Amy L. Goodman is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office. She is a member of the firm's Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance practice group, which received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in both 2013 and 2011 in the category of Securities Regulation (including Advisory and Enforcement). She is also a member of the firm's Executive Compensation and Corporate Transactions groups. She advises clients with respect to securities law disclosure and regulatory issues and corporate governance matters, including the representation of independent board committees.
Ms. Goodman joined the firm in 1998 after serving as a free-lance editor and author of books and newsletters on securities and corporate law topics, including Editor-in-Chief of Insights: The Corporate and Securities Law Advisor (ongoing), The Investment Lawyer, and The Corporate Governance Advisor, all published by Aspen Law & Business. She previously was with the Securities and Exchange Commission for 11 years, holding several positions with the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance, including Associate Director (EDGAR), Deputy Associate Director, Assistant Chief of the Office of Disclosure Policy, and Chief of the Task Force on Corporate Accountability. She also served as Legal Assistant and Special Counsel to SEC Chairman Harold Williams and as an attorney in the SEC's Division of Investment Management.
Ms. Goodman was named to the 2013 National Association of Corporate Directors Directorship 100, a list of the “most influential people in the boardroom and corporate governance community.” She has been ranked among the top securities regulation advisory attorneys in the nation by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for three years (2012-2014). Ms. Goodman was ranked as one of the world’s leading Corporate Governance attorneys in Expert Guides’ 2014 Guide to the World’s Leading Banking and Finance Lawyers and was selected as one of America’s top 30 pre-eminent corporate governance attorneys in Euromoney’s Best of the Best USA 2012. Ms. Goodman was named by BTI Consulting Group to its 2009 BTI Client Service All-Stars list consisting of 176 lawyers across the country selected for delivering "outstanding legal skills enveloped in a rare combination of practical business knowledge, extraordinary attention to client needs and noteworthy responsiveness." She is listed in the 2014 and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® in the categories of corporate governance law, corporate compliance law and securities regulation, and was named Best Lawyers’ 2012 Washington DC Corporate Compliance Law Lawyer of the Year. In 1985, Ms. Goodman received the SEC's Distinguished Service Award, and, in 1986, she received the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award.
Ms. Goodman received her Juris Doctorate degree cum laude from the Boston University Law School and an LL.M. with emphasis in securities law, from the Georgetown University Law Center. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Boston University.
Ms. Goodman is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the State of Massachusetts. She is the former Chair of the Committee on Director and Officer Liability of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section, and the former Chair of the Section's Shareholder and Investor Relations Subcommittee of the Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Goodman is former President of the Board of Directors of The Association of SEC Alumni, Inc. She is also a member of the Federal Regulation of the Securities Committee of the Business Law Section and the Securities Law Committee of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Advisors of the SEC Historical Society. She is editor of A Practical Guide to SEC Proxy and Compensation Rules, published by Wolters Kluwer and co-editor of Corporate Governance: Law and Practice, published by LexisNexis (2004) and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and other professional events.