John LeClaire is co-founder and co-chair of Goodwin's nationally ranked Private Equity Group. The Goodwin Private Equity Group has served leading private equity firms and growth companies for nearly 30 years and was recently named U.S. private equity law firm of the year for 2017 by The M+A Atlas Awards. Mr. LeClaire joined Goodwin in 1982 and has been a partner since 1989.





Mr. LeClaire’s private equity work includes leveraged recapitalizations, buyouts and minority investments in the U.S. and abroad, for leading private equity firms, including TA Associates, Partners Group, Goldman Sachs, KKR, Leeds Equity Partners, NauticPartners, Webster Capital, 1251 Capital, InTandem Capital and Ridgemont Equity Partners, among others. He also specializes in the representation of growth companies in sectors such as technology and information services, health care, financial services and consumer products. Mr. LeClaire’s work focuses on strategic counsel, LBOs, mergers and acquisitions, growth equity investments and other financing transactions, equity and executive compensation programs for senior executives, going-private and IPO transactions.

Mr. LeClaire’s other private equity work has involved the creation of collective investment vehicles for institutional investors, including first generation projects in emerging markets such as Latin America, China and Russia.


Mr. LeClaire one of the most prominent private equity and growth company lawyers in the U.S. He is listed in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessUS News – Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 United States, Lawdragon 500, Leading Dealmakers in America and Best Lawyers in America. While attending law school, he was the Articles Editor for the Boston University Law Review.

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J.D., 1982
Boston University School of Law

(magna cum laude)

A.B., 1979
Brown University

(magna cum laude)



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