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Thomas H. Carlson
Jeffery M. Chiow
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
Sharon L. Larkin
S. Amber Lee
Mark J. Linderman
James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Robert S. Metzger
Alexis J. Morris
Nicholas T. Niiro
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Robert M. Osier
Dean D. Paik
Katherine L. Pohl
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
D. Kevin Shipp
Aaron P. Silberman
Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Virginia K. Young
Oliya S. Zamaray
Paul M. Zieff

Robert C. Goodman
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Areas of Practice

Mr. Goodman is chair of the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group and a member of the Retail Industry Trade Regulation Practice Group.

Professional Qualifications

Throughout his legal career, Mr. Goodman has specialized in environmental litigation and counseling.  Before returning to private practice in 1992, he served as Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice's Environmental Enforcement Section in Washington, D.C. While with the Department of Justice, Mr. Goodman represented the Environmental Protection Agency, prosecuting cases under all of the major federal environmental statutes in federal courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Goodman represents a wide variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, small businesses and individuals in litigation arising under federal and state environmental law and in negotiations with regulatory agencies.  He has extensive experience in cases arising under CERCLA (the “Superfund” statute), RCRA, Proposition 65, CEQA, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, and has tried or arbitrated numerous cases to judgment.  He has been recognized as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” by the publishers of San Francisco magazine and Law and Politics magazine in the area of Environmental Litigation.  

In addition to Mr. Goodman’s work as a litigator, he is actively involved in alternative dispute resolution, both as an advocate and as a neutral. As an advocate, he has successfully mediated a large number of complex, multi-party environmental cases involving both private parties and government agencies. As a neutral, he serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association’s Environmental Panel. He also serves on the San Francisco Superior Court’s panel of arbitrators and as a mediator for the Court's Early Settlement Program. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has selected Mr. Goodman as a panelist for its Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation Programs.

Mr. Goodman is a frequent speaker and lecturer on environmental issues.  He served as an adjunct professor of Environmental Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law from 1996 to 2007, where he taught courses on California environmental law and environmental litigation.  He also has served as a faculty member for the Golden Gate University School of Law Environmental Law Summer Program.

Mr. Goodman is active in community and professional activities. He has served as co-chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, as a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California's Environmental Law Section, as a member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and as a member of the Advisory Committee on Professional Conduct for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr. Goodman was a member of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions in 2010 and has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in downtown San Francisco.


J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1983

A.B., Brown University, 1978
Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions
California - 1983

Environmental Law
Retail Trade Regulation

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

California Offers Relief to Retailers Seeking to Reverse Distribute Pharmaceuticals,
December 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)

California's New Low-Threat Underground Storage Tank Case Closure Policy (PDF)
RJO Update, August 2012 (co-authored)

Regulatory Issues Highlighted at AGC Forum: Panelists Discuss Impacts to Contractors from Cal/OSHA's Multi-Employer Worksite Rule, Prop 65, New Water and Air Regulations
California Constructor, June 2008


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311 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415.956.2828
Fax: 415.956.6457
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