Joe Johnson is a partner in Goodwin’s Business Law Department and chair of its M+A/Corporate Governance Practice. Mr. Johnson advises clients in shareholder activism matters and with respect to public mergers and acquisitions and a variety of corporate governance matters.




Proxy Contests and Other Shareholder Activism Matters

Mr. Johnson represents companies in connection with shareholder activism and proxy contests. He has recently represented Cognizant,  iRobot, Brightcove, Wells Fargo Multi-Sector Income Fund, Relmada Therapeutics, Lionbridge, LoJack, Progress Software and CPEX Pharmaceuticals in connection with such matters.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mr. Johnson has substantial experience in the merger and acquisition area, especially in the life sciences and tech spaces representing both buyers and sellers, including:

  • Imprivata in connection with its sale to Thoma Bravo
  • Millennial Media in connection with its sale to AOL
  • Patheon Inc. in connection with its sale to JLL
  • Ansys, Inc. with its acquisitions of Ansoft Corporation, Apache Design Solutions, Inc., Fluent, Inc., Reaction Design Corporation and Space Claim Corp
  • Zalicus Inc. in connection with its sale to Epirus


Mr. Johnson has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, U.S. News-Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 U.S. and Massachusetts Super Lawyers. In 2015 and 2016, he was recognized in The Legal 500 United States as a “Leading Lawyer” for middle-market M&A. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Boston College Law Review during 1985-1986.

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J.D., 1986
Boston College Law School

(summa cum laude)

B.A., 1983
Vassar College

(cum laude)



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