Neil Goodman

CONTACT:

T:  248.788.2700

C:  248.996.2011

F:  248.928.1102

E:  ngoodman@thegoodmanlawgroup.com

BAR ADMISSIONS:

State Bar of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

PRIOR EXPERIENCE:

Clark Hill PLC

Pollard & Albertson, P.C.

Hardy, Lewis, Pollard & Page, P.C.

EDUCATION:

Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1979

University of Michigan, A.B. with high distinction (Economics), 1976

PRACTICE AREAS:

General Civil Litigation

Litigation Management

Alternative Dispute Resolution

BIOGRAPHY:

Neil has been engaged in civil litigation since his admission to the Michigan bar in 1979.  In the early part of his career, he represented automobile manufacturers and suppliers in the defense of wrongful discharge, discrimination and civil rights claims in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.  In the mid-1980’s, his practice shifted more toward the representation of public bodies in employment claims and commercial disputes, though he continued to represent private sector entities as well.  Since then, he has represented a diverse group of clients in claims involving wrongful discharge;  discrimination and harassment; civil rights violations;  enforcement of non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements; commercial transactions; zoning and land use; construction defects; professional malpractice; personal injury; and taxation and special assessment appeals to the Michigan Tax Tribunal.  When he joined Clark Hill in 2003, he continued to handle his own docket of civil litigation matters and took on the added responsibility of managing all of the firm’s litigation for a self-insured consortium of public school districts.

Neil has been on the front lines of civil litigation for more than three decades.  Having investigated claims in their early stages, conducted pretrial discovery, engaged in motion practice, negotiated settlements, tried suits to verdict and handled them on appeal, Neil has accumulated a vast and valuable body of knowledge about why these disputes arise in the first place, how and at what stage they can best be resolved, and how they can be avoided in the future.

Since co-founding TGLG in 2008, Neil has maintained the focus of his practice on civil litigation matters.  In addition,  Neil  represents doctors in the negotiation of their employment contracts.  He also continues to engage in litigation management,  armed with the experience and perspective of a seasoned trial and appellate litigator.

In 2001, Neil became a Certified Civil Mediator upon completion of a 40-hour training course through the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).  Since that time, he has received over 30 hours of additional advanced mediation training, and has engaged in numerous mediations both as a mediator and as counsel to one of the parties.  Neil is committed to the mediation process because it has proven to be a highly successful and cost effective alternative to litigation, and he incorporates mediation into his law practice whenever possible.

"Clients describe us as 'approachable,' 'empathetic' and 'easy to work with.'"