Press Release
July 1, 2015

Goodwin Procter Expands Private Equity Group with Addition of James Barrett and Edward Amer in Boston

Goodwin Procter, a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, announced today that James Barrett has joined the firm as partner and Edward Amer has joined as counsel. Both will be part of the firm’s Private Equity Group and will be based in its Boston office. Barrett and Amer come to Goodwin from Locke Lord LLP.

Barrett represents private equity and venture capital firms, life sciences and technology companies, boards of directors and management teams on a variety of transactional and corporate governance matters. His practice is focused on investment transactions, mergers, acquisitions, securities matters and general corporate representation. Prior to joining Goodwin, Barrett was co-chair of Locke Lord’s private equity and venture capital practice. 

Amer represents private equity and venture capital firms, investors and private companies in a broad range of business and financing transactions. His practice focuses primarily on private equity acquisitions and dispositions, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, start-up company counseling and general corporate representation.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jim and Ed to our private equity practice,” said John LeClaire, co-chair of Goodwin’s Private Equity Group. “They bring outstanding client relationships, depth and experience to our team as we build our focus on the private equity middle market in both the United States and internationally. They will mesh well with our team and their diverse experience, and in particular their work at the intersection of private equity, venture capital, technology and life sciences, will bring added value to our clients.”

“We are delighted that Jim and Ed have chosen to join Goodwin,” commented Andy Sucoff, chair of Goodwin’s Boston office. “The firm is committed to strategically building its private equity practice and ensuring that we provide outstanding service to our clients with the right people in the right markets.” 

Barrett received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached at  or (617) 570-1530.

Amer received his J.D. magna cum laude from Boston College Law School, where he was on the Boston College Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif, and his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College. He can be reached at or (617) 570-1586.

Goodwin Procter has a nationally recognized private equity practice focused primarily in the middle market. The firm’s deep market knowledge and industry relationships help its clients secure deals and build equity value. Goodwin has extensive experience and a long list of clients in a broad range of sectors including technology, healthcare, financial services and consumer. The firm’s attorneys represent early through late stage investors and companies, as well as lenders and financial institutions, covering the full life cycle of their investments and financings – including leveraged buyouts, growth equity, add-on acquisitions, re-financings,  dividend recaps and exits.

Goodwin Procter LLP is a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, with offices across the United States and in Europe and Asia. Excelling at complex transactional work and high-stakes litigation, the firm combines in-depth legal knowledge with practical business experience to help clients maximize opportunities and manage risk. With more than 850 lawyers, Goodwin offers innovative counsel and delivers results through a client-centric and collaborative approach. The firm focuses on matters involving financial institutions, intellectual property, private equity, real estate capital markets, securities litigation/white collar defense, and technology/life sciences. Information may be found at Follow us on Twitter @goodwinprocter.