Marcia Goodman

USA: Illinois

Mayer Brown LLP
71 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
United States

Tel: +1 312 701 7953


Marcia Goodman primarily represents global employers on a wide range of US and cross-border employment law matters. In addition, she co-leads the firm’s Japan Client Initiative, a program aimed at strengthening and expanding Mayer Brown’s ability to serve Japanese clients.

She defends employers in federal class claims of race, age, sex, disability, national origin discrimination under EEO laws (e.g., reductions in force, promotions, sexual harassment, discriminatory terms, and conditions of employment) and in pattern and practice discrimination claims by the EEOC, as well as defending employee benefit plans and employers in ERISA class actions. Marcia also defends employers in litigation involving individual claims, such as a wide variety of EEO actions (race, age, national origin, sex, disability), Section 301 actions and Duty of Fair Representation Actions under collective bargaining agreements, Whistleblower claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, federal and state court actions involving disputes over employment contracts, defamation, fraud, tortious interference with employment or business opportunity, FMLA actions, wage and hour issues, independent contractor/employee status, post-employment competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets. She defends employee benefit plans and employers against challenges to plan interpretation of medical plans, the application of severance pay plans, the formula for calculating benefits and payment terms under defined benefit plans, retiree medical and other benefit changes, deferred compensation plan interpretation and changes, alleged fiduciary breaches in investments and use of plan assets, characterization of alleged plan assets, and independent contractor/employee status challenges.

Marcia’s trial work includes temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction work, bench trials and jury trials. Her appellate work includes arguing cases before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court. She has also filed a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to her trial, appellate, administrative, and alternate dispute resolution experience, Marcia provides transactional services and advises clients on a wide range of employment matters, including terms of employment, policies and practices, executive investigations, employment terminations, diversity, collective labor issues, employment benefits, covenants not to compete and trade secrets, business transactions, and independent contractor and related employee issues.

Marcia also advises foreign-owned companies on employee issues, national origin and diversity issues, employment status of seconded or jointly employed employees, and manager training regarding US employment sensitivities.

Marcia studied law at Tokyo University and worked in Japan. She speaks and reads Japanese comfortably.

Mayer Brown’s employment practice has extensive experience in all aspects of employment, labor law and litigation including reorganizations of personnel, restructuring and redundancy measures and outsourcing projects. Our clients are among the largest businesses in the world. Members of the Fortune 500, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng repeatedly seek our counsel to design and implement their employment law and litigation strategies across numerous regulatory environments, including:

  • More than 100 lawyers focus on employment law and litigation across the United States, Europe and Asia.
  • Our clients are members of the Fortune 500, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng.
  • Our presence in the largest national economies in Europe bolsters the reach of our European employment and labor lawyers.
  • We have the largest employment capability of any firm operating in Asia.
Mayer Brown is a distinctively global law firm, uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes.

With extensive reach across four continents, we are the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong—the backbone of the global economy.

We have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including our signature strength, the global financial services industry.

Our diverse teams of lawyers are recognized by our clients as strategic partners with deep commercial instincts and a commitment to creatively anticipating their needs and delivering excellence in everything we do.

Our “one-firm” culture—seamless and integrated across all practices and regions—ensures that our clients receive the best of our knowledge and experience.

“Marcia Goodman represents clients on a range of employment matters, being particularly noted for work in discrimination claims. According to one client, “she’s very easy to work with and gives clear advice.”
Chambers & Partners