Collette Goodman is a counsel in the firm’s Tax practice group and a member of the firm’s Impact and Responsible Investing practice. Her practice includes advising clients on fund formation, the organization and operation of REITs, asset acquisitions and dispositions, FATCA compliance, and various corporate, international, and partnership matters. She also frequently advises in forming and obtaining tax exempt status for tax exempt organizations, and represents clients in obtaining rulings and in audit controversy matters before the IRS and the Treasury Department.

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Ms. Goodman advises on a broad range of tax matters in connection with the firm’s representation of clients in other areas of its practice, including litigation, securities, railway labor management, banking, environmental, government contracts, union labor, ERISA and employee benefit matters.

Ms. Goodman serves as tax counsel to a nonprofit corporation formed to manage product liability claims of its 20 major corporate members. She also has handled tax issues arising from the firm's work in representing regulated investment companies and insurance companies issuing variable annuity contracts. For the firm’s many corporate clients, including several high-tech companies, she has worked on structuring of business operations, mergers and acquisitions, financial products and stock option, deferred compensation, golden parachute, and other executive compensation matters. Ms. Goodman also advises several charitable, tax exempt organizations.

In 1994, Ms. Goodman spent two months in Hanoi, Vietnam, in connection with the firm's and her interest in expanding our practice in that part of the world. Since that time, she has advised various clients on the establishment of business operations in Vietnam.

Professional Activities

Ms. Goodman has been a member of the Tax Policy Committee (1986-1992), D.C. Bar Section of Taxation Steering Committee (1984-1990), and Council of Officers of the Federal Bar Association Section of Taxation (member 1985-present; chair 1991-1992).

Professional Experience

Ms. Goodman was counsel at Shea & Gardner prior to its combination with Goodwin in 2004. From 1978-81, she worked for the U.S. Treasury Department as a Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Donald C. Lubick at the Office of Tax Policy, and as an Attorney Advisor at the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel.

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J.D., 1975
Harvard Law School

(cum laude)

MCP, 1968
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A., 1966
Wellesley College

(Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi National Scientific Honor Society)



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New York
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