC

      Fortress Investment Group

      Benefit Street Partners

      Crescent Capital Group

      PennantPark Investment Advisers

      Bregal Sagemount

      Charlesbank Capital Partners

      TA Associates

      Piney Lake

      AEA Mezzanine

      Thoma Bravo LLC

      Fortress Investment Group

      Work highlights

      • Advised an investment fund and certain affiliated investment funds on their agreement to acquire ECP-PF Holdings, LLC, a Planet Fitness franchisee operating 108 gyms in the U.S. and Canada.
      • Represented a healthcare company in connection with the financing for the acquisition of all of the equity interests University Health Care, Inc.
      • Represented a media organisation in connection with the financing in its sale to Vista Equity Partners.

      Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

      Bringing to bear his expertise as a life sciences patent litigator with particular experience in acting for plaintiffs and defendants in Hatch-Waxman litigation, the Boston-based Daryl Wiesen heads the IP litigation practice at Goodwin. The practice also enjoys a solid reputation handling technology-related disputes and has a well-known IP appellate team which has recently secured victories in significant Federal Circuit and Supreme Court cases. ITC investigations are another area of strength. Key contacts include Mark Abate, Naomi Birbach and Calvin Wingfield in New York; Boston’s Elaine Blais, Srikanth Reddy, Douglas Kline, and Robert Frederickson; and Patrick McCarthy in Washington DC.

      Practice head(s):

      Testimonials

      Top-notch aptitude (ability to grasp new technologies and systems) along with the ability to walk non-patent in-house counsel through the IP process in an effective and efficient manner.’

      Key clients

      Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), State Farm and Liberty Mutual

      CommScope, Inc. (acquired original client 2Wire, Inc.)(“2Wire”)

      Continental Automotive, Inc.

      Dr. Reddy’s

      Facebook

      Fresenius Kabi

      General Electric Company (GE), Savant & Savant Technologies

      Interlude.fm d/b/a eko

      International Business Machines Corp (IBM)

      Leyard Optoelectronic, Glux Visual Effects Tech, Shenzhen Liantronics, & Unilumin Group

      Nektar Therapeutics

      Novartis

      Pass & Seymour

      Personalized Media Communications (PMC)

      Sandoz, Inc.

      Shenzhen Absen Optoelectronic and Absen Inc. (collectively, “Absen”)

      Teva Pharmaceuticals

      Work highlights

      • Achieved a victory for Personalized Media Communications (PMC) in a patent infringement case against Apple.
      • Representing plaintiff Novartis in a patent infringement action against Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in the District Court for the Northern District of NY.  
      • Obtained dismissal of a multi-patent case brought by Thaddeus Gabara against Facebook.

      Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 3

      Goodwin’s trade secret, employee mobility, and non-competes group represents a broad cross-section of employers and employees in high-stakes litigious actions. In addition to its wide-ranging tech sector practice, the team is also capable in proceedings related to education, health, financial services, and consumer goods. In San Francisco, Koray Bulut is an experienced litigator at both the state and federal courts representing both startups and established companies, while trial counsel Brett Schuman ’s recent engagements include bet-the-company cases for major software developers. In Silicon Valley, Neel Chatterjee is reputed for his focus on entrepreneurs and disruptive tech companies, handling litigations in a number of court settings, while Andrew Ong’s broad experience in tech matters encompasses network devices and semiconductors.

      Practice head(s):

      Koray Bulut

      Other key lawyers:

      Brett Schuman; Neel Chatterjee; Andrew Ong

      Key clients

      Anthony Levandowski

      Ascend Learning LLC

      Easypost

      EmergeTech LLC

      HackerX

      HOPCo Intermediate Holdings, Inc. and HOPCo Group Holdings, L.P.

      Hunger Station

      Interlude.fm d/b/a eko

      Keysight

      MarketDial

      Moov

      PCI Holdings LLC (and its subsidiary PalatiumCare, Inc.)

      Purple Innovation

      Smartcar

      Step Mobile

      Synergy One Lending

      Work highlights

      • Advised eko in a patent infringement, trade secret, and breach of implied contract dispute. In March 2020, eko sued Quibi Holdings, LLC and a number of its employees for patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets, among other claims. Quibi also sued eko, seeking a declaratory judgment of noninfringement and no misappropriation. Goodwin’s team secured a favorable settlement on behalf of eko in September 2021.
      • Advising Step Mobile, Inc. (and its new hire Jordan Nichols) in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with its primary competitor, Greenlight Financial Technology, Inc. Greenlight alleged that Mr. Nichols was exposed to its trade secrets and, therefore, should not work for Step.
      • Advising MarketDial in a bet-the-company patent and trade secrets matter brought by Applied Predictive Technologies (“APT”), and successfully defeating APT’s patent claim.

      Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 3

      2021 was a year marked by significant growth for Goodwin, with a multitude of specialized partners arriving in a number of key locations. The New York office – which also fields practice co-head Mandee Gruen – welcomed Runjhun Kudalsya from Paul Hastings LLP, Adam Sussman from Proskauer Rose LLP, David Wagner from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Michael Aluko from Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Karen Chao from Sidley Austin LLP. Gruen’s counterpart in Washington DC, Paul Verbesey, was joined by Greg Larkin, formerly of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Finally, Zee Ahmedani, formerly of Morrison Foerster was a new addition to the Los Angeles office, cementing the firm’s funds presence there. The group continues to provide expert advice across the range of matters in this space, including venture capital, real estate, infrastructure, debt, responsible investing and emerging market funds; large-scale GP led liquidity events; restructurings; separate managed accounts; secondaries; and complex incentive arrangements.

      Practice head(s):

      Mandee Gruen; Paul Verbesey

      Other key lawyers:

      David Watson; Ian O’Donnell; Thomas Beaudoin; Robert Fore; Runjhun Kudalsya; Greg Larkin; Adam Sussman; David Wagner; Michael Aluko; Karen Chao; Zee Ahmedani

      Key clients

      Turner Impact Capital

      Charlesbank

      LBA Realty

      WestView Capital Partners

      Beacon Capital Partners

      Cabot Properties

      TA Associates Management, L.P.

      Canaan Partners

      Credit Suisse Asset Management

      Elm Park Capital Management

      Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 3

      Counting IPOs, M&A and fund structuring mandates in its workload, Goodwin acts for public and private clients across the technology, life sciences, private equity and food and beverages sectors. In Washington DC, Patrick Menasco jointly leads the team alongside Boston-based James Mattus, both of whom have experience in ERISA Title 1 matters. In the firm’s Silicon Valley office, Lynda Galligan’s expertise is demonstrated by her advice to Slack on the executive compensation aspects of its $27.7bn sale to Salesforce. The team welcomed Silicon Valley-based Cisco Palao-Ricketts in May 2021, who previously led the employee benefits and executive compensation practice at DLA Piper LLP (US), and San Fransisco-based Heather Brookfield from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in June 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      Patrick Menasco; James Mattus

      Testimonials

      ‘Great people and teamwork. They get on and that reflects in the advice provided. Very responsive and provide nuanced advice that is tailored to the business.’ 

      Key clients

      Cerevel Therapeutics

      Charlesbank Capital Partners

      Freshly

      GeneWerk Holding

      LaunchPoint Ventures, LLC

      ModernaTX, Inc.

      MyoKardia, Inc.

      Slack Technologies

      TA Associates

      Thrive Earlier Detection

      Work highlights

      • Advised an investment company in acquiring the title to Dulles Town Center Mall in Sterling Virginia, through a Deed-In-Lieu of Foreclosure from its borrower, a joint venture between Lerner Enterprises LLC and Connecticut General Life Insurance Corp.
      • Advised Slack in its $27.7bn sale to Salesforce.
      • Advised a software company in its definitive agreement to be acquired by Adobe for $1.5bn.

      Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

      Goodwin maintains a broad and active employment counseling practice, advising on hiring and disciplinary actions, union-related work, and internal workplace investigations. Employment litigation is another strength. The practice is led by Robert Hale in Boston; he deals with matters concerning non-competition, discrimination and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) litigation, among other areas. San Francisco-based Koray Bulut leads the California branch of the employment practice, working primarily with technology companies.

      Practice head(s):

      Robert Hale

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Confluent Medical Technologies

      CHA Consulting, Inc.

      Step Mobile, Inc.

      Zoox, Inc.

      Vincit Enterprises, Stellar Management Group, Inc.

      HOPCo Intermediate Holdings, Inc.

      Symphony Communication Services, LLC

      Primus Capital Partners, Inc.

      FusionZone Automotive, LLC

      Work highlights

      • Represented Confluent Medical Technologies, Inc. in successfully achieving the dismissal of an employment-related action brought by Lake Region Medical.
      • Represented CHA Consulting, Inc. in an employment-related matter.
      • Representing Step Mobile, Inc. in a complex multi-jurisdictional dispute with Greenlight Financial Technology, Inc.

      M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 3

      M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 3

      Goodwin excels in devising defense strategies against activists of all sizes and from industries such as life sciences, technology and real estate. The 'solid, highly responsive and extremely hard-working' team has extensive experience of proxy contests and conducts annual board self-assessments and education sessions for clients. Practising from both Boston and New York, Andrew Goodman contributes to the team’s corporate governance offering in the life sciences and technology sectors. Joseph Johnson III  and Sean Donohue are also recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Joseph Johnson III; Lisa Haddad; Deborah Birnbach; John Haggerty; Sean Donahue

      Other key lawyers:

      Andrew Goodman

      Testimonials

      ‘The team was solid, highly responsive and extremely hard-working.’

      ‘The senior partner helped us navigate to a complicated activist situation into a difficult transaction. It was a complex situation fraught with risk. Without the partner’s aid, I don’t think we could have emerged from the situation.’

      Key clients

      Virtusa Corporation

      AMAG Pharmaceuticals

      Yatra Online, Inc.

      Leaf Group Ltd.

      LaSalle Hotel Properties

      Monotype Imaging

      Cedar Realty Trust, Inc.

      Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation

      Board of Directors of PAREXEL International

      TIER REIT

      Brightcove, Inc.

      Board of Eaton Vance Floating Rate Income Plus Fund

      Work highlights

      • Assisted Leaf Group with its proposed acquisition by Graham Holdings Company, which has been contested by several activist investors.
      • Advised Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. with regards to numerous proxy contests.
      • Represented the Board of Eaton Vance Floating Rate Income Plus Fund in defense of the activism campaign by Saba Capital.

      Real estate Tier 3

      Goodwin's real estate department has a strong focus on representation of institutional investors, REITs and private equity funds in acquisitions, leasing and developments, as well as in complex financings and joint venture formation. Based in Los Angeles, practice chair Dean Pappas is highly regarded in the local market for his acquisition and disposition work. Jennifer Sung, acting in the same office, is invested in the firms’ emerging PropTech Initiative, a practice at the intersection of real estate and technology, led by co-head Minta Kay in Boston. Also on the east coast, Andy Sucoff in Boston focuses on UPREIT and downREIT contribution transactions, distressed and recapitalization on retail, office, multifamily and life sciences real estate.  

      Practice head(s):

      Minta Kay; Dean Pappas

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Barings

      BentallGreenOak

      Brookfield

      IQHQ

      KHP Capital Partners

      LBA Realty

      Majestic Resorts

      RPAI

      Slate Asset Management

      Work highlights

      • Advised a property investor as they formed a co-investment program with CPP Investments and GIC to acquire office assets across select U.S. markets.
      • Representing Slate Asset Management, a Canadian real estate fund, in buying the commercial real estate business of Annaly Capital management, Inc., a publicly traded REIT.
      • Represented LBA Realty in the recapitalization of a $1.6bn portfolio comprised of over 70 industrial properties with BCORE Albacore as new joint venture partner. The deal involved the recapitalization of two sub-portfolios, one of which was owned by LBA and the other was involved an existing joint venture with a sovereign entity.

      Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

      Goodwin has demonstrable capability in handling a range of executive compensation mandates, and also advises its roster of clients on employee benefits issues. In the firm’s Washington DC and Boston office, respectively, practice co-leader Patrick Menasco, who focuses on ERISA Title 1 matters, and Rachel Faye Smith, who handles qualified plans, are praised for providing ‘correct and timely answers to the most complicated matters’. In Silicon Valley, Lynda Galligan acts for public and private companies in the technology and life sciences sectors on equity-based arrangements, and Boston-based practice co-leader James Mattus is another key member of the team.

      Practice head(s):

      Patrick Menasco; James Mattus

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Goodwin’s practice stands out among its peers due to the depth and breadth of their partners’ and associates’ knowledge, fast turn around time, and the ability to make sometimes arcane legal matters understandable to my non-legal colleagues.’

      ‘Patrick Menasco and Rachel Faye Smith always have correct and timely answers to the most complicated matters.’

      Key clients

      Cerevel Therapeutics

      Charlesbank Capital Partners

      Freshly

      GeneWerk Holding

      LaunchPoint Ventures, LLC

      ModernaTX, Inc.

      MyoKardia, Inc.

      Slack Technologies

      TA Associates

      Thrive Earlier Detection

      M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 4

      Goodwin is active in the mid-market, with coverage on both coasts, and advises a wide range of funds, target companies, and other investors, with a particular specialism in tech and early-stage transactions. The team handles buyouts, investments, re-financings, and exits, and also offers in-house tax, antitrust, and regulatory expertise, as well as being able to service cross-border deals in key jurisdictions across Europe and Asia. The team is led by Boston-based John LeClaire , whose expertise includes advising funds with healthcare portfolio companies, as well as working on growth company investments in tech, and consumer products, alongside the San Francisco-based duo of Andrew Weidhaas and Michael Kendall , who both handle private equity and venture capital investments in a wide range of industries, and represent clients in both small-scale and bulge bracket deals. New York’s Stuart Rosenthal  takes the lead on healthcare verticals, while Boston’s Jon Herzog focuses on private equity and technology transactions, encompassing growth investments and investor-side M&A.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew Weidhaas; Michael Kendall; John LeClaire

      Other key lawyers:

      Stuart Rosenthal; Jon Herzog; John Klatzkin

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is very commercial in their approach.’

      ‘The teams with whom we have worked have been truly exceptional.’

      ‘The Goodwin Procter professionals not only provides us outstanding legal advice, but they are an integral part of the team and true business partners. They genuinely care about the relationship and our success.’

      ‘I’ve never had a bad interaction with anyone at the firm. Everyone is a pleasure to work with. They are dedicated to our business and will work around the clock to get deals done. Josh Klatzkin is a senior partner who has earned my trust over many years. I can always count on him to provide wise, balanced and direct advice on any matter. He is fair, reasonable and of the highest integrity.’

      Key clients

      TA Associates Management, L.P.

      Webster Equity Partners

      Primus Capital

      Bregal Sagemount

      Behrman Capital

      Ampersand Capital Partners

      JMI Equity

      Frazier Healthcare

      InTandem Capital

      Charlesbank

      Work highlights

      • Advised AeroCare Holdings, Inc. on its definitive agreement to be acquired by AdaptHealth Corp. for $2 billion, comprised of $1.1 billion in cash and 31 million shares of AdaptHealth.
      • Advised Workfront in its definitive agreement to be acquired by Adobe for $1.5 billion.
      • Advised private equity backed KIND on its agreement to be acquired by Mars, Incorporated.

      Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

      Goodwin is well regarded for its capabilities in life sciences representation, working with both fast-growth companies and market stalwarts on acquisitions, sales, and equity structuring matters. Private investment fund formations are also a core competency for the team. Practice chair Neal Sandford advises on the full scope of REIT work, while the highly experienced Howard Cubell focuses on the recapitalizing of portfolio assets by private equity sponsors. Edward Glazer leverages his expertise in real estate capital markets, handling securitization and collective investment vehicle structuring. Karen Turk focuses on REITs, while San Francisco-based Kelsey LeMaster is recommended for experience with private equity and venture capital funds. All named lawyers are based in Boston unless stated otherwise.

      Practice head(s):

      Neal Sandford

      Other key lawyers:

      Howard Cubell; Edward Glazer; Karen Turk; Kelsey LeMaster

      Key clients

      Boston Properties

      Cole Credit Property Trust V, Inc.

      Noria

      OEMiQ

      PointClickCare Technologies

      RPT Realty

      Slate Asset Management LP

      TA Associates

      Thrive Earlier Detection

      Valo Health

      Work highlights

      • Advised Thrive Earlier Detection Corp. on its definitive agreement under which Exact Sciences Corp. will acquire Thrive for cash and stock consideration of up to $2.15bn.
      • Advised Massachusetts-based Valo Health in its definitive merger agreement with Khosla Ventures Acquisition Co., a special purpose acquisition company founded by affiliates of Khosla Ventures.
      • Representing RPT Realty in investing in a joint venture with Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC and two other US-based partners, targeting the acquisition of over $1.2bn in strategic assets.

      Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 5

      Richard Strassberg - Goodwin  

      Work highlights

        Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 5

        Goodwin‘s service providers team acts alongside its well-regarded life sciences team to offer excellent transactional services to health providers and systems. That connection leaves the team ‘uniquely suited’ to offer services to health tech providers. It can also provide dedicated health regulatory support, with a particular emphasis on womens’ healthcare providers. The team is co-led by Chris Wilson and David Cappillo in Boston and James Gatta in New York. Also New York-based, Delphine Park O’Rourke is known for her women’s health provider expertise.  

        Practice head(s):

        Chris Wilson; David Cappillo; James Gatta

        Other key lawyers:

        Delphine O’Rourke

        Testimonials

        ‘Goodwin Procter has provided us with an exceptional experience since we began to use their services. When we consult with the firm, we know we are dealing with experts. I never have difficulty getting in touch with the partners, specifically Dave Cappillo. Simply put, this firm is the best.’

        ‘Dave Cappillo is one of the best lawyers that I have worked with. As a partner in the firm’s tech group and co-chair of the firm’s Healthcare practice, Dave is uniquely suited to help our company as we grow in the health tech space. Dave provides wise counsel from which our whole company has deeply benefited. I am very grateful for all that he has done for us.’

        Key clients

        San Diego Fertility

        NURX Inc.

        Moderna, Inc.

        Her. MD

        Firefly Health

        LuminDx

        Siren Health

        RxRevu

        Pinnacle Fertility

        Discovery Behavioral Health

        Work highlights

        • Advised Retina Consultants on the formation of Retina Consultants of America and five subsequent acquisitions.
        • Advised WHOOP in a commercial partnership agreement with G42 Healthcare.
        • Advised Valo Health in its definitive merger agreement with SPAC Khosla Ventures Acquisition Co.

        Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

        Goodwin provides clients with a one-stop-shop, advising on the full spectrum of restructuring matters including insolvency litigation, creditors’ right litigation, out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcy proceedings and intercreditor disputes. It advises borrowers, lenders, acquirers and committees of creditors across the globe. The practice is led from New York by Michael Goldstein , who has a breadth of restructuring expertise spanning across sectors such as chemicals, consumer goods, healthcare, retail and technology. The practice saw the departure of Nathan Schultz and Gregory Fox, in addition to the retirement of William Weintraub  during 2021.

        Practice head(s):

        Michael Goldstein

        Other key lawyers:

        Howard Steel; Barry Bazian; Stacy Dasaro

        Testimonials

        Intelligent and practical.’

        ‘Simply put, we have a man of steel on our side.’

         

        Key clients

        Benefit Street Partners

        BNP Paribas

        Fremont Private Holdings

        Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies, L.P.

        MassMutual Life Insurance Company

        Partners Group

        Proteus Digital Health

        Royalty Pharma

        Work highlights

        • Representing Proteus Digital Health, prevailed in obtaining confirmation of the debtor’s proposed chapter 11 plan of liquidation after receiving unanimous acceptance from voting creditors.
        • Represented Fremont Private Holdings in connection with its controlling shareholder and board of director responsibilities arising from its equity holdings in In-Shape Holdings, LLC.
        • Advised RPI 2019 Intermediate Finance Trust (Royalty Pharma) throughout the completion of its purchase of a partial interest in the royalty stream of Orladeyo and BCX9930 from BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for a payment of $125m paid at closing.

        Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

        Goodwin has an 'excellent team with good skills and strategic insights'; it handles national and international arbitration, business torts and trade secret disputes, among others.

        The firm: Goodwin’s 1,000 plus lawyers across the United States, Europe, and Asia excel at complex transactions, high-stakes litigation, and world-class advisory services in the financial, life sciences, private equity, real estate, and technology industries. The firm’s unique combination of deep experience serving both the innovators and the investors in a rapidly-changing, technology-driven economy sets Goodwin apart. To learn more, visit www.goodwinlaw.com and follow Goodwin on Twitter (@goodwinlaw), LinkedIn (@goodwinlaw), Facebook (@join_goodwin), and Instagram (@join_goodwin).

        Main areas of practice: Complex transactions, high-stakes litigation and world class advisory services in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries.

        Complex transactions: A sophisticated, versatile team of transactional lawyers provides broad market perspective, serves as a business partner on strategic transactions, and advises clients on structuring and developing new and innovative products and services. Areas of expertise include buyouts and acquisitions, capital markets, debt finance, financial restructuring, growth equity, impact and responsible investing, mergers and acquisitions, new company formation, private investment funds, REITs and real estate mergers and acquisitions, search funds, tax, and venture capital.

        World-class advisory services: Experienced regulatory lawyers, including many former high-ranking government officials and regulators, guide clients through the complex conundrum of government regulations with insight and ingenuity – always with an eye toward maximizing business opportunities while minimizing risk. Areas of expertise include antitrust and competition, banking, environmental, ERISA and executive compensation, FDA, FinTech, global trade, investment management, labor and employment, and privacy and cybersecurity.

        High-stakes litigation: Goodwin litigators provide cost-effective, results-oriented representation in high-profile matters across the United States. The firm employs a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach, helping clients settle disputes, mitigate risk, defend their interests, and, in most cases, avoid trial altogether. Areas of expertise include appellate, business and commercial, government investigations and enforcement, environmental, financial industry, intellectual property, labor and employment, privacy and cybersecurity, products liability and mass torts, securities, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and white-collar defense.

        DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
        Chairman Robert S. Insoliarinsolia@goodwinlaw.com+1 212 813 8888
        Managing Partner Mark T. Bettencourtmbettencourt@goodwinlaw.com+1 617 570 1091