Goodwin launches in San Fran for West Coast tech push

Boston-based Goodwin Procter is ramping up its West Coast presence with the summer launch of a San Francisco office, which it plans to follow up with new offices in Silicon Valley and LA.

Spokeswoman Melissa Doyle said: “West Coast expansion makes sense in terms of our strength in life sciences and technology, as well as our strong real estate and financial focuses.”

Goodwin has not confirmed whether it will acquire a smaller firm, raid a practice from another firm, or combine hiring individual laterals and relocating its own partners.

Goodwin chose to grow its DC presence through a merger with 70-strong litigation-focused firm Shea & Gardner in 2004. Yet it also made 160 lateral hires in 2005.

Eighty of these hires were from the now defunct firm Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault. The remainder came from McDermott Will & Emery and Boston-based Palmer & Dodge (now merged with Edwards Angell).

Goodwin’s main practice areas are private equity, financial services, products liability and mass torts, litigation, corporate and real estate.

The firm’s DC office currently has about 100 lawyers, and its New York office 125. The firm has a total of 650 professionals in total.

Despite its recent expansion, Goodwin closed its small New Jersey presence in January, to focus on its nearby Manhattan office.

As revealed in the Lawyer on February 6, the firm also plans to launch in London, although no date for this has been confirmed.