Marcia E. Goodman: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Marcia E. Goodman

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone312 701 7953

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Practice Areas

  • Consumer & Employment Arbitration
  • Employment & Benefits
  • Employee Benefits
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Executive Compensation
  • Social Media Law
  • Japan
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Litigation & Counseling
  • Internal Investigations
  • Privacy & Security
Contact InfoTelephone: 312 701 7953
Fax: 312 706 9162
University University of Michigan, A.B., with high honors, 1974; Stanford Center for Japanese Language Studies, Tokyo, 1975; University of Michigan, M.A., Japanese Studies, 1976
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., 1980; Tokyo University - Japanese Ministry of Education Fellowship in Law, 1981
Admitted1980, District of Columbia; 1985, Illinois; US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; US District Court for the Central District of Illinois; US District Court for the Western District of Michigan; US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin; US District Court for the District of Colorado; US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


Executive Committee, Director of the Japan America Society of Chicago

Adjunct faculty in deposition training program

American Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Relations, Section on Litigation, Section on International Law

Lincoln Park Juniors Rowing Club (Changing the Face of Junior Rowing)

LanguagesEnglish; Japanese

Very smart from a strategic standpoint. Her years of experience ensure that clients are confident in asking her to negotiate on their behalf.

Chambers USA

Marcia Goodman primarily represents global employers on a wide range of US and cross-border employment law matters.

She defends employers in federal class claims of race, age, sex, disability, national origin discrimination under EEO laws (e.g., reductions in force, promotions, sexual harassment, discriminatory terms, and conditions of employment) and in pattern and practice discrimination claims by the EEOC, as well as defending employee benefit plans and employers in ERISA class actions. Marcia also defends employers in litigation involving individual claims, such as a wide variety of EEO actions (race, age, national origin, sex, disability), Section 301 actions and Duty of Fair Representation Actions under collective bargaining agreements, Whistleblower claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, federal and state court actions involving disputes over employment contracts, defamation, fraud, tortious interference with employment or business opportunity, FMLA actions, wage and hour issues, independent contractor/employee status, post-employment competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets. She defends employee benefit plans and employers against challenges to plan interpretation of medical plans, the application of severance pay plans, the formula for calculating benefits and payment terms under defined benefit plans, retiree medical and other benefit changes, deferred compensation plan interpretation and changes, alleged fiduciary breaches in investments and use of plan assets, characterization of alleged plan assets, and independent contractor/employee status challenges.

In addition to her litigation experience, Marcia has significant experience with administrative proceedings. She represents employers before the EEOC and state human rights agencies (administrative charges and hearings), the National Labor Relations Board (unfair labor practice claims, unit determinations, election proceedings) and the Department of Labor (Veterans Rights, Whistleblower actions under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act). Her mediation and arbitration experience encompasses issues such as utilizing mediation effectively in the context of class action litigation resolution, representing employers in employment contract dispute arbitrations and private mediations, court and agency-sponsored formal mediation programs, and labor arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements.

Marcia's trial work includes temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction work, bench trials and jury trials. Her appellate work includes arguing cases before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court. She has also filed a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to her trial, appellate, administrative, and alternate dispute resolution experience, Marcia provides transactional services and advises clients on a wide range of employment matters, including terms of employment, policies and practices, executive investigations, employment terminations, diversity, collective labor issues, employment benefits, covenants not to compete and trade secrets, business transactions, and independent contractor and related employee issues.

Marcia also advises foreign-owned companies on employee issues, national origin and diversity issues, employment status of seconded or jointly employed employees, and manager training regarding US employment sensitivities.

Marcia has been recognized as a leading employment lawyer by Chambers USA from 2008-2012 and Best Lawyers in America in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Chambers USA 2009 acknowledged Marcia as a well-respected ERISA lawyer and a key partner, [who] has a well-rounded employment practice and is very smart from a strategic standpoint. According to Chambers USA 2008, in labor and employment, she wins praise for her 'broad level of knowledge in employment law. Her years of experience ensure that clients are confident in asking her to negotiate on their behalf.'


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US Securities and Exchange Commission Announces First Whistleblower Protection Case Involving Restrictive Language in Confidentiality Agreements
Dana S. Douglas,Marcia E. Goodman,Matthew A. Rossi,Gina T. Saviola, April 16, 2015
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has announced its first enforcement action against a company for using restrictive language in confidentiality agreements, resulting in a Cease and Desist Order by consent that removed language that the SEC asserted could stifle the...

California Court of Appeal Holds That A Parent Holding Company May Be Liable for the Unlawful Wage and Hour Practices of a Subsidiary
Marcia E. Goodman,Andrea M. Weiss,Ruth Zadikany,Lori A. Zahalka,John Zaimes, December 2, 2014
Decision: In Castaneda v. The Ensign Group, the California Court of Appeal issued a published decision holding that a corporate parent that has no employees can be found liable for its subsidiary’s nonpayment of overtime and minimum wages to employees if the parent wholly owns the subsidiary...

New California Employment Laws Impose Additional Responsibilities On Employers
Marcia E. Goodman,Andrea M. Weiss,Ruth Zadikany,Lori A. Zahalka,John Zaimes, December 2, 2014
Development: California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a series of bills aimed at increasing protections for California workers. Most notable are the implementation of a paid sick leave requirement in California and a new law that imposes statutory joint employer liability on companies that use...

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Marcia E. Goodman

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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