Firm Profile > Goodwin > New York, United States
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Goodwin > The Legal 500 Rankings
The technology team at Goodwin garners praise for its excellent reputation and established strength in complex M&A-related deals; recent highlights include advising Twilio, a cloud communications platform-as-a-service company, on its $3bn acquisition of SendGrid, an email marketing company. John Egan, Kenneth Gordon and Silicon Valley-based Anthony McCusker jointly head the practice. Alessandra Simons is a key name in San Francisco. Stephen Charkoudian is also highly regarded. Apart from McCusker and Simons, all named lawyers are based in Boston.
‘Responsiveness, pragmatism, business acumen, technical prowess and software industry knowledge‘.
Headed by two pre-eminent partners, Gil Menna and Ettore Santucci, Goodwin represents both public and private REITs in a variety of transactions, examples of which include equity and debt offerings for existing clients, IPOs, joint venture investments and REIT-related M&A. Splitting their time between Boston and New York, Menna is also a go-to name for capital markets and corporate governance matters, while Santucci is a name to note for securities offerings, cross-border transactions and executive compensation. In a recent market leading highlight, the department acted for TIER REIT in relation to its merger agreement with Cousins Properties, a transaction which created a Class A office REIT with a combined portfolio totaling over 21m square feet located across the Sun Belt. New York-based Yoel Kranz is another key figure in the team; he has expertise in derivatives matters and acts as securities counsel to various REITs.
DCT Industrial Trust
Gaming & Leisure Properties
The Macerich Company
Mid-America Apartment Communities
Medical Properties Trust
Monogram Residential Trust
Goodwin, with 'a team that has an exceptional work ethic matched by their knowledge of the law' , has developed a strong reputation for handling criminal defense matters for corporations and their executives, in enforcement and investigatory matters. It has particular experience representing educational establishments in sensitive investigations arising from staff misconduct, corporates and individuals in FCA matters, and issues arising out of emerging technologies – including in relation to cryptocurrencies. Other areas of expertise for the group include matters concerning securities fraud and insider trading allegations. The team is led from New York by Richard Strassberg whose expertise spans FCPA issues and the education sector. Boston's Joseph Savage has experience in parallel civil and criminal cases, while Silicon Valley's Grant Fondo is noted for his knowledge in digital currencies and blockchain.
‘I was impressed notably by the team’s legal expertise but also their communication and interpersonal skills to win a jury. Their compassion and sensitivity to me and my family was outstanding.’
‘The entire team had an exceptional work ethic matched by their knowledge of the law. They won the jury over with brains and a communication style that appealed to the jury. They also partnered with individuals who had similar values and strengths‘
‘I’ve worked with Grant Fondo over the years and respect his acumen. He stays on top of cutting edge issues so his advice is on point.‘
Fort Schuyler Management Corporation /
Fuller Road Management Corporation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Das Graças Silva Foster, Maria
Wang, Julia Vivi
Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 2
Nationwide mass tort expert Goodwin is active in a broad range of industries, with a focus on high-stakes litigation, particularly for companies specializing in innovation technology within the pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer products sectors. The multi-disciplinary team of medical, scientific and regulatory experts is led by Glenn Kerner, who has expertise in complex mass torts and multi-district litigation. Other key fiugres include Nilda Isidro, who focuses on products liability law; Joanne Gray, who is known for acting in product liability and mass tort claims, as well as compliance and recall issues relating to FDA regulated companies; and counsel Carla Karp, who has experience acting for pharmaceutical manufacturers in state and federal courts, including appeals. All named lawyers are based in New York.
Barr Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Garden of Life (a division of Nestle)
Herbalife International, Inc.
Kolmar Laboratories Inc.
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
Strong across the board in all types of traditional securities litigation, investigations and enforcement matters, Goodwin has developed a prominent position in niche areas of the market. It is a leading firm for the defense of financial institutions in excessive fees cases and as underwriters of initial public offerings and capital markets transactions in class action and mortgage-backed securities-related litigation. It is also much sought after by corporates and individuals in the blockchain and digital currency industry to handle SEC investigations and enforcement actions, and class action litigation. It is also highly regarded for its work in cases involving companies in the life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industries. It also has extensive expertise in the technology, real estate and financial services sectors. Anthony Fiotto in Boston and Brian Pastuszenski in New York lead the firm's litigation department in which Boston-based Deborah Birnbach is a standout practitioner in class action defense and regulatory investigations. In New York Douglas Flaum, who joined from Paul Hastings LLP, and Marshall Fishman are experts in financial services litigation.
Celadon Group, Inc.
Great Hill Partners
Hasbro, Inc., Special Committee of the Board of Directors
JPMorgan Investment Management
PNMAC Financial Services, Inc. (“PennyMac”)
Stumpf, John (Former Chairman & CEO of Wells Fargo Bank)
Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
‘Extraordinarily strong on emerging trends’, Goodwin’s specialist expertise in the technology and life sciences spheres continue to pay dividends in the current market and its share of US equity offerings has grown accordingly. Traditionally weighted towards issuer mandates, the firm’s increasing profile in the equity space has seen its underwriter practice flourish in recent years and it is becoming a regular fixture on high-profile bank-side mandates. Among its recent headlines, the firm advised Slack on its direct listing, becoming only the second firm to advise on a direct listing for a large technology company. Silicon Valley-based technology specialist Richard Kline led the Slack deal and is highlighted by sources as a ‘rock star’. Boston-based Daniel Adams co-heads the group alongside Kline and has a strong emphasis on real estate and REIT-related transactions. Boston-based life sciences chair Mitchell Bloom is ‘respected across the entire industry’ and specializes in representing emerging life science companies, venture capital firms and investment banks. The group also includes the ‘committed, hard-working and driven’ Siavosh Salimi in New York and An-Yen Hu, who splits his time between Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
‘The team at Goodwin is extraordinarily strong on emerging trends and complex issues.’
‘The breadth and depth of experience at Goodwin is unique. Almost all firms have a couple good attorneys across the organization, while Goodwin has good team members within each of their multiple practice groups.’
‘Their biopharma industry knowledge is unique and a key reason to work with them.’
‘Richard Kline is a rock star. He constantly impressed.’
‘Mitchell Bloom is well-known and respected across the entire industry, including competitor firms. His thoughtful approach to addressing objectives and the breadth of experience he brings to decision processes is unparalleled.’
‘Siavosh Salimi is committed, hard-working and driven; his ability to manage across his team, both up and down, as well as his interactions with counsel from the other party makes Siavosh invaluable.’
Orchard Therapeutics plc
Gaming & Leisure Properties
Medical Properties Trust, Inc.
Health Catalyst, Inc.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Goodwin team brings the expertise and horsepower to execute the wide range of transactions that arise for growing companies. Their scale is an invaluable resource, never limiting our ability to pursue ideas that might benefit our business. Their ability to provide a single point of contact combined with subject matter experts for every unique scenario is differentiated relative to other firms with which we’ve worked‘.
‘Maggie Wong is a tireless resource who is always available, provides rapid and actionable feedback, and loops in colleagues as needed for specific expertise. She is willing and able to meet our colleagues at their level of experience and support the execution of simple and complex transactions‘.
‘Mitch Bloom helps us understand the appropriate balance between risk and our objectives‘.
‘In licensing transactions, Noelle Dubiansky and Emily Beman effectively hold client’s ground on important items while working with the clients to find compromises on terms that are consequential to both parties‘.
Third Rock Ventures
Goodwin assists domestic and international clients with all licensing matters arising along their business life cycle, from the structuring and evaluation of patent portfolios at the growth stage to the design and implementation of licensing structures to enable and facilitate commercialization, including research and development agreements and collaboration agreements. The practice is particularly active for venture-backed companies and the patent procurement services of academic institutions whom it regularly assists with the licensing aspects of financings, including public offerings, and M&A transactions. The life sciences and technology sectors account for the bulk of cases taken on by the team of practice heads Christopher Denn in Boston and James Riley in the Silicon Valley office. The firm's adjacent teams in regulatory and compliance, tax, employent, data privacy and litigation allow clients to entrust complex cases to the firm in their entirety. Life sciences experts Michael Shuster and Kevin Kabler, based in Boston and San Francisco, joined from Fenwick & West LLP in February and March 2019 respectively. Sanjeet Dutta, whose experience includes blockchain and cybersecurity-related matters, joined from Steptoe & Johnson LLP the following April, with new arrival Lily Wound, a pharma and biotechnology specialist formerly at WilmerHale, strengthening the New York office.
Other key lawyers:
Before Brands, Inc.
Continuum IT Management
Goodwin’s Boston-based ERISA litigation practice is currently engaged in significant class actions for plan sponsors, which concern the usage of proprietary funds in their investment strategies – a rapidly developing trend in ERISA litigation. Typical clients for practice head James Fleckner and Alison Douglass in this space are sourced from the asset management, healthcare and financial services sectors. High-profile insurance entities are counted on the client roster, which retain the team for disputes concerning loan practices and the pay out of lifetime insurance benefits. Fleckner and Jack Cleary are also handling a suite of stock-drop cases, including unique allegations concerning the mismanagement of failed ESOP plans. The team also enjoys a steady stream of mandates involving excessive fee charges and challenges to the denial of retirement health benefits.
‘Goodwin’s ERISA litigation team has tremendous depth and experience, both with ERISA and with complex class actions and trials.‘
‘Goodwin’s ERISA litigation team is deservedly viewed as one of the best. They have exceptional depth and breadth of experience with exceptional knowledge of the law and litigation strategy.‘
‘The stand out here is Alison Douglass- a young partner who is bright, knowledgeable, and a tremendous partner for clients to work with.‘
‘Jamie Fleckner is an incredible litigator. He is quick on his feet and is able to explain complex subjects to the court in an easy-to-understand fashion.‘
‘Alison Douglass is an excellent litigator. She thrives at working with the client to develop the strongest possible case. Her knowledge of the law and understanding of the specifics of a case make her a powerful force.‘
‘Jamie Fleckner is the quarterback and MVP- known and respected in the industry, strategic and detail oriented and always available.‘
‘Matthew Riffee is timely, detailed, and works well with co-defendant counsel.‘
American Century Investments
FirstGroup America, Inc.
Massachusetts Financial Services
Newport Trust Company
John Hancock Life Insurance Company
Stadion Money Management
State Street Bank and Trust Company
Mercer Trust Company
Goodwin has been particularly active in handling mandates from the life sciences space; recent highlights for the team include advising health and wellness company Before Brands on its collaboration with Nestlé Health Science, involving licensing agreements for the client's products outside the United States. Lisa Haddad, John Haggerty and Deborah Birnbach jointly head the public M&A practice out of the Boston office.
Goodwin’s corporate practice has a strong focus on the life sciences, technology and real estate industries, where it handles a range of public and private M&A, LBOs, spinoffs, divestitures and going-private transactions. The firms-wide corporate group is led by seven partners, all of whom bring unique specializations to provide clients with end-to-end service. Stuart Cable leads the global M&A practice, and counsels boards of directors and management teams on corporate governance, M&A, and disclosure and securities law. The public M&A group is jointly led by Lisa Haddad, John Haggerty, and securities and M&A litigator Deborah Birnbach. Key figures in the tech-focused M&A group include Kenneth Gordon, Anthony McCusker in Silicon Valley, and John Egan III. Egan and McCusker specialize in acting for emerging technology companies, while Gordon focuses on M&A and corporate finance for established corporates and venture capital funds. Alessandra Simons in San Francisco is recommended on the more junior end of the partnership. Named attorneys are in Boston unless otherwise stated.
Other key lawyers:
‘Powerhouse team delivering excellent execution across aspects of a transaction’.
‘The team hits on all the core requirements expected at this level – work ethic, diligence, availability, attention to detail, negotiating ability and speed of execution’.
‘A key differentiation I saw in this team that added tons of value was spending the time to gain deep understanding of the motivators of the various constituents they represented i.e. investors, management, founders and creditors’.
‘I believe there is a very simple way to best explain Alessandra Simons: if I am in a transaction, I would not want to see Aly across the table from me’.
6 River Systems
Led by Joseph Johnson III in Boston, Goodwin's shareholder activism defense practice advises boards on responding to activist campaigns from some of the most prominent activists in the market, such as Elliot Management and Starboard Value. In the past year, the firm was particularly active in representing clients in hostile and unsolicited bids from activist investors, and was praised by one client as a 'proven strategic advisor' in 'bet-the-company' matters such as these. A number of the team's cases were in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, which are growing areas for activism more generally. Other names to note are Lisa Haddad, Deborah Birnbach and John Haggerty, who jointly chair the public M&A and corporate governance practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘Goodwin boasts one of the best and most sought after activism advisory practices in the U.S. Johnson is a proven strategic adviser to countless boards of directors and executive leadership teams of publicly-traded corporations facing sometime seemingly insurmountable odds and “bet-the-company” matters instigated by disgruntled shareholders and third parties. Johnson and his team have the experience, know-how, fortitude and expertise to successfully guide his clients through some of the most challenging times ever to face any public company. Johnson also has the respect and admiration of not only his clients, but that of boards’ other advisers (bankers, lawyers, proxy solicitors, IR/PR firms), as well as the activists themselves and their advisers.’
‘Johnson is smart, aggressive and a fierce advocate for his clients’ interests — and never hesitates to tell his clients something they might not want to hear. He fights tirelessly to enable his clients to achieve the best outcome for the company and its shareholders. Johnson has a deep bench of seasoned talent supporting him and Goodwin clients, paving the way for Goodwin’s continued success in activism and M&A well into the future.’
‘Good, solid practical advice.’
‘Joe Johnson is the primary partner on our account. Joe is super responsive, extremely thoughtful and appropriately aggressive. His advice is solidly grounded based on decades of experience.’
LaSalle Hotel Properties
Cedar Realty Trust
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation
Board of Directors of PAREXEL International
Goodwin's bicoastal practice has established capabilities in handling work from the life sciences sector, however the firm is also adept at tech and cybersecurity matters. The team acted for biopharmaceutical company AlloVir in its $120m Series B financing led by Fidelity Management and Research Company. Mitchell Bloom leads the life sciences practice; Silicon Valley's Anthony McCusker, Kenneth Gordon and John Egan co-lead the technology team. Bill Schnoor and Kingsley Taft are also noted. Named attorneys are based in Boston unless otherwise stated.
‘The team at Goodwin Procter is very hands on. From the moment you get on a call with them, its clear they deal with these issues on a very regular basis. They are not overly reactionary, putting things into perspective and providing insight into the seriousness of the issue.‘
‘Cyber incidents can be very scary for a company – some firms prefer to raise anxiety levels rather than calm them, which is Goodwin’s approach.‘
‘Goodwin brings to bear a truly powerful combination of best-in-class skill and experience and a passion for client care and advocacy that is truly unique in my experience. They have deep insights to offer their clients, insights informed and developed over years of on-point experience. In Cyber law, this group is second to none.‘
‘The Goodwin team has a great depth of experience and was able to quickly mobilize, within hours, and guide us through what could have been a significant business issue related to a data security incident. The team included tech savvy lawyers, litigators and privacy experts. I felt very comfortable knowing we had an experienced team advising my CEO.‘
‘The team was focused on the incident but also thinking through the potential lifecycle of the issue and started laying out a business focused and defensible plan. The lawyers were always available and leveraged a great team of outside consultants to help us through the incident. I hope I don’t need to engage them again but they would be my first call.‘
‘Brenda Sharton in particular is a true expert in this area. She has such a broad perspective on things having done such a variety of cases in different jurisdictions. She is so even keeled and really knows who on her team has the requisite expertise to get to the heard of the problem quickly. She is very solution oriented and is always finding ways to do it efficiently.‘
‘Brenda Sharton may be the best cyber lawyer I know and have had the privilege to work with, bar none. She is smart, dedicated and laser focused when it comes to helping her clients, especially clients who are often in a real bind and in need of urgent help. She brings a calmness to security incident storms that is truly helpful, empowering her clients to stay the course and get the best results.‘
‘David Kantrowitz is a fantastic cyber lawyer, who provides outstanding counsel and advice to his clients. He is smart, well versed in technological issues and provides truly valuable advice and counsel to his clients.‘
‘The two lawyers we work with regularly are Brenda Sharton and David Kantrowitz. Brenda leads the practice and has been mentoring and teaching David from his early associate days. They are a great client facing team and thee synergies they have gained from years of working together really makes it a better experience for a client. They set and manage them well allowing us to make decisions that we can stand behind.‘
Goodwin's multi-disciplinary fintech team handles a range of regulatory, transactional and litigious matters across the sector, with a particular focus on consumer-focused financial services. Scott Joachim, who splits his time between the Sillicon Valley and New York offices, jointly leads the practice alongside Mike Whalen and Amber Dolman in Washington DC and Boston, respectively. Joachim focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions; Whalen has experience of regulatory and transactional matters in the digital currency and blockchain sectors; and Dolman is rated for her breadth of experience in corporate and private equity transactions, and securities law. Other names to note include Silicon Valley-based litigator Grant Fondo, Mitzi Chang in San Francisco, and Kimberly Monty Holzel in Boston, a key contact for advice on consumer financial services regulatory compliance. John Servidio recently joined the New York office from Winston & Strawn LLP; he brings expertise in capital markets, digital currency and blockchain technology, and financial products.
‘Great team, very thoughtful and always showed initiative when coming up with additional ideas that we hadn’t thought about.‘
Accel Venture Partners
The Tezos Foundation
Goodwin's zoning and land use group is an integral part of a cross-disciplinary nationwide team of lawyers, all making up the firm's wider real estate industry group. Martin Healy leads the development and permitting team, which advises on issues across the entire spectrum planning and zoning, such as project permitting, due diligence, subdivision control, historic preservation, environmental liabilities, and specialized tax treatment. Of counsel Lawrence Kaplan has extensive experience of permitting and transactional matters relating to large-scale development projects, and Robert Fitzgerald has expertise both in permitting and environmental review issues for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Jennifer Schultz is also recommended. All named attorneys are based in the Boston office.
‘The Goodwin team possesses the experience, expertise and relationships necessary to achieve our project permitting goals in a timely manner.’
‘Jennifer Schultz works extremely well with client’s in-house staff and consultant team, and is currently coordinating all aspects of the entitlement process for our new residence hall project. In doing so, she understands both the City and State regulations and expectations, and brings the right people together to address and achieve success. This is done in a highly professional, non-confrontational manner.’
Habitat for Humanity
NB Development Group
Skanska USA Commercial Development
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3
Goodwin navigates mergers, acquisitions and private equity investments alike through FTC and DOJ merger processes including second requests. Located in Washington DC, Andrea Murino is in joint charge of the 'tight-knit and highly functioning' department together with Boston-based Christopher Holding. Murino counts healthcare, technology and life sciences businesses across the country among her clients. Assessment of transaction-related antitrust risks and applicability of merger clearance filing requirement in the US and abroad are strong suits of Paul Jin in Washington DC. Operating out of the same office, associate Matthew Wheatley advises clients on HSR filings and in-depth merger review investigations.
‘Goodwin has a relatively small but very nimble antitrust practice. Their relatively smaller size ensures that each member has a great deal of experience across a variety of matters.’
‘They have a tight-knit, and highly functioning team.’
‘Andrea Murino is excellent at client management, and is a very strong and persuasive communicator. She has the ability to distil down the primary advocacy arguments in a case and communicate those ideas persuasively to the antitrust agencies.’
‘Paul Jin has a sharp eye for detail, and is very good at working closely with the economists to help construct the economic arguments in support of a transaction.’
‘Very relationship-driven, worked well together, and extremely attentive to detail.’
‘Andrea Murino was the lead on our case, and she was amazing.’
‘The team is very responsive, and they give practical solutions every time.’
‘They are always available, turnaround is unbelievably rapid, and they easily calibrate the granularity of their responses to the audience.’
‘Very strong in tech space, as well as others.’
‘Smaller team than other antitrust practices but definitely punches above its weight class.’
‘Andrea Murino is a star and fabulous lawyer. She is an expert on the antitrust agencies and very proactive.’
Beth Israel Lahey Health System
Carbon Black, Inc.
Haven Healthcare (a joint venture of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase)
Shields Healthcare Solutions
Sprint Corporation (Independent Directors)
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.
Truck Hero, Inc.
The ‘highly efficient and enthusiastic’ team at Goodwin consistently finds itself at the forefront of appellate law issues arising in the field of IP. This core strength was evidenced in a recent case led by practice co-chair William Jay, who helped to win a 9-0 judgment in favor of the respondent in the US Supreme Court case of Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. The dispute called for interpretation of the Patent Act’s provisions barring an inventor from obtaining patent rights following a commercial exploitation of the invention. Clients also praise the group for its IP litigation work at the Federal Circuit, where it successfully argued for Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in relation to the drug Suboxone; Boston-based practice co-head Kevin Martin led the appellate effort on that matter. Further, the practice is noted for its successful track record in representing financial institutions at the First and Second Circuits; Brian Burgess is a key contact for financial services litigation. David Zimmer (Boston) and Jaime Santos are also key figures in the team.
‘A highly efficient and enthusiastic team‘
‘The attorneys in Goodwin’s appellate group are young, bright, and extremely eager. They have a ton of experience, and I would trust them with any case we have that is a candidate for certiorari or requires a briefing on the merits at the US Supreme Court.‘
‘Goodwin’s appellate lawyers bring great intelligence, energy, and passion to all of the work that they do.‘
‘William Jay was very effective and quick on his feet in an argument before the Federal Circuit.‘
‘William Jay and Kevin Martin, Jaime Santos are fantastic partners who collaborate beautifully together. Their depth is fantastic, and you can tell that they all get along and are team players. They will roll their sleeves up and dig in on just about any subject matter.‘
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
JP Morgan Investment Management
Dr. Steven Zeitels
Association for Accessible Medicines
National Mining Association
Goodwin's financial services team focuses primarily on defending consumer class actions, but also has experience in RMBS litigation, disputes arising from M&A and SEC matters relating to public offerings. Washington DC partner Thomas Hefferon is a leading consumer financial services litigator, boasting a track record of success in complex consumer class actions, multi-district disputes and government investigations. Hefferon has also built a strong reputation as an appellate lawyer in the consumer financial services industry, having tried dozens of cases for defendants. New York partner Richard Strassberg acts for defendants in white-collar cases, as well as SEC enforcement proceedings and FCPA investigations; he is currently acting for John Stumpf, former chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo, in litigation arising from payments allegedly offered to regulators for the settlement of certain other allegations against the bank. Also recommended are Anthony Fiotto, who specializes in representing private equity firms and venture capital funds in securities litigation, and James McGarry, a name to note for multi-district class actions in the banking space. All named attorneys are based in Boston unless otherwise stated.
Other key lawyers:
Ashish Aggarwal (former JPMorgan Analyst)
Bank of America
BNP Paribas Securities Corp.
John Stumpf (former Chairman & CEO of Wells Fargo)
Matthew Martoma (former SAC Capital Advisors Portfolio Manager)
PHH Home Loans
Royal Bank of Canada
RBC Capital Markets
Royal Bank of Scotland Group
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has experience, is good at pattern recognition, and is both results-oriented and responsive.‘
‘Deborah Birnbach is stellar in this area and the firm punches above its weight.‘
AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Centerbridge Partners L.P.
Great Hill Partners
LaSalle Hotel Properties
Lionbridge Technologies (former Directors and Officers)
Medidata Solutions, Inc.
PNMAC Financial Services, Inc.
Polaris Venture Partners
Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3
From offices in Massachusetts, New York, Washington DC and California, Goodwin provides litigation support to clients across a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, food, medical devices, asbestos and building materials. Practice head Glenn Kerner is based in New York and has experience in products liability litigation nationwide, with particular skills in complex mass torts and multi-district litigation. Also recommended is Sarah Frederick in Boston, who represents clients in product liability mass torts, antitrust-related MDLs and putative class actions, as well as in challenges to agency actions at the trial and appellate levels.
The multi-disciplinary team of medical, scientific, and regulatory experts at Goodwin has experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, asbestos, building materials, manufacturing processes, and chemical exposures. The firm is recongnized for its trial experience, thought it also routinely advises clients on regulatory compliance, litigation avoidance, and risk reduction measures. New York-based Glenn Kerner leads the practice and is known for product liability litigation on a national scale, including cases involving drugs, medical devices, products with new technologies and food. He has particular expertise in complex mass torts and multi-district litigation.
Goodwin leverages its Boston headquarters to position itself as a key player in life sciences and technology-related debt issuances. Other strings to its bow include its ability to lean on its top-tier REITs practice to advise issuers and underwriters on major offerings in the REIT space. The broad group handles the full scope of private and public, debt and convertible notes offerings, with significant capability in cross-border transactions. Group co-chair James Barri splits his time between Boston and New York and is recommended for his expertise in life sciences, technology and convertible note transactions. Department co-chair Ettore Santucci also operates from Boston and New York and his practice has a strong real estate dimension. Silicon Valley-based Richard Kline is recommended for technology offerings.
Especially renowned for its powerful life sciences and pharmaceutical practice, Goodwin is one of the most active Hatch-Waxman litigation firms in the US, offering in-depth experience in biosimilar litigation and is well-versed in medical device disputes. A string of technology clients attests the practice's strength in litigation regarding technology patents. With its high performance appellate team and versatile PTAB group that has experience in representing patent owners and petitioners in IPR and covered business method review proceedings, the firm remains an excellent choice for high-stakes patent litigation. ITC investigations are also included in the portfolio of skills offered by Boston-based practice head Daryl Wiesen's team. Other key offices are in Silicon Valley, New York and Washington DC. In 2019, Jennifer Albert retired and Cynthia Lambert Hardman became an Administrative Patent Judge.
Other key lawyers:
‘Goodwin has an excellent life sciences practices, which includes an intellectual property department with exceptional patent litigation expertise. The firm has a deep bench of partners and associates who can handle cases with a varying complexity. The firm not only has a strong scientific expertise, but lawyers that have substantial trial experience.‘
‘Daryl Wiesen and John Bennett have provided exceptional results. Both have extensive experience in all aspects of pre-trial and trial and have a unique understanding of the interplay between IP, regulatory, and business issues in the pharmaceutical sector.‘
Goodwin advises fund complexes, independent directors, and boards of trustees, as well as service providers such as custodian banks, retirement plan service organizations, and securities lending agencies. The team is particularly active in transactional work, with experience in advising asset management firms on acquisitions and mergers both on the buy and sell sides. The practice is jointly led by Marco Adelfio, Paul Delligatti, and Christopher Palmer: Adelfio and Palmer are based in Washington DC, and advise on transactions, SEC regulation, and governance, while Delligatti, also in DC, is noted for his experience of ESG funds. Recently promoted partner Jason Monfort is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘Goodwin’s advice and guidance incorporates business insights and practical realities.’
‘The team also has vast resources to draw upon and presents their advice efficiently – recognizing the budgets of the clients they work with.’
‘Deeply knowledgeable of the industry and stays current on relevant trends and industry developments. Great communication with board members on important topics of interest.’
‘This a very experienced team with strong knowledge of not just the law, but of industry practice and application.’
‘Marco Adelfio always renders wise counsel.’
‘Marco Adelfio brings a level of business savvy to his advice that my business partners appreciate.’
‘Paul Delligatti offers thoughtful perspective on issues that come before the Board.’
Knights of Columbus
Wells Fargo Funds
Independent Trustees of the Eaton Vance Group of Funds
Prudential Insurance Funds
Independent Directors of Hartford Funds
Independent Directors of Thrivent Funds
Independent Trustees of Invesco Funds
Independent Trustees of Guardian Funds
Independent Trustees of the Federated Funds
New America High Income Fund
Pine Brook Road Advisors
Turner Impact Capital
Elm Park Capital Management
WestView Capital Partners
Advent International Corporation
Merlone Geier Partners
InTandem Capital Partners
Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 3
A proactive expansion strategy has brought a number of key additions to Goodwin’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice. Previously of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, Silicone Valley-based Patrick Menasco has reinforced the team’s ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction knowledge, while New York-based Andrew Barton – recently acquired from Kirkland & Ellis LLP – adds strength to cash and equity-based compensation negotiations in mid-cap private equity transactions. Silicone Valley-based practice head Lynda Galligan and associate Monica Patel have a strong portfolio of technology and life sciences clients, having recently advised on high-profile IPOs in the biotechnology and ride-hailing sectors. Practice head Scott Webster, Natascha George and James Mattus are leading names in the Boston office, with particular strength in advising REITs, financial services companies and clients in the software sector.
‘Goodwin’s team has been supporting my company’s migration from private company to public company. They are very strong in preparing private companies for public company responsibilities, including benefit plans, comp benchmarking and drafting executive compensation programs.‘
‘We really enjoy working with the team at Goodwin. They are always available and are particularly good at explaining difficult tax concepts and their implications.‘
Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc.
Guggenheim Capital LLC
TIER REIT, Inc.
Goodwin's corporate governance team has experience advising public company clients on a full range of governance issues, from compliance, succession planning and compensation issues, to securities litigation and shareholder engagement. Contacts include Joseph Johnson III, Stuart Cable and Lisa Haddad in Boston, and Gilbert Menna in New York.
Real estate > Real estate Tier 3
Goodwin’s real estate team has experience of a huge variety of corporate real estate matters, and is particularly well known for its work in the hospitality and leisure sector where it handles acquisitions, management and franchise agreements, work-outs and restructurings as well as labor, employment and regulatory matters. The real estate industry group is headed by Minta Kay from the Boston office. The team supports a client base of owners and operators, tax-exempt organizations, real estate funds and institutional investors at all stages of their real estate investments. Other key names are Diana Brummer and Dean Pappas, based in New York and Los Angeles, repsectively.
AEW Capital Management
Brookfield Financial Properties
LaSalle Hotel Properties
New York Life Investment Management
RLJ Lodging Trust
Skanska USA Commercial Development
USAA Real Estate
Goodwin is extremely active in the crypto space, having advised on a number of fund launches, spin-outs, and token issuances for closed and open-ended funds investing in cryptocurrencies and digital assets. The firm has a particularly strong regulatory practice, advising on SEC examinations, helping to conduct internal compliance reviews, and designing internal procedures to ensure compliance. Washington DC-based counsel David Solander leads the team, which has recently emphasized its work assisting start-up funds transition into maturity, a notable example being MultiCoin Capital Partners, which now has $50m of assets under management. The team counts Electric Capital Partners and Discovery Capital Management among its key clients.
Multicoin Capital Management
Discovery Capital Management
C-III Capital Partners
Alger Dynamic Return Fund
Electric Capital Partners
Seavest Investment Group
One Stone Capital
Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4
Goodwin’s benefits practice focuses on executive compensation matters, with clients in the technology, life sciences, financial services and private equity companies counted on the client roster. Advisory services encompass the implementation and operation of equity-based plans, 409(a) and 457(b) deferred compensation plans, and other non-qualified arrangements. Additionally, Washington DC-based Patrick Menasco and Boston-based practice head Scott Webster’s solid Title 1 knowledge sees them advising a suite of financial institutions on pension plan investments, prohibited transaction exemptions and dealings with the DOL.
With key offices in New York, Boston, and Santa Monica, Goodwin focuses on tech and innovation-industry investors, advising mid-market clients on strategic investments, buyouts, and exits. The firm has strengths both in early and late-stage investments, and is rated for its representation of clients in the healthcare, technology, and software industries, both on the fund and target side. The practice is jointly led by Andrew Weidhaas in the Santa Monica office, alongside the Boston-based duo of Michael Kendall and John LeClaire. As well as expanding the firm's reach to Silicon Valley with the Santa Monica office, the private equity team has seen a number of lateral hires in the last year, welcoming Joshua Soszynski and Matthew Mauney from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Timothy Clark from Sidley Austin LLP, Lauren King from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Kristopher Ring from Katten.
‘Goodwin provides outstanding service by combining excellent legal acumen, efficient execution capabilities and recognition of commercial goals and realities. They are more than lawyers, they are true business partners.‘
‘Josh Klatzkin and Brian McPeake are the driving forces behind the partnership – they bring together the right resources and capabilities to execute and deliver results.‘
TA Associates Management
Webster Equity Partners
Pamplona Capital Management
Arlington Capital Partners
Fresenius Medical Care
NorthStar Financial Services Group
Goodwin's tax team has experience advising corporates and private investment funds on a range of corporate transactions. The team is also noted for its 'in-depth knowledge and experience' in REIT taxation, where names to note include practice head Neal Sandford and, San Francisco-based Kelsey LeMaster, 'one of the most outstanding REIT tax law attorneys in the United States'. Also recommended are Karen Turk, who has experience structuring real estate and venture capital transactions, and Howard Cubell, who specializes in acting for private equity sponsors. All other named attorneys are based in Boston unless stated otherwise.
‘In-depth knowledge and experience in REIT M&A structuring and ongoing REIT qualification matters, as well as deep subject expertise in partnership tax law.’
‘Kelsey Lemaster in the San Francisco office is widely recognized by his peers and clients as one of the most outstanding REIT tax law attorneys in the United States. In addition, to him being an expert in REIT taxation matters and partnership tax law he provides timely service and sound, practical advice. He operates with the highest level of integrity, and he battles extremely hard to advocate for his clients.’
Brookfield Financial Properties
Essex Properties Trust
JP Morgan Securities
In the field of restructuring and bankruptcy, Goodwin is mainly involved in debt restructuring, lessor claims, and Chapter 11 cases. The New York-based team, led by Michael Goldstein and William Weintraub, is described as 'supportive and patient, as well as aggressive as necessary', and it excels at handling insolvency-related disputes, liability claims, and mass tort bankruptcies. In April and May 2019, the team grew twice, with the additions of Howard Steel and Nathan Schultz from Fox Rothschild LLP and Brown Rudnick LLP respectively.
‘Very supportive and patient, as well as aggressive as necessary’
‘Real people, cognizant of billing, and communicative’
EverStream Energy Capital Management
Lead Counsel in the General Motors Ignition Switch Defect MDL
Singapore Telecommunications Limited
Técnicas Reunidas SA
Urban Edge Properties
Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB
Goodwin > Firm Profile
Firm overview: 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 employ-ment, privacy and cybersecurity, products liability and mass torts, securities, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and white collar defense.
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Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals
- Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco)
- Securities litigation: defense
- Advice to issuers
- Advice to managers
- Healthcare: life sciences
- Patents: licensing
- ERISA litigation
- Commercial deals and contracts
- M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
- Advice to boards
- Venture capital and emerging companies
- Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
- Data Privacy and Data Protection
- Land use/zoning
- Merger control
- Appellate: Courts of Appeal
- Appellate: Supreme Courts (States and Federal)
- Financial services litigation
- M&A litigation: defense
- Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices
- Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort
- Advice to issuers
- Patents: litigation (full coverage)
- Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds
- Private equity funds (including venture capital)
- Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
- Corporate governance
- Real estate
- Alternative/hedge funds
- Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
- Private equity buyouts
- Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates
- US taxes: non-contentious
- Leading trial lawyers
- Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate