Robert Goodin

Robert A. Goodin


Robert A. Goodin, one of the firm's founding partners, is a trial lawyer specializing in complex commercial litigation.



professional activities



  • Recognized in the 27th Edition of Best Lawyers in America for 2021 in the categories of Bet-the-Company Litigation & Commercial Litigation
  • Named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” from 2004-2019, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice
  • Robert Goodin has been continuously selected for recognition in Best Lawyers in America since 2006

Before the founding of Goodin MacBride in 1978, Mr. Goodin was an associate for three years with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, San Francisco. From 1974-75, he clerked for Judge Charles B. Renfrew, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. He was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981.

Mr. Goodin plays a prominent role in numerous professional organizations: a Fellow and former Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Life Member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He is also Board Chairman of Bay Area Legal Aid and member of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights. A Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, he frequently teaches trial advocacy at various institutions, among them the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is past president of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Goodin graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in 1968, and, from from 1968-1971, served as an officer in the United States Navy. He then attended the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), receiving a J.D. in 1974. At Boalt, he was an editor of the California Law Review, and member of the Order of the Coif.