Chad W. Harple

Chad W. Harple

Chad W. Harple

Chad Harple is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, securities litigation and commercial litigation. He joined Goodwin in 2013.


Since joining Goodwin, Mr. Harple has represented clients in a variety of civil and criminal investigations, shareholder litigation and commercial disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration. He has experience in all phases of litigation, from initial pleadings, through discovery, trial and appeal, and his clients have ranged from individuals and small, private or nonprofit entities to large public companies. Two of Mr. Harple’s representative matters include:

  • United States v. Reichel: Defending a sales executive at a pharmaceutical company accused of conspiring to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute. Mr. Reichel was acquitted following a four-week jury trial.
  • In Re: New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. Products Liability Litigation: Representing UniFirst Corporation in a multi-district litigation (MDL) involving hundreds of claims based on a meningitis outbreak caused by alleged criminal wrongdoing by the New England Compounding Center.

Mr. Harple also has an active pro bono practice, which has included representing indigent defendants charged in state and federal court and investigating discrimination claims raised against a nonprofit entity.

In 2015, Mr. Harple served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  During his six-month secondment, he prosecuted numerous misdemeanor and felony cases, including by trying ten jury trials to verdict and arguing numerous dispositive and evidentiary motions.

Professional Activities

Mr. Harple is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Harple served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.


While attending law school, Mr. Harple was Chair of the Moot Court Board, elected to the Order of Barristers and awarded the Brisman Prize and Vanderbilt Medal.



J.D., 2012
New York University School of Law
B.A., 2006
Yale University


2012 to 2013 U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton





U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
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