March 23, 2012


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Goodwin Procter, celebrating 100 years, has its roots in BU Law alumnus Robert Goodwin (Class of 1903)

The firm Goodwin Procter LLP has its roots in BU Law. In fact, co-founder Robert Goodwin (Class of 1903), like a sizeable chunk of the firm’s successive attorneys, graduated from this very school. Goodwin’s father, Frank Goodwin, was also a professor at BU Law.

And it was with that BU Law foundation that Robert Goodwin helped launch the now-multinational, general-practice firm exactly one century ago.

The firm's history began when Goodwin and his former Harvard College classmate Joseph Procter ran into each other on the street and decided to start their own law partnership. Just a few months later, in the winter of 1912, Goodwin Proctor represented Marjorie Newell Robb—who would become one of the last remaining survivors of the Titanic sinking—against the company that operated the vessel.

Since then, the firm has undergone a series of merges, added (and then subtracted) various surnames from its title and, within the past decade, expanded to locations around the globe. Most recently, Goodwin Procter launched firms in Hong Kong, London, Silicon Valley and San Diego.

Now, it encompasses some 850 attorneys in offices around the world. And according to the firm’s Web site, at least 89 of its associates, partners and counsels are BU Law alumni. Goodwin Proctor typically hires more BU Law graduates than any other firm, says Anthony Barbuto, a regional director in BU’s Development and Alumni Relations department.

The legacy of Robert Goodwin lives on.

>>View "100 Years" of Goodwin history

Reported by Alia Wong


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