Overview

Introduction

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2022)

1.5K - 2K

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

40

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)

162


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No. of Summer Associates (2022)

163 total (150 2Ls; 13 1Ls)


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No. of U.S. Offices

7

Vault Verdict

Firm's Response

About the Firm

Associate Reviews


  • “Our culture is our pride. It's an important factor that drew me to the firm and its continued role in my day-to-day happiness cannot be overstated. My colleagues are genuinely good people with whom I enjoy interacting. I find that the people I work with care about my career and about me generally. The atmosphere is collegial. People treat others as human beings regardless of title.”
  • “My colleagues at Goodwin are fantastic to work with—friendly, relaxed, thoughtful, and smart. In a nutshell, Goodwin lawyers take their work very seriously, but do not take themselves too seriously. There are more than enough opportunities for lawyers to socialize together, through firm-planned and firm-sponsored events, but there is also no pressure to socialize outside of normal working hours. Everyone is very understanding towards those who prefer to go home to their families and maintain work-life boundaries.”
  • “We have innovative clients and I think that translates to the firm itself. Goodwin is very collegial, and suggestions as to how to innovate and improve are always well taken. It is a place where people are rightly proud to work, but I don't think there are many overly large egos here.” 
  • “Goodwin emphasizes the importance of its culture, and it's not just talk. People genuinely care about each other and Goodwin hires folks who will contribute to the firm's open and welcoming culture. As a lateral, I am so impressed with how down-to-earth the partners are, and how much they care about associate and staff wellbeing.”

Why Work Here


At Goodwin, we partner with our clients to practice law with integrity, ingenuity, agility, and ambition. Our 1,400 lawyers across the United States, Europe, and Asia excel at complex transactions, high-stakes litigation and world-class advisory services in the technology, life sciences, real estate, private equity, and financial industries. Our unique combination of deep experience serving both the innovators and investors in a rapidly changing, technology-driven economy sets us apart.

Diversity at Goodwin

"Goodwin is committed to promoting diversity in our firm and the legal profession, as well as fostering an inclusive environment in which each attorney and staff member has the opportunity to excel and thrive. Diversity and inclusion are core values at Goodwin, and we believe that they make us stronger as a firm, as a provider of legal services and as an employer. It's also a matter of justice. We believe that equity demands a diverse workforce and legal profession, and as the first AmLaw 100 law firm led by a woman, we have a lengthy track..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “We are looking for people who will be a good fit in our culture—someone who will work hard, be kind to others, and think creatively about solutions for clients. In my experience on the hiring committee, we have steadily widened our range of ‘target’ schools, and I wouldn't characterize Goodwin as primarily targeting Ivy League schools (or even T-14). That said, a candidate at a lower-ranking school really needs to show strong academic credentials, and pre-law school work experience is always a plus.”
  • “For lateral candidates, of course, the criteria are a bit different and focus on experience. For law school candidates, the firm considers traditional factors—though the interviewers are no longer provided the grades for candidates—such as law school,  grades, journal/moot court, clerkship, work experience, diversity, personality, etc. We use focused interviewing.” 
  • “I think Goodwin emphasizes personality, ability to learn, and willingness to work hard in its hiring decisions. Goodwin offers training and guidance for those who interview candidates.”
  • “The firm is looking for smart, humble, team players who want to work on cutting edge issues and can take ownership early.”

Practice Area Q&A’s


Edwin M. O’Connor & Deborah Birnbach

Partner and Co-Chair & Partner & Co-Chair

Goodwin

Amy Keller & Jen Necas

Partner & Counsel

Goodwin

Martin Gomez & Naomi Birbach

Partner & Associate

Goodwin

Andrew Pusar & Kristin Gerber

Partner & Associate

Goodwin

Perks & Benefits