Goodwin Procter, a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, announced today that Jeffrey A. Simes has been named Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, effective October 1. In this role, Simes will oversee Goodwin’s litigation strategy, the department’s growth and client relations.
A partner in the firm’s Business Litigation Group, Simes has held a number of leadership roles since joining Goodwin in 1999. Most recently, he served as the Head of Litigation for the New York office, as the firm’s National Hiring Partner, and as a member of the Partnership Committee.
“I’m thrilled that our partners elected Jeff to lead the firm’s litigation department, which is among the most talented in the industry,” said David M. Hashmall, Chair of Goodwin Procter. “Throughout his 16 years at the firm, Jeff has demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to Goodwin’s core values. In his new and expanded role, he will focus on refining and executing on a strong strategic vision in an evolving litigation market.”
In addition to a wide ranging business litigation practice, Simes maintains an active pro bono practice, with a particular focus on education, homelessness and poverty issues. His dedication to improving the communities in which we work and live has been recognized by the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar and the Legal Aid Society.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jeff was a public school teacher in Brooklyn and a charter corps member of Teach for America. He earned his J.D. and M.P.P. degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School, and his B.A. from Yale University.
Simes succeeds Mark E. Tully, who completed his term at the end of September and has dedicated more than a decade of leadership to Goodwin’s Litigation Department, including serving as its Chair for the past five years.
“We are indebted to Mark for his years of steadfast leadership,” said Robert S. Insolia, Managing Partner of Goodwin Procter. “His business acumen, hands-on approach and energetic leadership have allowed us to expand our litigation capabilities across the firm, and he has played an influential role in Goodwin’s success.”
Goodwin has more than 350 litigators engaged in high-profile disputes across the United States. The firm’s litigators counsel on alternative dispute resolution, litigation avoidance and risk management. They defend clients in enforcement matters and investigations, and conduct trials, hearings and arbitrations.
Goodwin Procter LLP is a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, with offices across the United States and in Europe and Asia. Excelling at complex transactional work and high-stakes litigation, the firm combines in-depth legal knowledge with practical business experience to help clients maximize opportunities and manage risk. With more than 850 lawyers, Goodwin offers innovative counsel and delivers results through a client-centric and collaborative approach. The firm focuses on matters involving financial institutions, intellectual property, private equity, real estate capital markets, securities litigation/white collar defense, and technology/life sciences. Information may be found at www.goodwinprocter.com. Follow us on Twitter @goodwinprocter.