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Stephen D. Goodwin

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Memphis
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Steve Goodwin's experience includes employment discrimination litigation, unfair labor practices, employer policies, arbitration and negotiations, tort and commercial litigation, tax litigation and appellate practice.

Featured Experience

Successful judicial enforcement of arbitrability of employee claims.
U.S. Supreme Court reversal of adverse federal district court judgment.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Goodwin's experience includes employment discrimination litigation, unfair labor practices, employer policies, arbitration and negotiations, tort and commercial litigation, tax litigation and appellate practice.

Mr. Goodwin has extensive experience in all aspects of labor and employment law. He has negotiated union contracts, represented management in labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges and EEOC charges. He has litigated cases under the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the WARN Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and their state counterparts.

In addition to litigation, Mr. Goodwin advises clients on a daily basis concerning employer policies, terminations, employee handbooks and union matters. His clients include large corporations, small businesses, professional groups and non-profits.

Representative Matters
  • Successful judicial enforcement of arbitrability of employee claims.
  • U.S. Supreme Court reversal of adverse federal district court judgment.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Labor and Employment Law since 2010
  • Member – Memphis, Tennessee, Federal and American Bar Associations
  • Fellow – College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Served as Lieutenant in the USAF (1972 – 1975)
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006
  • Listed as among top 50 Memphis attorneys (2011, 2013, 2016) and top 100 attorneys in Tennessee by Mid-South Super Lawyers (2010, 2011, 2013, 2016)
  • Member – Standing Local Rules Committee for the Western District of Tennessee (2016 –2019)
Speaking Engagements
  • "10 Ways Your Business May Be Breaking Employment Laws (Memphis)" (October 2015)
  • "Trial Preparation," presented to the 37th Annual Wichita Program, Wichita State University (January 2011)
  • "Top Ten Mistakes: The Most Common Mistakes Employers Make," Jackson, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce (January 2011)
  • "Frequent Issues Under USERRA," Northwest Mississippi Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (January 2011)
  • Legal Update, NAPTR-TEC Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (January 2011)

Industries

Education

  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1978
    • Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1977 – 1978
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., 1972

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tennessee
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

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