Appellate Litigation

Goodwin's appellate litigators have briefed and argued hundreds of high stakes appeals, securing victories for clients in federal and state appellate courts throughout the United States. Lawyers in our Appellate Litigation practice are experts at working cooperatively as part of a team — alongside trial counsel and subject-matter experts — to preserve and present the best possible case on appeal and maximize our clients’ chances for success.

Our work begins well before a case goes on appeal: preparing dispositive motions in trial court; preserving error for appellate review; handling post-verdict motions practice; and even initiating litigation, to set aside arbitrary decisions by administrative agencies or to enjoin unconstitutional or invalid laws on legal grounds. Members of the practice have argued more than a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and have briefed scores of others.

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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property assets represent significant value for businesses in the United States.  For some clients, these assets represent an entire career or a body of research; for others, they're a 100-year-old trademark, or a newly acquired license. Whether it’s structuring transactions or resolving high-stakes property disputes, we understand the unique needs of each client, and anticipate how those needs will change over time. With superior experience– from scientists who’ve worked in the field, to litigators with International Trade Commission and federal court experience – we’re privileged to represent national and international companies in a broad cross-section of industries.
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Securities + Shareholder Litigation

When a company is faced with a securities class action or shareholder derivative litigation, they need a partner who understands what is at stake and can think outside the box to achieve resolution. Goodwin’s deep experience, creative thinking and tenacity has led to our involvement in precedent-setting securities cases in courts across the country. The results we achieve are best of breed and have helped shape the law nationally, including outright dismissals of billions of dollars in putative class action and shareholder derivative claims. Our cases range from defending high tech and biotech companies in class action securities fraud litigation brought following restatements of earnings or the release of bad business news, to resolving shareholder derivative challenges, to multibillion dollar mergers and acquisitions.

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Class Actions

Complex litigation increasingly takes the form of a class action or mass litigation. These cases can impose a heavy burden on companies, both in terms of time and exposure. For more than 25 years, Goodwin lawyers have defended our clients against national class and mass tort actions across industries, including financial services, securities, insurance, electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, tobacco, food and supplements, and other consumer goods and services. Goodwin trial lawyers have defended more than 500 nationwide or statewide class actions in the past five years alone, including many with potential exposure of billions of dollars.
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Consumer Financial Services

To be successful, consumer financial services companies strive to offer new and innovative products and services through traditional and online channels. Banks and thrifts, mortgage companies, consumer lenders, credit card issuers, payments networks, auto lenders, technology companies and leasing entities regularly turn to Goodwin for counsel. We provide regulatory advice involving the development of new products, assist with the chartering and licensing of new financial services companies, draft compliance policies and procedures, conduct compliance reviews, and counsel on privacy and cybersecurity matters. Our attorneys regularly represent consumer financial services companies and trade associations — including the Electronic Funds Transfer Association and the
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Products Liability + Mass Torts

Companies facing products liability and mass tort litigation require experienced counsel with a sophisticated, multi-disciplinary practice. At the same time, the stakes for corporate defendants have grown to “bet the company” magnitude in many instances. Companies in these situations count on Goodwin to ensure their interests are optimally protected.
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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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Patent Prosecution + Counseling

When others attempt to infringe or misappropriate our clients’ patent rights, we vigorously assert and protect those rights. Goodwin’s Patent Prosecution + Counseling Practice draws from more than 100 intellectual property specialists across the firm. Our patent attorneys are devoted to developing and implementing sophisticated patent procurement, management and exploitation policies to further our clients’ business goals. We serve a diverse array of domestic and international companies, procuring and enforcing patent rights, providing proactive counsel to determine the patent rights of others, and in conjunction with our IP Litigation practice, defending against infringement claims.
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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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Related Practices
Intellectual Property
Intellectual property assets represent significant value for businesses in the United States.  For some clients, these assets represent an entire career or a body of research; for others, they're a 100-year-old trademark, or a newly acquired license. Whether it’s structuring transactions or resolving high-stakes property disputes, we understand the unique needs of each client, and anticipate how those needs will change over time. With superior experience– from scientists who’ve worked in the field, to litigators with International Trade Commission and federal court experience – we’re privileged to represent national and international companies in a broad cross-section of industries.
Read More
Securities + Shareholder Litigation

When a company is faced with a securities class action or shareholder derivative litigation, they need a partner who understands what is at stake and can think outside the box to achieve resolution. Goodwin’s deep experience, creative thinking and tenacity has led to our involvement in precedent-setting securities cases in courts across the country. The results we achieve are best of breed and have helped shape the law nationally, including outright dismissals of billions of dollars in putative class action and shareholder derivative claims. Our cases range from defending high tech and biotech companies in class action securities fraud litigation brought following restatements of earnings or the release of bad business news, to resolving shareholder derivative challenges, to multibillion dollar mergers and acquisitions.

Read More
Class Actions
Complex litigation increasingly takes the form of a class action or mass litigation. These cases can impose a heavy burden on companies, both in terms of time and exposure. For more than 25 years, Goodwin lawyers have defended our clients against national class and mass tort actions across industries, including financial services, securities, insurance, electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, tobacco, food and supplements, and other consumer goods and services. Goodwin trial lawyers have defended more than 500 nationwide or statewide class actions in the past five years alone, including many with potential exposure of billions of dollars.
Read More
Consumer Financial Services
To be successful, consumer financial services companies strive to offer new and innovative products and services through traditional and online channels. Banks and thrifts, mortgage companies, consumer lenders, credit card issuers, payments networks, auto lenders, technology companies and leasing entities regularly turn to Goodwin for counsel. We provide regulatory advice involving the development of new products, assist with the chartering and licensing of new financial services companies, draft compliance policies and procedures, conduct compliance reviews, and counsel on privacy and cybersecurity matters. Our attorneys regularly represent consumer financial services companies and trade associations — including the Electronic Funds Transfer Association and the
Read More
Products Liability + Mass Torts
Companies facing products liability and mass tort litigation require experienced counsel with a sophisticated, multi-disciplinary practice. At the same time, the stakes for corporate defendants have grown to “bet the company” magnitude in many instances. Companies in these situations count on Goodwin to ensure their interests are optimally protected.
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
Patent Prosecution + Counseling
When others attempt to infringe or misappropriate our clients’ patent rights, we vigorously assert and protect those rights. Goodwin’s Patent Prosecution + Counseling Practice draws from more than 100 intellectual property specialists across the firm. Our patent attorneys are devoted to developing and implementing sophisticated patent procurement, management and exploitation policies to further our clients’ business goals. We serve a diverse array of domestic and international companies, procuring and enforcing patent rights, providing proactive counsel to determine the patent rights of others, and in conjunction with our IP Litigation practice, defending against infringement claims.
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.

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William M. Jay

DC Litigation Leader and Co-Chair, Appellate Litigation
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