Press Release June 04, 2007

Goodwin Procter Attorneys Win 2007 Burton Award for Legal Achievement

BOSTON, 2007 -- Goodwin Procter LLP today announced that partners John LeClaire and Lizette Perez-Deisboeck were selected to receive the prestigious Burton Award for Legal Achievement, which honors excellence in legal writing. The firm also has been awarded a "Record of Distinction" Award from Burton, which honors firms that have won legal achievement awards for three or more years.

LeClaire, Chair of the firm's Private Equity group and Perez-Deisboeck, a member of the firm's Technology and Private Equity groups, won this award for an article they co-wrote for Mergers & Acquisitions last September called, "PE Holdings May Be Sitting on Preferred Stock Powder Kegs." The article discusses the need for investors to pay attention to the issue of redemption rights to better insure their investments.

The Burton Awards are dedicated to the refinement and enrichment of writing in the legal profession. The program honors lawyers and law students who write clearly, concisely and precisely. The submissions, nominated by managing partners of law firms and law school deans, include articles published over the past year. The program selected 30 recipients of the award from submissions received from the 1,000 largest law firms in the country.

LeClaire is a co-founder and the chair of the firm's Private Equity group, which serves leading private equity firms and growth companies across the country. LeClaire's practice focuses on private equity transactions and relationships with growth companies throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Pérez-Deisboeck, is a partner in the firm's Business Law Department. She focuses her general corporate and securities practice on transactions involving emerging growth and high-growth businesses with an emphasis on technology companies. She also represents venture capital and private equity investors in investment transactions in the U.S. and Latin America. LeClaire and Pérez-Deisboeck practice in the firm’s Boston office.

Goodwin Procter's previous Burton award winners include Rich Strassberg (2005), a partner in the Litigation Department and chair of its White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice; and Alyssa Grikscheit (2006), a partner in the firm's Business Law Department, whose practice focuses on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, restructurings, securities law, licensing and general corporate law. Strassberg and Grikscheit practice in the firm's New York office.