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Our successful negotiation of a water rights compact for the Seminole Tribe resulted in the recognition of Winters Doctrine rights for an Eastern Tribe located in a riparian state.

Attorney Biography

Edmund Clay Goodman
Tel: 503.242.1745
Fax: 503.242.1072

Ed Goodman has been involved with Indian issues for more than 20 years, beginning with graduate-school volunteer work on Indian land-rights protection. Moved by the commitment of tribal leaders and their causes, Ed entered law school to help Indian communities. He began his Indian law practice in 1989 and served as a staff attorney, and later as director of litigation for the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services. Ed joined Hobbs Straus in 2001 and became partner in 2003. In December 2011 he was named the first “Lawyer of the Year” by the National American Indian Housing Council, a national organization with 271 members representing 463 tribes and housing organizations across the United States.

Ed focuses on rectifying inadequate housing issues in Indian Country. These include matters under the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA), landlord-tenant issues, and personnel and administrative situations. He represents tribal housing departments and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs), and participated in negotiated rule-making for the NAHASDA. Ed helped tribes and TDHEs address methamphetamine use and manufacturing on their properties.

Tribal clients rely on Ed’s representation on tribal jurisdiction, self-determination and self-governance, natural resources and environmental law, water law, gaming, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Under ICWA proceedings, he successfully argued State ex rel. Juvenile Department of Lane County v. Shuey, establishing tribal rights to appoint their own representatives to appear in Oregon state court.

He has litigated on behalf of tribes in state, federal and tribal courts, as well as in various administrative forums. He successfully litigated Klamath Tribes v. United States of America, to protect fish and game habitat as part of tribal treaty rights to hunt and fish. Ed helped draft constitutions, ordinances, by-laws, and administrative regulations for tribal governments. He also assisted two restored Oregon tribes in re-establishing their tribal court systems and exercising jurisdiction over tribal lands and members. He is currently a part-time judge for two Indian tribes.

By negotiating land transactions for gaming facilities and advising tribal gaming commissions on jurisdiction, employment, and enforcement questions, Ed helped Oregon tribes establish gaming operations. He also worked on financing for gaming operations.

Ed served as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. He enjoys books on politics and history, playing guitar, and canoeing and hiking with his family.

Professional Organizations:
Founding Member and Former Chair, Indian Law Section, Oregon State Bar
Board of Directors, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Board of Directors, Oregon Law Center
Harvard Law School, J.D. (with honors), 1989
University of Maryland, M.A, 1986
State University of New York at Albany, B.A. (with honors), 1982
Bar Admissions:
U.S. District Court, Oregon
U.S. District Court, W.D. Washington
United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
Numerous Tribal Courts
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