ProfessionalsMartha L. Goodman
Counsel in the Litigation Department, Martha focuses her practice on antitrust and other high-stakes, competitive disputes involving innovative industries touching on a wide variety of areas, including trade secrets, contract, business torts, securities fraud, and employment disputes. In a span of less than five years, Martha served as trial counsel in four cases, including in three high-profile matters: Waymo v. Uber, a hotly contested trade secrets case regarding the future of self-driving cars; defending Apple in an antitrust class action involving the portable music player industry, obtaining a complete defense verdict where the class sought $350 million before trebling; and in O'Bannon v. NCAA, obtaining a historic judgment for college athletes, finding the NCAA in violation of the antitrust laws and ordering injunctive relief for NCAA athletes permitting the sharing of name, image and likeness monies.
She also practices at the intersection of litigation and investigations, helping clients respond to high-stakes and public-facing congressional and other government inquiries. She has prepared many first-time witnesses for high-stakes testimony before law enforcement agencies, inspectors general, and congressional committees.
Martha’s recent engagements include:
- Representing and favorably settling an arbitration on behalf of a major technology company in an employment dispute with its former Senior Vice President;
- Defending a major consumer electronics company against fraud, business tort, securities and unfair competition claims asserted in California state court by a former manufacturer and distributor that sought over $1 billion in damages; the client prevailed on summary judgment against all claims on the eve of trial;
- Representing a regional sports network with programming rights to major professional sports teams in an antitrust action against a major cable distributor;
- Representing a global science company in trade secret and breach of non-competition disputes; successfully obtained a preliminary injunction against former employee in breach of non-compete action and favorably settled on eve of trial trade-secret misappropriation dispute;
- Representing a major retail company in testimony before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary;
- Representing a global science company in testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform;
- Representing a high-profile former government employee in the course of simultaneous investigations by the Department of Justice, an agency Inspector General and a congressional select committee.
Martha shares the firm’s commitment to pro bono legal practice, and represents individuals in child custody and employment disputes in local and federal D.C. courts. She also works to advance the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and has participated in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity programming.
Earlier in her career, Martha served as a law clerk for Judge Marjorie Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge Roslynn Mauskopf of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.