Tiffany L. Gooden concentrates her practice in the areas of labor and employment, sports and entertainment, and higher education law, and has served as outside general counsel for several organizations. Through her labor and employment law practice, Tiffany represents business clients in all stages of the litigation process, including pre-litigation counseling, alternative dispute resolution, trial, and appeal. She defends employers before federal and state agencies such as the EEOC, NLRB, and state civil rights and industrial commissions. Tiffany also performs comprehensive FLSA audits and advises clients pertaining to the nuances of federal and state wage payment laws. She provides supervisory training on various anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws and policies pertaining to Title VII, the FMLA, ADAAA, FLSA, ADEA, and workers’ compensation. Moreover, Tiffany conducts diversity training for supervisors and hourly employees and has frequently presented at labor and employment law seminars.
Tiffany has provided a broad range of legal services to primary, secondary, and post-secondary public and private schools. She has served as school corporations’ chief spokesperson during teacher contract negotiations and has represented school corporations on a myriad of unfair labor practice complaints and matters pertaining to teacher and student discipline, sports and other extracurricular issues (including IHSAA athlete transfer matters), civil litigation, and curriculum development. Tiffany also handles issues arising with respect to TERF, ADA, Title VII and Title IX compliance, and other applicable laws.
Through her sports law practice, Tiffany helped municipalities attract and maintain college basketball conference tournaments and related sporting events. For example, she helped the City of Indianapolis successfully procure a five-year contract with the Big Ten Conference to host the Men’s and Women’s Big Ten Basketball Tournaments from 2008 - 2012, generating up to an estimated $100 million in revenue for the City of Indianapolis. Moreover, Tiffany has extensive experience drafting and negotiating key industry contracts, including agreements pertaining to sponsorship, licensing, labor relations, and executive compensation. She also assists in the development of internal corporate policies and procedures for sports organizations, and has served on national sports law panels.
Tiffany has substantial experience in entertainment law. She has represented a variety of clients in the music, television, and film industries concerning various contract, intellectual property, labor and employment, and transactional matters.
Tiffany graduated with honors from The University of Iowa with a B.A. in communication studies and a minor in English. She earned her J.D. from The University of Iowa College of Law and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. While at The University of Iowa, she played on two Big Ten championship Iowa women’s basketball teams and a Big Ten Tournament championship team. Tiffany added to her 1994 Miss Indiana Basketball title and Naismith and Parade Magazine National High School Player of the Year awards by earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 1995 and All-Big Ten honors thereafter. Before attending law school, she also played professional basketball and competed against several U.S. Olympic gold medalists.
Tiffany is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and Indiana state courts.