Awards and Rankings
December 28, 2020

Deborah Birnbach Named A Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Go To Lawyer


Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has named Deborah Birnbach a Go To Lawyer for Business Law. The award honors lawyers throughout Massachusetts who are recognized experts in their field, have demonstrated a strong track record of success and excel at collaboratively working with clients.

Birnbach is a partner and co-chairs Goodwin’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Public M&A / Corporate Governance practices. She regularly works hand-in-hand with Goodwin’s corporate team, advising on complex M&A deals in the technology and life sciences industries. She has also distinguished herself as a highly sought-after advisor for life sciences and pharmaceutical companies facing sensitive and often times, bet-the-company securities litigation matters and investigations.

Among Birnbach’s recent M&A success stories are victories for the former board of directors of Lionbridge Technologies, obtaining summary judgment dismissal of securities class action lawsuits challenging Lionbridge’s sale to H.I.G. Capital, and obtaining dismissal of class action litigation against Spark Therapeutics and its board of directors in connection with the $4.8 billion sale of Spark to Roche. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly noted her representation of biopharmaceutical company Zafgen, Inc. in securities class action litigation that ultimately resulted in a dismissal upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Beyond her practice, Birnbach was praised “as a role model for other women working in the life sciences and technology industries.” She has spent several years serving as co-chair of Women@Goodwin, leading the firm’s efforts to attract, retain, develop and advance women at all stages of their careers.