John R. LeClaire

John R. LeClaire

Partner Co-Chair, Private Equity
John R. LeClaire

John LeClaire is co-founder and co-chair of the firm’s nationally ranked Private Equity Group, which was named the 2009 U.S. Buyout Firm of the Year by Buyouts magazine. The Goodwin Procter Private Equity Group serves leading private equity firms and growth companies operating in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mr. LeClaire’s practice focuses on private equity transactions and relationships with growth companies. He joined Goodwin Procter in 1982 and has been a partner since 1989.


Mr. LeClaire is listed in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, US News – Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 United States, Lawdragon 500, Leading Dealmakers in America and Best Lawyers in America. While attending law school, he was the Articles Editor for the Boston University Law Review.

Areas of Practice


Mr. LeClaire’s private equity work includes leveraged recapitalizations, buyouts and minority investments in the U.S. and abroad, both in later stage situations and earlier stage ventures, for leading private equity firms. He also specializes in the representation of emerging growth companies in sectors such as technology and information services, health care, financial services and consumer products. Mr. LeClaire’s work with these companies focuses on strategic counsel, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and other financing transactions, equity and executive compensation programs for senior executives, and going-private transactions.

Mr. LeClaire’s other private equity work has involved the creation of collective investment vehicles for institutional investors. Examples of this work include the establishment of investment initiatives in emerging markets such as Latin America, China and Russia.



J.D., 1982
Boston University School of Law

(magna cum laude)

A.B., 1979
Brown University

(magna cum laude)



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