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Eric John Goodman

Eric John Goodman

Practice areas:

Intellectual Property, Litigation, Trademark Application, Transaction, Copyright Application

About Me

Eric Goodman is the managing partner of the Goodman Mooney, a firm specializing in intellectual property law and related business matters. A business entrepreneur as well as an intellectual property attorney, Eric has extensive experience in the fields of information technologies and brand protection.


Eric is a California native and grew up Orange County. He attended Pepperdine University where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in business management. While an undergraduate student, he worked at the corporate headquarters of Denny’s Restaurants where he was responsible for implementing the company’s first local area network. Once graduated, he ran a small consulting firm which specialized in information technologies. Later, he formed an e-commerce company distributing specialty music and videos within the action sports market. At the same time, Eric launched a snowboard distribution company serving wholesalers around the world.


He graduated with honors from Whittier Law School where he earned a certificate in intellectual property law, was a member of the Law Review and the Moot Court Honors Board and president of the Whittier Intellectual Property Organization and the Entertainment and Sports Law Society. Eric is published in the Journal of Art and Entertainment Law, as author of A National Identity Crisis: The Need For A Federal Right Of Publicity Statute. Capitalizing on his technical background and experience in brand development, he was recruited by pioneer sports agent Leigh Steinberg to help launch an online forum for fans to interact with professional athletes as part of a joint venture with AOL. Eric also worked with Jeff Moorad (owner of the San Diego Padres) in securing internet domain names and protecting the right of publicity of professional athletes.


His practice currently focuses on trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, trade secrets, unfair competition, false advertising and contract disputes for brand owners, manufacturers, retailers and distributors in the apparel, fashion, sports, entertainment, food services, finance and gift item industries. Eric is admitted to practice law in the State of California, the Federal Court for all districts of California, as well as the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Eric teaches advanced courses in intellectual property as an adjunct professor at Whittier Law School where he has also acted as the interim director of the Center for Intellectual Property. He has been a speaker at numerous seminars concerning brand protection and related business matters. He is a member of the International Trademark Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Orange County Jewish Bar Association, and the Orange County Patent Law Association.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Intellectual Property: 35%
    15 years, 1.28 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 25%
    15 years, 555 cases
  3. Trademark Application: 20%
    15 years, 905 cases
  4. Copyright Application: 10%
    15 years, 280 cases
  5. Transaction: 10%
    15 years, 650 cases



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Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

16 total 

  • Brian Neal Gurwitz

    Eric is an outstanding lawyer with a true passion for his specialized area of practice. I would refer a trademark or copyright matter to him without hesitation. Eric is a very personable guy who is well-liked by his clients. He not only practices this type of law on a daily basis, but he teaches it at local law schools. Prospective clients should understand that this is a sign that he keeps up-to-date on recent legal developments, and is deeply committed to his practice -- a hallmark of the best attorneys.


    Brian Gurwitz Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Amanda Jane McLaughlin

    Eric's passion for trademarks means he's always well versed on the latest legal developments. Combine that with his solid background in the business world and you've got the ideal lawyer - one that can use the law to his advantage while bearing in mind the realistic needs of a business owner. I very much enjoy working with Eric as he consistently has a fresh perspective that is well grounded in his legal and practical sensibilities.


    Amanda McLaughlin Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Goodman Mooney, LLP

3420 Bristol Street, 6th Floor
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Top Score for Trademark ProsecutionCALI Award (high scorer in law school course)1999

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGoodman Mooney, LLP2011 - Present
PartnerBurkhalter Kessler Goodman & George LLP2007 - 2011
Adjunct Professor of LawWhittier Law School2004 - Present
PrincipalGoodman Law Group, PC2000 - 2007

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Jewish Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
International AntiCounterfeiting Colation (IACC)Member2007 - Present
California Lawyers for the ArtsMember2002 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember1999 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
International Trademark AssociationMember1999 - Present
Orange County Patent Law AssociationMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Cao Yong v. CostcoConfidential Settlement
Floyd "Bud" Gaugh v. Estate of Bradley NowellConfidential Settlement

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Publication NameTitleDate
Orange County RegisterAsk the Attorney (What is IP?)2013
Orange County Business JournalCopyright Owners Must Be Vigilant in Policing Online Infringement2010
Orange County Business JournalPractical Tips for a Cost Effective Trademark Strategy2009
Journal of Art and Entertainment LawA National Identity Crisis: The Need for a Federal Right of Publicity Statute1999

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International ManagementInternational BusinessUnknownN/A
Pepperdine UniversityBusiness ManagementBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Whittier College School of LawIntellectual PropertyJuris DoctorateN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Action Sports Retailer Trade ExpoBrand Protection2008