Richard G. Goetz is a founding member and the current Program Director of The Conference Board’s Council of Senior International Attorneys. Mr. Goetz also 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 35 years of international practice are sought by clients engaged in a broad range of investment, compliance, trade and commercial matters.
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 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.