Thomas
Goodhue

“One of my best skills is listening to complex problems, and then putting those ideas into writing so a judge or lay person can understand them.”

After more than 10 years in Washington, D.C., at international law firms and the Federal Trade Commission, Tom Goodhue reclaimed his Iowa roots.

 

He brought with him his experience in commercial and administrative litigation. Tom litigates business disputes, advises businesses on compliance with consumer law, and represents individuals and businesses in disputes before courts, state and federal agencies, and arbitral tribunals. At the FTC and in private practice in Washington, D.C., Tom brought and defended high stakes cases involving a wide variety of industries. He litigated bitter business disputes over contracts and anti-competitive behavior. Tom also litigated cases involving state and federal consumer laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, FTC Act, and state consumer protection laws.

 

Growing up on a farm south of Des Moines, Tom’s first experience with regulation was a little different. “I was an undercover farmers market monitor,” he says. For a summer after high school, he visited farmers markets around central Iowa, making sure vendors were complying with the Women, Infants, and Children program and weren’t selling things they shouldn’t. “It was an interesting introduction to regulations and how the state goes about enforcing them,” Tom says.

 

Still involved in the family farm, Tom values both the city and country experiences that have contributed to his law practice. He’s glad to be raising his family and growing his career here.

 

Hunton & Williams Litigation Award for Best Brief by an Associate
2010

 

E. Randolph Williams Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service
2009, 2010, 2016

 

Order of the Coif

 

Iowa Law Review
Articles Editor 

 

Phi Beta Kappa

 

American Bar Association

  • Dispute Resolution Section
  • Mediation Committee Vice Chair
  • Internet Law Subcommittee
  • Commercial & Business Litigation Committee, Former Co-Chair

 

International Bar Association
Arbitration Rules Subcommittee, Regional Reporter

 

Trial attorney in breach of contract action in Iowa District Court that resulted in judgment of $800,000.

 

Obtained summary judgment for client in Iowa District Court on claim arising from failed acquisition.

 

Counsel in unfair practices class action against student loan company that resulted in dismissal of claims against client on summary judgment.

 

Trial counsel in a federal court action in the Middle District of Florida for contempt of court that resulted in a judgment for the client of $14.75 million.

 

Trial counsel for the plaintiff in a Maryland state court case alleging the violation of state and federal statutes that resulted in a judgment for the plaintiff.

 

Counsel in Maryland Circuit Court case concerning the construction of an LNG export terminal that successfully defended against a proposed stay of construction.

 

Obtained the dismissal of a case against data furnisher brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

 

Counsel in the successful defense of a major student loan company against a statewide consumer class action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that resulted in dismissal on summary judgment.

 

Successfully defended an African nation in an ICSID investment arbitration against claims it had (1) expropriated an investment; (2) discriminated against an investor; and (3) denied justice to an investor in violation of a Bilateral Investment Treaty.

 

Represented the electric utility of the United Republic of Tanzania in an ICSID arbitration concerning a disputed power plant.

 

Represented a Lebanese hotel development company in two ICC arbitrations.

 

Selected for panel of approved investment arbitration counsel for the ministry of an eastern European country.

 

Represented an investor in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in an action confirming an ICSID award on an ex parte basis.

 

Drafted multi-party arbitration clauses for multinationals, advised on aspects of investment arbitration, and counseled clients on the application of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

 

“When a ‘Tribunal’ is Not a ‘Tribunal’: Obtaining Discovery in Aid of International Commercial Arbitration,” International Bar Association, North American Regional Forum News, September 2016

 

“Trans-Pacific Partnership Calls for International Arbitration of Disputes,” Daily Business Review, November 2015 (co-author)

 

“Bypassing the Federal Arbitration Act’s Three-Year Statute of Limitations,”
International Bar Association, International Arbitration News, fall 2015

 

American Bar Association
Consumer Law Developments, 2015 (contributor)

 

“Wikipedia Dispute Resolution”
ABA, Commercial & Business Litigation Newsletter, November 2011

 

“Appellate Review of Remand Orders: A Substantive/Jurisdictional Conundrum”
Iowa Law Review, May 1, 2006

 

OVERVIEW

After more than 10 years in Washington, D.C., at international law firms and the Federal Trade Commission, Tom Goodhue reclaimed his Iowa roots.

 

He brought with him his experience in commercial and administrative litigation. Tom litigates business disputes, advises businesses on compliance with consumer law, and represents individuals and businesses in disputes before courts, state and federal agencies, and arbitral tribunals. At the FTC and in private practice in Washington, D.C., Tom brought and defended high stakes cases involving a wide variety of industries. He litigated bitter business disputes over contracts and anti-competitive behavior. Tom also litigated cases involving state and federal consumer laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, FTC Act, and state consumer protection laws.

 

Growing up on a farm south of Des Moines, Tom’s first experience with regulation was a little different. “I was an undercover farmers market monitor,” he says. For a summer after high school, he visited farmers markets around central Iowa, making sure vendors were complying with the Women, Infants, and Children program and weren’t selling things they shouldn’t. “It was an interesting introduction to regulations and how the state goes about enforcing them,” Tom says.

 

Still involved in the family farm, Tom values both the city and country experiences that have contributed to his law practice. He’s glad to be raising his family and growing his career here.

 

RECOGNITION

Hunton & Williams Litigation Award for Best Brief by an Associate
2010

 

E. Randolph Williams Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service
2009, 2010, 2016

 

Order of the Coif

 

Iowa Law Review
Articles Editor 

 

Phi Beta Kappa

 

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

American Bar Association

  • Dispute Resolution Section
  • Mediation Committee Vice Chair
  • Internet Law Subcommittee
  • Commercial & Business Litigation Committee, Former Co-Chair

 

International Bar Association
Arbitration Rules Subcommittee, Regional Reporter

 

SIGNIFICANT CASES

Trial attorney in breach of contract action in Iowa District Court that resulted in judgment of $800,000.

 

Obtained summary judgment for client in Iowa District Court on claim arising from failed acquisition.

 

Counsel in unfair practices class action against student loan company that resulted in dismissal of claims against client on summary judgment.

 

Trial counsel in a federal court action in the Middle District of Florida for contempt of court that resulted in a judgment for the client of $14.75 million.

 

Trial counsel for the plaintiff in a Maryland state court case alleging the violation of state and federal statutes that resulted in a judgment for the plaintiff.

 

Counsel in Maryland Circuit Court case concerning the construction of an LNG export terminal that successfully defended against a proposed stay of construction.

 

Obtained the dismissal of a case against data furnisher brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

 

Counsel in the successful defense of a major student loan company against a statewide consumer class action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that resulted in dismissal on summary judgment.

 

Successfully defended an African nation in an ICSID investment arbitration against claims it had (1) expropriated an investment; (2) discriminated against an investor; and (3) denied justice to an investor in violation of a Bilateral Investment Treaty.

 

Represented the electric utility of the United Republic of Tanzania in an ICSID arbitration concerning a disputed power plant.

 

Represented a Lebanese hotel development company in two ICC arbitrations.

 

Selected for panel of approved investment arbitration counsel for the ministry of an eastern European country.

 

Represented an investor in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in an action confirming an ICSID award on an ex parte basis.

 

Drafted multi-party arbitration clauses for multinationals, advised on aspects of investment arbitration, and counseled clients on the application of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

 

SPEECHES & PUBLICATIONS

“When a ‘Tribunal’ is Not a ‘Tribunal’: Obtaining Discovery in Aid of International Commercial Arbitration,” International Bar Association, North American Regional Forum News, September 2016

 

“Trans-Pacific Partnership Calls for International Arbitration of Disputes,” Daily Business Review, November 2015 (co-author)

 

“Bypassing the Federal Arbitration Act’s Three-Year Statute of Limitations,”
International Bar Association, International Arbitration News, fall 2015

 

American Bar Association
Consumer Law Developments, 2015 (contributor)

 

“Wikipedia Dispute Resolution”
ABA, Commercial & Business Litigation Newsletter, November 2011

 

“Appellate Review of Remand Orders: A Substantive/Jurisdictional Conundrum”
Iowa Law Review, May 1, 2006