US Recruitment Policies

Note to Placement Agencies 

We value your input and assistance in the hiring process.

To ensure a smooth and efficient working relationship, please note our guidelines for working with placement/search agencies, shown below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • We will only accept resume submissions from search firms with whom we have a current search/fee agreement on file. If your firm/agency does not have an agreement with us (of if you are unsure whether a current agreement exists), please contact one of our local office Talent Acquisition, Legal contacts to ascertain agreement status.
  • Resumes must be submitted through our online application in order to be deemed a valid submission. Our online application can be accessed by clicking “Apply” on the Job Details page. Resumes submitted to lawyers in our firm will not be deemed valid submissions unless a member of the Talent Acquisition, Legal team for the relevant office location is also copied on such submission and/or correspondence regarding potential candidates.
  • For professional staff positions resumes must be submitted to the Professional Staff Recruitment team (see our Contact Page) in order to be deemed a valid submission. Resumes submitted to the hiring managers will not be deemed valid submissions unless a member of the Professional Staff Recruitment team is copied on the submission and/or correspondence regarding potential candidates. Please note not all positions are open to placement agencies. 
  • Transcripts must accompany all associate candidate submissions.
  • If the conditions above are not satisfied, submissions will be deemed unsolicited and no fee will be paid by Goodwin Procter for hiring said candidate(s).

Goodwin Recruitment Privacy Policy for California Residents

Effective: March 11, 2020

Goodwin Procter LLP and its affiliated undertakings ( “Goodwin,” “we,” “us,” “our”) is providing this Recruitment Privacy Policy (“Policy”) to individuals residing in California who apply to work at or for Goodwin (“Applicants”).

For purposes of this Policy, “Personal Information” means information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, to an Applicant. 

Please contact with any questions or to access an alternative form of this Policy.

The purpose of this Policy is to describe:

  1. the categories of Personal Information that Goodwin collects about Applicants who reside in California; and
  2. the purposes for which Goodwin uses such Personal Information.

Categories of Personal Information Collected:

Category of Personal Information  Examples 
Identification Information  Your name, address, email address, telephone numbers, date of birth, social media profiles/handles, and other contact details 
Sensitive Information  Your social security number, passport number, driver’s license or state ID card number, and insurance information. 
Application Information  Your resume information (including school(s) attended, years of attendance, degree, major, employment history, languages spoken, interests, skills, and prior or desired salary), questionnaire responses, interview evaluations, reference information, offer letter information, and background check information (including criminal record checks, credit reports, standing and capacity, sex offender records, insolvency records, bankruptcy filings, and civil litigation history). 
Employment Information  Your green card status, federal or state identification forms and numbers, beneficiary/dependent information (including names, addresses, dates of birth and social security numbers), past employment history (including references) current employment information (including job titles, salary information, and performance evaluations), as well as information related to hours, working patterns, pay and benefits. 
Financial Information  Your bank account and compensation information. 
Demographic Information  Your nationality, racial and ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability and age. 
Physical and Biometric Information  Your fingerprints and photographs and physical descriptions of you. 
Health Information  If necessary, we will process other information concerning your health and/or any disability. 
Communication Information  Information contained in communications sent and received. 
Education Information  Your education history (including, but not limited to, school(s) attended, years of attendance, courses taken, degree, major, and grade point average). 


Purposes for which Personal Information will be used:

We use Personal Information for the following purposes:

  • To administer our recruitment process, including to source, recruit, and evaluate Applicants;
  • To assess eligibility for employment;
  • To perform background checks;
  • To communicate with Applicants;
  • To perform financial planning and budgeting and payroll administration;
  • To prepare immigration, payroll, and tax filings;
  • To offer and administer benefits;
  • To assess and report on the diversity of our Applicants;
  • To determine whether any adjustments to work arrangements are needed for health or other reasons; 
  • To ensure the security of our premises and systems; and
  • To exercise and defend legal claims and comply with applicable legal requirements.