Joel Denis is an associate in Goodwin’s Technology and Life Sciences groups. His practice focuses on advising emerging companies and investors throughout the corporate life cycle, including pre-incorporation planning and formation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation and strategic advising. Mr. Denis represents clients in a wide array of sectors including blockchain and digital currency, cannabis and cleantech.

While attending law school, Mr. Denis served as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate and Chairman David Johanson of the International Trade Commission.

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Representative Matters



Venture Financings
  • ClimaCell in its Series B financing with participation from Envision Ventures, Ford Smart Mobility, Canaan, JetBlue Technology Ventures, and National Grid Technologies.
  • HqO in its Series B financing led by Insight Partners.
  • Embrace Mobile in its Series A financing led by AV8 Ventures, with participation from Y Combinator, Greycroft, and Pritzker Group Venture Capital.
  • Fincura in an equity financing.
  • Modulate in its Series Seed financing with participation from 2Enable Partners and Hyperplane Venture Capital.
  • RxRevu in its Series A financing led by the University of Colorado Health.
  • ROME Therapeutics in its Series A financing led by Google Ventures, with participation from ARCH Venture Partners and Partners Innovation Fund.
  • Karuna Pharmaceuticals in its Series A financing with participation from ARCH Venture Partners and PureTech Health.
  • Cabaletta Bio in its Series A and Series B financings led by 5AM Ventures.
  • Represents venture capital firms including Kleiner Perkins, Charles River Ventures, Kindred Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, and Bessemer Venture Partners.
Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Zendesk in its acquisition of Smooch Technologies.
  • Haven Money in its sale to Credit Karma.
  • Gixo in its sale to Beachbody.
  • Handy Technologies in its sale to ANGI Homeservices.
  • New England Treatment Access (“NETA”) in its sale to Surterra.
  • TellusLabs in its sale to Indigo Agriculture.
  • Exosome Diagnostics in its sale to Bio-Techne Corporation.
Professional Activities

Mr. Denis is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers (Boston Hub) and is Co-Chairman of the Harlem Lacrosse Associate’s Board. He is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Professional Experience

Mr. Denis previously worked for Latham & Watkins in London, focusing on international capital markets transactions.

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J.D., 2015
Georgetown University Law Center

(cum laude)

B.A., Political Science, 2012
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A., History, 2012
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill



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