Press Release March 30, 2009

Goodwin Procter Named "Law Firm Of The Year" For The Buyout Industry

BOSTON, March 30, 2009 Buyouts Magazine has awarded Goodwin Procter its coveted “Law Firm of the Year” award, which recognizes the most outstanding law firm serving the buyout industry. Goodwin Procter was chosen based on its experience in traditional leveraged buyouts as well as in the expanding growth equity sector, and in reflection of the practice’s robust expansion in the new markets, organically and through the addition of lateral partners.

“We are thrilled to receive this award,” said John LeClaire, chair of the firm’s Private Equity Group. “We’ve worked hard as a team to build this practice, and had a blast in the process. What we really have to credit are the loyalty and excellence of our clients.  We like to think of ourselves as their partners, and we love helping them succeed.”

Buyouts announced the winner at its third annual awards dinner at the Grand Hyatt in New York City on March 26. The other law firms nominated for the award include Jones Day, Debevoise & Plimpton, and Latham & Watkins. 

Goodwin Procter’s Private Equity Practice focuses on buyouts, recapitalizations and portfolio company transactions, representing both single investors and “clubs.” The firm has a team of over 100 attorneys who specialize in buyouts, growth equity transactions and other private equity investments and M&A transactions throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. In 2008, Private Equity Analyst ranked Goodwin Procter the second most active law firm in the country for buyout deals (based on volume). Goodwin Procter is also ranked by Chambers USA as one of the elite private equity practices in the United States.

About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with 900 attorneys in offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C. The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property, tax and products liability. Information may be found at