Currently, Brian Goodenough chairs the firm's Employer Services Practice Group where he practices municipal law, zoning and land-use disputes and workers' compensation law. Previously, he served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee and as an officer of the firm.
His practice focuses on:
- Zoning and land-use disputes - counsels townships, cities, counties and other municipalities.
- Municipal law - represents municipalities against Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act claims, counsels on cemetery liability, municipal insurance defense, fire/public safety department formation, litigation and funding.
- Workers’ compensation - defends insurance companies and employers in workers' compensation litigation.
Brian has been recognized for his insurance defense work on behalf of his municipal clients. This includes being named Attorney of the Year in 2003 by Michigan’s largest insurer of municipalities. He has been named to Best Lawyers in America in Municipal, Real Estate and Workers’ Compensation law.
Brian was an adjunct professor for 20-plus years at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he has taught land-use and zoning law. In addition, he is an active member of several civic groups, including the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he has served as the group’s Chair and as its General Counsel. Brian has served on the Board of Directors for Ele's Place.
Brian started as an associate at Foster Swift in 1989. In 1996, he became a shareholder.
Honors & Recognitions
AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyers® 2017 and Best Lawyers® 2020 Litigation – Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing
Best Lawyers in America® 2009-2024 (Insurance Law; Workers' Compensation Law - Employers; Litigation - Real Estate; Litigation - Municipal)
Attorney of the Year for 2003, Mid-West Claims for Municipal Insurance Defense
Award for 15 years of Continuous Service, Mid-West Claims (Defending municipalities through Mid-West Claims)
Memberships & Affiliations
- Ingham County Bar Association
- State Bar of Michigan
- Workers' Compensation Section, Director
Industry & Professional Associations:
- Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Member
- Ele's Place, Board of Directors
- Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Former General Counsel
- Former Chairman of the Board of Directors
- Volunteers of America, former member of Board of Directors
- DeWitt Township Volunteer Fire Department, former member
Recent Blog Posts
Health Care Law Blog
Michigan Workers' Comp Defense Blog
- Appeals Court Decides Social/Recreational Activity Case
- New Law Expands First Responders Presumed Coverage Fund
- Michigan Legislature Considers New COVID-19 Presumption Bill
- COVID-19: Is It An Occupational Disease or Personal Injury – And Does It Really Even Matter?
- COVID-19 Related Paid Leave Tax Credits Extended Into 2021
- Appeals Court Rejects Comp Benefits in ‘Special Mission’ Case
- Recent Michigan Supreme Court Decision Affects Workers' Comp COVID-19 Rebuttable Presumption
- Michigan's Emergency Rules Give Personal Injury Presumption to "First Response Employees" with COVID-19
- Updates to Workers' Compensation Issues Raised by Coronavirus and New Emergency Rules for "First Responders", Foster Swift Workers' Compensation Update E-blast, April 2, 2020
- Michigan's Emergency Rules Give Personal Injury Presumption to "First Response Employees" with COVID-19, Foster Swift Workers' Compensation Update E-blast, March 30, 2020
- Executive Order 2020-15 Concerning OMA and COVID-19, Foster Swift Municipal Law News E-blast, March 19, 2020
- Understanding the Ins and Outs of the “Favored-Work” Doctrine Under Michigan Workers’ Compensation Law, Foster Swift Employment Labor & Benefits News, January 25, 2018
- Fact or Fiction: Can an Employee be Fired while on FMLA?, Foster Swift Employment Labor & Benefits Newsletter, October 25, 2017
News & Events
- Can an employee be fired while away on FMLA?, Stop Before You Crash: Workers' Compensation and Employment Law, March 22, 2017
- “Favored-Work” Doctrine Under Michigan Workers’ Compensation Law, Stop Before You Crash: Workers' Compensation and Employment Law, March 22, 2017
- New Legal Trends in Zoning and Land Use Regulation, Michigan Townships Association Annual Educational Conference & Expo, January 20, 2016
- Adjunct Professor - Zoning and Land Use, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2000 - Present
- Governmental Immunity/Re-Insurance, 2010
- Workers' Compensation Round Table Discussion, Client Seminar for Large National Insurance Company, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Foster Swift Attorneys Named 2024 Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, August 17, 2023
- Foster Swift Attorneys Named 2023 Best Lawyers in America©, Best Lawyers in America, August 18, 2022
- Foster Swift Elects EC Members for 2022, February 21, 2022
- Foster Swift Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers in America©, August 19, 2021
- Firm Elects EC Members and Practice Leaders in 2021, February 17, 2021
- Workers' Compensation Issues in the Media, Business Insurance and Work Comp Central, October 9, 2020
- Foster Swift Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America©, August 20, 2020
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1988, cum laude
Central Michigan University, B.S., 1985
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan