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 judgement on multi-million dollar contract claim asserted by client’s vendor in relation to digital marketing platform used in client’s retail operations throughout the United States.
  • Successfully defeated motion to stay pursued by defendants in tortious interference dispute between two hotel franchisors pending in federal district court.
  • Defeated efforts by putative classes in various FLSA class actions to obtain conditional and Rule 23 certifications.
  • Pursued appeal and obtained reversal of adverse summary judgment decision from trial court regarding application of Wisconsin’s open records law to the production of meeting minutes taken by university’s research team that involved federally-funded animal research.
  • Obtained favorable settlement in arbitration proceeding involving beer distributor client’s termination.
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Published Works and Presentations

 

  • Faculty Member: Wisconsin Humane Officer Training – University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection, Madison, WI (September 24, 2019)
  • Presenter: You Say Inside and I Say Outside – Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off: Use of the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine for In-House Lawyers, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) (Wisconsin Chapter), Milwaukee, WI (July 11, 2019)
  • Presenter and Panelist: Navigating your Local Municipal System: Shelter Contracts, Seizure Cases, and How to Insulate Yourself from Economic Harm, Badger State Conference (sponsored by Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies (WFHS)), Madison, WI  (October 17, 2018)
  • Co-Author: Joining Forces: Preparing Clients for Litigation–41st Annual ABA Forum on Franchising, Nashville, TN (Conference Materials) (October 11-13, 2018)
  • Co-Author: The Comprehensive Guide to Economic Damages, Vol. I-II (Fifth Edition, October 2018), Chapter 24 (Franchise and Dealership Litigation Damages), published by Business Valuation Resources, LLC

 

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Reported Decisions

  • 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)
  • Uebelacker v. Paula Allen Holdings, Inc., 464 F. Supp. 2d 791 (W.D. Wis. 2006)
  • 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

State Bar of Wisconsin

American Bar Association

ABA Forum on Franchising

Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Milwaukee Bar Association

Justinian Honorary Society

Order of Barristers

Franchise Times Legal Eagle (2017, 2018 and 2019)

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

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, 2009-2019)

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 the Mayor of LLG’s Dog Community (we like our mutts). His beloved boxer, Greta, is an office fixture. Joe is married to Dina and is active in the Milwaukee community. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dane County Humane Society and serves as its President. 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.