Tamara F. Goodlette

Tamara F. Goodlette

tgoodlette@lrrc.com vCard
303.623.9222 fax
1200 Seventeenth Street
Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202

Ms. Goodlette's practice emphasizes complex commercial ‎litigation with special emphasis on professional liability litigation and appeals. Ms. Goodlette also leads internal and external investigations, on behalf of companies, schools and churches, into allegations of misconduct by employees, teachers, clerics or other individuals. As part of her commitment to her community, she serves on the board of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado and she represented a man on Texas death row resulting in his release from prison.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Goodlette 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 (legacy firm Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP), 2006-Present
    • Professional Development Committee, Chair, Present
    • Strategic Planning Committee, Member
    • Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee, Member
  • 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

  • Assist in representation of man on Utah death row, 2016-Present
  • Starfish One-By-One (Guatemalan NGO serving Mayan girls), Trustee, 2015-Present
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, Trustee, 2013-Present
  • 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

  • Won defense motion for summary judgment in case alleging law firm aided and abetted its clients' breach of fiduciary duty and fraud in series of complex oil and gas transactions (on appeal)
  • 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 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 complex contractual dispute alleging fraud and breach of contract against a vendor in a six-day trial 
  • Brought breach of fiduciary duty claims on behalf of the Colorado Bank Commissioner against the board of manager of an LLC and the company's auditor resulting in recovery for defrauded investors
  • Led outside investigative team and international investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by former members of religious group resulting in published report
  • Settled claims on behalf of directors and officers of regional bank asserting claims for violations of the Securities Act and fraud
  • Successfully settled claims on behalf of charter school in binding arbitration with its management company
  • Led internal investigation for a private school into allegations of decades-old sexual abuse of a student by a former teacher
  • Successfully defended Denver Public Schools in case alleging constitutional violations resulting in dismissal of the action on a motion to dismiss (on appeal)
  • 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
  • Drafted motions successfully arguing to stay a case brought by a dissatisfied creditor of an insolvent insurance company
  • Successfully prosecuted a contractual dispute in a three-day binding arbitration
  • Successfully settled claims on behalf of victim of fraud in federal and state litigation with client’s bank
  • Successfully prosecuted a dispute based on an oral contract in a three-day jury trial
  • Tried a two-day arbitration on behalf of bank in lawsuit brought by a bank customer who was the victim of fraud
  • Represented man on death row in Texas habeas corpus proceedings for six years resulting in new trial and eventual release of the client from prison

Related News

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
Goodlette receives award from Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation
Litigator from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie recognized for pro bono legal services
Mays named Michael D. Nosler Scholarship recipient
Award reflects Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie commitment to diversity in legal profession
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


  • Speaker, "Master Class in Attorney Malpractice Mediations: Select Topics for the Expert," ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference, 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, 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


  • 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


  • Colorado Super Lawyers - Super Lawyer - General Litigation, Professional Liability , 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association - Raising the Bar Award, 2016
  • Colorado Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2012-2014
  • Law Week Colorado - Top Woman Lawyer, 2013
  • Law Week Colorado - Lawyer of the Year - Awarded to lead counsel on Manuel Velez death penalty case, 2013
  • John P. Frank Pro Bono Award, 2013
  • Exceptional Service Award - American Bar Association - Death Penalty Representation Project, 2013
  • Law Week Colorado - Up-And-Coming Lawyer Finalist, 2009
  • Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Community Betterment Award, 2008

Other Info


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