Alan H. Goodman - Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson, L.L.P.

Alan H. Goodman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 504-584-5465

Alan Goodman is a partner in the New Orleans office and his practice has included all areas and types of litigation, including complex commercial matters and bankruptcy.
Alan is also certified as a mediator and his reputation in mediation can best be summarized by quoting other attorneys: “Conciliator with an uncanny ability to make peace in very acrimonious and often high stakes disputes... combination of competence, ethical standards, and peacemaking abilities are rare.”  Again “Ethics and professionalism are unquestioned...courteous and effective mediator. His views about the respective merits of a case are considered seriously by all parties to a mediation.”  Again:  “Academic record is stellar ...abilities are unquestioned...integrity is beyond a problem solver and is able to come up with a creative way to solve complicated legal problems.”
Alan’s professional activities have included serving as an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School; serving as chairman and vice-chairman of various committees and subcommittees of the American Bar Association; being active in a leadership role locally and nationally in the Anti-Defamation League (e.g., Regional Board Chairman; Vice-Chairman, National Legal Affairs Committee; National Executive Committee); and serving on Governors’ and Mayors’ task forces and trade missions. He is a member of the bars of Louisiana and Washington, D.C.
A native of New Orleans, Alan graduated from Newman High School as the Second Honor Student (and was All-State in basketball) and thereafter attended Tulane University on a basketball scholarship and graduated cum laude.
He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. where he served as the Articles Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal and was selected as “Best Editor” of the Law Journal.
He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles Fahy on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and practiced law at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. for four years before returning home to New Orleans in 1975.
Alan has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Best Lawyers in America®; and Louisiana Super Lawyers®. He has also been named in “Top Lawyers of New Orleans” and “Top 50 Attorneys in New Orleans” and is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.
Alan has been married to Sherrie since 1972 and has four children.

Tulane UniversityBA 1967Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D. 1970
American Bar AssociationGovernor’s Super Bowl Task ForceGovernor’s Economic Development Advisory PanelLitigation Counsel of AmericaTulane Law SchoolAmerican Arbitration AssociationMayor's Trade Mission to JapanAnti-Defamation League

Case History

In re OCA, Inc ., Case No. 06-10179, USBC, E.D.LA. — Represented secured lender in confirmation of plan contested by debtor’s principal after 7 days of hearing.
In re Communications Corporation of America and White Knight Holdings, Inc., et al , Case No. 06-50410, USBC, W.D. LA. — Represented junior secured lender in contentious Chapter 11 case.
In re JLH, L.L.C ., Case No. 99-11535, USBC, E.D.LA. — Represented major lender and obtained confirmation by consent of plan.
In re Wichita River Oil , Case No. 96-11660, USBC, E.D.LA. — Confirmed creditors plan for lenders after five day contested confirmation hearing, including dismissal of $100 million lender liability claim of debtor immediately following confirmation of creditors plan.
In re Canal Place Limited Partnership , 921 F.2d 569 (5th Cir. 1991) — Represented major lender and obtained a lift of the automatic stay four months after the Chapter 11 case was filed.
In re Consolidated Companies, Inc ., Case No. 91-10422, USBC, E.D.LA. — Confirmed plan of reorganization by consent representing the debtor.
In re Gaylord Container , Case No. 92-3654-A, USDC, E.D.LA. — Confirmed pre-packaged plan of reorganization in less than 40 days from the date the chapter 11 case was filed.
In re TransAmerican Natural Gas , Case No. 84-03474-H1-5, 84-03475-H2-5, 84-03476-H1-5, 84-03477-H3-5, 84-03478-H3-5, 84-03479-H1-5, 84-03480-H1-5, 84-05539-H2-11, USBC, S.D. TX — Represented non-bank members of plan committee.
In re Frank Martin Farms, Case No. 12-50367, USBC, W.D.LA. — Represent lessors of sugar cane farm in Chapter 12 bankruptcy.
In re Rock Glen HealthCare, Inc. d/b/a Rock Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Case No. 12-10320, USBC, M.D. LA. and In re Ravenwood Healthcare, Inc. d/b/a Harborside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Case No. 12-10612, USBC, M.D. LA. — Represent healthcare and management corporation in possible acquisition of two nursing homes.
In re Gulf Fleet Holdings, Inc., Case No. 10-50713, USBC, W.D.LA. — Appointed Trustee of Gulf Fleet Liquidating Trust.
Sugar Busters, L.L.C v. Ellen C. Brennan, et al ., 177 F.3d 258 (5th Cir. 1999) — Seminal case in Fifth Circuit on book titles – obtained reversal in Fifth Circuit that no trademark infringement in book title.
Athletic Training Innovations, Inc. v. L.A. Gear, Inc., Case No. 10-01524, USDC, E.D. LA. — Represent defendant in trademark infringement claim over athletic shoes.
Sports Design & Development Inc. d/b/a Bill Lewis Lures v. Miller Brewing Co., Case No. 08-01179, USDC, W.D. LA. — Represent defendant in trademark infringement claim over beer ad in the form of a fishing lure.
Charles James Myer v. U. S. Trust Company of California, N.A ., Case No. 00-147-D-M3, USDC, M.D.LA. — Defended fiduciaries of ESOP and obtained settlement without payment of any funds.
Norman P. Lasky, et al v. J. Terrell Brown, et al., Case No. 99-1035-B-M2, 99-1049-B-M2, 00-0006-B-M2 and 00-0099-B-M2, USDC, M.D.LA. — Obtained favorable settlement for less than half of insurance coverage in federal class action securities fraud litigation.
Findim Investments S.A., et al v. J. Terrell Brown, et al., Case No. 474,161, 19th Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana — Obtained dismissal of state securities fraud claims.
A.L. Sizeler Construction Company, Inc. et al v. United States Fire Insurance Company, et al, Case No. 06-4649, USDC, E.D. LA. — Represent commercial entities regarding substantial insurance claims arising out of Hurricane Katrina.
Consolidated Companies, Inc. v. Lexington Insurance Company , Case No. 06-4700, USDC, E.D. LA. — Represent commercial entity regarding substantial insurance claims arising out of Hurricane Katrina.
Caudle Aviation, Inc. v. Hartford Fire Insurance Company , Case No. 06-4653, USDC, E.D. LA. — Represent commercial entity regarding substantial insurance claims arising out of Hurricane Katrina.
Corporate Realty, Inc. et al v. Gulf Insurance Company , Case No. 04-2933, USDC, E.D.LA. — Represented commercial entity on coverage under an E&O policy – obtained summary judgment and then settled.
Tembec Industries, Inc. v. Amzak Capital Management, LLC v. Stewart Title Guaranty Corporation, Case No. 11-622, USDC, M.D. LA. — Represent plaintiff against title insurer seeking over $10 million in damages.
A.O. Smith Corporation et al v. Perfection Corporation, et al. , No. 99-15646, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana — Represent manufacturer of dip tubes for water heaters in state court litigation.
The Tobacco Institute — Represent trade association in numerous class action and individual tobacco litigation.
Martco Limited Partnership v. Bruks-Klockner, Inc., Case No. 07-2002, USDC, W.D. LA. — Represent manufacturer of conveyor belt system in complex litigation.
Borders, Inc. v. Perkins Rowe Associates, L.L.C. et al., Case No. 05-1374, USDC, M.D. LA. — Represent book company in unfair trade practices and breach of letter of intent litigation.
Monnie Greer, et al. v. Denbury Resources, Inc., et al., Case No. 05-0682, USDC, E.D.LA. — Represented defendant in claims for stock options of former employees; won at trial of main claims; settled afterwards.
Weeks Marine, Inc. v. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company , Case No. 02-40825, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit — Obtained reversal and summary judgment on appeal to Fifth Circuit in claim on surety bond.
Consolidated Companies, Inc. v. Peter C. Kern , Case No. 00-CV-1804, W.D.LA. — Obtained summary judgment on claim under guaranty of debt.
Diefenthal et al. v. Longue Vue House and Gardens , 556 So.2d 1272 (La. 1990) — Obtained unanimous favorable reversal in Supreme Court in local neighborhood dispute.
Max Williams, Jr. v. Paul B. Deal, in his capacity as Executor of the Succession of Gerald A. Kendal c/w Succession of Gerald A. Kendal, Case No. 10-10571, CDC, Parish of Orleans, State of La. — Represent Executor of succession in defense of substantial breach of contract claim.
Carole A. Feil, Judith Jaffe and Marilyn R. Barry v. Greater Lakeside Corp., a Louisiana Corporation, Jeffrey J. Feil, Broadwall Management Corporation, and GLF Management LLC, Case No. 701-349, Div. D, 24th JDC, Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana — Represent 3 of the 4 defendants in breach of fiduciary and related claims.

Office Location

First Bank & Trust Tower, Suite 1500
909 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112-4004
United States

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation - Real Estate
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Male