Attorney Jeff T. Goodson obtained his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Harding University in Searcy, AR. From 1994 until 2001, Jeff worked at Lovell Communications, Inc., a nationally known marketing communications firm, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. As an assistant account executive at Lovell, Jeff served as a ghost writer and speech writer for physicians and business executives, worked regularly with the Federal Reserve Bank and numerous national media outlets, and assisted “Yes for Nashville,” a group that was instrumental in bringing the NFL’s Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans) to Tennessee. During his tenure at Lovell, Jeff also worked as the firm’s office manager and assistant to the president.
After graduating from law school in 2004, Jeff worked as an associate at the Law Office of John Cobb Rochford, PLLC, where he specialized in civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on real estate matters, title insurance recoupment claims, and complex business disputes. In 2008, Jeff formed the Law Office of Jeff T. Goodson, PLLC, and continued to work thereafter with John Cobb Rochford, one of Nashville’s leading real estate and title insurance practitioners, as his law partner.
In 2012, Jeff accepted an offer to join the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Clarksville, Tennessee as a staff attorney. In 2013, Jeff was promoted to Deputy City Attorney. As the Deputy City Attorney, he served as chief of the City’s Litigation and Real Property Divisions, and served as legal advisor to the City’s Mayor, the City Council, and City department heads and employees. During his nearly decade-long tenure as in-house legal counsel for the City, Jeff developed extensive expertise surrounding the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act, the Tennessee Open Meetings Act, the Tennessee Open Records Act, civil rights litigation, and various other issues relating to the representation of Tennessee municipalities and governmental entities generally.
In 2020, Jeff’s peers elected him as the president of the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association (“TMAA”), a position he occupied from July of 2020 until May of 2021, when he joined the firm. He had served previously as the TMAA’s vice president and its treasurer. Jeff is a published legal author, has represented Fortune 500 companies in federal and state litigation, has been a featured speaker at many seminars, and helped make new law in Tennessee before the Tennessee Supreme Court in the case of Moreno v. City of Clarksville, 479 S.W.3d 795 (Tenn. 2015), a matter of first impression in the state, which further defined the boundaries of sovereign immunity.
Jeff brings diverse professional experience and a multifaceted skill set to Batson Nolan, where he will continue to focus on civil litigation and the representation of governmental entities