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  • J.D., 1987
    Boston University School of Law
  • B.A., 1977
    Amherst College
  • 1987 to 1988 U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Honorable Levin H. Campbell

Rehnquist, James C

Jim Rehnquist, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, is a trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor. He specializes in complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense, including the representation of corporations and individuals in internal investigations and SEC and other governmental and regulatory investigations.


In 2010 Mr. Rehnquist successfully represented a plaintiff travel company in a trademark infringement trial in federal court in the District of Massachusetts. In a federal criminal trial in the District of Massachusetts in the fall of 2006, he secured a judgment of acquittal after a five-week trial for a construction executive charged with bribery and racketeering. Other recent representations include:

  • a nationwide transportation company in numerous civil suits and Attorney General investigations arising out of alleged misclassification of independent contractors.
  • a Silicon Valley semiconductor equipment manufacturer in a trade secret action against a Chinese competitor.
  • the CFO of a publicly traded company in a securities fraud prosecution in the District of New Hampshire based on allegedly improper revenue recognition.
  • a pharmaceutical company sales executive in a criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York based on alleged off-label marketing and anti-kickback law violations.
  • the CEO of a mutual fund company in an SEC enforcement action in the Southern District of New York based on alleged “market timing” in the company’s funds.
  • a senior executive of a publicly traded life sciences company in the SEC’s Los Angeles Regional Office’s investigation of allegedly improper revenue recognition.

Mr. Rehnquist has also represented various businesses – including a biotech company, a real estate developer, a computer manufacturer, a brokerage house, a motorcycle dealer, and an investment advisor – in a wide variety of civil cases, including patent, antitrust, trade secrets, fraud, corporate governance and contract matters.


Mr. Rehnquist's law review publications include "Taking Comity Seriously: How to Neutralize the Abstention Doctrine" 46 Stan. L. Rev. 1049 (1994), and "The Power that Shall be Vested in a Precedent: Stare Decisis, the Constitution and the Supreme Court" 66 B.U.L. Rev. 345 (1986).

Mr. Rehnquist has served as an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law, where he designed and taught a full-credit seminar titled Federal Criminal Justice.


Mr. Rehnquist has been at Goodwin Procter since 1988, excluding four years (1994-1998) when he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. During his years as a federal prosecutor, working in both the Economic Crimes Unit and Organized Crime Strike Force Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Mr. Rehnquist investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of complex business crimes, including fraud, tax, public corruption, trademark and racketeering cases. He had numerous jury trials and argued numerous appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.


Mr. Rehnquist is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, and before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Federal Circuits.


Mr. Rehnquist has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. While attending law school, Mr. Rehnquist was Editor-in-Chief of the Boston University Law Review.