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Robert C. Goodman


Executive Summary

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

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.

Mr. Goodman previously served as Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Section in Washington, D.C., where he prosecuted cases under all of the major federal environmental statutes in federal courts throughout the United States. Mr. Goodman is a recipient of the Department of Justice’s Special Achievement Award and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Bronze Medal for Commendable Service.

In addition to Mr. Goodman’s work as a trial lawyer, 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. Mr. Goodman has been appointed to the American Arbitration Association’s national Environmental Panel of arbitrators. He also serves as an arbitrator for the San Francisco Superior Court and as a mediator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

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.

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

A.B., Brown University
Magna Cum Laude

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