John J. Cleary

Jack Cleary, a partner in Goodwin Procter's Financial Institutions Group, specializes in all aspects of ERISA and employee benefits and has over 35 years’ experience representing clients in connection with such matters. He has particular experience advising clients, primarily financial services institutions, on Title I of ERISA, including fiduciary, investment and prohibited transaction matters. In addition, Mr. Cleary counsels on establishing and operating collective investment fund vehicles for institutional investors, including VCOCs and REOCs, as well as developing a variety of new investment practices and products. He also teams with the firm’s ERISA litigators in defending such clients against ERISA claims.

Mr. Cleary currently serves as chair of the firm’s Partnership Committee and has in the past served on its Executive, Management and Allocations Committees.

In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Cleary was recognized nationwide in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation category in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, where clients noted that he “has a very good understanding of the law, and can give you insight that very few people can in terms of novel and new issues.”

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Areas of Practice 1) ERISA & Executive Compensation, 2) ERISA Litigation, 3) Investment Management, 4) Real Estate Investment Management & Joint Ventures, 5) Real Estate Private Investment Funds and 6) Higher Education
Law School Harvard Law School (J.D., 1974)
Education Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 1968)
Bar Member / Association Massachusetts
Most recent firm Goodwin Procter LLP
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