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 more than 35 years of international practice are sought by clients engaged in a broad range of investment, compliance, trade and commercial matters. Goetz speaks and writes frequently on topics involving international legal matters.
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. Goetz was instrumental in establishing Ford's operations in China, India, Korea, Russia and Eastern Europe and played a key role in developing and implementing Ford's sourcing strategies in these and other low cost markets. 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. During his 10 years as Ford's director of legal affairs in Caracas, Venezuela, he also served as chairman of the board of Colegio Campo Alegre primary and middle school, director of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and of the North American Association.
Prior to attending law school, Goetz was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. After completing his legal education and working in the Legal Services Program in Indianapolis for two years, he became a Latin American Teaching Fellow under the auspices of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. As a fellow, he taught international commercial law at the Universidad Catolica, Andres Bello in Caracas.
Goetz is the chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and program director of the Conference Board’s Council of Senior International Attorneys. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Institute of International and Comparative Law, and the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership. He is a trustee and director of the Michigan Opera Theatre.
Goetz received his bachelor of arts from Southern Illinois University in 1965 and his juris doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1972. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Law.