Joe Theis, a partner in Goodwin's Technology Companies and Capital Markets practices, concentrates in general corporate and securities law and has significant experience in capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, SEC compliance and corporate governance. Mr. Theis represents public and private emerging growth technology companies as well as venture capital funds and investment banks focusing on technology companies. He has experience advising companies through every stage of the corporate life cycle – from initial financing through successful initial public offering or acquisition.

Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2014, Mr. Theis captures attention for his capital markets practice, often featuring significant IPOs. He is viewed as a “very effective counselor to his clients,” and has been praised for his “business focus, responsiveness and knowledge of the market.”

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Mr. Theis’ representative clients include HubSpot, Brightcove, Virtusa, Neos Therapeutics, Globoforce, and Interactions. His transactional experience includes the following capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions:

Capital Markets

  • Hubspot, an inbound marketing and sales platform, in its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange and subsequent follow-on offering
  • Neos Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing ADHD products, in its initial public offering on the Nasdaq Global Market
  • Borderfree, a provider international cross-border ecommerce solutions, in its initial public offering on the Nasdaq Global Market
  • Opower, a provider of cloud-based software to the utility industry, in its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange
  • J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in Trivago’s initial public offering on the Nasdaq Global Market
  • Fleetmatics Group PLC, a leading global provider of commercial fleet management solutions, in its initial public offering of common stock on the New York Stock Exchange and three subsequent follow-on offerings
  • Brightcove, a provider of online video publishing and distribution services, in its initial public offering on the Nasdaq Global Market

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Fleetmatics, in its sale to Verizon
  • Borderfree, in its sale to Pitney Bowes
  • Gazelle, an eCommerce company, in its sale to Outerwall
  • Brightcove in its acquisitions of Unicorn Media and Zencoder
  • Celcite Management Solutions, a provider of self-optimizing network and network management solutions, in its sale to Amdocs
  • NameMedia, a leading marketplace for premium domain names, in its sale of assets to GoDaddy
  • Broadhop, a provider of next-generation policy control and service management technology for carrier networks, in its sale to Cisco
  • Endeca Technologies, a provider of unstructured data management, web commerce and business intelligence solutions, in its sale to Oracle
  • ExtendMedia, a provider of software-based Content Management Systems, in its sale to Cisco
  • Level One, an apartment software services firm, in its sale to RealPage
  • athenehealth in its acquisitions of Anodyne Health and Proxsys
  • Fleetmatics in its acquisition of SageQuest
Professional Activities

Mr. Theis is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations. He has also served as a mentor for the MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and has been a guest lecturer at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2005, Mr. Theis was an associate in the Business Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston.


In 2013, he was named to the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list – a group of business leaders who, according to the BBJ, represent the next wave of talent and commitment in the Boston economy. Since 2007, he has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer "Rising Star" by Law & Politics and Boston magazine. He has also been named a 2014 Boston “Rising Star” by the National Law Journal.

Mr. Theis received the 2006 Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project Pro Bono Attorney Award for assisting two Ugandan women with successful asylum applications.

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J.D., 2003
Boston College Law School

(cum laude)

B.A., 2000
Boston College



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