Jake Goodman is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Goodman advises major private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies, and publicly-traded companies across a variety of domestic and cross-border leveraged-finance transactions. Mr. Goodman’s practice focuses on all aspects of a leveraged buyout life cycle—including the commitment papers and auction stage, facilitating the acquisition itself, advising portfolio companies post-acquisition on debt-compliance issues, and ultimately advising private equity sponsors through their exit. Mr. Goodman’s practice also focuses on representing large public companies in both secured and unsecured debt-financing transactions. Mr. Goodman has experience in various types of secured debt structures, including, in part, asset-based and cash-flow loans, senior and subordinated debt facilities, and unitranche structures.  

Mr. Goodman received his J.D. from Cornell Law School with honors. While in law school, Mr. Goodman served as a notes editor on the Cornell Law Review. Mr. Goodman was also published in Volume 105 of the Cornell Law Review, publishing a note titled, Extending U.S. v. Mendoza: Why Defensive Nonmutual Issue Preclusion is Unavailable Against the Federal Government, which covers a matter of complex civil procedure. Mr. Goodman served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and was a summer associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, prior to joining Latham full-time.

Mr. Goodman received his undergraduate degree from Temple University, graduating with honors and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia


  • JD, Cornell Law School, 2020
    with honors
  • BA in Political Science, Temple University, 2015
    with honors, Phi Beta Kappa