Thomas B. Goode

Thomas B. Goode, Esq.

Cofounder and Partner

Thomas B. Goode is a founding partner of the San Diego law firm of Goode | Hemme. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Goode was highly involved in real estate development, mortgage banking and commercial brokerage, including serving as Vice President of Operations for a real estate development firm and a management consulting firm. His real-world experience combined with his legal background adds invaluable insights in representing and advising his real estate and business clients, with a pragmatic and practical approach to their complex and unique legal issues.

Mr. Goode is exceptionally skillful at promptly providing creative and cost-effective solutions to avoid long, protracted disputes and limit costs. He demonstrates an exceptional mastery of professional skills and conduct, especially regarding formidable and challenging issues.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Goode provides mediation services for real estate and business disputes. As a seasoned professional, he is well-versed in the issues that commonly arise in such disputes. He is fully prepared to efficiently and knowledgeably guide the parties through mediation in an effort to avoid the potential expense, time, and frustration of litigation. Mr. Goode serves on the San Diego Superior Court Mediation Panel and the Mediation Panel for the California Association of Realtors.

Areas of Expertise

Real Estate Leases, Sales and Financing
Real Estate Litigation
Landlord & Tenant Disputes
Broker Liability
Contract Negotiations
Business Law


Mr. Goode earned his law degree from Western State University in 1985 and a BA from the University of Notre Dame in 1976. He was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Contracts and selection to the Law Review. Mr. Goode is affiliated with the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, as well as ProVisors.


Mr. Goode regularly gives back to the community by serving as legal counsel for prominent children’s charities, chairing or being involved with major fundraisers, and participating in volunteer opportunities.  Notable programs and organizations of distinguished service include:

  • Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Inc. (Founding Chairman)
  • San Diego Child Abuse Prevention Foundation
  • San Diego Teen Court, Volunteer Judge (advocate for first-time offenders based on “restorative justice” practices)
  • SAY San Diego (a program that engages youths to create positive change in their community)
  • Amigo de las Americas, San Diego Chapter, General Counsel (Youth Cultural Immersion/Service Programs in Latin America)

Mr. Goode is a former U.S. Army Officer of distinction (established in top three percent service-wide for grade). He received extensive training in the design and implementation of military-oriented training programs as an Operations Officer for an Intelligence Company and as a Company Commander. His tour in active duty also included extensive involvement with high-level, classified signal intelligence culminating in being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

A long-time resident of San Diego, Mr. Goode is devoted to his family, traveling, and playing golf.