William S. Goodman

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Two Party $250.00
Three Party $200.00
Four Party $175.00
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Biography

William S. Goodman has practiced law for more than 35 years. He has mediated/arbitrated more than 2,000 cases. His areas of expertise include commercial and business disputes, professional malpractice, product liability, construction, premises liability, and insurance litigation. He is a Fellow in the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. His peers have selected him as an Atlanta Super Lawyer and as one of the Best Lawyers in America.

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (1968)
  • Clemson University, B.S., Forestry (1961)

Professional Employment & Experience

  • Goodman McGuffey, LLP (Of Counsel, 2016 - present)
  • Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson, LLP (Of Counsel, 2002 - 2016)
  • Goodman McGuffey Aust & Lindsey, LLP (Senior Partner and Founder, 1990 - 2001)
  • Savell & Williams (Partner, 1974 - 1990)
  • Savell, Williams, Cox & Angel (Associate, 1970 - 1974)
  • Judge Albert J. Henderson, Jr., United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Law Clerk, 1968 - 1970)
  • During thirty-two years of active law practice, was involved in a strong trial and appellate practice
  • Appears as speaker or panel member concerning mediation and ADR on continuing legal education programs several times a year

Professional Organizations

  • Selected by peers to appear in "The Best Lawyers in America" in the field of ADR (2005 - 2016)
  • Selected by peers as a Georgia Super Lawyer in the field of ADR, Atlanta Magazine (2004 - 2016)
  • Fellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Tradition of Excellence Award, State Bar of Georgia General Practice & Trial Section (1999)
  • State Bar of Georgia, Dispute Resolution Section, Board of Directors (1997 - 1998)
  • State Bar of Georgia, Dispute Resolution Section, Chair (2005 - 2006)
  • State Bar of Georgia, Dispute Resolution Section, General Practice & Trial Section, Board of Directors (1998 - 2000)
  • Atlanta Bar Association; Dispute Resolution Section, Chair (2009 - 2010)
  • Atlanta Bar Association; Dispute Resolution Section, Board of Directors (1997 - 1998 & 2009 - 2015)
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Marine Corps Association of Georgia Lawyers, Chair; (1989 & 1993)

Mediation/Arbitration Training

  • Resolution Resources, Mediation (1993)
  • Pepperdine University, Advanced Mediation Skills (1996)
  • Harvard Law School's Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Advanced Mediation Workshop (2000)

Areas of Expertise

  • Personal Injury
  • Construction
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Labor & Employment
  • Insurance Law
  • Business
  • ERISA

Bill kept things moving at a good pace and was helpful, frank and effective with both sides. I believe this is the third case in which we've used him as a mediator and all three settled during or shortly after mediation largely as a result of his efforts. We were very pleased with his services.

Joyce W. Bergman

Joyce W. Bergman, Attorney at Law, PC


Bill Goodman is so good! Tough case to get settled and he used all of his experience and creativity. Thanks, Bill.

William D. Harrison

Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins


I have mediated several commercial litigation matters with Bill over the years. He is always thoroughly prepared, completely masters the facts and the law in even the most sophisticated commercial disputes, and provides you with his unbiased assessment of the case. As a trial lawyer, I value his judgment, as do my clients.

Douglas G. Scribner, Esq.

Alston & Bird LLP


Bill Goodman is the best mediator I have encountered.

Kenneth Hindman

Law Office of Kenneth Hindman


Our neutral was Bill Goodman, and he did a wonderful job! We could not have done it without him.

Melanie Eyre

Belli, Weil, Grozbean & Davis, LLP


Mr. Goodman was able to present both parties\' opposing interests in a manner that conveyed fairness and reasonableness.

Tobi Wiseman

Taylor English Duma LLP


I had not had a mediation with Bill in a number of years. Bill commanded the respect of the various parties, attorneys, and insurers. He was extremely impressive. He had a very good understanding of the case and the issues, was not afraid to express his opinion, and was professional in his dealings with everyone. Job well done!

C. Jason Willcox

Moore, Clarke, DuVall & Rodgers P.C.


On numerous occasions, Bill Goodman has served as a mediator in cases I have handled. He has never failed to establish, in my clients, a feeling of trust, which is essential to any successful mediation. While his confidential assessment of their position may not be what the client wants to hear, clients have always expressed to me that Bill listened to them, respected their point of view and gave his very best effort to the mediation. Bill Goodman is among the best; he brings experience and sensitivity to each mediation.

Foy R. Devine

Taylor English Duma LLP


Bill Goodman was professional, helped maintain a calm helpful working atmosphere, listened carefully, and helped our client evaluate both the merits and the cost of proving their side of the dispute. Even though the mediation did not end in our client's favor, we were very impressed with the work of Mr. Goodman.

William M. Winter

CCP North America, Inc.


Bill Goodman did a great job, kept the mediation moving at a fast pace and had a good grasp of the issues.

Jeff Lehman

Fain Major & Brennan


Bill Goodman is a great mediator and I continue to recommend him without reservation.

Lance LoRusso

LoRusso Law Firm, PC


"I wanted to thank you for taking a very difficult situation in my life and making it as palatable as possible. Thanks to your easy nature and spiritual guidance you were able to keep things in perspective as to what the real picture really was, and I appreciate that very much.

William Kyle Ford

Vaughn Equipment Sales Co.


Bill Goodman was our mediator. He took the time to familiarize himself with the case before mediation and talked with the parties counsel to be certain of its issues and complexities. He did a super job. We would not have settled this case without his efforts. A real professional in all regards, and it was a pleasure working with him.

Robert E. Wilson

Wilson Martin & Downs, LLC


Bill Goodman was wonderful - another successful mediation at HMA!

Sheri Rosenthal-Sevel

John J. McManus & Associates, PC