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John Goodwin
John Goodwin
Counsel — Complex Commercial Litigation
Counsel — Complex Commercial Litigation

John Goodwin

John Goodwin
New York

The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, New York 10036

John Goodwin

Experience Highlights

  • Represented two hedge funds in an expedited nine-witness trial in Delaware Court of Chancery over a disputed multi-billion dollar stock authorization by a public company

  • Represented a major financial institution in ongoing arbitration proceedings, including a five-day trial, seeking more than $400 million of damages against a contractual counterparty

  • Represented a depositary institution and assisted in winning an eight-figure judgement in New York state court against a group of defaulted borrowers; obtained preliminary and permanent injunctions prohibiting the borrowers from transferring collateral intended to secure the disputed loans

  • Represented a medical technology company in a successful petition for pre-action discovery in New York state court into the identity of individuals waging an anonymous campaign of online defamation

  • Represented an investment bank in a Third Circuit appeal of a closely watched indemnification lawsuit; assisted in obtaining affirmance of lower court victory

  • Represented a national insurance provider in federal litigation against the California Department of Insurance contesting a conservation order

  • Represented a major financial institution in a set of antitrust class actions alleging manipulation of the price of precious metals

  • Represented second-lien noteholders in a Delaware adversary bankruptcy proceeding and trial against a media company debtor

  • Represented market insurers in New York state court litigation stemming from the bankruptcy of a foreign oil refinery

  • Represented the investor limited partner in a federal low-income housing tax credit partnership in litigation with the general partner

  • Represented an investment bank and several of its former employees in litigation and arbitration involving equity swaps

  • Advised corporate boards and activist shareholders on litigation strategy in connection with governance disputes and activism campaigns

  • Represented clients in external investigations by the New York Attorney General, DOJ, FINRA, and other government agencies

  • Represented indigent criminal defendants, pro bono, under the Criminal Justice Act


  • Columbia University, J.D., 2015 (James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Simon H. Rifkind Prize; Managing Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review)
  • Columbia University, B.A., Film Studies and Political Science, 2012
  • Judicial clerk to the Honorable William F. Kuntz, II, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), “Ones to Watch,” (New York): Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2023 and 2024; Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2024
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Note, Legally Present, But Not Yet Legal: The State Attorney General’s Role in Securing Public Benefits for Childhood Arrivals, 46 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 340 (2014)