Press Release April 05, 2018

Technology Industry’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers Scott Joachim and David Johanson Join Goodwin in Silicon Valley

Global 50 law firm Goodwin announced today that Scott Joachim and David Johanson have joined the firm’s Silicon Valley office as partners in the Private Equity and Technology Companies practices. Previously, Joachim and Johanson were partners at Fenwick & West LLP, where Joachim served as the founder and chair of the firm’s Private Equity practice.

“Goodwin is the firm at the intersection of private equity and technology,” said Joachim. “With a leading position in private equity buyouts and growth equity, a top ranked technology practice in the Valley, the Bay Area and beyond, and an international offering that is robust and poised for growth, we found Goodwin to be uniquely positioned to offer best-in-class counsel to private equity and venture firms, financial institutions, public and emerging companies, and entrepreneurs alike. David and I are thrilled to be joining the Goodwin platform.” 

“Scott and David are among the most well-regarded and best-known private equity and technology lawyers in Northern California,” said A.J. Weidhaas, Co-Chair of Goodwin’s Private Equity practice. “Their practices align perfectly with our highly collaborative Private Equity and Technology practices, which are attracting top talent as we continue to see robust client demand. We are excited to welcome Scott and David to the Goodwin partnership.”    

Joachim advises private equity, growth capital and venture capital investors, public and emerging companies and entrepreneurs in complex financial and strategic transactions in the technology sector. He also advises many of the largest financial services firms on and beyond Wall Street in connection with consortium transactions, strategic investments and M&A transactions.

Joachim received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia. Joachim can be reached at and 650.752.3149 and 212.459.7034.

Johanson represents private equity sponsors, including buyout funds, growth equity funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds. He also represents the companies partnering with those sponsors in complex business transactions, and advises public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, business transactions and general corporate matters.

Johanson received his J.D. from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law and his B.A. from Northwestern University. He is admitted to practice in California and Illinois. Johanson can be reached at and 650.752.3150.

Mergermarket’s Global & Regional M&A Report recently ranked Goodwin among the top legal advisors across all geographies and sectors, including in the top two for Global and U.S. private equity exits, and U.S. private equity buyouts and exits, and among the top five for U.S. M&A deals. M&A Atlas Awards named Goodwin the 2017 “Outstanding U.S. Private Equity Law Firm of the Year.” The firm’s Technology Companies practice is consistently rated in the top five most active of all law firms for venture capital, IPOs and M&A.