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The Goodwin story began with a chance encounter on a Boston sidewalk in 1912. After some friendly conversation, two young lawyers, former classmates from college, decided to start their own law practice.

Today, a leading Global 25 law firm with 16 offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia, Goodwin’s nearly 2,000 lawyersfocus on building authentic, long-term relationships with our clients, who are some of the world’s most successful and innovative investors, entrepreneurs, and disruptors at the convergence of and within the life sciences, private equity, real estate, technology, and financial services industries.

With deep corporate, litigation, regulatory, and advisory experience across these industries, we offer innovative counsel and deliver results through a client-centric and collaborative approach. Our approach reflects our business-oriented mindset that can seamlessly navigate both the boardroom and the courtroom.

Why Join?

Our purpose is and always has been to help our clients achieve great things.At Goodwin, you will have the opportunity to work on complex cases and groundbreaking deals across themost exciting industries driving today’s and tomorrow’s economy.

Industry Expertise

Our immersive understanding of our clients’ industries – combined with our proficiency across high-stakes litigation and dispute resolution, world-class regulatory compliance and advisory services, and complex transactions – sets us apart.

Flourishing Culture

Culture is our foundation. We never take it for granted. Through acts small and large, we do everything we can to nurture and strengthen the Goodwin culture.Our firm’s culture is encapsulated in our Core Principles. At Goodwin, you will work alongside individuals from diverse backgrounds who share a common commitment to excellence.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package designed to help you balance your work and personal life. Our benefits platform – You@Goodwin – is built upon the premise that well-being is about taking a holistic view of life and maximizing wellness in all sectors: work life, home life, financial well-being, and community engagement.

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your dependents, life insurance, pet insurance, short-and-long-term disability, parental leave, personal leave, paid holidays and vacation time, adoption, surrogacy, and non-medically necessary egg freezing reimbursement, 401K plan, tuition reimbursement, discounted health club memberships at various facilities, and more.

We also launched a first-of-its-kind benefit for lawyers: Recharge On Goodwin, a program through which eligible associates, professional track lawyers, science advisors, and science law clerks can take a week-longvacation, planned and financed entirely by Goodwin.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Goodwin is committed to promoting diversity within our firm and in the legal profession, and also to fostering an inclusive environment in which each lawyerand professional can excel and thrive.Here, differences are invited. We work to ensure that everyone feels welcome and everyone has the support and opportunities to be successful.

Our affinity groups and tailored training initiatives ensure that every lawyer has the opportunity to find belonging in an environment where they can be their authentic selves.The leaders of our affinity groups collaborate with firm management to advance our diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. Annual retreats provide opportunities for group members to strengthen bonds, share knowledge, and grow professionally.

Local councils in each office work to build community, offer training, host events, and support historically underrepresented populations.

Affinity Groups Include:

  • CRED
    • Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CRED) seeks to foster a deeper sense of community and engagement for lawyers of color and to help them navigate life at Goodwin. CRED has also developed an initiative to specifically support our women lawyers of color.
    • Pride@Goodwin focuses on recruiting, advancing, and retaining LGBTQ+ lawyers and promoting a culture of inclusion across the firm. Pride has partnered with US organizations such as GLAD, The National LGBTQ Bar Association and the Transgender Law Center to develop and produce a series of pro bono participation events.
    • Women@Goodwin focuses on advancing and retaining women lawyers at Goodwin. We are increasingly employing an intersectional approach as part of our DEI strategy and initiatives, including supporting a CRED initiative dedicated to engaging and supporting women lawyers of color.

Career Development

We are deeply committed to the professional development of our lawyers. Training, experiences, and relationships serve as the cornerstone for professional development throughout your career. We are committed to helping you maximize your potential and find professional fulfillment through research-backed, best-in-class programs. With year-round training programs and a cross-office staffing model, you will have access to unique opportunities for growth and advancement.

Pro Bono Service

Community consciousness is integral to our firm’s mission. We are committed to helping our clients and the communities in which we live and work. Servingmore than 1,000 pro bono clients a year, the firm’s pro bono program leverages our lawyers’ interests and skillsets to help individuals and nonprofit organizations who could not otherwise afford legal assistance.

We dedicate our talent and resources to meaningful causes and initiatives that reflect our core principles. For us, it is simple. We have a responsibility to make a difference and to help our clients and our communities thrive.

Goodwin is an equal opportunity employer. This means that Goodwin considers applicants for employment, and makes employment decisions without unlawful regard to sex, race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, marital or domestic partner/civil union status, military service, or veteran status, physical and mental disability, and any other characteristic covered by applicable federal, state or local nondiscrimination laws.

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