John Goheen

John Goheen

John Goheen
Washington, DC
+1 202 346 4458

John Goheen is a partner in Goodwin’s Antitrust and Competition practice and Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. He advises clients on matters involving all aspects of antitrust and competition law, including merger reviews, government antitrust investigations, antitrust litigation, and counseling on a variety of competition issues. He regularly represents clients in antitrust investigations by the FTC, DOJ, and state attorneys general, and has experience counseling clients across a wide range of industries, including technology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services, consumer products, retail, infrastructure, industrials and manufacturing, and business and professional services.


John’s representative experience includes advising:

  • Versanis Bio in its definitive agreement to be acquired by Eli Lilly and Company for up to $1.925 billion
  • Bobbie in its acquisition of Nature’s One
  • Qualtrics International in its acquisition by Silver Lake, in partnership with CPP Investments, for approximately $12.5 billion
  • PPD in its $17.4 billion acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific*
  • Melrose in its $3.625 billion sale of Nortek Air Management Business to Madison Industries*
  • Hellman & Friedman in its acquisition of The NPD Group*
  • BMC Stock Holdings in its merger with Builders FirstSource*
  • Renaissance Learning in its acquisition of myON*
  • Lorillard in the FTC review and clearance of its $27.4 billion sale to Reynolds American*
  • K2M in its $1.4 billion acquisition by Stryker*
  • Mars in its acquisition of KIND North America*
  • Applied Systems in its acquisition of Indio Technologies*
  • HCA in its simultaneous acquisitions of several hospitals from Tenet Health and Community Health Systems in Houston, TX*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin

Professional Activities

John serves on the board for the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Association (“LSSNCA”), a DC-based social services organization focusing on refugee and immigrant resettlement, workforce development programs, family and children services, and health, wellness, and education services.

John also previously served on the DC Bar Steering Committee on Antitrust and Competition for several years.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, John was counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.




American University Washington College of Law

(magna cum laude)


Emory University



  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Recognition & Awards

John has been recognized by Legal 500 for Merger Control in 2024. John has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as One to Watch in Antitrust Law for 2021-2023. He has been named to the Capitol Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2020-2022. He has been honored as a “Future Leader” by Who’s Who Legal in Competition for 2019-2022. Also, he was selected by Who’s Who Legal, as being among the highest-ranked Lawyers in “WWL: Competition” 2023-2024.


John’s publications include:

John’s speaking engagements include:

  • Speaker, “Antitrust Implications of State Regulators’ Increasing Scrutiny,” Goodwin Webinar, June 13, 2024