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In 2014, Goodwin also announced a change at the helm, electing litigation partner David Hashmall as its sixth chairman in the firm’s 102 year history. Regina Pisa held the top spot as chairman, and formerly chairman and managing partner, since 1998, and was the first woman to lead an AmLaw 100 firm. Today, she holds the Chairman Emeritus title. Rob Insolia assumed the role of managing partner in 2012 and continues to hold the position. The firm has been recognized as a good place to work and is regularly ranked among the top law firms for women, despite its big play in the 2008-09 recession to lay off 74 employees, reducing its associate count by 38 people, and its subsequent announcement that it would rebuild its associate ranks. IN THE NEWS May 2017 Varsity Victory Varsity Brands, the nation’s leading manufacturer of cheerleading apparel, sued competitor Star Athletica for infringing five of its cheerleader uniform copyrights. Goodwin litigators successfully represented Varsity in a dispute that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court voted decisively (6-2) in favor of Goodwin client Varsity Brands, ruling that copyright protection is not undermined even though a design may follow the outline of a cheerleading uniform (or a guitar, or a ceiling panel) on which it appears. March 2017 Active Advisors Noting 39 announced deals, Mergermarket ranked Goodwin among the top 10 most active (by volume) law firms advising on M&A transactions globally in the first quarter of 2017.
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421 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition GOODWIN With 18 deals in Europe, Goodwin placed among the top 15 most active (by volume) advisers in Europe for the first time. Goodwin’s Private Equity Practice was also ranked as the most active adviser in France (by volume), where the firm opened a Paris office last year with a top-ranked team of private equity and M&A lawyers. January 2017 Commitment to Diversity Goodwin announced the expansion of its 1L Diversity Fel- lowship Program and the creation of a new 2L Diversity Fellowship Program. Established in 2005, Goodwin’s 1L Diversity Fellowships provide first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $10,000 each to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school. The newly created Goodwin 2L Diversity Fellowships provide second-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $15,000 each. August 2016 Simply the Best Best Lawyers in America named eight Goodwin partners to its 2017 “Lawyers of the Year” list. Based on peer review, this recognition is presented annually to a single stand-out lawyer in each practice and major metropolitan area. July 2016 Seven Straight Goodwin named “Best Law Firm for Women” by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers for the seventh consecutive survey year. The annual report recognized 50 law firms for leading the industry in creating and implementing best practices around retaining and promoting women lawyers.
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