Our History

Goodwin Procter was founded in Boston on July 1, 1912 by Harvard classmates Robert Eliot Goodwin and Joseph Osborne Procter, Jr. Since then, the firm has grown and evolved, playing a significant role in events that have shaped the history of its founding city, as well as the greater history of the United States. 

In 2012, we celebrated our Centennial and were pleased to share an ongoing series of milestones and stories from our history. These events form the foundation of Goodwin Procter today, and inspire our efforts to build a bright and productive future for our clients and the firm.

Milestones and Stories

January 1, 2012

Goodwin at 100: Our Firm is Established

January 15, 2012

Goodwin at 100: Who Was Goodwin?

January 29, 2012

Goodwin at 100: Who Was Procter?

February 2, 2012

Goodwin at 100: Goodwin and Procter Overcome Their First Challenge – 1914

February 17, 2012

Goodwin at 100: A New Partner Challenges Unsightly Billboards – 1920s

March 2, 2012

Goodwin at 100: Weathering the Great Depression – 1930s

March 16, 2012

Goodwin at 100: How Sheraton Corporation Became a Longtime Client – 1930s

March 23, 2012

Goodwin Procter at 100: Highlights from the First 25 Years

April 4, 2012

Goodwin at 100: Robert Goodwin Represents a Titanic Survivor

April 18, 2012

Goodwin at 100: Al Capp Brings a Dose of Show Biz to Goodwin Procter – 1946

May 2, 2012

Goodwin at 100: A New Office Manager Sets the Tone – 1932

May 16, 2012

Goodwin at 100: Partners Play Instrumental Role in Nuremberg Trials – 1945

June 21, 2012 

Goodwin at 100: Then and Now: Pioneer and Leader in the REIT Industry

August 7, 2012

Goodwin at 100: Goodwin’s New York Office Kicks Off Centennial Days of Community Service