Our Firm

Growth. Performance. Managing risk. However you define it, success in today’s global and digital age means addressing increasingly complex issues faster and more efficiently amid rapid change. Making the right decisions in this environment requires strategic counsel from an advisor who not only knows how laws are evolving in jurisdictions around the world, but also has a deep understanding of your particular industry. This is Goodwin.

We are a global 50 law firm with a history of working on groundbreaking matters, and an increasingly focused approach to working with clients in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries. Our more than 900 corporate and litigation attorneys leverage their specific experience and assemble full-service teams to advise clients in these and adjacent industries. 

It’s not just what we do. It’s why we do it — We strive to help you succeed, however you define success. You receive our best in every engagement – from an A-team roster focused on the matter at hand, to the collective know-how of highly collaborative attorneys in specialized practices across the firm. By helping you make the most of leveraging opportunities, protecting what’s important, and clearing obstacles in your way, Goodwin is recognized as a leader in the markets we serve.

At Goodwin, we use law to enable our clients’ success. When we partner with our clients to practice law, we do so not just with integrity, but with ingenuity, agility and ambition. And in so doing, we are able to make a powerful, positive and lasting impact. Find out more about our peopleservices and offices.


Goodwin was founded in Boston on July 1, 1912 by Harvard classmates Robert Eliot Goodwin and Joseph Osborne Procter, Jr. For more than 100 years – from playing an instrumental role in the Nuremburg Trials and helping to create the REITs industry in the 1960s, to electing the first woman chair among the AmLaw100 and helping to break down legal and cultural barriers to same sex marriage in the US—Goodwin’s purpose has never wavered: answer what’s never been seen before with what’s never been done before.

In 2012, we celebrated our Centennial and were pleased to share an ongoing series of milestones and stories from our history. These events form the foundation of Goodwin today, a foundation we build upon as we continue to push the boundaries on behalf of our clients.

Our Interactive History Timeline showcases selected milestones that chart the evolution of our firm.

Goodwin Timeline

Diversity + Inclusion

Goodwin is committed to promoting diversity in our law firm and in the legal profession. We are also committed to an inclusive environment in which each employee can excel and thrive. Diversity and inclusion are core to our business and our values, and our Chairman-led Inclusion Advisory Committee ensures that we make our efforts in this area a top priority.
Diversity & Inclusion

Pro Bono


Pro bono work is one of the cornerstones of our firm. Our attorneys, summer associates and paralegals work on a wide range of pro bono matters. Last year, we dedicated more than 65,000 hours to over 650 matters.

Pro Bono


 Goodwin Leadership

Goodwin is led by an Executive Committee and a Management Committee, as well as teams leading our practice groups and professional staff.

The Executive Committee is responsible for overall firm strategy, external growth efforts and client relations. The Management Committee directs the firm’s day-to-day operations. Practice group leaders oversee distinct industry and practice groups working on corporate and litigation matters. Our professional staff supports the firm’s lawyers across multiple disciplines to deliver exceptional service to Goodwin clients around the world.



Whether you were here for a few years or a few decades, you are part of the Goodwin tradition. The alumni section features regular updates on the firm, news about your fellow alumni, and most importantly, access to our Goodwin Alumni LinkedIn group where you can reconnect with former colleagues, make new professional contacts and learn about our upcoming alumni events. 

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