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Eric John Goodman

Intellectual property Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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About Eric

Learn Eric’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Intellectual property
    Federal cases involving trademarks, trade dress, domain names, copyrights, and patents; State cases involving trademarks, right of publicity, and trade secrets.

    24 years, 1,275 cases

  2. Litigation
    State cases involving breach of contract, unfair competition trade libel, defamation and privacy.

    24 years, 555 cases

  3. Trademark application
    Prepare applications for Word marks, Stylized marks, and design marks. Obtain Registrations in U.S., Foreign National, and WIPO Madrid International.

    24 years, 905 cases

  4. Copyright application
    U.S. Registrations for literature, music, fine art, graphic designs, marketing materials, websites, and software.

    24 years, 280 cases

  5. Corporate and incorporation
    Formation of corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, and joint ventures.

    24 years, 650 cases

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.

Photos and videos

Eric Goodman and Larry King at the Angels game on 4/15/2010
Eric Goodman with Judge Mills Lane at Induction Ceremonies for the Boxing Hall of Fame


Goodman Mooney, LLP
18012 Cowan, 2nd Floor
Irvine, CA, 92614

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Posted by Don | August 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Glad he's at MY table
Mr. Goodman's thorough knowledge of intellectual rights law is vitally important to me as a client whose living depends upon creative work. His attention to detail is exquisite, and his approach to litigation impeccable. Mr. Goodman's careful to choose not only the right fight, but the right terrain, and works confidently and passionately on behalf of his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2013
Fantastic person. Great lawyer.
Eric is a great lawyer who really cares about his clients. He looks you in the eye and doesn't blast you with legal mumbo jumbo. I've sent many of my friends to him and would trust with anything. If you own a small or medium sized business and want to protect your IP, he's your guy.
Posted by Steven | December 8, 2011
He gives lawyers a good name!
Eric handled a trademark infringement matter for me and got a great result. He really knows his stuff! I feel really luck that I had him on my side. Thanks Eric.
Posted by Jeff | July 29, 2010
Eric Goodman is knowledgable and provides excellent Service
Mr. Goodman and his firm have provided their legal expertise on several occasions for my business needs. Mr. Goodman is always knowledgeable, straightforward in his approach and always handles the situation expeditiously. I'm always confident, with my business transactions, when Eric is involved. As I have in the past, I would absolutely recommend Eric and his firm.
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Posted by Bill | September 17, 2009
Eric Goodman is the consummate professional!
One of hallmarks of a good business person is their ability to be a good listener. I always feel heard and understood when I bring my business to Goodman, and I'm sure I'm not alone in how I feel about their abilities to wrap their heads around the issue. Normally I'd dread doing a project that requires the use of "legal", but working with Eric is painless and I no longer cringe when I hear that word. I can't recommend him enough.
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Posted by David | September 15, 2009
E. Goodman comes highly recommend.
Eric is a lawyer that is able to efficiently and expertly digest/filter all aspects of my always changing legal needs. He does not waste my minutes, focuses on whatever I have at hand and is a pleasure to work with. While extremely impressed with his knowledge of the law, Eric has also provided me with excellent referrals.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Goodman Mooney, LLP
  • 2011 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Whittier Law School
  • 2004 - Present
  • Partner
  • Burkhalter Kessler Goodman & George LLP
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Principal
  • Goodman Law Group, PC
  • 2000 - 2007
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  • Whittier College School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • N/A
  • Pepperdine University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A
  • Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Floyd "Bud" Gaugh v. Estate of Bradley Nowell
  • Confidential Settlement
  • Cao Yong v. Costco
  • Confidential Settlement


  • Orange County Jewish Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • International AntiCounterfeiting Colation (IACC)
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • California Lawyers for the Arts
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • International Trademark Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Orange County Patent Law Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Score for Trademark Prosecution
  • CALI Award (high scorer in law school course)
  • 1999


  • Orange County Business Journal
  • Copyright Owners Must Be Vigilant in Policing Online Infringement
  • 2010
  • Orange County Business Journal
  • Practical Tips for a Cost Effective Trademark Strategy
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (34)
Endorse Eric
Litigation Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Goodman is quite literally one of only a handful of attorneys to whom I will refer clients. I have known Mr. Goodman on a professional level for more than 15 years. I have worked and consulted with him many times over the years and I cannot think of a negative thing to say. He is always willing to help someone, regardless of the subject matter for which they are seeking assistance. He is one of those very rare individuals and almost non-existent lawyers who is willing to compromise that which may be in his own best interest if, by doing so, he can make a difference in the life of another. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for his intellect and skills but, most importantly, his kindness. At a time when most attorneys are motivated by greed and ego, Mr. Goodman is one of those very rare individuals driven by his ideals and his humanity; this, I can honestly say, is what I respect the most about him!"
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Eric is a great lawyer, good person, and sincere individual. I send all of my IP work to him and plan to do so into the future. Trademarks, copyrights, patents, and anything business related, he is my guy."
Trademark application Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had numerous clients with numerous and international trademark procurement and prosecution needs. Eric Goodman is on top of sophisticated branding and trademark laws."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Eric's reputation for deep legal knowledge and tenacious client reputation is well deserved. He has a unique knack for strong client relationships and the ability to keep opposing counsel on their toes. He is our first call for intellectual property counsel."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Goodman for not just his legal knowledge but professionalism in serving the needs of his clients. His friendly and no nonsense approach to the practice of law is refreshing and unique in our profession."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His experience and appreciation for his work is evident on the result of his cases for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Friend
"Eric is a an excellent attorney, and a warm and caring person. He offers each client the highest level of expertise and service. I would refer a case to him without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Eric for years as an intelligent, tough, hardworking attorney dedicated to obtaining the best possible result for his clients."
Intellectual property Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Eric Goodman is a great advocate within his legal expertise. He works diligently to obtain excellent results for his clients. I would not hesitate to refer any cases to him at any time."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric's knowledge of intellectual property law, specifically in trademarks, coupled with his straight-forward approach gives me a referral source that I can count on. Every referral admires Eric's seemingly innate understanding of the issue and his deftness at addressing the client's needs. I never worry about a referral to Eric because he truly cares about his clients."
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Having known Eric for years, I can attest to the outstanding client service and lawyering skills he possesses. I've sent friends, clients and former employees over to Eric, all with great success."
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work because I have referred him some clients who have had great results."
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
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Irvine Intellectual property Lawyer Eric John Goodman
Eric John Goodman
Intellectual property Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 23 years
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