John D. Aldock

John D. Aldock

General Counsel
John D. Aldock

John Aldock serves as General Counsel to Goodwin and chairs the firm’s Risk Management Committee.


Mr. Aldock represents law firms in various matters including in state and federal court litigation alleging professional malpractice. He also represents targeted lawyers before state grievance committees. In addition, Mr. Aldock serves as a mediator and arbitrator of national and international disputes. Previous to becoming General Counsel, Mr. Aldock’s nationwide practice focused on commercial litigation including class actions, mass torts, insurance, securities, commercial arbitration and business litigation.

Professional Activities

Mr. Aldock is Chair of the Advisory Committee on Rules of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and a member of the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals (Washington, D.C.) of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Professional Experience

Mr. Aldock was chairman of Shea & Gardner prior to its combination with Goodwin in 2004. He served on the Executive Committee of Goodwin from 2005-2011. Following his judicial clerkship, Mr. Aldock served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1968-1971.


Mr. Aldock has been selected by Chambers USAAmerica’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessSuperLawyers, U.S. News-Best Lawyers and The Legal 500 U.S. as one of America's leading business litigation lawyers for commercial and bet-the-company litigation. Mr. Aldock is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Law Institute.



University of Pennsylvania Law School

(Law Review and cum laude)

Northwestern University

(Beta Gamma Sigma and Deru Honoraries)


1967 to 1968 U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Honorable Luther W. Youngdahl



District of Columbia


U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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