Stephen Poss is a former Senior Partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, a 1,200-lawyer global law firm, where he served as Chair and Co-Chair of Goodwin’s Securities Litigation and SEC Enforcement Practice. He was also a key member of the firm’s Private Equity, Tech/Life Sciences, Financial Services, and Real Estate Capital Markets/REITs practices. Steve represented clients ranging from the leading global investment banks, Fortune 50 technology, consumer, energy, media and pharmaceutical companies, and leading real estate investment firms, to middle market growth private equity firms and their portfolio companies. He represented clients in connection with more than $175 billion in M&A and private equity transactions and participated in some of the most significant corporate governance cases in the Delaware Chancery Court. Steve retired from Goodwin in 2018 after more than 35 years of big-firm law practice, first at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and subsequently at Goodwin.
Steve is a former Co-Chair of the Securities Litigation Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law and a former Vice Chairperson of the Massachusetts Bar Association Business Litigation Committee. While at Goodwin, Steve lectured extensively across the United States, as well as in France and the UK, on securities, corporate governance, and transactional issues for organizations such as the American Bar Association, NASDAQ, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), The SEC Institute, Inc., and The Law Society of England and Wales. He has trained numerous investment professionals at private equity firms on how to be more effective members of the boards of directors of their portfolio companies.
Steve was selected by Chambers and Partners to appear in its research-based guide, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, for 16 consecutive years starting with Chambers’ first year of publication in the US, being ranked as a leading business lawyer in both Securities Litigation and General Commercial Litigation. Boston Magazine repeatedly named Mr. Poss a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” based on peer-review surveys. He has been recognized in U.S. News–Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 U.S., and honored with Martindale Hubbell’s highest possible rating of “AV® Preeminent™” in both legal ability and ethical standards for more than 20 consecutive years. He received a First Prize for “Global Dispute of the Year – – U.S. Financial Litigation” at the 2014 annual American Lawyer Global Legal awards.
Steve received his B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College and his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School.