Litigation + Dispute Resolution

Whether your litigation involves winning a case – or helping your company survive – you need the skills and experience of a sophisticated litigation practice. Goodwin Procter’s litigators provide you with results-oriented representation, drawing on talents of more than 350 trial lawyers, engaged in high-profile cases across the country.

We assist clients in a wide range of industries with trials, arbitrations, mediations and negotiations, and counsel on litigation avoidance and risk management. These matters primarily involve consumer financial services, intellectual property, white collar defense, securities litigation, commercial and business litigation, appellate, products liability and mass torts, labor and employment, ERISA litigation and antitrust.

We excel at integrating financial, scientific and other expertise with cutting-edge management and trial strategies and carefully assess all options for our clients. Our lawyers approach each new challenge as an urgent business matter to be resolved cost-effectively and under deadline.

Understanding our clients’ objectives is essential to successfully resolving matters. Success can mean quick and discrete resolution, a courtroom victory or a variety of other outcomes. We are committed to developing solutions to resolve our clients’ most challenging problems using approaches that meet their business needs.

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Antitrust + Competition

Whether facing a government investigation or seeking government approval for a complicated transaction, companies consistently turn to Goodwin’s experienced and accomplished Antitrust + Competition practice. With a roster of former government officials, business counselors, and seasoned trial lawyers, our Antitrust + Competition practice works collaboratively with the firm’s business law, intellectual property, SEC, and white collar defense attorneys. Through this unique collaboration, we are well-armed to advance our client’s interests at the United States Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and competition law enforcers abroad. We have tried competition cases to juries, judges, and arbitrators throughout the country, on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Our experience runs deep, as does our success.
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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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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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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 Litigation

Consumer financial services companies face a broad spectrum of issues unique to the industry, and you need counsel that understands the challenges the industry faces. With one of the most preeminent consumer financial services litigation practice groups in the nation, our lawyers know your industry. With experience in regulatory counseling and examinations, government investigations, enforcement proceedings, and litigation, we defend many of the nation’s largest financial institutions, including prominent banks, mortgage companies, credit card issuers, and insurers, in high-stakes consumer financial services litigation cases.
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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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ERISA Litigation

As retirement plans have come to hold an increasing proportion of the nation’s wealth, the number of lawsuits claiming violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”) has mushroomed. With our expertise in financial services and capital markets, we are uniquely positioned to defend ERISA litigation that challenges the way products and services within the employee benefit plan marketplace, including retirement, life, and health, are managed and administered.
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Insurance

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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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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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Proposition 65 + Food Labeling Litigation

Over the past 25 years, Proposition 65 litigation has become a real threat to businesses providing goods and services in California. The potential costs faced by corporate defendants are high – massive civil penalties, mandatory warnings on their products and damage to a company’s brand. Many law firms can process Proposition 65 cases; very few can try them and win. Goodwin has quickly become preeminent among those few firms.

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Related Practices
Antitrust + Competition
Whether facing a government investigation or seeking government approval for a complicated transaction, companies consistently turn to Goodwin’s experienced and accomplished Antitrust + Competition practice. With a roster of former government officials, business counselors, and seasoned trial lawyers, our Antitrust + Competition practice works collaboratively with the firm’s business law, intellectual property, SEC, and white collar defense attorneys. Through this unique collaboration, we are well-armed to advance our client’s interests at the United States Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and competition law enforcers abroad. We have tried competition cases to juries, judges, and arbitrators throughout the country, on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Our experience runs deep, as does our success.
Read More
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.
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
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 Litigation
Consumer financial services companies face a broad spectrum of issues unique to the industry, and you need counsel that understands the challenges the industry faces. With one of the most preeminent consumer financial services litigation practice groups in the nation, our lawyers know your industry. With experience in regulatory counseling and examinations, government investigations, enforcement proceedings, and litigation, we defend many of the nation’s largest financial institutions, including prominent banks, mortgage companies, credit card issuers, and insurers, in high-stakes consumer financial services litigation cases.
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
ERISA Litigation
As retirement plans have come to hold an increasing proportion of the nation’s wealth, the number of lawsuits claiming violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”) has mushroomed. With our expertise in financial services and capital markets, we are uniquely positioned to defend ERISA litigation that challenges the way products and services within the employee benefit plan marketplace, including retirement, life, and health, are managed and administered.
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Insurance
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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.

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
Proposition 65 + Food Labeling Litigation

Over the past 25 years, Proposition 65 litigation has become a real threat to businesses providing goods and services in California. The potential costs faced by corporate defendants are high – massive civil penalties, mandatory warnings on their products and damage to a company’s brand. Many law firms can process Proposition 65 cases; very few can try them and win. Goodwin has quickly become preeminent among those few firms.

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Jeffrey A. Simes

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