David Hashmall, a Retired Partner and Chairman Emeritus of Goodwin Procter
David Hashmall is a retired partner and Chairman Emeritus of Goodwin Procter, having served as its Chairman from 2014 to 2019.
Under his direction, Goodwin transformed from a U.S.-focused firm into an international powerhouse with expanded offices in London and Hong Kong as well as new locations in Frankfurt and Paris.
Early Life and Education
David has had an illustrious career at Goodwin Procter. As a litigator, he is recognized as an outstanding intellectual property and privacy attorney. Recently named to their board of directors, David has spearheaded initiatives designed to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
As a Long Island native, he and his wife Wendy graduated from New York University School of Law in 1972. Their daughter Alison also earned her law degree at NYU. Now living in Washington, DC, the couple remains active within their alma mater’s alumni community and often return home to visit family and friends. Goodwin’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award has been bestowed upon them for their longstanding service to the firm over many years.
David Hashmall served as Chairman of Goodwin Procter from 2014 to 2019. During his tenure as chairman, the firm’s global presence and focus on key client industries were significantly strengthened.
He also established the Diversity, Equity + Inclusion Committee at his firm to advocate for greater diversity within legal services. On this month’s episode of Perspectives, he shares these and other insights with us.
Achievement and Honors
David Hashmall, a former Goodwin Procter partner and now its chairman, was recently recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the “World’s Greatest Lawyers.”
He was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in intellectual property litigation, an honor granted only to a select few attorneys per state. As an experienced litigator in patent infringement matters, particularly within the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Goodwin founded and led its Diversity, Equity + Inclusion Committee which used its power and visibility during his tenure as Chairman to promote greater diversity and inclusivity within Goodwin and beyond its walls.
David Hashmall is the chairman emeritus of Goodwin Procter, an Am Law 100 firm. He was appointed chair in 2014 and served a five-year term until 2019.
His role at the firm saw him expand its international footprint with office openings in Frankfurt and Paris, unveil a new brand identity, and prioritize focus on key client industries and talent. Furthermore, he championed diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Hashmall’s practice specializes in complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property disputes, in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has represented clients with professional liability cases, fiduciary liability matters and claims against state insurance guaranty associations. Furthermore, he serves as a panelist and neutral for alternative dispute resolution forums. A member of the American Arbitration Association, National Council of Commercial Arbitrators and Minnesota State Bar Association’s Special Litigation Committee, Mr. Hashmall serves on numerous panels across Minnesota State Bar Association special litigation matters.
David Hashmall is a retired partner and Chairman Emeritus at Goodwin, a Global 50 firm with more than 1,800 lawyers across North America and Europe. During his tenure as Chairman from 2014-2019, he enhanced the firm’s reputation, opened offices in Frankfurt and Paris, and focused on key client industries. Furthermore, David championed diversity, equity + inclusion initiatives within the firm while using his leadership to demonstrate its value to clients and the legal community at large.
His practice specializes in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes, with an emphasis on Hatch-Waxman patent infringement. Additionally, he has considerable expertise in insurance coverage litigation; representing insureds against claims for professional liability and fiduciary liability under ERISA and state insurance guaranty associations.