Joseph S. Goode

Partner

Joseph S. Goode

Partner

Biographical

Joseph S. Goode is the Managing Partner of LLG. He approaches client problems with passion and intensity as if those problems were his own.

The day he graduated from Syracuse University College of Law, Joe Goode received the George and Evelyn Marcus Award for being the graduate who best demonstrated the qualities of good judgment, ambition, understanding, compassion, and an appreciation of learning. It was an honor, but also an early indicator. In the more than two storied decades since, those exact qualities have become synonymous with Joe. They’ve not only contributed to his countless successes as an attorney both inside and out of the courtroom, but also to the standards by which all of us at LLG are held.

As the last of five children, he honed his advocacy skills early in life and became very good at letting people know where he stands. He’s a tireless leader who is intense and demanding (mostly of himself). He maintains an exacting eye of an old-school newsroom editor. Joe’s joie de vivre is infectious to everyone around him, and his passion for people is routinely used to speak for those who require his advocacy.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment in commercial lease dispute involving option to renew lease and avoided eviction of franchisee client in 7-figure dispute.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement in complex partnership dispute involving franchise company in an effort to avoid protracted litigation between partners in “bet the company” proposition.
  • Favorably mediated executive transition of university President.
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Published Works and Presentations

  • Co-Presenter: Litigation Trap: Preventing, Prosecuting, and Defending a Claim of Spoliation—43rd Annual ABA Forum on Franchising, Virtual Forum (October 27-30, 2020).
  • Co-Author: Litigation Trap: Preventing, Prosecuting, and Defending a Claim of Spoliation—43rd Annual ABA Forum on Franchising, Virtual Forum (Conference Materials) (October 27-30, 2020).
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Reported Decisions

  • Falk v. Wheeler, 19-CV-1168, 2020 WL 759180 (E.D. Wis. Feb. 13, 2020)
  • Strategic Digital Signage, LLC v. Ashley Home Stores, Ltd., 18-CV-199-WMC, 2019 WL 2369402 (W.D. Wis. June 5, 2019)
  • Zettler v. Thurs Trucking, Inc., 18-CV-654-JDP, 2019 WL 1929205 (W.D. Wis. April 30, 2019)
  • Strategic Digital Signage, LLC v. Ashley Home Stores, Ltd., 18-CV-199-WMC, 2019 WL 2369402 (W.D. Wis. March 6, 2019)
  • Piano Gallery Madison, LLC v. Create Music, LLC, Case No. 17-CV-713-JDP, 2018 WL 734430 (W.D. Wis., March 1, 2019)
  • Piano Gallery Madison, LLC v. Create Music, LLC, Case No. 17-CV-713-JDP, 2018 WL 734430 (W.D. Wis., July 19, 2018)
  • Piano Gallery Madison, LLC v. Create Music, LLC, Case No. 17-CV-713-JDP, 2018 WL 734430 (W.D. Wis., Feb. 6, 2018)
  • De Leon v. Grade A Construction, Inc., Case No. 16-CV-348-JDP, 2017 WL 6375821 (W.D. Wis. Dec. 13, 2017)
  • Faxon Sales, Inc. v. U-Line Corp., Case No. 17-CV-872-JPS, 2017 WL 4990617 (E.D. Wis. 2017).
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin et al., Case No. 2016AP869, 2017 WL 4750694 (Ct. App. Wis. 2017).
  • Braatz, LLC v. Red Mango FC, LLC et al., Case No. 15-10498, 2016 WL 1253679 (5th Cir. 2016).
  • Arcangelo, Inc., et al. v. DirectBuy, Inc., No. 3:13-CV-104-PPS, 2015 WL 5148513 (N.D. Ind. Sept. 2, 2015)
  • My Health, Inc. v. General Electric Co., No. 15-cv-80-jdp, 2015 WL 9474293 (W.D. Wis. Dec. 28, 2015)
  • Braatz, LLC v. Red Mango FC, LLC, No. 3:14-CV-4516-G, 2015 WL 1893194 (N.D. Tex. April 27, 2015)
  • Volvo Construction Equipment North America, LLC v. Clyde/West, Inc., No. C14-0534JLR, 2014 WL 6886679 (W.D. Wash. Dec. 3, 2014).
  • Volvo Construction Equipment North America, LLC v. Clyde/West, Inc., No. C14-0534JLR, 2014 WL 5365454 (W.D. Wash. Oct. 20, 2014).
  • Volvo Construction Equipment North America, LLC v. Clyde/West, Inc., 26 F. Supp. 3d 1033 (W.D. Wash. 2014)
  • Roberts v. C.R. England, Inc., 2:12-cv-00302-RJS-BCW, 2013 WL 3893987 (D. Utah July 26, 2013)
  • Edgenet, Inc. v. GS1 U.S., Inc., et al., 09-CV-65, 2011 WL 1305219 (E.D. Wis. April 1, 2011)
  • Edgenet, Inc. v. GS1 U.S., Inc. et al., 742 F. Supp. 2d 997 (E.D. Wis. 2010)
  • Siemer v. Quizno’s Franchise Co., LLC, 07-C-2170, 2010 WL 3238840 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 13, 2010)
  • Bonanno v. Quizno’s Franchise Co., LLC, 06-CV-02358-CMA-KLM, 2009 WL 1068744 (D. Colo. April 20, 2009)
  • Westerfield v. Quizno’s Franchise Co., LLC, 06-C-1210, 2008 WL 2512467 (E.D. Wis. April 16, 2008)
  • Alliance Laundry Systems v. Tec Air, Inc., 06-C-0488, 2007 WL 844877 (E.D. Wis. March 16, 2007)
  • QFA Royalties LLC v. Schodron, 06-CV-01576-WYD, 2007 WL 485292 (D. Colo. Feb. 9, 2007)
  • Ferguson-Kubly Indus. Services, Inc. v. Circle Environmental, Inc., 05-C-1208, 2006 WL 141766 (E.D. Wis. Jan. 18, 2006)
  • Uebelacker v. Paula Allen Holdings, Inc., 464 F. Supp. 2d 791 (W.D. Wis. 2006)
  • Lands’ End, Inc. v. Remy, 05-C-368-C, 2005 WL 2932224 (W.E. Wis. Nov. 4, 2005)
  • NPF, Ltd. v. Smart Parts, Inc., 04-C-221-S, 2005 WL 1331100 (W.D. Wis. June 2, 2005)
  • Braun Elevator Co. v. ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp., 379 F. Supp. 2d 993 (W.D. Wis. 2005)
  • State ex rel. Lawton v. Town of Barton, 278 Wis. 2d 388, 692 N.W.2d 304 (Ct. App. 2004)
  • Alliant Energy Corp. v. Alltel Corp., 344 F. Supp. 2d 1176 (S.D. Iowa 2004)
  • Payday Loan Store of Wisconsin, Inc. v. City of Madison, 333 F. Supp. 2d 800 (W.D. Wis. 2004)
  • Norkol/Fibercore, Inc. v. Gubb, 279 F. Supp. 2d 993 (E.D. Wis. 2003)
  • Beloit Liquidating Trust v. Grade, 266 Wis. 2d 388, 669 N.W.2d 232 (Ct. App. 2003)
  • Reget v. Paige, 242 Wis. 2d 278, 626 N.W.2d 302 (Ct. App. 2001)
  • Hanlon v. Town of Milton, 235 Wis. 2d 597, 612 N.W.2d 44 (2000)
  • Hanlon v. Town of Milton, 186 F.3d 831 (7th Cir. 1999)
  • Bar Code Resources v. Ameritech Info. Sys., Inc., 229 Wis. 2d 287, 599 N.W.2d 872 (Ct. App. 1999)
  • Centres, Inc. v. Town of Brookfield, 148 F.3d 699 (7th Cir. 1998)
  • Sieren v. William R. Hague, Inc., 999 F. Supp. 1244 (E.D. Wis. 1998)
  • State ex rel. Flynn v. Dep’t of Administration, 216 Wis. 2d 521, 576 N.W.2d 245 (1998)
  • Bauder v. Delavan-Darien School District, 207 Wis. 2d 310, 558 N.W.2d 881 (Ct. App. 1996)
  • Seltrecht v. Bremer, 195 Wis. 2d 880, 536 N.W. 2d 727 (Ct. App. 1995)
  • Steinberg v. Jensen, 194 Wis. 2d 439, 534 N.W.2d 361 (1995)
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Professional Admissions, Associations, and Honors

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States

State Bar of Wisconsin

American Bar Association

USLAW Network

ABA Forum on Franchising

Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Milwaukee Bar Association

Justinian Honorary Society

Order of Barristers

Animal Legal Defense Fund 2019 Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award

Franchise Times Legal Eagle (2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020)

Animal Legal Defense Fund 2017 Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award

Best Lawyers 2020 (Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law)

Best Lawyers 2019 (Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law)

Best Lawyers 2018 (Milwaukee Franchise Lawyer of the Year)

Best Lawyers 2018 (Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law)

Best Lawyers 2017 (Milwaukee Franchise Lawyer of the Year)

Best Lawyers 2017 (Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law)

Best Lawyers 2016 (Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law)

Best Lawyers 2015 (Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law)

Best Lawyers 2015 (Milwaukee Franchise Lawyer of the Year)

Best Lawyers 2014 (Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law)

Best Lawyers 2013 (Commercial Litigation)

Best Lawyers 2012 (Commercial Litigation)

Wisconsin Super Lawyers (2007, 2009-2020)

Wisconsin Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2006)

Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers List (2017)

Education

Syracuse University College of Law/J.D., cum laude, 1994
Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University/M.P.A., cum laude, 1994
University of Wisconsin-Madison/B.A., History, 1989
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Executive Committee, Syracuse University College of Law Moot Court Board/1993-1994
Associate Member, Syracuse University College of Law Moot Court Board/1992-1993
Associate Editor, Syracuse Law Review/1993-1994
Editorial Staff Member, Syracuse Law Review/1992-1993
Legal Writing Instructor, Syracuse University College of Law/1993-1994
Robert M. Anderson Publication Award
George and Evelyn Marcus Award

Community

Joe is an animal lover and presides over LLG’s Dog Community (we like our mutts and they come to work with us). His beloved boxer, Greta, is an office fixture. When not at the office, he serves at the pleasure of two cats, Audrey and Valentino, who tell him what to do on a regular basis. Joe is married to Dina (who also tells him what to do) and is active in the Milwaukee community. He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Dane County Humane Society. Every Tuesday at noon, he can be found eating lunch with his fellow Rotarians at the Milwaukee Rotary Club. Joe also serves on the board of directors of Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward Association where he serves on the Governance and Revenue Development Committees. Joe continues to work on his golf game, which needs a lot of work.