Firm Profile > Goodwin > Boston, United States

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

Goodwin's REITs practice has maintained its leading position, representing public and private REITs in a variety of transactions. Jointly headed by Gil Menna and Ettore Santucci (both of whom divide time between Boston and New York), the team handles a full range of transactional matters, including debt and equity financing, M&A and investment transactions, and the negotiation of large-scale joint ventures. Highlights over the review period included representing Two Harbors in the non-renewal of its management agreement with PCRM, and advising Boston Properties on its $1.25bn IPO. Contacts in the Boston office include Daniel Adams and Scott Chase, who have significant experience working with private equity houses and investment banks, respectively. Christopher Versfelt is a standout associate in the team, with a growing focus on prop-tech. In New York, Yoel Kranz is recommended for his expertise in derivatives and structured products.

Practice head(s):

Gil Menna; Ettore Santucci

Other key lawyers:

Yoel Kranz; Daniel Adams; Scott Chase; Christopher Versfelt


‘Goodwin effectively deploys its various practice expertise based on a client’s specific needs.’

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.


Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

Goodwin has deep roots in the technology industry, and is commended for its 'great business insight and advice - not just legal advice'. The transactional practice handles a broad sweep of matters, from debt and equity capital markets through to M&A. The team is especially strong in IP transactional work, including licensing, collaborations, and joint ventures. This expertise extends to clients in medtech, healthcare, life sciences fintech, proptech, Saas, enterprise software and e-commerce. John Egan and 'trusted partner' Kenneth Gordon ('business advice and big picture thinking is a key attribute of his') jointly lead the team with Anthony McCusker in Silicon Valley. Stephen Charkoudian has an eminent reputation in the market, while Joseph Theis is recommended on the IT health side. All partners in Boston unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

John Egan; Kenneth Gordon; Anthony McCusker

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Charkoudian; Joseph Theis


‘Great business insight and advice – not just legal advice. We have access to experts and various levels or lawyers but I don’t have to overpay for the full team. Ken Gordon is a trusted partner of mine. As I mentioned, the business advice and big picture thinking is a key attribute of his. Jared Fine, Anna Dodson, Jennifer Necas and Kristin Eberhart are all excellent.’

Key clients

Slack Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: WORK)

Toast, Inc.

TA Associates



Glossier, Inc.

Sqreen, Inc.

Index Ventures

Charles River Ventures

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

Goodwin 'gives a new meaning to full-service', providing an impressive breadth of service to companies and investors in the technology and life sciences arenas. This includes an increasing amount of work for private equity funds investing further down the value chain. The firm's experience includes early stage financings, general corporate mandates, M&A, and high-value capital markets exits. The 'incredibly knowledgeable' group is jointly led by Anthony McCusker in Silicon Valley, together with Boston life sciences experts Kingsley Taft and Mitchell Bloom, and technology and emerging companies specialists Kenneth Gordon and John Egan. William Schnoor is also singled out for making 'the best introductions to co-investors, LPs and angel investors', and William Collins is very strong in life sciences-related VC work.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

William Schnoor; William Collins


‘Goodwin gives a new meaning to “full-service.” In addition to covering the entire ‘legal stack’ they go deeper into their advice and support than any other firm we have ever worked with.’

‘Every person we have ever engaged with was incredibly knowledgeable and very detail oriented. They are also always on time with their work and you never have to chase them like we do with other firms.’

‘Most of our engagement has been with Bill Schnoor. In addition to proactively asking about our needs, Bill has made the best introductions to co-investors, LPs and angel investors that are aligned with our investment strategy. No other lawyer has EVER made the high quality intro’s that Bill has made to our firm.’

Key clients

Glossier, Inc.

Toast, Inc.

EQRx, Inc., Inc. (dba “Chime”)

ROME Therapeutics

5AM Ventures

iTeos Therapeutics Inc.

Marqeta, Inc.

Before Brands, Inc.

Index Ventures LLP (“Index Ventures”)

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 2

Goodwin had yet another impressive 2020 with a sizeable market share of life sciences, healthcare, technology and real estate deals. Given its recent performance trend, the team has become a highly regarded player in both issuer- and underwriter-side mandates. Beyond its core sectors, the team has also gained ground in industries such as renewables, cleantech and natural resources, thanks in part to relationships built by its solid private equity group. Life sciences remains its primary forte with the firm advising on major equity offerings for BeiGene, CRISPR Therapeutics, Black Diamond Therapeutics and many other notable businesses in 2020. Although Richard Kline joined Latham & Watkins LLP towards the end of 2020 and up-and-coming name An-Yen Hu left to become general counsel at Benchmark, the firm retains a sizeable team including New York-based life sciences specialist Edwin O’Connor, New York tech and life sciences expert Siavosh Salimi, Silicon Valley partner Bradley Weber and Boston-based Mitchell Bloom, who stands out for transactions in the biotech sector.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Adams; Mitchell Bloom; Bradley Weber

Other key lawyers:

Edwin O’Connor; Siavosh Salimi; Joseph Theis

Key clients

Atlassian Corporation PLC (NASDAQ: TEAM)

Twilio, Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)

Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKTA)

Slack Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: WORK)

Zendesk, Inc. (NYSE: ZEN)

BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ: BGNE; HKEX: 06160)


Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: FUSN)

Karuna Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRTX)

Black Diamond Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDTX)

Immatics N.V. (NASDAQ: IMTX)

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 2

The ERISA litigation team at Goodwin is one of the foremost names in excessive fee litigation, having obtained landmark and precedent-setting judgements for investment management and life insurance clients, with proceedings led by practice head James Fleckner. In novel litigation concerning fiduciary breach allegations, Alison Douglass and counsel Jack Cleary are representing numerous financial services clients in disputes concerning the improper use of participant data. Further ongoing cases involve the use of active funds over collective investment trusts. The group also handles employer stock-drop litigation including proprietary challenges into company 401(k) stock, recently acting for a number of multinational conglomerates. All noted practitioners are based in Boston.

Practice head(s):

James Fleckner

Other key lawyers:

Alison Douglass; Jack Cleary


‘Goodwin is repeatedly hired by the largest and most sophisticated financial institutions to handle their major class action ERISA litigation. The trust that clients put in the Goodwin team has been well earned through the generation of many successful outcomes. As a team, they get immersed in the case facts sufficiently early to make sure that they have time to present the best possible defense for their clients.’

‘Jamie Fleckner is one of the best ERISA litigators in the country. He leads the Goodwin practice, and top financial institutions seek him out to represent them in their most important ERISA litigation. He is a creative and adept litigator, quick on his feet, excellent in the courtroom, and able to explain complex subjects in an easy-to-understand fashion.’

‘Alison Douglass is an excellent litigator with impressive skills.’

Key clients

John Hancock Life Insurance Company


FirstGroup America, Inc.

Putnam Investments, LLC

Newport Trust Company

Stadion Money Management

BTG International

State Street Bank and Trust Company

MFS Investment Management

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 2

Goodwin has a long history representing clients that straddle the technology and financial services sectors. Alternative lending, digital currencies and blockchain, insurtech, payment processing and wealth management are all core areas of expertise. The firm also has a good track record advising on online banking platforms and related collaboration agreements. Clients include major investors, as well as emerging and established fintech service providers. The well-regarded team is jointly led by Scott Joachim in Silicon Valley and Amber Dolman in Boston. Mike Whalen in Washington DC is noted for his regulatory and transactional advice, while Kimberly Monty Holzel in Boston regularly represents clients in regulatory investigations and inquiries.

Practice head(s):

Amber Dolman; Scott Joachim

Other key lawyers:

Mike Whalen; Kimberly Monty Holzel

Key clients

Affirm, Inc.

Toast, Inc.

Stripe, Inc.

Deserve, Inc.

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 2

Goodwin continues to grow its life sciences practice with a number of lateral hires over the review period. Patent litigators Kristina Bieker-Brady and Sabrina Poulos joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Boston and San Francisco, respectively; healthcare regulatory partner Delphine O’Rourke joined the New York office from Duane Morris LLP; and Washington DC-based transactions partner Adam Walter Bellack joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP. The firm has also established a Late Stage Drug Development consulting service focusing on IP commercialization and patent protection. In Boston, Kingsley Taft and Robert Puopolo represent life sciences clients at every stage of operation, with particular focus on licensing, collaborations and venture financings. Danielle Lauzon is sought after for corporate counsel for start-up and later stage companies. Washington DC is the hub of the FDA regulatory team, where names to note include Alexander Varond and senior associate Steven Tjoe.

Practice head(s):

Mitchell Bloom; Kingsley Taft

Other key lawyers:

Kristina Bieker-Brady; Sabrina Poulos; Delphine O’Rourke; Robert Puopolo; Danielle Lauzon; Alexander Varond; Steven Tjoe


‘As a firm, Goodwin clearly works very hard behind the scenes to make the client experience very good – it is frictionless and enjoyable. They hire great people who are good technical lawyers and seem to enjoy their work and look after clients. The US life sciences team is a good reflection of these qualities’

‘It’s always about the people! Rob Puopolo and his team have been wonderful partners for our company and supported a lot of activity from corporate law, fund raising, M&A, all under break-neck pace/deadlines.’

‘Rob Puopolo – good technical lawyer, great experience and runs a nice team of calm professionals.’

‘Alex Varond exudes genuine interest in my programs. He provides honest advice. When we have a disagreement on a viewpoint, his response is flexible. I trust that his effort is done with my best interests in mind. I never feel input is provided simply for “billable” hours. He’s a true professional and a pleasure to work with. He never shows up at the table without completing a prior reviews

‘The entire team, led by Rob Puopolo, is very customer-centric. This includes responsiveness, proactive solution-orientation, and teaming with other counsel in non-US jurisdictions where appropriate.’

Key clients

Moderna, Inc.

BeiGene, Ltd.

CRISPR Therapeutics AG

Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Karuna Therapeutics, Inc.

Black Diamond Therapeutics, Inc.

Immatics N.V.


Blueprint Medicines

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 2

Goodwin's focus on the key industry sectors of life sciences and technology—two areas in which there is a rising tide of M&A activity—has led to significant growth in its M&A litigation activity, hence its promotion in this year's ranking. 'Good advice on the front end allowed us to set expectations with the board and calm reactions to expected deal litigation, which helped us move the deal to closing', remarks one client of the practice, led by Deborah Birnbach in Boston. Birnbach, who is co-chair of the firm’s public M&A and corporate governance practice, led the defense of former directors of software company Lionbridge Technologies against claims that they made misleading statements of material fact in Lionbridge’s proxy statement merger disclosures. Michael Jones, who works in both Boston and Silicon Valley, is currently handling the defense of pharmaceutical company MyoKardia in cases challenging the company's acquisition by Bristol Meyer Squibb for $13.1bn.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Birnbach

Other key lawyers:

Michael Jones

Key clients

Chrysalis Ventures



Forge Global, Inc.

Former Directors and Officers of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.

Fortis Advisors



Medidata Solutions, Inc.


Neon Therapeutics

PennyMac Financial Services, Inc.

Polaris Venture Partners

resTORbio, Inc.

Spark Therapeutics

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

Spread across Santa Monica, Silicon Valley and Boston, and bringing together attorneys from a variety of practice areas, Goodwin's M&A service group has strong expertise in the middle market, where it focuses on sectors such as private equity, technology, life sciences, and real estate. Global head of M&A Stuart Cable acts for buyers, sellers and investment banks, as well as private equity and venture investors. Alessandra Simons often works with boards and executives through M&A exits, both domestically and cross-border. Kenneth Gordon is also a key practitioner and recently stood out for his work on Carbon Black's sale to VMWare for $2.1bn.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Cable

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Weidhaas; Anthony McCusker; Kenneth Gordon; Mitchell Bloom; Alessandra Simons


‘The Goodwin internal team is a key feature of the success of the firm and a critical part of why I continually return to use them. The flexibility of team structure, strong back up capabilities and deep expertise across the various features of all play into their success.’

Key clients

Immatics N.V



TA Associates

Bregal Sagemount

Frazier Healthcare

OLLY Nutrition





Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

Goodwin has a stellar list of corporate issuer clients, particularly in the technology and life sciences sectors that account for a large proportion of the securities litigation cases filed in the US. The firm's main focus is on the life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, though it is also called upon to defend financial institutions in securities cases. More recently, it has also represented corporates and individuals in the blockchain and digital currency industry in SEC investigations and enforcement actions, as well as in securities class actions. Anthony Fiotto in Boston and Brian Pastuszenski in New York lead the practice, in which Boston-based co-head of complex litigation Deborah Birnbach plays a central role. Birnbach and Adam Slutsky secured the dismissal with prejudice of a derivative action against drug company Esperion Therapeutics which alleged false and misleading statements concerning its communications with the FDA. Douglas Flaum in New York is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Fiotto; Brian Pastuszenski

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Birnbach; Douglas Flaum; Adam Slutsky


‘Doug Flaum is strategic, detail oriented and responsive.’

Key clients

Esperion Therapeutics

Citibank, N.A.

Cancer Genetics, Inc.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation

JP Morgan Investment Management, Inc.

Zendesk, Inc.

Alkermes, Inc.

BofA Securities, Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., MUFG Securities Americas Inc., RBC Capital Markets LLC, Societe Generale Americas Securities LLC, SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc., BBVA Securities Inc., CIBC World Markets Corp., Mizuho Securities USA LLC, PNC Capital Markets LLC, Scotia Capital (USA) Inc., Standard Chartered Bank, US Bancorp Investments, Inc., Academy Securities, Inc., Loop Capital Markets LLC, and The Williams Capital Group, L.P.

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.

Pearson plc

Cowen and Company, LLC

Surface Oncology, Inc. (and Board of Directors)

Axogen, Inc. Syndicates of Underwriters (one led by SVB Leerink LLC and including Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. and JMP Securities LLC, and the other led by

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

Goodwin handles a wide range of strategic corporate governance matters for public and private companies, with standout strengths in the technology and life sciences sectors. The practice is led out of Boston by Lisa Haddad and John Haggerty. Other key contacts include Joseph Johnson III in Boston, and global M&A practice chair Stuart Cable, who splits his time between New York, Boston and San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Haddad; John Haggerty

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Johnson III; Stuart Cable

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

Key names for Goodwin’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice are practice co-heads Lynda Galligan and Patrick Menasco, based in Silicon Valley and Washington DC, respectively. The duo assist a client roster of life sciences, technology, and private equity entities with ERISA Title 1 issues, fiduciary matters, big-ticket M&A transactions, IPOs, and fund structuring. Scott Webster retired in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Lynda Galligan; Patrick Menasco

Other key lawyers:

James Mattus

Key clients

Affirm, Inc.

Blue Jeans Network, Inc.

Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc.

Guidewire Software Inc.

Machine Zone, Inc.

ModernaTX, Inc.

Quora, Inc.

Slack Technologies

TA Associates

Twilio, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 3

Goodwin is well known for its work defending clients in litigation, enforcement, and investigations related to consumer finance. Washington DC-based Thomas Hefferon is a leading figure in this area, and is involved in matters including RICO-related class actions, and lawsuits brought by federal and state regulators. In particular, the practice group has a wealth of experience handling matters related to the housing market. Hefferon is currently representing Bank of America against lawsuits brought by some of the largest municipalities in the US, alleging discriminatory lending practices, and is also handling a dispute with the National Fair Housing Alliance related to alleged discrimination in the maintenance and marketing of foreclosed properties. Brooks Brown co-chairs the banking and consumer finance team and divides time between Washington DC and Los Angeles. James McGarry in Boston is a key figure in the complex litigation group and Christopher Palmer in Washington DC chairs the financial industry team.

Practice head(s):

James McGarry; Christopher Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Hefferon; David Permut; Brooks Brown


‘Goodwin’s financial services litigation team is the best in the business. They are our go-to for all of our high stakes litigation. When you assign a matter to Goodwin you can rest easy knowing that the Goodwin team will look at the case from all angles and will come up with creative solutions that are catered to your litigation philosophy.’

‘Goodwin stands out above the rest because of their commitment and responsiveness and because of their ability to cater their approach to their client, and knack for taking abstract concepts and break them down into their simplest. Most importantly, they give me peace of mind. I know when Goodwin is on the job that no stone will go unturned and that we will always out litigate the opposing party. Brooks Brown, Kyle Tayman, Willy Jay, and Tom Hefferon are the top partners that come to mind.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Quicken Loans

Ocwen Financial

Fifth Third Bank

Nationstar Mortgage, LLC dba Mr. Cooper

Guaranteed Rate

Renovate America

Think Finance

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

Coinbase, Inc.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

Goodwin has an active merger control practice, which has secured clearance for major transactions in the technology, software, and life sciences sectors during 2020. Notable mandates include representing the Transactions Committee of Sprint during its merger with T-Mobile, and acting for MyoKardia in its $13.1bn acquisition by Bristol Myers Squibb. Of particular note is the firm’s record in second request investigations, regularly securing clearances for high-profile deals in challenging circumstances. Paul Jin is a key team member, and is a prolific filer for commercial transactions across a broad range of industries, with particular expertise in Hart-Scott-Rodino provisions. Counsel Kara Kuritz previously worked in the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, and specializes in risk advice and HSR issues. Christopher Holding chairs the firm's antitrust group.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Holding

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jin; Kara Kuritz; Jon Herzog; Andrew Locke


‘Great team, dedicated and very smart. Clients really feel that this group is on their side and ready to protect them.’

‘Jon Herzog and Andy Locke are a dream team.’

Key clients

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals


BlueJeans Network, Inc.

Kabbage, Inc.

Moovit App Global Ltd.

MyoKardia, Inc.

Signal Sciences

Spark Therapeutics

Virtusa Corporation

Zoox, Inc.

Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 3

Christopher Palmer and Marco Adelfio jointly head the registered funds practice at Goodwin, which  counts several of the market's most prominent names among its client list including Prudential Insurance Funds and Wells Fargo Funds. The firm is also notable for its advice to independent trustees of large funds complexes, having recently worked for the independent trustees of Invesco Funds, Eaton Vance Funds, and Federated Hermes Funds among others. Paul Delligatti is another key figure within the team, handling several of the firm's most interesting mandates, such as the registration of Fundrise's closed-end interval fund. Delligatti is also highly recommended for asset management M&A, having recently led the team which handled C-III Capital Partners' sale of the Resource Real Estate Diversified Income Fund to Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Palmer; Marco Adelfio

Other key lawyers:

Paul Delligatti


‘Goodwin has a deep investment management practice, working with a wide variety of clients, which enables them to tap into that expertise as it relates to our fund complex. I also appreciate the collaborative approach Goodwin emphasizes. They interact extremely well with Management, external fund counsel and in house counsel. This is important — even though Goodwin must maintain its  “independence”, the spirit of collaboration and professionalism is critical. I get the real sense that Goodwin really focuses on bringing the best of their entire firm together to focus on a particular client. There are no “lone rangers”.’

‘Marco Adelfio is the Partner in charge of our account. Marco’s expertise has been invaluable as we navigate the nuances of the rules and the responses to our requests for information. I also use Marco as a sounding board for items the Board may address in future meetings. He is extremely responsive, and very thoughtful and pragmatic in his approach. Working closely with Marco is Nicole Griffin, Counsel, also based in Washington. Like Marco, Nicole has become a trusted confidant of the independent trustees. She also has done an excellent job assisting the Board in the annual self-assessment process, spending significant time with each trustee and reporting back to the Board with observations and practical recommendations. She is a very effective communicator.’

‘Paul Delligatti has strong industry knowledge; good overall counsel on difficult topics; proactive on providing valuable insights to our needs.’

‘Goodwin’s team’s collaborative approach to staffing has ben distinctive. We have full access to two partners, both of whom are fully engaged and take in a shared approach to the relationship. They keep each other well informed and discuss projects with one another in a way that enhances our advice and counsel. They take the same approach across their practice group, including open and ongoing dialogue among litigators and business lawyers. They have direct access to litigators with extensive directly relevant experience which enhances the ability to provide advice and counsel.’

‘Marco Adelfio, Paul Delligatti, Nicole Griffin, Mac Laban in each case, see comments above concerning the services these individuals provide.’

‘We use Goodwin in an independent counsel capacity. Our partner and his team are always well prepared, thorough and able to provide the board with succinct advice and counsel.’

‘Marco Adelphio is meticulous in his preparation and well prepared for all our meetings. In addition, he is accessible and responsive to requests while also balancing a refined ability to push back on ideas or direction the Board might consider pursuing. The key element here is his perspective is always based in fact and his depth of experience provides a credibility to his comments that is respected by all Directors.’

‘Paul Delligatti and associate MacCary Laban work very well together, very well with my Board of Directors and with management. We get great support. As a small firm, we particularly appreciate their insights and deep experience in the field.’

‘Extensive registered funds experience, as well as years of asset management legal regulatory advice that is always useful and practical.’

‘Marco stands out because of his breadth of experience and knowledge as well as constructive and friendly demeanor. Nicole Griffin is able to analyze legal and regulatory developments and gives useful guidance to our board on how to fulfill our obligations and is helpful in providing examples of how other clients are reacting to developments in our field.’

‘The team has a strong grasp on the mutual fund industry from both an advisor and SEC point of view. They are frequently asked to present at industry events (both in person and webinar meetings) which helps them have a broad sampling of what industry participants are thinking / doing.’

‘I have met no one in the legal profession that understands the mutual fund business better than Chris Palmer. Chris has a rare combination of a deep technical understanding of the industry/issues along with the ability to explain/discuss these issues in a non technical manner so everyone understands the issues. He also listens very well, has perfect timing on when to be quiet and when to help direct a board conversation, and conducts everything with a great sense of humor.’

‘The Investment Funds team at Goodwin Proctor is very deep. Their knowledge of investment law is quite extensive. This is supplemented by considerable knowledge and experience in all aspects of the Investment fund management business, including operations, auditing, and investment techniques and performance. One partner in particular, Chris Palmer, stands out as extremely knowledgeable and effective. His ability to communicate well with clients and to lucidly interpret the nuances of the law is outstanding. ’

‘From my perspective, the Goodwin team that supports our products is exceptional in its commitment and dedication. The partners we work with know our business, understand the history of our products and the decision-making behind them, and bring that practical knowledge as well as their legal expertise to bear when providing guidance.’

‘The individuals with whom I work the most are Marco Adelfio and Jason Monfort. My experience working with each of them has been excellent. During the first few weeks of the pandemic, we (like others in the industry) were inundated with novel and time sensitive issues. Although I can imagine there was a line of other clients from whom Marco was fielding calls, he made us feel like we were his only client. ’

‘Goodwin is a trusted partner, offering a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise, as well as a keen business sense.’

‘Marco Adelfio is the lead partner in our engagement. Marco has developed a strong team, provides timely responses, and brings tremendous experience and expertise to each issue.’

Key clients

Independent Trustees of the Eaton Vance Funds

Prudential Insurance Funds

Wells Fargo Funds

Independent Trustees of Invesco Funds

Independent Directors of Hartford Funds

Independent trustees of the Federated Hermes Funds

New America High Income Fund

Independent Directors of Thrivent Funds

Independent Trustees of Bridge Builder Trust

Fundrise Real Estate Interval Fund

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

Goodwin's renowned life sciences practice unites Hatch-Waxman specialists, inter partes review experts and experienced appellate litigators under one roof. In addition to its strength in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and biosimilar matters, the group is also among the finest addresses for technology-related disputes. With the firm's wide geographical footprint, the cross-border nature of many of its patent matters comes as no surprise and makes the group's ITC litigators, among the few in the market with experience in pharmaceutical-related investigations, a particularly valuable asset. Clients also benefit from the firm's global operations team which focuses on advising clients on legal operations issues and has won the firm a number of accolades. Boston-based Daryl Wiesen is the head of the team.

Practice head(s):

Daryl Wiesen

Other key lawyers:

Mark Abate; Neel Chatterjee; Calvin Wingfield; Elizabeth Holland; Linnea Cipriano; Elaine Blais; Srikanth Reddy; Patrick McCarthy; Alexandra Valenti; Robert Frederickson


‘Goodwin is a full-service, top notch firm that can handle my most complicated litigation matters.’

‘Daryl Wiesen is one of the best life sciences trial counsel working today. John Bennett and Emily Rapalino are also excellent litigators and trial counsel.’

Key clients

Absen Inc., Glux, Liantronics LLC, Leyard American Corporation, Unilumin LED Technology FL LLC

Civiq Holdings

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Facebook, Inc. d/b/a eko (“eko”)


MSN Laboratories Private Limited and MSN Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Novartis International AG

Pass & Seymour, Inc.

Teva Pharmaceuticals International GmbH and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

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

Goodwin is highly active in the field of venture capital funds, with San Francisco-based Ian O’Donnell and Boston-based Thomas Beaudoin, who advises venture capital and private equity funds, venture capitalists and institutional investors in the US and around the world. The firm has a strong formation practice that spans all levels of the market. Paul Verbesey and John Ferguson head the team, from the Washington D.C and New York offices, respectively; both have a strong track record in the formation of a variety of funds. Verbesey is particularly recommended for clients which require shariah compliance advice, while Feguson is also active in the field of investment manager M&A. Former practice head David Watson, who operates out of the Boston office, is highly experienced in fund formation and regulatory work, with a client list that includes InTandem Capital Partners, Blue Vista Capital Management, and Turner Impact Capital, among others. Robert Fore is another key figure on the West Coast, particularly for venture capital fund formation.

Practice head(s):

John Ferguson; Paul Verbesey

Other key lawyers:

David Watson; Ian O’Donnell; Thomas Beaudoin; Robert Fore

Key clients

Pine Brook Road Advisors, L.P.

Turner Impact Capital


500 Startups

WestView Capital Partners

83North Venture Capital


Nueberger Berman

TA Associates

InTandem Capital Partners

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

Goodwin’s products litigation & counselling group, recently renamed to reflect an increased focus on pre-litigation matters, has the ability to handle cases across the country as mass torts and MDLs. With its global operations team the firm can assist clients not only with legal but also with operational issues. Glenn Kerner leads the group and represents several high-profile clients from the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. Joanne Gray, an acclaimed lawyer in the food and healthy living sector, continues to be a key figure. Up-and-comer Nilda Isidro has expanded her focus on matters involving innovative and emerging technologies. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Kerner

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Gray; Richard Oetheimer; Nilda Isidro

Key clients

Herbalife International, Inc.

Kolmar Laboratories Inc.

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

Goodwin’s products litigation & counselling group, recently renamed to reflect an increased focus on pre-litigation, has a national presence and expertise in complex mass torts. Glenn Kerner in New York, who serves as national counsel for high-profile pharmaceutical and medical device companies, leads the practice. Recent successes include obtaining a dismissal of 433 plaintiffs for lack of personal jurisdiction in California for the amiodarone dispute. Boston-based Sarah Frederick continues to be a lawyer to watch.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Kerner

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Frederick; Nilda Isidro

Key clients

Barr Pharmaceuticals, LLC and Barr Laboratories, Inc.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R&D, Inc.; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Real estate Tier 3

The ‘deal-oriented’ lawyers at Goodwin impress with their capability to manage ‘the most complicated of transactions’. A high degree of their focus is targeted towards the representation of clients throughout the entire life span of their investments. Specifically, the team assists with the formation of fund investment vehicles, including open-ended, close-end, opt-out and commingled funds, thereafter supporting them on a range of transactions such as joint ventures, direct single asset and portfolio acquisitions, ground-up development projects, financing, construction contracting and leasing mandates. Chaired by Boston-based Minta Kay, the group also regularly represents development and hospitality companies, investment managers, REITs and pension plans on the full array of real estate matters. Elsewhere, Los Angeles-based Dean Pappas is noted for its real estate-related M&A and ground lease expertise, while Jim Broderick is a specialist in the structuring and implementation of equity joint venture and complex debt investments.

Practice head(s):

Minta Kay

Other key lawyers:

Dean Pappas; Jim Broderick


‘Goodwin’s team is incredibly responsive, hard-working and keyed into the market; they are also very deal-oriented and generally focused on practical solutions.’

‘The team and specifically senior partners are unmatched in their ability to represent our interests in the most complicated transactions.’

‘I am aware of the team’s focus on technology and the PropTech space, which I anticipate will lead to its being on the forefront of implementing innovative practices/technologies as they arise.’

‘The senior partners in particular with whom I have worked most are top notch in their sophistication, ability to dissect complex situations and execute on complex transactions, and willingness to find time for virtually any matter.’

‘In a fast-paced and time-constrained environment, they also are very good at boiling down issues quickly and directly to highlight the questions and solicit responses as necessary. Minta Kay and Dean Pappas fall into this category.’

Key clients

AEW Capital Management

AvalonBay Communities

Brookfield Financial Properties

DSF Advisors

Eastern Real Estate

Essex Property Trust

G&Z Holdings

Hobbs Brook Management


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

Goodwin’s Boston-based group provides a broad range of activist defense services, with a recent successful track record of advising multiple technology companies. The team has extensive experience in proxy contests and has been highlighted by clients for its ability to ‘craft the strategy to maximize the chances of the client winning a proxy contest’. The department is led by ‘fierce advocateJoseph Johnson III, who is ‘excellent at reading the room’. Splitting time between Boston and New York, Andrew Goodman contributes to the team's corporate governance offering in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Johnson III

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Goodman; Lisa Haddad; Deborah Birnbach; John Haggerty


‘They are extremely hands-on and strategic in their advice – not just legal advice but crafting the strategy to maximize the chances of the client winning a proxy contest.’

‘Excellent activism defense counsel. Skilled at advocating for their clients’ interest while helping to navigate through constructive engagement that enables the board and management to successfully reach their objective.’

‘Strong experience as corporate counsel and knowledge of the issues and strategies of activist campaigns. Unique in that Goodwin is the go-to law firm for public companies based in the Northeast US, and so they end up serving as company counsel in many situations involving activist investors at their public company clients.’

‘Joe Johnson, who runs the department, is about as good as any lawyer with whom I’ve worked. Smart, efficient, responsive and experienced. Joe is really the only lawyer on the team with whom I work directly.’

‘Joe Johnson is outstanding. Tells it like it is rather than what one wants to hear. Activist whisperer, fierce advocate, skilled negotiator, excellent at reading the room, and helping his clients get to the right outcome.’

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

Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 4

Washington DC-based counsel David Solander heads the team at Goodwin, and advises clients on a wide range of fund formation and regulatory issues. In addition, the team is particularly notable for its prominence in the cryptocurrency space, handling a range of mandates for notable crypto asset managers such as Electric Capital Partners and Multicoin Capital Management. The firm also maintains an active investor-side practice that frequently works for VCs with an interest in the digital asset funds space. It is also active in fund acquisitions, handling a wide range of regulatory and business integration matters following such deals.

Practice head(s):

David Solander

Key clients

Multicoin Capital Management

Discovery Capital Management

C-III Capital Partners

Alger Dynamic Return Fund LLC

Electric Capital Partners

Southside Capital

Seavest Investment Group

One Stone Capital, LLC

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

Executive compensation matters form the backbone of Goodwin's practice. In Silicon Valley, Lynda Galligan advises a solid client roster of emerging companies in the life sciences and technology sectors on all aspects of executive compensation issues, including equity-incentive plans. Galligan shares leadership of the practice with Washington DC-based Patrick Menasco, who is recognized here for his advice to international financial institutions on Title 1 issues, including DOL investigations and prohibited transaction exemptions. Scott Webster retired in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Lynda Galligan; Patrick Menasco

Key clients

Affirm, Inc.

Blue Jeans Network, Inc.

Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc.

Guidewire Software Inc.

Machine Zone, Inc.

ModernaTX, Inc.

Quora, Inc.

Slack Technologies

TA Associates

Twilio, Inc.

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

Goodwin’s focus on mid-market technology and healthcare sector deals has brought a steady flow of activity throughout 2020, with industry fund clients continuing to make investments in Covid-safe targets in these sectors. The team has been prolific in buyouts and exits, recording significant deal numbers despite challenging economic conditions. Andrew Weidhaas is the key name in Silicon Valley, and has continued his strong record in growth capital and private equity transactions in the tech sector, working on early-growth deals all the way up to acquisitions of Fortune 50 companies. Michael Kendall and John LeClaire are contacts in Boston. LeClaire is a highly experienced practitioner specializing in the healthcare sector, who recently advised Cano Health on its $4.4bn merger of Jaws Acquisition Corp, a healthcare-focused SPAC. Kendall is also an active dealmaker, particularly in the areas of technology, biotech, telecoms, and retail, with notable clients including TA Associates and JMC Management. New York-based Stuart Rosenthal leads the firm's healthcare verticals group.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Weidhaas; Michael Kendall; John LeClaire

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Rosenthal

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


Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 4

The technology-focused trade secret and employee mobility practice of Goodwin has expertise in IP, employment, cybersecurity, criminal conduct and commercial litigation. The firm prosecutes and defends trade secrets and misappropriation claims, as well as advising on non-contentious matters including drafting confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements and developing processes to mitigate risks of trade secret litigation. San Francisco-based Koray Bulut specializes in trade secrets work and employee mobility issues. He co-leads the team with experienced litigator Mark Tully in Boston.

Practice head(s):

Koray Bulut; Mark Tully

Other key lawyers:

Neel Chatterjee; Darryl Woo; Brett Schuman


‘The lead attorney is well-connected with experts and he pulls in the experts. Big ego people don’t pull in experts like Neel Chatterjee did. Neel is super smart and has a humble ego–which in my opinion makes him stronger. Neel also pulled in more junior attorneys who were doing a lot of the background work and gave them an opportunity to present.’

Key clients

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Nines, Inc.

Seed Beauty, LLC (and subsidiaries Beta Beauty, LLC and MM Cosmetics, LLC) d/b/a eko

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

Proficient City Ltd. (aka Game Hollywood)

Shimmur, Inc. d/b/a Community

UDP Labs

Symphony Communication Services, LLC

MarketDial, Inc.

Purple Innovation, Inc.


Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

Goodwin represents every type of major stakeholder in troubled companies and investment funds in out-of-court restructurings, formal bankruptcy proceedings and complex insolvency-related matters such as fraudulent transfer cases. The group is largely based in New York, where contacts include practice co-chairs Michael Goldstein and William Weintraub, as well as recommended practitioner Howard Steel, who has extensive experience in Securities Investor Protection Act proceedings, mass tort cases and distressed debt trading issues.

Practice head(s):

Michael Goldstein; William Weintraub

Other key lawyers:

Howard Steel


‘They simply have the ability to understand a situation, then discuss strategically to plan next steps.’

‘They found a structuring solution to a legal conflict that no other attorney or team saw. It brought the other side to the table.’

‘They have personality, intelligence and always have our best interests in mind.’

‘Michael Goldstein had a depth of experience that made him an invaluable resource during the legal conflict.’

Key clients

Actavis, Inc.

Benefit Street Partners

Curvature, Inc.

Development Specialists, Inc.

EverStream Energy Capital Management LLC

Lyft, Inc.

Novelion Therapeutics Inc.

Proteus Digital Health

SolarWorld Americas, Inc.

Urban Edge Properties

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

Goodwin’s ‘exceptionally strong’ appellate work encompasses ERISA and regulatory litigation; high-profile client representations in sectors such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences; and cases at their certiorari and merits stage brought before the US Supreme Court. In a recent standout appearance before the US Supreme Court, a team led by Brian Burgess assumed pro bono representation for Texas prisoner Gregory Banister and persuaded the Justices to reiterate the distinction between a prisoner’s first and second petition for a writ of habeas corpus; the victory comes with significant implications for the appellate rights of convicts. Moreover, the group does not cease to chart high-profile wins in IP appeals at the Federal Circuit. In this regard, clients single out practice co-head William Jay for being able to ‘address difficult questions from the judges that were not part of the briefing’. Multiple highly regarded appellate specialists are also based in Boston, where Kevin Martin leads a group including David Zimmer and associate Gerard Cedrone.

Practice head(s):

William Jay; Kevin Martin

Other key lawyers:

Brian Burgess; David Zimmer; Jaime Santos; Andrew Kim; Gerard Cedrone


‘Top-notch appellate practice in an efficient and effective team.’

‘Having seen William Jay argue a case on our behalf in front of the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit, I was very impressed. Willy was quick on his feet and was able to address difficult questions from the judges that were not part of the briefing, while the opposing counsel fell on his face.

‘David Zimmer is a rising star with much potential.’

‘The firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice is exceptionally strong. The firm has a great leader in Willy Jay, and real bench strength. The firm has a particularly strong and well-deserved reputation in the IP space.’

‘The firm has broad knowledge and experience enabling it to position cases well for appellate review, and to take complex legal propositions and make them simple and persuasive.’

‘Mike Giannotto is a smart, down-to-earth litigator who grasps the big picture and is adept at achieving very good practical results.’

‘Brian Burgess is a very good thinker and writer with the unique skill of taking complicated controversial topics and making them simple, understandable and logical.’

‘Jaime Santos is an astute and highly engaged lawyer who delved deeply but also efficiently into the legal issues on a high-profile appeal before the Second Circuit. She and her colleague provided the Board with a crystal clear, not overly-technical for non-lawyers, but also very sophisticated analysis of the case and proposed strategy. She then executed the same perfectly. Andrew Kim was the second member of the team and took the initial laboring oar of drafting the brief, which was then fully edited by Jaime such that I can’t say whose writing the final version represented; this is actually a positive outcome since the legal research was comprehensive, the analysis highly original and distinctive in harmonizing and proposing guidance in a messed-up area of the law, and the writing style was vigorous and persuasive. Stellar work.’

Key clients

Association for Accessible Medicines

Braeburn Inc.

Citizens Bank, N.A.

CNA Insurance

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

EcoServices, LLC

General Electric

Nevada Gold Mines

Sandoz, Inc.

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

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 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.

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