Higher Education

Higher education and research institutions face unique legal issues whether it is related to campus safety, online learning, employee relations, or Title IX or other investigations. Goodwin’s interdisciplinary team of more than 40 lawyers is intimately familiar with the unique circumstances and needs these institutions face day-to-day. Institutions of higher education rely on Goodwin’s advice and counsel in a broad range of areas including corporate governance, transactional, 501(c)(3) and tax matters, investment management, government investigations, litigation, real estate, energy, intellectual property, planned giving, ERISA, and labor and employment.

Some of America’s leading schools have engaged the firm to advise on:

  • Sensitive governance matters, including presidential transitions and restructuring of boards of trustees and senior administrative teams
  • Crisis and reputation management, including providing counsel, strategy and hands-on leadership to senior administrators and boards of trustees with respect to highly sensitive matters, legal obstacles, public relations, and regulatory and political issues
  • Investment Office activities, including the review and negotiation of private equity, venture capital and hedge fund and other investments, and fiduciary and regulatory compliance
  • Management of leading innovation technologies, obtaining federal and state grants, and structuring joint ventures, sponsored research arrangements and private investments, including highly regulated advanced technology partnerships with national laboratories and the departments of energy and defense, among others
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Tax-Exempt Organizations

Nonprofit and charitable organizations of all types and sizes depend on Goodwin for sound advice on the range of legal issues they encounter from forming tax-exempt entities to serving as outside counsel for day-to-day legal issues. Our interdisciplinary team of lawyers works with colleges, universities, research organizations, museums, environmental organizations, family and corporate foundations, and community development/lending organizations. The Tax-exempt practice includes Goodwin lawyers from the corporate, tax, real estate, ERISA/employee benefits, intellectual property, environmental and litigation practices.

 
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Mergers + Acquisitions

Goodwin lawyers have deep experience guiding clients through both public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions of all types including leveraged buyouts, tender offers, spinoffs, divestitures and go-privates (both in the U.S. and abroad). Our lawyers bring a distinctive combination of regulatory and transactional expertise, characterized by a high degree of tax and financial sophistication, and a commercial negotiating style that is essential for success. We blend technical know-how and specific industry experience to get deals done quickly and efficiently. We draw on a firm-wide network of specialists in tax, intellectual property, real estate and executive compensation to help clients find practical, innovative solutions to their problems. 
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Private Investment Funds

Few firms offer the breadth of practice that we bring to private fund managers and investors. We understand the issues specific to different types of funds and offer advice that comes from a wealth of experience across industries and global markets. Our lawyers work in all the key industries, including, real estate, venture capital, private equity, infrastructure, natural resources and hedge funds, raising funds worldwide that range from less than $50 million to over $12 billion. The depth and breadth of our experience allows us to provide our clients with the most current market terms for their industry as well as access to cutting-edge developments across industries.

We handle every stage in the life cycle, and we provide fund managers with the sophisticated level of counsel required for forming, advising and operating private investment funds. Within fund formation, we take a creative approach, starting with not only the specific objectives of a particular fund but also an assessment of how the fund fits within the client’s broader business goals. We then help fund managers determine the best structure and terms to achieve those goals.

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Environmental Litigation

Clients in a broad spectrum of industry sectors including manufacturing, consumer products, hardrock mining, conventional and renewable energy, clean tech, private equity, financial services, educational institutions, and real estate investment and development work with Goodwin’s renowned Environmental Practice to resolve their most difficult environmental challenges. These challenges include multi-party litigation, contested administrative rulemaking and permitting proceedings, new legislative initiatives, major enforcement actions, compliance investigations, Brownfields redevelopment projects, and management of complex sites, particularly those involving contaminated sediments or vapor intrusion.

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Labor + Employment

Management teams of all sizes and across a broad spectrum of industries rely on Goodwin for advice and representation in all areas of labor and employment law. We provide practical advice to employers on hiring and disciplinary practices, compensation, workplace violence, privacy concerns, issues arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act, loyalty issues, and protection of employer good will and proprietary information via restrictions on post-employment competition.

Our lawyers have extensive employment litigation experience involving all significant employment law issues, including reasonable accommodation of disabilities; sexual harassment; discrimination claims arising out of reductions in force; individual disparate treatment claims; wrongful discharge/public policy claims; employment contract and employee benefits claims; wage and hour disputes; and enforcement of noncompetition obligations.

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Patent Litigation

In a high-stakes patent dispute, the fighting advantage goes to the side with the right litigation experience. We’re ranked by Corporate Counsel as having one of the nation’s most active patent litigation practices. From the courtroom to the boardroom, Goodwin’s more than 100 IP lawyers and scientists are dedicated to actively protecting client assets.
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Privacy + Cybersecurity

As businesses today face an increasingly sophisticated threat environment compounded by aggressive regulatory enforcement, companies need a partner who can help you mitigate risk and respond to the unthinkable. Our Privacy + Cybersecurity practice is one of the longest-standing privacy practices of any AmLaw 50 firm. Dating back to the late 1990s and established formally in 2004, it is fully integrated and leverages the firm's core strengths, with the group's lawyers coming from the technology, financial institutions, licensing, litigation, regulatory and appellate practices. This unique approach, focusing on client needs and value, enables us to engage specialists whose experience is framed by a holistic understanding of clients' needs in this threatening environment. Our practice provides a full spectrum of services from advice and counseling, transaction-related advice, defense of class action litigation and government enforcement actions. Having counseled on hundreds of data breaches and litigated landmark cases, we provide practical advice on all aspects of information-related management and risk before, during and after breaches. 
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Development + Permitting

Real estate development requires technical expertise and dedication. Building a successful project starts with good working partnerships and Goodwin is committed to guiding our clients from concept to completion of every project. We counsel developers, investors, corporate owners and managers, nonprofit institutions and investors in large-scale projects of all kinds.

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Finance + Restructurings

Whether the strategy is to cut losses and move on, work through, step back or place bets on the future, Goodwin's real estate finance lawyers are active market participants, creatively guiding clients through the challenges of the various credit markets. We understand the complexities involved in both existing and proposed capital structures and the varying motivations of stakeholders. Our broad and deep experience allows us to counsel clients effectively as they address a variety of financing needs and opportunities in an ever-evolving, and sometimes volatile, market.
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Leasing

Landlords and tenants engage Goodwin’s Leasing practice for comprehensive legal counsel in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use leasing matters. Clients can face a full range of issues in lease transactions, including tax, ADA and environmental issues, as well as the negotiation of architect and construction contracts and subcontracts. Goodwin’s Leasing practice is broad-based in scope, with specialists who have devoted their careers to representing clients in leasing and related transactions efficiently and cost-effectively. Clients count on Goodwin’s insight into how leasing transactions fit in the broader context of real estate investment and corporate operations.
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Debt Finance

Goodwin’s Debt Finance practice represents borrowers, private equity sponsors and lenders in a broad range of financing transactions. Our Debt Finance lawyers work closely with the firm's Private Equity, Technology Companies, Capital Markets, and Financial Restructuring groups structuring, negotiating and documenting domestic and cross-border debt financing arrangements, including secured and unsecured senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt facilities, acquisition-financing transactions, working capital facilities, as well as loan workouts and restructurings.

On the borrower side, Goodwin represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies, leading public and private companies and start-ups in a wide variety of business industries. On the lender side, Goodwin’s clients include domestic and international banks, insurance and finance companies, mezzanine lenders, business development companies and other institutional investors.

 
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Technology

As a growing technology company, your prospects are exciting and your challenges are unique – from securing funding, protecting IP, and navigating the regulatory environment, to differentiating yourself in the marketplace, managing customer acquisition and scaling your business. We get it. We are proud to bring a comprehensive, coordinated approach that interconnects business, new technologies and the law.

At Goodwin, we share your entrepreneurial spirit. We partner with you to grow your business and realize your potential more effectively – with a combination of legal experience and business savvy that can scale with management teams from the earliest stages of development through mature public company. We support clients at all stages of the corporate life cycle with legal advisory related to company formation, IP protection, licensing, commercial agreements and venture financing to IPOs, M&A, corporate governance, board matters and more.

With 180+ lawyers dedicated to the industry, we have one of the largest and most recognized technology practices in the United States. Consistently rated in the top five most active of all law firms for venture capital, IPOs and M&A, we draw on our deep experience and network of clients and investors to provide the most effective and efficient counsel for today’s emerging companies.

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Life Sciences

Succeeding in the life sciences industry is as much about strategy and execution as it is about research and development. In this highly competitive business, you need more than the best and brightest ideas – you need a legal and strategic partner that understands the challenges of securing funding, safeguarding intellectual property, establishing partnerships, bringing new products to market, opening up new revenue streams, and protecting existing product lines.

Lawyers in our life sciences practice are deeply experienced in corporate governance, financing and M&A transactions, collaborations and licensing, regulatory matters, and intellectual property law. As part of our interdisciplinary approach, we also collaborate with attorneys in our patent litigation, products liability, employment and tax practices to protect client interests and to advocate on their behalf.

With a full service team of highly experienced lawyers resident in key life sciences hubs, our team helps clients find the strategic paths that foster growth and minimize risk across all phases of the corporate life cycle. Motivated by the knowledge that the work that we do with you is improving people’s lives, we serve as an extension of your team so you can focus on your core business.

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Business + Commercial Litigation

Companies often face complex disputes with other businesses, government entities, or groups of individuals, which require an understanding of both the business issue and the industry of the client. Our Business Litigation practice specializes in handling these complex disputes, representing leaders in diverse industry sectors, including many Fortune 100 companies, in connection with their most important litigation matters. What sets us apart from our peers is our depth of trial and arbitration experience, class action expertise, and connections to the specialized business litigation courts across the country.
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Related Practices
Tax-Exempt Organizations

Nonprofit and charitable organizations of all types and sizes depend on Goodwin for sound advice on the range of legal issues they encounter from forming tax-exempt entities to serving as outside counsel for day-to-day legal issues. Our interdisciplinary team of lawyers works with colleges, universities, research organizations, museums, environmental organizations, family and corporate foundations, and community development/lending organizations. The Tax-exempt practice includes Goodwin lawyers from the corporate, tax, real estate, ERISA/employee benefits, intellectual property, environmental and litigation practices.

 
Read More
Mergers + Acquisitions
Goodwin lawyers have deep experience guiding clients through both public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions of all types including leveraged buyouts, tender offers, spinoffs, divestitures and go-privates (both in the U.S. and abroad). Our lawyers bring a distinctive combination of regulatory and transactional expertise, characterized by a high degree of tax and financial sophistication, and a commercial negotiating style that is essential for success. We blend technical know-how and specific industry experience to get deals done quickly and efficiently. We draw on a firm-wide network of specialists in tax, intellectual property, real estate and executive compensation to help clients find practical, innovative solutions to their problems. 
Read More
Private Investment Funds

Few firms offer the breadth of practice that we bring to private fund managers and investors. We understand the issues specific to different types of funds and offer advice that comes from a wealth of experience across industries and global markets. Our lawyers work in all the key industries, including, real estate, venture capital, private equity, infrastructure, natural resources and hedge funds, raising funds worldwide that range from less than $50 million to over $12 billion. The depth and breadth of our experience allows us to provide our clients with the most current market terms for their industry as well as access to cutting-edge developments across industries.

We handle every stage in the life cycle, and we provide fund managers with the sophisticated level of counsel required for forming, advising and operating private investment funds. Within fund formation, we take a creative approach, starting with not only the specific objectives of a particular fund but also an assessment of how the fund fits within the client’s broader business goals. We then help fund managers determine the best structure and terms to achieve those goals.

Read More
Environmental Litigation

Clients in a broad spectrum of industry sectors including manufacturing, consumer products, hardrock mining, conventional and renewable energy, clean tech, private equity, financial services, educational institutions, and real estate investment and development work with Goodwin’s renowned Environmental Practice to resolve their most difficult environmental challenges. These challenges include multi-party litigation, contested administrative rulemaking and permitting proceedings, new legislative initiatives, major enforcement actions, compliance investigations, Brownfields redevelopment projects, and management of complex sites, particularly those involving contaminated sediments or vapor intrusion.

Read More
Labor + Employment

Management teams of all sizes and across a broad spectrum of industries rely on Goodwin for advice and representation in all areas of labor and employment law. We provide practical advice to employers on hiring and disciplinary practices, compensation, workplace violence, privacy concerns, issues arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act, loyalty issues, and protection of employer good will and proprietary information via restrictions on post-employment competition.

Our lawyers have extensive employment litigation experience involving all significant employment law issues, including reasonable accommodation of disabilities; sexual harassment; discrimination claims arising out of reductions in force; individual disparate treatment claims; wrongful discharge/public policy claims; employment contract and employee benefits claims; wage and hour disputes; and enforcement of noncompetition obligations.

Read More
Patent Litigation
In a high-stakes patent dispute, the fighting advantage goes to the side with the right litigation experience. We’re ranked by Corporate Counsel as having one of the nation’s most active patent litigation practices. From the courtroom to the boardroom, Goodwin’s more than 100 IP lawyers and scientists are dedicated to actively protecting client assets.
Read More
Privacy + Cybersecurity
As businesses today face an increasingly sophisticated threat environment compounded by aggressive regulatory enforcement, companies need a partner who can help you mitigate risk and respond to the unthinkable. Our Privacy + Cybersecurity practice is one of the longest-standing privacy practices of any AmLaw 50 firm. Dating back to the late 1990s and established formally in 2004, it is fully integrated and leverages the firm's core strengths, with the group's lawyers coming from the technology, financial institutions, licensing, litigation, regulatory and appellate practices. This unique approach, focusing on client needs and value, enables us to engage specialists whose experience is framed by a holistic understanding of clients' needs in this threatening environment. Our practice provides a full spectrum of services from advice and counseling, transaction-related advice, defense of class action litigation and government enforcement actions. Having counseled on hundreds of data breaches and litigated landmark cases, we provide practical advice on all aspects of information-related management and risk before, during and after breaches. 
Read More
Development + Permitting

Real estate development requires technical expertise and dedication. Building a successful project starts with good working partnerships and Goodwin is committed to guiding our clients from concept to completion of every project. We counsel developers, investors, corporate owners and managers, nonprofit institutions and investors in large-scale projects of all kinds.

Read More
Finance + Restructurings
Whether the strategy is to cut losses and move on, work through, step back or place bets on the future, Goodwin's real estate finance lawyers are active market participants, creatively guiding clients through the challenges of the various credit markets. We understand the complexities involved in both existing and proposed capital structures and the varying motivations of stakeholders. Our broad and deep experience allows us to counsel clients effectively as they address a variety of financing needs and opportunities in an ever-evolving, and sometimes volatile, market.
Read More
Leasing
Landlords and tenants engage Goodwin’s Leasing practice for comprehensive legal counsel in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use leasing matters. Clients can face a full range of issues in lease transactions, including tax, ADA and environmental issues, as well as the negotiation of architect and construction contracts and subcontracts. Goodwin’s Leasing practice is broad-based in scope, with specialists who have devoted their careers to representing clients in leasing and related transactions efficiently and cost-effectively. Clients count on Goodwin’s insight into how leasing transactions fit in the broader context of real estate investment and corporate operations.
Read More
Debt Finance

Goodwin’s Debt Finance practice represents borrowers, private equity sponsors and lenders in a broad range of financing transactions. Our Debt Finance lawyers work closely with the firm's Private Equity, Technology Companies, Capital Markets, and Financial Restructuring groups structuring, negotiating and documenting domestic and cross-border debt financing arrangements, including secured and unsecured senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt facilities, acquisition-financing transactions, working capital facilities, as well as loan workouts and restructurings.

On the borrower side, Goodwin represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies, leading public and private companies and start-ups in a wide variety of business industries. On the lender side, Goodwin’s clients include domestic and international banks, insurance and finance companies, mezzanine lenders, business development companies and other institutional investors.

 
Read More
Technology

As a growing technology company, your prospects are exciting and your challenges are unique – from securing funding, protecting IP, and navigating the regulatory environment, to differentiating yourself in the marketplace, managing customer acquisition and scaling your business. We get it. We are proud to bring a comprehensive, coordinated approach that interconnects business, new technologies and the law.

At Goodwin, we share your entrepreneurial spirit. We partner with you to grow your business and realize your potential more effectively – with a combination of legal experience and business savvy that can scale with management teams from the earliest stages of development through mature public company. We support clients at all stages of the corporate life cycle with legal advisory related to company formation, IP protection, licensing, commercial agreements and venture financing to IPOs, M&A, corporate governance, board matters and more.

With 180+ lawyers dedicated to the industry, we have one of the largest and most recognized technology practices in the United States. Consistently rated in the top five most active of all law firms for venture capital, IPOs and M&A, we draw on our deep experience and network of clients and investors to provide the most effective and efficient counsel for today’s emerging companies.

Read More
Life Sciences

Succeeding in the life sciences industry is as much about strategy and execution as it is about research and development. In this highly competitive business, you need more than the best and brightest ideas – you need a legal and strategic partner that understands the challenges of securing funding, safeguarding intellectual property, establishing partnerships, bringing new products to market, opening up new revenue streams, and protecting existing product lines.

Lawyers in our life sciences practice are deeply experienced in corporate governance, financing and M&A transactions, collaborations and licensing, regulatory matters, and intellectual property law. As part of our interdisciplinary approach, we also collaborate with attorneys in our patent litigation, products liability, employment and tax practices to protect client interests and to advocate on their behalf.

With a full service team of highly experienced lawyers resident in key life sciences hubs, our team helps clients find the strategic paths that foster growth and minimize risk across all phases of the corporate life cycle. Motivated by the knowledge that the work that we do with you is improving people’s lives, we serve as an extension of your team so you can focus on your core business.

Read More
Business + Commercial Litigation
Companies often face complex disputes with other businesses, government entities, or groups of individuals, which require an understanding of both the business issue and the industry of the client. Our Business Litigation practice specializes in handling these complex disputes, representing leaders in diverse industry sectors, including many Fortune 100 companies, in connection with their most important litigation matters. What sets us apart from our peers is our depth of trial and arbitration experience, class action expertise, and connections to the specialized business litigation courts across the country.
Read More