Timothy Goodman

Portrait of Timothy Goodman
Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Tim Goodman is a Partner at Thompson Hine LLP in its Washington, DC, office. As a former federal senior executive who spent nearly a decade at the US Department of Transportation (DOT), Mr. Goodman is uniquely qualified to advise clients in the transportation sector on a broad range of operational, regulatory, and legislative issues. He helps clients adapt and bring order to constant disruption by applying lessons learned from leading numerous high-profile enforcement actions, landmark consent orders, and litigations (including matters before the US Supreme Court and DC Circuit). He provides strategic leadership and insights on matters of national and global significance to manufacturers, suppliers, startups, and technology companies, including those related to, among other things, electric vehicles, ridesharing enterprises, and automated and autonomous driving systems, while promoting innovation, efficiency and cost savings.

While at the DOT, Mr. Goodman served in various capacities, including at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and in the Secretary of Transportation’s Office of the General Counsel. As NHTSA’s Assistant Chief Counsel for Litigation and Enforcement, he was the chief legal officer for enforcement for the 600-plus employee federal agency, leading the agency’s litigation and enforcement matters. As a senior trial attorney in the Secretary of Transportation’s Office of the General Counsel, he led DOT legal teams in handling a wide variety of significant litigation matters and administrative proceedings.

Mr. Goodman received his JD, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he served as the executive articles editor for the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, and his BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He also completed the Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies program at the Harvard Kennedy School for Executive Education.


BSFS, Georgetown University; JD, Case Western Reserve University; Certificate of Completion, Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies Program, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education