Press Release June 11, 2010

Chambers USA 2010 Ranks Goodwin Procter in 40 Practice Areas

100 Goodwin Procter Attorneys Selected as Leaders in Their Fields

BOSTON, June 11, 2010 — Goodwin Procter announced today that the prestigious legal directory Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized the firm for excellence in numerous practice area categories in its 2010 edition; 101 of the firm’s attorneys have been named as leading lawyers.  Goodwin Procter’s practice groups garnered a top tier ranking in 12 categories, and were ranked in 40 categories overall.  Since its inception eight years ago, Chambers USA has consistently named Goodwin Procter and its attorneys as among the best in the legal industry.

Goodwin Procter’s recognition includes both national and state categories, and spans across the firm’s practice areas.  For the fourth consecutive year, Gilbert G. Menna achieved the coveted “Star Performer” ranking in REITs, a designation that is the “standard by which others are judged and is reserved for those individuals whose profile is far ahead of the pack.”  In addition, Robert S. Basseches was honored as a “Senior Statesman” in Transportation:  Shipping:  Regulatory (outside New York). 

At the national level, Goodwin Procter was honored in Investment Funds, including the sub-categories of Hedge Funds, Private Equity:  Fund Formation, Registered Funds and Venture Capital.  The firm was also recognized nationally for its Climate Change, Corporate/M&A, Financial Services Regulation, Life Sciences, Privacy & Data Security, Private Equity:  Buyouts, REITs, Securities Litigation and Transportation practices.  On the state level, Goodwin Procter was selected for excellence in categories such as California Venture Capital, Massachusetts Real Estate, New York Intellectual Property, and Washington, D.C. Corporate/M&A & Private Equity, among others.

Following are the partners who were ranked in Chambers USA 2010 and the category of law in which they were placed:


  • Marco Adelfio:  Investment Funds:  Registered Funds
  • Lynne B. Barr:  Financial Services Regulation:  Banking (Compliance) and Financial Services Regulation:  Consumer Financial (Compliance)
  • Robert T. Basseches:  Transportation:  Shipping:  Regulatory (Outside New York)
  • Mark H. Burnett:  Private Equity:  Buyouts
  • John J. Cleary:  Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • David B. Cook:  Transportation:  Shipping:  Regulatory (Outside New York)
  • John J. Egan III:  Investment Funds:  Venture Capital
  • Edward Glazer:  Capital Markets:  REITs
  • Thomas M. Hefferon:  Financial Services Regulation:  Consumer Financial (Compliance)
  • Mark Holland:  Securities:  Litigation
  • William P. Mayer:  Financial Services Regulation:  Financial Institutions M&A
  • Gilbert G. Menna:  Capital Markets:  REITs
  • Philip Newman:  Investment Funds:  Registered Funds
  • Christopher E. Palmer:  Investment Funds:  Registered Funds
  • Regina M. Pisa:  Financial Services Regulation:  Financial Institutions M&A
  • H. Neal Sandford:  Capital Markets:  REITs
  • Ettore A. Santucci:  Capital Markets:  REITs
  • L. Kevin Sheridan:  Investment Funds:  Hedge Funds
  • Derek Steingarten:  Investment Funds:  Registered Funds
  • Kingsley L. Taft:  Life Sciences:  Corporate/Commercial
  • Paul F. Ware Jr.:  Litigation:  Trial Lawyers
  • David W. Watson:  Investment Funds:  Private Equity:  Fund Formation


  • William C. Davisson:  Corporate/M&A:  Venture Capital
  • Gerald Dodson:  Intellectual Property:  Patent
  • Edward C. Hagerott:  Real Estate
  • Forrest A. Hainline:  Litigation:  General Commercial
  • Dean C. Pappas:  Real Estate
  • Eric R. Reimer:  Banking & Finance


  • John D. Aldock:  Litigation:  General Commercial
  • James R. Bieke:  Environment
  • Michael S. Giannotto:  Environment
  • James A. Hutchinson:  Corporate/M&A & Private Equity


  • David J. Apfel:  Litigation:  White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Jocelyn Arel:  Corporate/M&A
  • Christopher B. Barker:  Real Estate
  • Lynne B. Barr:  Banking & Finance:  Corporate & Regulatory
  • Mark T. Bettencourt:  Corporate/M&A
  • James M. Broderick:  Real Estate
  • Mark A. Burnett:  Corporate/M&A and Private Equity:  Buyouts
  • Stuart M. Cable:  Corporate/M&A
  • Stephen G. Charkoudian:  Intellectual Property
  • John J. Cleary:  Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Howard A. Cubell:  Tax
  • James M. Curley:  Private Equity:  Buyouts
  • J. Anthony Downs:  Intellectual Property
  • John J. Egan III:  Corporate/M&A and Private Equity:  Venture Capital Investment
  • Robert H. Fitzgerald:  Environment
  • Steven J. Frank:  Intellectual Property
  • Michael H. Glazer:  Real Estate
  • Daniel M. Glosband:  Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Heidi Goldstein Shepherd:  Labor & Employment
  • Duncan Greenhalgh:  Intellectual Property
  • John Haggerty:  Corporate/M&A
  • Robert Hale:  Labor & Employment
  • Martin R. Healy:  Real Estate:  Zoning/Land Use
  • Laura Hodges Taylor:  Private Equity:  Buyouts
  • Joseph L. Johnson III:  Corporate/M&A
  • Lawrence Kaplan:  Real Estate:  Zoning/Land Use
  • Minta E. Kay:  Real Estate
  • Michael J. Kendall:  Private Equity:  Buyouts
  • Douglas J. Kline:  Intellectual Property
  • Thomas LaFond:  Banking & Finance and Banking & Finance:  Corporate & Regulatory
  • John R. LeClaire:  Private Equity:  Buyouts
  • R. Jeffrey Lyman:  Real Estate:  Zoning/Land Use
  • Mark Macenka:  Private Equity:  Venture Capital Investment
  • William P. Mayer:  Banking & Finance:  Corporate & Regulatory
  • Gilbert G. Menna:  Corporate/M&A
  • James W. Nagle:  Labor & Employment
  • Philip Newman:  Hedge & Mutual Funds
  • Brian E. Pastuszenski:  Litigation:  Securities
  • Regina M. Pisa:  Banking & Finance:  Corporate & Regulatory
  • Edmund R. Pitcher:  Intellectual Property
  • James C. Rehnquist:  Litigation:  White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • H. Neal Sandford:  Tax
  • Ettore A. Santucci:  Corporate/M&A
  • Joseph F. Savage:  Litigation:  White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • William J. Schnoor:  Private Equity:  Venture Capital Investment
  • Paul D. Schwartz:  Real Estate
  • Bradford J. Smith:  Labor & Employment
  • Derek Steingarten:  Hedge & Mutual Funds
  • Andrew Sucoff:  Real Estate
  • Paul F. Ware Jr.:  Intellectual Property and Litigation:  General Commercial
  • David W. Watson:  Private Equity:  Fund Formation
  • Scott A. Webster:  Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • William H. Whitledge:  Tax


  • Mark J. Abate:  Intellectual Property:  Patent
  • Alyssa A. Grikscheit:  Latin American Investment
  • David M. Hashmall:  Intellectual Property:  Patent
  • Mark Holland:  Litigation:  Securities
  • Richard M. Strassberg:  Litigation:  White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Andrew J. Weidhaas:  Corporate/M&A
  • William J. Weiss:  Tax

To compile the directory, Chambers canvasses clients and lawyers across the United States to obtain a consistent market view of which firms and attorneys are considered leaders in their field.  Rankings assess key qualities in the legal field, including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence and commitment as well as valuable client services.

Please click here for the complete listing of Goodwin Procter’s rankings in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA.

About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with 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, products liability and mass torts. Information may be found at