Tim Goodman > Thompson Hine LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Thompson Hine LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20036-3537
United States

Work Department

Automotive & Mobility/Transportation


Tim, a former senior U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) official, focuses his practice on advising clients on a broad range of transportation-related operational, litigation and enforcement, business, regulatory and legislative issues, while promoting safety, compliance, innovation, efficiencies and cost savings. With a deep understanding of the regulators developed during nearly a decade leading matters of national and global significance at DOT, he helps clients marshal resources, achieve their goals, drive compliance, mitigate safety and business risks, and expand business and policy opportunities.

Tim helps clients adapt and bring order to constant disruption with lessons learned – from both sides of the table – in leading numerous high-profile litigation and enforcement actions (including matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit), consent orders, and teams in the automotive and mobility industry, as well as other transportation modes.

Tim brings creativity to solving problems in high-profile matters, including defending government inquiries and enforcement proceedings, negotiating multimillion-dollar government consent orders/settlements, safety, regulatory compliance and risk mitigation efforts, leading compliance audits and organizational change, standards enforcement, defects and non-compliance investigations, recall implementation, self-certification of standards, homologation, best practices and emerging trends.


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1999, cum laude; Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, executive articles editor
  • Georgetown Univ School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S., 1992

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation

Thompson Hine LLP‘s Washington DC-based practice has extensive experience in regulatory debates concerning the transportation of hazardous materials by rail, including safety and liability issues and common carrier obligations. The team also acts in rail rate cases, including matters for the chemical and plastics industries, while electric utilities seek out the team for coal transportation issues. It additionally advises on the full gamut of motor carrier work, including regulatory rulemaking proceedings and federal preemption-related litigation. Karyn Booth is a regulatory and commercial freight rail specialist, and Sandra L. Brown advises on the transportation by rail of coal, chemicals, crude oil and other hazardous materials. Former senior US Department of Transportation official Tim Goodman ‘has vast industry knowledge‘, while counsel David Benz is a freight railroad regulation expert.