This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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2012 saw Goodwin Procter celebrate its centennial. In 100 years the firm has transformed from an office in Boston to a global law firm with offices throughout the US and in Hong Kong and London.
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In recent years the size of the firm’s equity partnership has reduced due to retirements and a more cautious approach to promoting partners. That being said, the firm promoted 10 lawyers to its partnership in October 2013 due to their “outstanding legal skills, industry knowledge and collaborative spirit”, according to chair Regina Pisa. The new partners are spread across several of the firm’s practice areas and offices.
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PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Having helped to create the first public UPREIT structure in the early 1990s, Goodwin Procter remains to this day a “go-to” firm in the area of real estate investment trusts. High-profile transactions of 2013 include advising Madison Capital on the $278 million sale of 655 Fifth Avenue to REIT Vornado Realty Trust – the building is home to retailer Ferragamo and is leased through 2028, and advising Sunstone Hotel Investors and American Realty Capital New York Recovery REIT on acquisitions of hotels in San Francisco and New York City respectively. Gilbert Menna chairs the firm’s real estate capital markets group and is co-chair of its REITs practice. His recent transactions include representing Mid-America Apartment Communities in its $8.6 billion acquisition of Colonial Properties Trust. Michael Glazer is “phenomenal” in the sector. He advises real estate investment managers, funds, REITs, public and private real estate operating companies, hospitality clients and other institutional investors. Edward Glazer represents clients in the real estate securities and real estate investment management areas, and notable clients have included Morgan Stanley Real Estate, Rockwood Capital and Boston Properties. Joe Conder in London specialises in commercial real estate transactions including development funding, financing transactions and sale and leaseback transactions. Los Angeles-based Dean Pappas specialises in joint venture formation, merger, acquisition and disposition transactions, construction, mortgage and mezzanine loan transactions, public contracting, leasing and other various transactions.
The firm’s private investment funds practice is home to several “world-class” practitioners. David Watson chairs the group and is particularly experienced in fund formation. Jonathan Axelrad focuses on the formation and operation of venture capital and other private equity funds. Thomas Beaudoin is a fund formation “expert” whose clients include premier venture capitalists in the US, Israel and other technology centres. David Evans is the chair of the firm’s London office and is known for his significant experience in dealing with complex tax and real estate issues applicable to fund structuring for both UK and pan-European funds. Robert Fore provides “timely advice” in relation to the structuring, formation and operation of both domestic and international private equity funds.
Boston-based Joseph Savage Jr excels in the areas of business crime defence and investigations. He is a “formidable litigator” and has tried approximately 50 cases in US District Courts in Massachusetts, New York, West Virginia, Missouri and the District of Columbia.
In 2013 lawyers, paraprofessionals and law students at the firm donated 53,298 hours to 522 pro bono matters. The firm’s activities span a broad range of areas including housing, immigration, criminal defence, assisting non-profit organisations, challenging rights to education and civil rights matters.
Goodwin Procter promotes and maintains a merit-driven environment where all people, regardless of their background, are provided with the opportunity to excel. Chair Regina Pisa is the first woman to take on the role at the firm. Leading by example, the firm has formed a women’s initiative which addresses topics such as career growth and work-life balance. The firm also has a LGBT initiative and a committee on racial and ethnic diversity.
The firm has been focusing on achieving growth in its London and Hong Kong offices, and moving forward is committed to achieving topline revenue growth.
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