Print-Friendly PDF Print this page



  • J.D., 1981
    University of Virginia School of Law
    (Order of the Coif)
  • B.A., 1978
    Harvard College
    (magna cum laude)
  • 1981 to 1982 U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, Honorable A. David Mazzone

Joseph F SavageJr
Exchange Place
53 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

Joe Savage, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group, concentrates his practice on white collar criminal defense, governmental investigations work and complex civil litigation. His practice involves representing individuals and companies in a wide variety of fraud, securities, health care, tax, public corruption, environmental and other investigations by federal, state and local law enforcement and government regulators as well as representing companies and individuals in civil litigation, especially complex commercial disputes.


Mr. Savage has experience in litigating complex white collar criminal matters including fraud, tax, securities, healthcare, RICO, health and safety act, money laundering and public corruption matters. He has tried approximately 50 cases in U.S. District Courts in Massachusetts, New York, West Virginia, Missouri and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Savage has also handled sophisticated trade secret, Lanham Act, RICO, consumer fraud, business tort and other civil litigation, including multi-district class action litigation.

Mr. Savage counsels clients on establishing compliance programs, especially in the high tech, biotech, and healthcare fields.


Mr. Savage served on the Massachusetts Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform, and also was selected to serve in the Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Preventing Wrongful Convictions. He is a founding board member and former chairman of the New England Innocence Project, former co-chairman of the ABA Science and Technology Committee, former chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Federal Bar Association, former co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.

Mr. Savage is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Boston Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council of New York, as well as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Boston Chapter of the American Constitution Society.


Mr. Savage is a frequent lecturer and the author of more than 65 articles on a variety of compliance, securities and white collar criminal matters. He is a member of the Board of Editors of both the White Collar Crime Reporter and Business Crimes Bulletin: Compliance and Litigation. Mr. Savage is the author of the “Trademark, Copyright and Intellectual Property Crime” chapter of White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses.


Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Savage was a partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP in Boston, where he directed the group’s white collar crime and governmental investigations work. He was a federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, New York, West Virginia and Missouri.


Mr. Savage is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts and West Virginia; the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia; the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.


Mr. Savage has been selected for inclusion in Boston Magazine: Top Ten Massachusetts Super Lawyers; Top 100 New England Super Lawyers; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers; International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers; and Best Lawyers (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense) and 2007 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year, Frank J. Murray Inn of Court. He recently was named to the 2014 edition of Euromoney’s Expert Guides: White Collar Crime Lawyers as one of the leading White Collar Crime Lawyers in the world.

While in law school, Mr. Savage was a member of the Virginia Law Review.