Tamara F. Goodlette

Tamara F. Goodlette

tgoodlette@lrrc.com vCard
303.628.9518 office
303.623.9222 fax
1200 Seventeenth Street
Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202

Ms. Goodlette's practice emphasizes commercial and complex civil ‎litigation with special emphasis on professional liability litigation and litigation ‎relating to schools. Ms. Goodlette also represents life and ‎health insurance guaranty associations and receivers of failed ‎insurance companies in rehabilitation and liquidation proceedings ‎throughout the country. As part of her commitment to her community, she serves on the board of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado and recently 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
    • 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

Representative Matters

Professional Liability

  • 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
  • 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
  • Settled claims on behalf of directors and officers of regional bank asserting claims for violations of the Securities Act and fraud

School Law

  • Successfully settled claims on behalf of charter school in binding arbitration with its management company
  • Successfully defended Denver Public Schools in case alleging constitutional violations resulting in dismissal of the action on a motion
  • 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


  • Extensively researched and analyzed various aspects of the Affordable Care Act, including health insurance exchanges, on behalf of insurance guaranty associations
  • Successfully negotiated dismissal of national insurance company from lawsuit prior to any discovery in the matter
  • Drafted motions successfully arguing to stay a case brought by a dissatisfied creditor of an insolvent insurance company

Other Representative Matters

  • 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 presidential campaign relating to potential ballot and voting machine issues and coordinated with election monitors across the nation
  • 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

Goodlette receives award from Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation
Litigator from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie recognized for pro bono legal services
33 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys selected for 2016 Colorado Super Lawyers list
Inclusion acknowledges peer recognition and professional achievement
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, "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

Pro Bono/Community Service

  • 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, 2006-2014
  • 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


  • 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


  • Women Lawyers Who Raise the Bar by Maintaining a Significant and Sustained Commitment to Pro Bono Services - Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, 2016
  • Law Week Colorado - Lawyer of the Year, Top Woman Lawyer - Awarded to lead counsel on death penalty case, 2013
  • John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon - Recognized for commitment - Pro bono service, 2013
  • Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Community Betterment Award, 2008
  • Exceptional Service Award - American Bar Association - Death Penalty Representation Project, 2013
  • Colorado Super Lawyer "Rising Star" – , 2012-2014
  • Colorado Super Lawyers - Super Lawyer, 2016

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