• Biography

    Melissa Goodman is known for litigating and agilely managing sophisticated employment issues during mission critical scenarios. With 24 years of experience, Melissa has litigated in multiple states, courts of appeal and various arbitration forums. She serves as co-chair of the firm’s Trade Secrets Practice Group, and the former chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group.

    Melissa focuses on litigation and advising top level corporate leadership - boards of directors, in-house counsel and chief executives - on unique, complex and often crisis-level employment affairs, including:

    • Executive Transitions - Drafts, negotiates, advises and litigates complex executive transitions such as employment and separation agreements, trade secret disputes, non-competes, wage and hour disputes, and compensation agreements.
    • Internal Investigations – Conducts high-level, sensitive and complex workplace investigations, and counsels on best practices in investigations.
    • Unfair Competition - Litigates complex unfair competition-related claims (including breach of non-competition agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference and breach of fiduciary duty claims) extensively throughout the United States, advises and strategizes on handling such issues, and drafts and negotiates restrictive covenants.
    • Whistleblowers and Retaliation Threats - Advises on all aspects of whistleblower and retaliation situations, from responding to threats to handling litigation.
    • Regulatory Missteps - Counsels leadership in response to allegations of corporate wrongdoing related to Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank, and litigates claims alleging retaliation resulting from such reports.
    • Major Transactions - With the goal of protecting company assets, counsels leadership during major transactions, from advising on purchase agreements, drafting employment and related agreements to navigating disputes and litigation.
    • ERISA Litigation - Handles all aspects of retirement and benefit plan litigation.
    • Indemnification Claims - Provides guidance to leadership and litigates indemnification suits brought by corporate officers.

    In addition to complex employment situations, Melissa is also regularly called upon by clients to provide advice on day-to-day employment law issues. Melissa is a frequent speaker for local and national audiences on a variety of labor and employment and litigation issues and is an active member of the American Bar Association and the Dallas Bar Association.

    Selected Publications and Speeches

    • “Protecting your Company Against Sexual Harassment Claims,” presenter, Human Resources Committee Luncheon Series, Richardson, Texas, February 22, 2018.
    • "Examining the Duty of Loyalty and the Corporate Opportunity Doctrine," co-author, Business Torts & Unfair Competition, Summer 2014, Vol. 21, No. 4
  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., Creighton University, 1994, cum laude; Assistant Editor, Creighton Law Review
    • B.A., University of Iowa, 1991
  • Admissions

    • Texas
  • Court Admissions

    • United States Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • Texas Supreme Court