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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Stephen Goodman, Philadelphia, USA

Stephen Goodman

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Stephen M. Goodman is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice and has been with the firm since 1994. His practice, focused on corporate finance and acquisitions, is dedicated to fostering emerging growth companies in the Philadelphia region through direct work with clients and active involvement in the emerging growth community. As strategic counsel to startups in the technology and life sciences sectors, Mr. Goodman identifies companies with potential and takes them from conception through product development, growth, and beyond. Some of the companies he has nurtured include CDnow, VerticalNet, ICG Commerce, AirClic, ExcelleRx, and Mr. Goodman is a founder of and senior partner in the firm's Emerging Business and Technology Practice. He has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA, an annual independent ranking of top lawyers, as an influential authority for his work with emerging growth companies. In May 2011, he received the Legend Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT). In selecting Mr. Goodman for the honor, PACT noted, "He has played a leading role in nurturing scores of prominent success stories and is considered a valuable asset to the Greater Philadelphia business community." For more information, view Mr. Goodman’s biography at


Mr. Goodman is also founder of the firm's "Connect at Morgan Lewis" program, which brings together investors and entrepreneurs and guides clients through the process of refining their investor presentations through individual coaching sessions. He is the longest-tenured member of the advisory board for the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Entrepreneurial Program. He also teaches "Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship" at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Law. In addition to his close involvement with clients and his support and participation in the regional entrepreneurial and venture capital networks, Mr. Goodman devotes significant time to mentoring young lawyers in the firm.


Recipient, Philadelphia Bar Association's Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award (2008); Editor-in-Chief, University of Pennsylvania Law Review; Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School - "Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship"; Member, Board of Directors, Innovation Philadelphia; Member, Advisory Board, University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Entrepreneurship Program; Member, Advisory Board, Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.; Former Member, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Advisory Board to the Chairman; Former Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University Law Schools; Former Law Clerk, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2002–2014); Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (1993–2011); Listed as Leading, Corporate M&A, PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2008; Listed, Corporate Lawyer of the Year–Philadelphia, The Best Lawyers in America (2011); Listed, Best Lawyers Philadelphia Venture Capital Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2013)


University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1965, LL.B.; University of Pennsylvania, 1962, B.S.

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