Tamara F. Goodlette

Tamara F. Goodlette

Managing Partner of the Colorado Offices
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303.628.9518
303.623.9222 fax
1200 Seventeenth Street
Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202

Tami Goodlette is a litigator and trusted counselor serving a variety of industries and organizations. She is an appellate specialist who has litigated large breach of contract cases and other complex disputes in both state and federal court, as well as arbitration tribunals. Tami frequently represents lawyers and law firms in professional liability litigation and she also serves as outside legal counsel to schools and school districts where she helps schools manage risks and limit their liability and litigation exposure. She has particular expertise in leading crisis management efforts and internal and external investigations into allegations of misconduct by employees, students, teachers or clerics.

Tami serves as the firm’s Managing Partner of the Colorado offices. Tami also chairs the firm’s Professional Development Committee and prior to entering private practice, she served as a judicial ‎law clerk for the Honorable Robert M. Russel of the Colorado Court of ‎Appeals, and was a high school assistant principal and Spanish teacher.‎

Professional Experience

  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, 2006-Present
    • Professional Development Committee, Chair, 2017-Present
    • Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee, Member, 2013-2017
    • Strategic Planning Committee, Member, 2014-2016
  • Law Clerk, Judge Robert M. Russel, The Colorado Court of Appeals, 2004-2006
  • Assistant Head of School, The Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles, CA, 1997-2001
  • Director of Residence/Spanish Teacher, San Domenico School, San Anselmo, CA 1996-1997
  • Dean of Residence/Spanish Teacher, The Orme School, Mayer, AZ, 1993-1996

Pro Bono/Community Service

  • Family Detention Pro Bono Project, represented immigrant women and children in asylum proceedings, South Texas Family Residential Center, Dilley, Texas, 2018-Present
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Member, Board of Directors, 2017-Present
  • Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), Member, Law Firm Council, 2015-Present
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, Trustee, Team Leader for Denver Law Firm Campaign, 2013-Present
  • Assisted in representation of man on Utah death row, 2016-2017
  • Starfish One-By-One (Guatemalan NGO serving Mayan girls), Trustee, 2015-2018
  • ABA Death Penalty Representation Project, represented man on Texas death row, 2008-2014
  • Program Committee, Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program, Member, 2012-2013
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Member, Public Affairs Council, 2011-2013
  • Board of the Denver Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Member, 2009-2011
  • Board of Trustees, The Colorado Springs School, Member, 2006-2010
  • Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center, Pro Bono Legal Advisor, 2006-2010

Representative Matters

Complex Litigation

  • Won defense motion for summary judgment and subsequent appeals to the Colorado Supreme Court in $44 million case alleging law firm aided and abetted its clients' breach of fiduciary duty and fraud in series of complex oil and gas transactions
  • Successfully settled fraud and federal Securities Act claims in action by investors and by receiver of failed entity against CFO of the entity
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict for a large law firm in a nine-day trial in a multi-million dollar international breach of contract case
  • Represented a Fortune 200 company in a $1 billion complex contractual dispute alleging fraud and breach of contract against a medical supplies vendor in a six-day trial
  • Brought breach of fiduciary duty claims on behalf of the Colorado Bank Commissioner against the board of an LLC and the company's auditor resulting in recovery for defrauded investors
  • Won defense motions for summary judgment on behalf of a large insurance company in a series of directors and officers liability lawsuits brought by homeowners’ associations
  • Defeated injunction and won lawsuit on dispositive motions after an evidentiary hearing on behalf of a national dental company that was the winning bidder of a large Medicaid contract with the State of Colorado
  • Settled claims on behalf of directors and officers of a regional bank asserting claims for fraud and violations of the Securities Act
  • Successfully defended a state insurance guaranty association in a lawsuit seeking $60 million plus punitive damages alleging fraudulent use of funds during the insolvency of an insurance company—won the case on a motion to dismiss to the trial court and three appeals to the California Supreme Court (currently on appeal)
  • Negotiated a complex settlement in a legal malpractice action alleging that the lawyer failed to properly advise his client about the consequences not including a noncompetition clause in the settlement agreement in the underlying business dispute
  • Successfully prosecuted a contractual dispute for a large parking services company in a three-day binding arbitration
  • Successfully settled claims on behalf of a law firm that was the victim of fraud in federal and state litigation with the law firm’s bank
  • Successfully prosecuted a construction dispute based on an oral contract in a three-day jury trial
  • Successfully arbitrated on behalf of a regional bank in a lawsuit brought by a bank customer who was the victim of a large international fraud scheme
  • Represented a death row inmate in his Texas habeas corpus proceedings for six years resulting in a new trial and release of the client from prison

Education Law

  • Successfully defended Denver Public Schools in a matter of first impression brought by teachers alleging violation of the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Colorado Constitution—resulted in dismissal of the action on a motion to dismiss and defeat of the subsequent appeals
  • Successfully settled claims on behalf of a charter school in binding arbitration with its management company
  • Led an outside investigation for an independent school into allegations of decades-old sexual abuse of a student by a former teacher
  • Led crisis management team and investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in independent middle school and successfully defended school in related lawsuit
  • Guided charter school through responsible closure of the school and coordinated closely on behalf of the school with various constituencies including community members, parents, vendors, bond holders, creditors, and Denver Public Schools
  • Represented independent school against claims of improper handling of allegations of sexual harassment involving both civil claims and a criminal case for failure to report the allegations to state authorities
  • Oversaw a large internal investigation into an independent high school’s response to employee criminal conduct
  • Negotiated termination of contractual relationship between school and its management company
  • Represented an independent school as the victim in criminal proceedings against former employee and student for their violent acts on campus
  • Regularly reviews and drafts policies and procedures for school boards, school employees and students including governance documents, conflict of interest policies, faculty handbooks and student and parent manuals
  • Regularly develops and provides trainings for schools and school districts on Title IX obligations, FERPA requirements, mandatory reporting obligations, confidentiality in the counseling relationship, student discipline, board governance, student safety, healthy boundaries for students and faculty, managing difficult parents and crisis response

Related News

04/04/2017
DeWald, Freeman share John P. Frank Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award
59 attorneys earn recognition for providing more than 50 pro bono hours in 2016
09/14/2016
Goodlette receives award from Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation
Litigator from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie recognized for pro bono legal services
01/19/2016
Mays named Michael D. Nosler Scholarship recipient
Award reflects Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie commitment to diversity in legal profession
9/4/2014
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Attorneys Successful in Freeing Former Death Row Inmate
Habeas Corpus Death Penalty Case Concluded with No Contest Plea in Manuel Velez v. The State of Texas

Presentations

  • Panelist, “Mediation Techniques and the Tripartite Relationship,” USLAW Network Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 2018

  • Speaker, "Master Class in Attorney Malpractice Mediations: Select Topics for the Expert," ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 2017
  • Speaker, “Law School and Career Survival,” University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2013
  • Speaker, "Mock Trials and Other Options - Why, When and How," Colorado Women's Bar Association, Annual Conference, Vail, Colorado, 2012
  • Speaker, "What HOA Practitioners Need to Know," Attorneys Committee for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, 2012
  • Speaker, "What Real Estate Practitioners Need to Know About the New Rules of Civil Procedure," Real Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, 2012
  • Speaker, "Piloting Change: A Brief Overview of the Colorado Civil Access Pilot Project Rules," Colorado Women’s Bar Association, 2011
  • Speaker, "Regional Receivers Recap & Recon," International Association of Insurance Receivers Issues Forum, 2010

Publications

  • Author, "The Lottery for Good Counsel on Texas Death Row," The Docket, January 2015
  • Author, "Piloting Change: A Brief Overview of the Colorado Civil Access Pilot Project Rules," The Docket, December 2011
  • Author, "Piloting Change: A Practitioner's Guide to the Colorado Civil Access Project Rules," Law Week Colorado, November 2011

Distinctions

  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer, General Litigation, Professional Liability, 2016-2018 and Rising Star, 2012-2014
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association, Raising the Bar Award, 2016
  • Law Week Colorado, Top Woman Lawyer, 2013
  • Law Week Colorado, Lawyer of the Year, 2013
  • John P. Frank Pro Bono Award, 2013
  • Exceptional Service Award, American Bar Association, 2013
  • Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Community Betterment Award, 2008

Other Info

Education

J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2004, Order of St. Ives
B.A., Colorado College, 1992

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 2004
Arizona, 2018

Court Admissions

Colorado Court of Appeals
Colorado State District Courts
Colorado Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit