Timothy H. Goodman

Area of Emphasis

Tim Goodman is a shareholder in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Mobility, Transport and Safety Group, Transportation Safety Group and Energy and Natural Resources Group.

Mr. Goodman is the Leader of the Mobility, Transport and Safety Group, providing strategic leadership and insights to manufacturers, suppliers, start-ups, and technology companies in mobility, transport and safety matters of national and global significance, including those related to electric vehicles, Clear Air Act mobile sources emissions issues, ridesharing enterprises, and automated/autonomous driving systems, while promoting innovation, efficiencies, and cost-savings.

Mr. Goodman brings creativity to solving problems in high-profile mobility, vehicle safety and related regulatory matters, including self-certification of standards, homologation, regulatory compliance, innovative mobility and safety approaches, best practices and emerging trends, standards enforcement, defects investigations, government inquiries and enforcement proceedings, and recall implementation.

Mr. Goodman helps clients achieve their goals and expand business and policy opportunities by applying a current and detailed understanding of the federal government’s transportation safety regulation approach, market priorities, programs and personnel, having spent nearly 10 years at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with service at the high-profile National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), including duty as NHTSA’s chief legal officer for litigation and enforcement, and in the Secretary of Transportation’s Office of the General Counsel.

Mr. Goodman also helps clients adapt and bring order to constant disruption with lessons learned from leading numerous high-profile enforcement actions, landmark consent orders, litigations (including matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit), and teams across multiple transportation modes, including pipeline safety, hazardous materials, federal environmental, urban transit, motor carrier, aviation economic regulatory, and maritime matters.


Mr. Goodman received a J.D., cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. He earned a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Certificate of Completion from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education, in the Strategic Management of Regulatory & Enforcement Agencies Program.

Before joining Babst Calland, and after his federal government service at DOT/NHTSA, Mr. Goodman worked for a prominent global law firm representing companies in various transportation regulatory and litigation matters, including automated/autonomous driving systems.

Before joining DOT/NHTSA, Mr. Goodman litigated on behalf of companies and individuals in various high-value matters. He was also a seagoing officer in the U.S. Navy.

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Goodman is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the D.C. and Sixth Circuit, and various U.S. District courts.

He is a member of the D.C. Bar, a sustaining member of PLAC (formerly the Product Liability Advisory Council), a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School (teaching litigation and advocacy skills), and Chair of the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Committee, Annapolis/Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Mr. Goodman’s honors include appointment to the Federal Senior Executive Service (key positions just below top presidential appointees, the highest-ranking one percent of career federal workforce), NHTSA Manager of the Year, the DOT Lawrence R. Schneider Award (DOT’s highest recognition of outstanding legal achievement), the DOT General Counsel’s Award for Exceptional Performance (General Counsel’s highest award), the DOT Gold Medal (Department’s highest award), the NHTSA Administrator’s Superior Achievement and Superior Accomplishment Awards, and the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

  • Regular Presenter at Client In-House Trainings and Briefings.
  • Presenter (Scheduled), “Interview with NHTSA on Regulatory Oversight, Recalls, and Safety Standards,” ACI Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, July 18, 2019.
  • Presenter and Chair, “Automated/Autonomous Driving Systems (ADS) Innovation Boot Camp for Automotive Product Liability Litigators,” ACI National Advanced Forum on Automotive Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, July 18, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Fundamentals of U.S. Motor Vehicle Safety & The Road Ahead for Automated Driving,” In-House Continuing Legal Education Program, Babst Calland, Pittsburgh, PA, September 14, 2017.
  • Presenter, “Smart Products: Evolving Liability and Coverage Issues,” International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Annual Meeting, Quebec City, QC, July 11, 2017.
  • Presenter, “Self Driving/Autonomous Vehicles: Advancements in Technology, Complex Insurance Issues, Shared Vehicles, Engineering Design, Regulatory Concerns, Ethical Considerations, and Litigation Risk,” ACI National Forum on Automotive Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, June 16, 2017.