"I want to thank Bob Goodman and his staff for great service. He took the time to listen to my issue, got straight to the point, and kept me grounded. I received a realistic, acceptable settlement. Bob's strength is in the way he treats friends and foes. He is very careful to state a point clearly, to ensure that the point made cannot be miscommunicated. I have already referred Bob to a friend, and will continue to do so. In my opinion, anyone looking for integrity in an attorney must consider Robert Goodman."
Robert Goodman joined Kilgore Law in 2010, after 30 years of law practice, 11 in the fields of bankruptcy, creditor rights, and general business litigation, and 18 in the fields of employment law and employment benefits law, including discrimination, compensation and whistleblower claims. In many of these employment law areas, Robert Goodman has pursued multiple plaintiff and class or representative actions involving a large number of actual or potential individual plaintiffs, and has successfully settled a number of such claims and class actions.
His employment benefits practice includes severance claims, disability discrimination, short-term disability claims, long-term disability claims and employee injury claims governed by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and non-ERISA disability and employee injury, related insurance and non-subscriber employee injury claims. He is currently involved in class action litigation under ERISA on behalf of former registered representatives of a major securities broker.
His employment law cases include minimum wage and overtime claims under the federal Fair-Labor Standards Act (FLSA); employment discrimination, age discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, denial of accommodations, and retaliation claims under federal and state discrimination statutes. Other employment law cases he has pursued include employment discrimination and retaliation claims for whistleblowing in violation of the federal and state statutes.
Robert Goodman has also pursued claims for denial of reemployment, discrimination and retaliation against military service members under the federal Uniformed Servicemembers Employment Rights and Reemployment Act (USERRA). His work on these cases has garnered attention from national and local press.
Robert Goodman has an arbitration practice on behalf of broker-dealer employees and securities customers through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Robert Goodman has also pursued qui tam cases to seek recoveries on behalf of governmental entities for false claims by healthcare providers and other federal and state funding beneficiaries and related wrongful termination claims under the False Claims Act.
Robert Goodman has also successfully pursued cases on behalf of customers of securities firms through the Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and its predecessors, the National Association of Securities Dealers, and the New York Stock Exchange.
- Areas of Practice:
- Class Actions
- Contract Disputes
- Disability Claims
- Employment Discrimination
- Employment Law
- ERISA Claims
- Executive Services
- False Claims
- FINRA Claims
- Military Personnel Protection
- Sexual Harassment
- Shareholder Law
- USERRA Claims
- Worker Pay and Injury Claims
- Wrongful Termination
- Bar Admissions:
- Texas, 1991
- Massachusetts, 1987
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
- Columbia Law School, New York, New York,
Honors: Harlan F. Stone Scholar, 1978-1979
Honors: A.A. Berle Faculty Assistantship to Benno Schmidt
- University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Major: Political Science
- Published Works:
- "Lease Terminations as Fraudulent Transfers," The Business Lawyer, May, 1988
- "There's a Hole in USERRA, Will Texas Fill It?" Kilgore Website, August, 2012