Joe Savage, a partner in Goodwin's Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense group, has a national practice that concentrates on white collar criminal defense, governmental investigations work and complex civil litigation. His practice involves representing individuals and companies in a wide variety of fraud, false claims act, securities, health care, tax, public corruption, environmental and other investigations by federal, state and local law enforcement and government regulators, as well as representing companies and individuals in civil litigation, especially complex commercial disputes.

With more than 30 years’ experience, Mr. Savage is one of the most widely respected and accomplished trial lawyers in the nation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the Litigation Counsel of America, and is annually recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and U.S. News-Best Lawyers, which named him Boston white collar “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017 and 2019.

Among his numerous civic contributions, Mr. Savage served on Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Task Force on Ethics Reform and is a founding board member and former chairman of the New England Innocence Project.





White Collar Criminal Defense

Mr. Savage has tried approximately 50 cases in U.S. District Courts throughout the country. His representations include:

  • The president of an international pharmaceutical company at trial in U.S. District Court for anti-kickback allegations that resulted in an acquittal.
  • A medical device company in connection with allegations by U.S. Attorney, District of Kansas of off label marketing resulting in a civil resolution.
  • A medical device company in the District of Massachusetts in connection with a criminal investigation of anti-kickback and sales and marketing violations resulting in a deferred prosecution and civil resolution.
  • A waste-to-energy plant in a Massachusetts Attorney General criminal investigation and false claims act case resulting in a civil settlement.
  • A major telecommunications provider in multiple false claims act, consumer protection and tax matters pursued by the Massachusetts Attorney General.
  • A major financial institution sued by DOJ for violation of the False Claims Act in connection with underwriting Government backed mortgages.

Civil Litigation

Mr. Savage has also handled sophisticated trade secret, Lanham Act, RICO, consumer fraud, business tort and other civil litigation, including multi-district class action litigation. His recent representations include:

  • A national medical accreditation organization in connection with civil rights and discrimination claims.
  • One of the world’s largest banks in connection with several different class actions alleging improper mortgage fees and charges.
  • One of the country’s premier financial services providers in connection with employment discrimination cases and ERISA class action suits.

Mr. Savage counsels clients on establishing compliance programs, especially in the high tech, biotech and healthcare fields.

Professional Activities

Mr. Savage served on the Massachusetts Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform, and also was selected to serve on the Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Preventing Wrongful Convictions and on the Criminal Justice Reform Task Force. He is a founding board member and former chairman of the New England Innocence Project, former co-chairman of the ABA Science and Technology Committee, former chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Federal Bar Association, former co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association Criminal Justice Section and is an active supporter and coordinator of pro bono services for the Massachusetts Bail Fund.

Mr. Savage is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a member of the American Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council of New York, as well as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a former Advisory Board member of the Boston Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Savage was a partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP in Boston, where he directed the group’s white collar crime and governmental investigations work. He was a federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, New York, West Virginia and Missouri.


Mr. Savage has been featured in U.S. News Best Lawyers (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense), which also named him Boston White Collar “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017 and 2019, and repeatedly cited in Boston Magazine: Top Ten Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Top 100 New England Super Lawyers, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and Legal 500 (White Collar Defense). He was also named 2007 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year, Frank J. Murray Inn of Court. He is also listed in Global Investigations Review 100, a guide to the world’s leading firms for corporate investigations, and as one of the world’s leading white collar crime lawyers by Euromoney’s Expert Guides: White Collar Crime Lawyers.

While in law school, Mr. Savage was a member of the Virginia Law Review.

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J.D., 1981
University of Virginia School of Law

(Order of the Coif)

B.A., 1978
Harvard College

(magna cum laude)


1981 to 1982 U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Honorable A. David Mazzone



West Virginia


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