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Richard G. Goetz Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana


University of Illinois, J.D.

Southern Illinois University, B.A.


Richard G. Goetz leads the International Practice Group of Dykema Gossett PLLC in Detroit.  This interdisciplinary group helps meet the evolving legal needs of clients in a global economy whether they are entering the United States from abroad or pursuing opportunities outside the U.S. His experience and judgment derived from over 40 years of international practice are sought by clients engaged in a broad range of investment, trade and commercial matters. In addition, he regularly counsels clients regarding compliance with FCPA, Antiboycott, economic sanctions, export controls and other U.S. laws governing individuals and entities doing business abroad. Mr. Goetz speaks and writes frequently on topics involving international legal matters.

Mr. Goetz joined Dykema following a 32 year career with Ford Motor Company where, as Associate General Counsel-International, he was responsible for legal matters affecting the company's international operations as well as providing strategic advice and counsel to senior company management. Mr. Goetz was instrumental in establishing Ford's operations in China, India, Korea, Russia and Eastern Europe. During his career with Ford, he represented the company on five continents, on a broad range of international legal matters, including joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, public offerings, litigation, corporate governance, distribution, licensing, international trade, government negotiations, regulatory matters and compliance programs. His career with Ford began at Ford's affiliate in Venezuela, where he remained for ten years.

Memberships & Involvement

  • International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Emerging Nations Committee Chair and Past Section Chair
  • Wayne State University, College of Law, Advisory Committee to the Program For International Legal Studies
  • State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section
  • American Bar Association, International Law Section

Community/Civic Activities

  • Michigan Opera Theatre, Member Board of Directors and Board of Trustees
  • US-China Legal Cooperation Fund, Former Trustee
  • Colegio Campo Alegre, Caracas, Former President of the Board of the American School
  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Former Latin American Teaching Fellow
  • Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Former Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Former Peace Corps Volunteer, Ecuador

Named a BTI Client Service All-Star for 2015

University of Illinois College of Law, Distinguished Alumnus Award