Hon. Allan J. Goodman (Ret.)


Available for: Mediation, Arbitration, Discovery Reference, Appellate Services, Private Trial

Judge Goodman joined ADR Services, Inc. in 2019 after a distinguished 24 years of judicial service, including 20 years as a Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court and 4 years as an Associate Justice Pro Tem of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District. Prior to his service on the bench, he was a lawyer in private practice advising businesses and handling litigation matters in state and federal courts, and served as Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, where he argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Goodman is an exceptionally well-respected and thorough jurist who measures the consequences of his decisions with an even hand. His ability to grasp and disentangle complex legal disputes is aided by his diligent preparation and research into the issues at hand. He now brings the same expertise and intelligence to his ADR practice to help litigants resolve their disputes.


  • Commercial Contract/General Business
  • Complex Litigation
  • Elder Abuse
  • Environmental, Toxic Torts, CEQA
  • Professional Liability (Legal, Medical)
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate, Estates & Trusts
  • Real Estate


California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District   2016-2019
Associate Justice Pro Tem, by appointment of the Chief Justice of California  1998, 2002, 2014-2015

Authored numerous appellate decisions for Divisions Two, Three, Five and Eight, including published opinions on arbitration, business, environmental (including CEQA), employment, legal malpractice, probate, real estate, and criminal matters, and on proper exercise of governmental powers; participated in review and determination of petitions for writs of mandate to superior courts.

Assigned Judges Program  2015-2016
Judge of the Superior Court, by appointment of the Chief Justice of California

Appointed to hear direct calendar matters in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, including all pre-trial and trial matters in business, employment, landlord-tenant, eminent domain and personal injury.

Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles  2001-2015
Judge of the Superior Court

Presided over direct calendar unlimited jurisdiction civil courtrooms, resolving anti-trust, arbitration, business, elder abuse, environmental (including CEQA), medical and legal malpractice, personal injury and toxic tort matters; tried over 500 cases to jury verdict or to judgment following court trial.

Municipal Court of California, County of Los Angeles  1995-2001
Judge of the Municipal Court

(Cross-assigned to Los Angeles Superior Court) Pre-trial and trial of business, malpractice, personal injury and criminal matters, and of petitions to compel arbitration and to confirm arbitration awards.


Allan J. Goodman, A Professional Corporation  1979-1994

Private practice focusing on general counsel advice to start-up and development stage businesses and to medical professionals developing proprietary products, and venture capital financing for those businesses; unfair competition and trademark advice and litigation in state and federal courts; real estate transactions and CERCLA compliance; estate, trust and probate matters on behalf of high net worth individuals.


Deputy Attorney General of California  1970-1979

Trial and appellate litigation; investigation of allegations of misconduct by public officials; enforcement of consumer protection and unfair competition statutes; regulation and supervision of health care service plans; public land law; served as Legislative Advocate in California Legislature and U.S. Congress on consumer protection and public lands matters.

Argued three cases in the United States Supreme Court:
Jones v. General Mills and Jones v. Rath Packing Company (1976) 430 U.S. 519: argued on behalf of 39 States and Attorneys General (whether Supremacy or Interstate Commerce Clauses of U.S. Constitution preclude enforcement of state labeling laws more stringent than federal statutes); and
California v. Arizona and The United States (1978) 440 U.S. 59: argued on behalf of the State of California (whether Congress has the power to reduce the Constitutional grant of Original Jurisdiction to the U.S. Supreme Court); and argued over 50 cases in the California and federal appellate courts.


Editorial Board Member, California Litigation   Current
Committee on Judicial Education and Research (CJER)   1995-2015
California Continuing Education of the Bar   2006, 2007
Los Angeles Superior Court BAJI Committee   1999-2004
Faculty, Bernard E. Witkin Judicial College   1997-2002
Regent of the University of California   1979-1981
Chair, LACBA Taxation Section, Estate and Gift Tax Committees   1980s
Judge, Moot Court and Clinical Trial Programs, LACBA and UCLA Law School   Various


  • New Federal Legislation Raises Multiple Questions Regarding Litigation of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment Cases and Affects Recent State Legislation, CLA 2022
  • Remedies for the Courthouse Flu: How to Get Your Civil Case Tried During the COVID-19 Crisis, CLA 2021
  • Recent Legislative Changes Affect Longstanding Pretrial Discovery Practice, CLA 2020
  • Contributing Editor, Civil Procedure-Before Trial, Civil Procedure-Trial, Civil Procedure-After Trial, CJER
  • Contributing Editor, Benchguide 62, Deferred Entry of Judgment (Drug Diversion), CJER


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles      1970
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz        1967

Post-degree courses at Harvard Law School in Antitrust Law and Estate Planning
Brookings – American Enterprise Institute Judicial Education Program
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association and American Bar Association
Admitted to practice in California and New York, all federal courts in California, U.S. Supreme Court


Distinguished Judge, Los Angeles Municipal Court Presiding Judges Association  1998, 1999

Representative Cases

Commercial Contract and General Business

  • Resolved dispute over payment of promissory note and for foreclosure on property securing that note
  • Dispute over application of provisions of Article 9 of the California version of the Uniform Commercial Code, including compliance with notice of assignment requirement and consequences of payment to original creditor.
  • Dispute between buyers and sellers of assets of, and then stock in, home health care services business, requiring allocation of accounts receivable including federal funds received via CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Act and State of California license requirements.
  • Garment jobber sued manufacturer for unpaid invoices for goods to be produced overseas and shipped to the United States. Purchaser asserted cross-complaint based on alleged partial non-performance.
  • Corporate advice to start up and development stage businesses
  • Venture capital financing on behalf of start up and development stage businesses and investors
  • Advice concerning protection of trade secret, knowhow and other intellectual property
  • Litigation to recover reasonable legal fees
  • Real estate lease advice to owner of multiple commercial properties
  • Investor suit against seller of securities for misrepresentation and fraud
  • Inventor and company founder’s suit against marketing and sales manager for beach of loyalty, breach of fiduciary duty and damages based on sales manager establishing mirror image company in foreign jurisdiction to compete with founder in worldwide sale of proprietary, patented product
  • Claimed breach of finder’s agreement
  • Dispute between employer and worker’s compensation insurer alleging breach of contract and negligence, and presenting threshold issue whether Federal Arbitration Act is preempted by the McCarran-Ferguson Act and the Nebraska Uniform Arbitration Act
  • Dispute over ownership of client files and right to use partnership trade secrets on termination of status as employee
  • Dispute over which board of directors had been validly elected and had right to control pending litigation
  • Dispute over ownership of product developed using information in a library of proprietary information which the parties (some of whom are former employees of the other party) had agreed to share and allow access to for one purpose but which one party used to develop and commercialize a product without first having obtained consent to use of technology not part of the agreement to share the library of technology
  • Dispute whether investment advisor had breached fiduciary duty to charitable foundation and had misappropriated foundation’s assets
  • Dispute arising from failure to execute proper document assigning asset (a money judgment) to family trust
  • Dispute over distribution of interpleaded funds deposited after judgment in wrongful death action
  • Dispute whether lawyer had breached contract to perform legal services
  • Dispute whether terms of contract between talent agency and clients contained illegal terms and conditions
  • Class action based on claim of unlawful denial of overtime pay by restaurant business
  • Dispute whether plaintiff class was sufficiently ascertainable in action alleging fraud by multiple insurers
  • Dispute over amount of attorney fees properly awarded on settlement of class action
  • Dispute over propriety of denial of motion to compel arbitration of claims by members of certain subclasses of plaintiffs who had utilized escrow services of defendant escrow companies
  • Dispute whether local municipal bus company had breached contract with foreign manufacturer of buses when it terminated contract to purchase large number of busses based on alleged failure of manufacturer to meet initial delivery obligation
  • Dispute whether judgment creditor properly initiated fraudulent transfer action in effort to collect on judgment
  • Dispute over scope of liability and propriety of discounting of unpaid invoices in garment industry for work performed
  • Dispute over judgment creditor seeking to levy on stock certificates of judgment debtor
  • Dispute over scope of coverage among layers of insurance policies
  • Suit by excess insurer of tire manufacturer to recover sums it paid in settlement of personal injury claim allegedly resulting from defective design, materials and manufacture of tire resulting in blowout and rendering the driver a quadriplegic

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Construction and Real Estate

  • Resolved dispute between developer of condominiums and contractor over failures of contractor to perform as required by plans and city ordinances.
  • Resolved dispute between owner of large luxury residence and disaster remediation service over payment for services rendered to remediate extensive water intrusion and mold infestation
  • Resolved dispute between builder of new condominiums on lot adjacent to long-time homeowner who objected to new construction that affected her property line, fencing and quiet enjoyment
  • Renegotiation of anchor tenant in significant shopping center to resolve litigation between landlord and tenant over breach of lease
  • Dispute over nonjudicial foreclosure and standing to challenge allegedly invalid assignments of trust deed
  • Dispute whether seller of convalescent care facility stripped value from the going concern after entering into contract for its sale and prior to the closing date on the sale of the facility
  • Dispute over use of funds provided by investor to start up business for personal expenses of persons charged with opening and operating it
  • Disputes over value of services rendered in constructing commercial and residential buildings
  • HOA – condominium owner dispute over liability for water intrusion into units
  • Landlord-tenant disputes regarding provision of habitable dwellings
  • Breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims by purchaser of apartment building
  • Dispute over proper amount of damages in eminent domain litigation
  • Suits to regain title from forgers of deeds to real property
  • Disputes over proper procedure for public agency to consider request to change zoning to allow substantial, new use in commercial property previously permitted for different use
  • Dispute over right of real estate agents to share commissions under written agreement
  • Dispute over sale of residential real property by entity with arguably defective authorization to sell
  • Dispute over adverse possession claim based on continuous use of sole access road to otherwise landlocked parcel
  • Dispute over proper boundary between neighbors sharing common driveway
  • Dispute whether foreclosure on residential real property complied with statutory requirements
  • Dispute between restaurant tenant and landlord which had constructed improvements for tenant, but which leaked, rendering substantial portion of restaurant unusable, and tenant’s claim for lost prospective profits
  • Dispute whether loan servicer which initiated foreclosure had title to residential real estate which was the object of the foreclosure
  • Borrowers’ disputes with loan servicers over compliance with Homeowners Bill of Rights
  • Disputes over validity and extent of easements by claimants of rights to use them as against owners of fee interests
  • Disputes over existence of view easements
  • Disputes between neighbors regarding rights to remove overhanging vegetation
  • Dispute between new owner of land and commercial building desiring unrestricted view from and of that building and owner of billboard with recorded easement to maintain billboard for term extending beyond date of new owner’s acquisition of land and which sign partially blocks view of building
  • Commercial and residential landlords’ suits against tenants for non-payment of rent
  • Derivative action by condominium association owners against HOA’s insurer seeking indemnity for amounts paid to settle claims of other owners based on alleged negligence of HOA
  • Suit to quiet title to prescriptive easement on land owned by public agency
  • Suit to vacate judgment quieting title to residential real property
  • Lessee’s claim of breach of clause in addendum requiring landlord to make certain improvements
  • Claim of failure by home inspector to discover and report defects in real property being purchased

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  • Discovery disputes in trademark litigation by international manufacturer and distributor of cosmetics
  • Discovery issues in anti-trust case involving claims of violations of Sherman Act and Cartwright Act in restricting distribution of first run movies
  • Dispute over alleged misuse of privileged materials obtained during discovery
  • Numerous and various discovery disputes

Governmental Entities

  • Obligation of physician to respond to inquiry from Medical Board investigating physician’s continued competence to practice medicine notwithstanding physician’s claims that disclosure of patient files would violate patients’ right to privacy or constitute an unlawful search under the Fourth Amendment
  • Whether recreational trail defense applies to trail situated nearby, but protected from, public golf course
  • Dispute over application of First Amendment and Brown Act to rights to speak at meetings of public agencies
  • Whether Alcoholic Beverage Control Act applies to dispute over payment for purchase of alcoholic beverages by licensee from distributor
  • Dispute over application of city zoning ordinance to construction on neighboring lot
  • Dispute over propriety of discipline imposed by Civil Service Commission on Deputy Sheriff
  • Employee claims of harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination based on sexual orientation
  • Propriety of public agency disciplining employee when, while acting in private capacity and off duty as a private investigator, county employee placed a tracking device on vehicle of person he was investigating for a client
  • Dispute whether person had been wrongly arrested by police department
  • Action by city against numerous sellers and distributors of marijuana for public nuisance, violation of Narcotics Abatement Law and unfair competition

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  • Resolved dispute over whether website's method of soliciting customers to utilize its services constituted violations of federal and state anti-discrimination laws
  • Wage and hour claims by employees and scope of liability of employers and their principals for payment of wages
  • Suits for wrongful termination by employees in various businesses
  • Suits for damages for sexual harassment by employees of public agencies
  • FEHA, Title VII, harassment, retaliation and other claims against private and public employers
  • Trials de novo following Labor Commissioner determinations of wages and penalties owed to employees
  • Teacher’s suit for damages against school district which caused her to be removed from the classroom, after which she was placed on 72 hour hold when she allegedly expressed desire to commit suicide while at work
  • Claim by employee against agency employer for sexual harassment and creation of hostile work environment
  • Suit by employee against employer for disability discrimination, failure to reasonably accommodate medical condition, and failure to engage in the interactive process in violation of FEHA

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Environmental and CEQA

  • Resolved dispute between owner of large luxury residence and disaster remediation service over payment for services rendered to remediate extensive water intrusion and mold infestation
  • Dispute over propriety of Regional Water Quality Control Board determination that party is a discharger and subject to order to clean up and abate pollution discovered in residential housing tract
  • Dispute over right to obtain permit to construct compound of five large residences in coastal zone
  • Residents’ challenge to procedure used by city in effort to comply with CEQA in city’s desire to materially increase use of large public sporting venue
  • Dispute over CERCLA liability of former owner of real property
  • Dispute over school district’s compliance with CEQA in construction of major addition at a high school
  • Dispute whether city had complied with CEQA in determination to redevelop parcel
  • Dispute whether city had prepared adequate EIR prior to granting building permit for big box store
  • Dispute whether city’s area local community plan and EIR were sufficient to comply with CEQA in development of high-density housing
  • Dispute whether EIR was required for development of infill project after area had been empty for period of time

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  • Arbitrated dispute between physician-director of hospital clinic and hospital over proper and timely of completion of patient charts, compliance with governmental payment protocols, and billing practices and procedures, including responsibility for documenting medical services rendered to patients.

Legal, Medical and Dental Malpractice

  • Dispute whether lawyer had committed malpractice in handling probate proceeding
  • Dispute whether dentist’s conduct was below the standard of care in malpractice claim arising from oral surgery which resulted in partial facial paralysis of 22-year-old woman
  • Dispute whether anesthesiologist had committed medical malpractice resulting in injury to ulnar and radial nerves of heavy equipment operator leaving him with paralysis of right arm and hand and which allegedly had been caused by failure of anesthesiologist to sufficiently monitor patient during 8-hour surgery on patient’s spinal cord
  • Dispute whether physician had breached the standard of care in breast reduction surgery which resulted in substantial scaring
  • Dispute as to application of principle of reasonable discovery of claim for application of statute of limitations in medical malpractice cause of action
  • Dispute whether surgeon’s use of spinal cord cage device and fixing solution for purpose and in a manner not specifically approved by FDA constituted medical malpractice or battery

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Personal injury and other torts

  • Claim by fashion designer that celebrity defamed designer to plaintiff’s clients and others in the fashion industry
  • Suit by limited purpose public figure against author for allegedly libelous publication in book
  • Claim by pregnant employee for death of fetus allegedly resulting from exposure to toxic substances in workplace
  • Claim of elder abuse by elder and her guardian based on personal injuries sustained in multiple falls and injuries while in skilled nursing facility
  • HOA liability for pedestrian slip and fall on sidewalk adjacent to HOA property
  • Retail store's liability for box falling on customer’s head in store aisle
  • Driver's liability for injuries sustained by bicyclist in collision with motorist
  • Claim against nearby dining establishment for personal injuries sustained by one patron in adjacent parking lot due to battery by another patron who was allegedly severely intoxicated
  • Application of good Samaritan defense by physician who was on the scene of automobile collision
  • Claims of false imprisonment and of negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress by parent against school district
  • Negligence and premises liability claims by surviving family of decedent who rode his horse over train trestle and was killed by oncoming train
  • Numerous automobile accidents, some with catastrophic injuries
  • Whether trial court properly excused a juror and whether court improperly permitted defense expert testimony
  • Malicious prosecution actions

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Probate, Estates and Trusts

  • Validity of claims by employees of ownership of stock in decedent entertainer’s corporation which held properties of substantial value
  • Petition for approval of accounting in estate; whether gift of property to remainder beneficiaries was a residuary gift or to be used to discharge a pecuniary gift
  • Propriety of amount of fees awarded to administrator and to attorney for estate
  • Claims of financial elder abuse in connection with quitclaim deeds of real property
  • Whether comparative fault instruction was warranted in legal malpractice action against attorney who prepared estate planning documents and was instructed to maintain separate property status of assets transferred to revocable living trust of married couple but who did not draft appropriate documents for client’s signature
  • Suit against administrator of estate to establish claimant’s right to real property of decedent

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Judge Goodman had a terrific ability to distill extraordinarily complex matters. The case we had couldn’t have been more contentious and heated – lots of money, very, very complicated legal issues, and they had to apply federal law, state law. Not all arbitrators can do that – not even close. When I’m checking boxes for an arbitrator, I want someone who is very smart and able to analyze complicated legal issues. And I just don’t think you could get a better arbitrator to preside over your matter because he is extremely fair to both the plaintiff’s side and the defendant, and he knows how to run a very efficient trial.”

Judge Goodman was extremely effective. Some mediators are better than others at coming into the mediation with full knowledge of the facts. He certainly did. There were multiple defendants involved in the matter who were struggling with some tricky issues. I’m still not sure how Judge Goodman was able to navigate that, but he clearly was able to get two parties on the other side, who were at war with one another, to at least focus on their collective issue vis-à-vis my client. He was eventually able to get a good result, and I just didn’t think it was going to be possible, given the dynamics on the other side.”

Judge Goodman was candid with his opinions in both matters but did a great job of listening to the parties. It makes the clients feel heard, which I think is half the goal in mediation. I think sometimes mediators can come off more aggressively in trying to reach a resolution, but he does a really great job of riding that line. You want to reach a settlement. You want to do that efficiently, but he’s really good at listening to the positions. If you’re in a mediation, there’s usually something going on besides just money. There’s usually a reason the parties aren’t able to reach a resolution on their own, and he did a really good job bringing parties together.”

Judge Goodman made himself available on an time sensitive matter and provided excellent and thorough insight.”