After spending a century on State Street, the Goodwin Procter attorneys decided it was time for a change, and a landmark one at that. Instead of choosing a building that existed and making it fit their needs, they did something no other law firm in Boston has done: they went for build to suit in Boston’s Innovation District. Thanks to diligent negotiations and a steadfast focus on the end goal, the new building will be called the Goodwin Building.
We moved to 53 State Street in 1984 or 1985. The firm is different now, and we practice law differently now. It became clear that we were looking at spaces to accommodate the size of us—more than 400 lawyers in Boston—and can these spaces accommodate how we practice law today? Having a building built for us that meets our current needs—it’s unusual and not something law firms do.”