Goodwin Procter, a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, announced today that Cindy McAdam is joining the firm as a partner in its Technology & Life Sciences Group and will be resident in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. She comes to Goodwin from Bay Area technology company Xapo, where she served as President and General Counsel.

“Building on our long-standing commitment to the technology and venture capital industries, Cindy will play an integral role as we continue to expand our practice,” said Anthony McCusker, chair of Goodwin’s Technology Companies Practice.

“Cindy is well known in the Bay Area for her business acumen and commitment to client service,” added Lynda Galligan, chair of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. “She will be a significant asset to our team in Northern California, and we are delighted she has chosen to join our growing practice.”

McAdam has more than 17 years of experience working with entrepreneurs, as both in-house and outside counsel, and represents start-ups and other private and public companies on matters involving corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property management, securities compliance, privacy and data security, and employment law. She has held senior leadership, management and legal roles for various technology start-ups, including companies focused on financial services, including digital currency (Xapo), and mobile payments and mobile wallets (Bling Nation/Lemon Wallet), and SaaS data security (Postini). McAdam received her J.D. from University of Virginia Law School and her undergraduate degree with honors from University of California at Berkeley. She can be reached at or (650) 752-3177.

Goodwin, with more than 140 attorneys in California, first established its West Coast presence in 2006, opening offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. It expanded in 2007 with an office in Silicon Valley.

The firm’s Technology Companies Practice focuses on start-up financing, intellectual property, corporate partnering, public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. One of the largest tech practices in the United States, the group represents more than 1,000 technology and life science companies, 200 venture capital and private equity firms and many of the leading investment banks worldwide. With expertise in industry sectors including software, hardware, online content and commerce, IT services, fintech, clean tech, biopharma, medical devices and healthcare IT, among others, the group combines significant capital markets and public company capabilities with a commitment to serving emerging companies and venture capital clients.


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