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Lee E. Goodman

815 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 620
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
Phone:  202.659.6730
Fax:  202.775.6430


Lee Goodman advises clients on a broad range of policy-oriented civil matters, including federal and state election laws and First Amendment rights of political participation. Mr. Goodman represents clients in litigation before federal and state courts, federal and state administrative agencies, and before Congress and state and local governmental bodies when a client’s problem can be solved through legislation.

Mr. Goodman advises corporations, media and broadcasting organizations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, political parties, campaigns and politicians on compliance with federal and state campaign finance laws, election administration rules, Internal Revenue Service restrictions on non-profit political activity, ethics and lobbying rules, pay-to-play and procurement lobbying regulations, FCC political broadcasting rules, voting rights, and the Hatch Act. He has represented clients’ interests before federal and state courts, the Federal Election Commission and other agencies that regulate political activity. In addition to his work in campaign finance, he is a national expert on recounts and close elections, having litigated recounts at the statewide, congressional and local levels and having advised clients on many "too close to call" elections and canvasses. He has litigated ballot access rules and mounted national convention delegate contests.  He has served as legal counsel to four presidential campaigns and several statewide and congressional campaigns.

In addition to election laws, he advises clients on education related matters, including First Amendment and academic freedom rights on university campuses. He also has represented clients on regulatory matters ranging from federal preemption of state taxes on the Internet to state regulation of insurance and securities and local regulation of land use. He has litigated constitutional challenges to a variety of governmental regulatory actions and has lobbied for changes to federal and state laws and regulations.

Washingtonian Magazine has named Mr. Goodman one of Washington’s “Top Campaign & Elections Lawyers.” Best Lawyers in America has recognized him in the areas of Government Law and Education Law. He has authored several articles on the regulation of political activity, including a chapter on federal regulation of political speech on the Internet in the book Law and Election Politics: The Rules of the Game (2nd ed., Routledge 2013). He lectures frequently on federal and state election laws.

He served as legal counsel and policy advisor to the Governor of Virginia (1998-2002), counsel to the Attorney General of Virginia (1997), Special Assistant Attorney General of Virginia (1995-1996), and chief advisor to the Chairman of the Congressional Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce (1999-2000). He serves as General Counsel to the Republican Party of Virginia (2009-current). He received his J.D. (1990) and B.A. (1986, with highest distinction) from the University of Virginia.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Washington, D.C. & Richmond, Virginia, 2005 – present
  • Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP, Washington, D.C., 1990 – 1995 & 2002 – 2005
  • Deputy Counselor to the Governor & Deputy Director of Policy, Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia, 1999 – 2002
  • Special Counselor to the Governor, Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia, 1998 – 1999
  • Counsel to the Attorney General, Office of Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia, 1997
  • Special Assistant Attorney General & Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, University of Virginia, 1995 – 1996


  • Listed in Washington, D.C.'s Best Lawyers in Education Law and Government Relations Law, 2011
  • Listed in Washington, D.C.'s Best Lawyers in Government Relations Law, 2010
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Education Law, and Government Relations Practice, 2007–2014

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  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., with highest distinction, University of Virginia, 1986