Andrew Goodman focuses his practice on resolving disputes through litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution for businesses, securities broker-dealers and other attorneys. Through his practical approach and vigorous representation, Andy has developed deep, personal relationships with clients some of whom he has represented for more than 30 years.
Andrew Goodman represents clients in complex corporate and commercial matters including corporate, partnership and real estate disputes; as well as fiduciary duty, securities fraud and stockholder and derivative claims. Andy handles matters cost efficiently while minimizing disruption to his clients and their business without compromising effectiveness. If there is no available practical business solution, Andy draws on his 40 years of trial experience and zealously represents his client’s rights through the courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the country.
Andy also represents securities broker-dealers in customer and industry arbitrations, regulatory inquiries, disciplinary proceedings and investigations by the SEC, NYSE, FINRA and state agencies. He advises broker-dealers on registration, regulatory, compliance and policy issues, and he has served as counsel to a major association of agency only broker/dealers. He also is involved in corporate and commercial transactions, generally with regulatory issues or arising from venture capital activities of broker-dealer clients.
Andy is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a select honorary society of litigators and trial lawyers nationally recognized for their effectiveness and accomplishments in litigation, and the highest ethical reputations. Andy served as the Arbitration Vice-Chair of the American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution (known as the AAADR) of the LCA from 2012-2016, and is currently Chair of the Institute. Andy is leading the AAADR’s mission of fostering a greater understanding of alternative methods for dispute resolution including arbitration to provide clients access to more cost-effective alternatives to traditional litigation. Towards the same objective, Andy is also the Coordinator for the arbitration sub-initiative of Globalaw, a select international law firm network.
In addition, Andy counsels attorneys on issues of professional ethics, has been retained as an expert witness in defense of legal malpractice claims and serves, and has served, as regular outside counsel to major national law firms.
- Consultant, Committee of the United States Judicial Conference to Consider Standards for Admission to Practice in the Federal Courts, 1976 - 1980
- American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Litigation Counsel of America, Chair, 2016-present; Vice-Chair/Arbitration, 2012 - 2016
- Author of, and counsel of record on, the amicus brief in support of Respondents for the Union for Reform Judaism in Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, 131 S.Ct. 2806 (2011)
- Member, Amicus Committee, Commission on Social Action, Union of Reform Judaism, 2007 - present
- Board Member, New York University Chesler Prelaw Program, 2003 - present
- General Counsel, Westchester (NY) Chamber of Commerce, 2002 - 2007
- Coordinator, Globalaw International Arbitration Sub-Initiative, 2016-present
- Chair, Eastern District, Union of Reform Judaism, 2010 - 2012
- Member, Union of Reform Judaism/Central Conference of American Rabbis Joint Commission on Rabbinic Placement, 2013 - present
- Member, Editorial Board, Union of Reform Judaism Press, 2013 - 2015
- President, Greater New York Council of Union of Reform Judaism, 2008-2010; Board Member, 2002-2010; Regional Vice President, 2004-2008
- Member, Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, Union of Reform Judaism, 2008 - 2012; Member, Board of Trustees, 2007 - 2014
- Board Member, Westchester County (NY) United Jewish Appeal Business and Professional Division, 2005-2007
- President, Scarsdale (NY) Synagogue/Tremont Temple, 2000-2002
Served as off-panel counsel to obtain defense judgments in professional legal malpractice cases (including summary judgment, bench trials and jury verdicts), representing two major national law firms as regular outside counsel.
Obtained summary judgment dismissal, affirmed by the Second Circuit, United States Court of Appeals, of $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract claims against corporate officers and directors in failed merger.
Obtained settlement in excess of $1 million in arbitration for independent movie producer for breach of international film distribution agreement.
- Obtained jury verdict and judgment on behalf of a client who had been personally defrauded out of nearly $4 million
Obtained jury verdict and judgment on behalf of a client who had been personally defrauded out of nearly $4 million in a sham real estate transaction in Manhattan.
Successfully obtained rescission and refund under the federal securities laws of investment in limited partnership producing well-known Broadway show.
- Represented sole owner of music brokerage firm in obtaining statute of frauds pre-answer motion dismissal
Represented sole owner of music brokerage firm in obtaining statute of frauds pre-answer motion dismissal on claim by a finder of potential transactions for equal ownership of the business.
Successfully defended a takeover attempt by a multi-national investment bank that had provided financing for a joint venture to explore natural resource discovery worth at least $2 billion. After defeating the bank’s early efforts to enforce a promissory note and seize control of the joint venture, we forced a favorable settlement in which our client bought the bank out of the joint venture for restricted shares valued at $16 million—more favorable to client than its pre-litigation cash offer—and subsequently sold the asset for in excess of $2 billion.
Obtained defense award in FINRA arbitration for investment banking firm on claim to share of investment banking fee.
Obtained defense award for major independent New York Stock Exchange broker-dealer on claim by former employee and minority shareholder in New York Stock Exchange Arbitration.
- Framed a successful constitutional challenge under 28 U.S.C. 1983 to the reciprocal revocation of our client’s professional license
Framed a successful constitutional challenge under 28 U.S.C. 1983 to the reciprocal revocation of our client’s professional license, restoring operations and $15 million in annual revenue to client’s business. Our client’s license had been suspended in Canada before hearings had been held – a procedure that would not have been permissible in the United States. We successfully argued that granting reciprocal suspensions in the United States, based on a foreign process incompatible with domestic notions of due process, was unconstitutional.
Defended cross-border claim of $18 million by major financial institution against directors on personal guarantees of debt of failed Canadian corporation, and settled for $120,000.
On behalf of a client who runs a display marketing business, defeated multi-million dollar breach of contract claim to acquire competitor’s business. We persuaded the trial judge that he had overlooked a critical nuance of the New York statute of frauds, resulting in reconsideration of his previous decision, and the dismissal of plaintiff’s claim on summary judgment.
News & Insights
- Garvey Schubert Barer Ranked Among Leading U.S. Firms in Chambers USA 2017 Guide; Four Practices and 12 Lawyers FeaturedGSB Newsroom, 5.26.17
- Chambers USA, 5.27.16
- GSB Press Release, 5.20.15
- GSB Release, 5.27.14
- GSB Press Release, 1.28.09
- GSB Press Release, 12.10.08
- “Current Developments in Arbitration,” Spring Conference and Induction of Fellows, Litigation Counsel of AmericaSpeaking EngagementNewport Beach, CA, 5.2.13
- "Discovery and Motion Practice in Arbitration," 2010 Fall Conference and Induction of Fellows, Litigation Counsel of AmericaSpeaking EngagementNaples, FL, 10.29.10
- "Optimizing the Use of Outside Counsel for Litigation, Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Proceedings with a Focus on the Fallout from the Ongoing Credit Market Crisis," Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Corporate CounselSeminarThe Cornell Club, New York, NY, 7.28.09
- Litigation Commentary & Review, 4.14.14
- New York, 1978
- U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1979
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1979
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1987
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1989
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1995
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2003
New York University School of Law, J.D., 1977
New York University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1974
- Phi Beta Kappa
Honors | Recognitions
- Listed in Chambers USA as a Recognized Practitioner for Litigation: Securities (New York), 2014-2017
- Listed as Legal Leaders “New York Area’s Top Rated Lawyers” by New York magazine, 2012 - 2013, 2015
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2008 - present
- Listed as "Legal Elite" for New York City Litigators, Avenue Magazine, 2010 - 2011
- Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for Commercial Litigation, 2010 - present
- Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Preeminent Peer Review Rated