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Jeana Goosmann

Attorney, CEO, Managing Partner, Founder

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Licensed in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota

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The CEO’s Attorney

Attorney, CEO, Founder, and Managing Partner in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota

Trial Attorney working in Reptile Theory & Psychodrama in Business, Healthcare, Employment, and Banking.

Attorney Jeana Goosmann is the CEO’s Attorney and personally acts as general counsel to company presidents, CEOs, and corporate executives. Jeana is listed in America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators and Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators. As a trial lawyer, Jeana works in Reptile Theory and Psychodrama and uses this proven method in high stakes litigation. Her practice areas range from business to healthcare and banking. She is a current member of the American Health Law Association and actively involved in the National Association or Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).

In 2021, Jeana won the Enterprising Women of the Year Award for her leadership of the largest Women Owned Law Firm in the Midwest. She is the author of the Amazon Bestseller Worth It: Business Leaders Ready Execute Deliver. She brings her RED Mentality to her leadership of the firm and to deliver on her client’s goals.

As the Founder, CEO and Managing Partner of the Goosmann Law Firm, she knows what it takes to start a business and grow it from the ground up. Jeana’s a lawyer who thinks like a CEO and business owner because she’s lived it, been there, and gets it. Clients who work with Jeana experience a business legal partner at their side with a full law firm to tackle all legal matters. After becoming an entrepreneur and starting the firm in 2009, she’s grown the firm successfully at a rapid pace and built a client experience that’s like no other law firm. Everyday Jeana lives out the firm’s mission, making it “worth it” for her clients and employees to work with the firm. Her fierce legal business and litigation experience with Midwest values allows Jeana to guide CEOs through their most important legal matters, helping them make the wisest business decisions the law can offer. This makes Jeana’s legal advice sought after by the most successful CEOs. Her clients include large national Fortune 100 corporations as well as closely held companies and family-owned businesses. Jeana has represented clients on Forbe’s billionaire’s list, Senators in trial, and companies involved in anti-trust class action, toxic tort, business fraud, piercing the corporate veil, adversary proceedings, mass product recall, breach of contract, explosion litigation, trade secrets and business torts. Jeana also helps out-of-state lawyers with transactions and litigation in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. If you’re stuck in multi-million-dollar business deals, bogged down by legal disputes, losing cash flow, tangled in contracts, and getting headaches from troubled employees, Jeana is ready to work for you – worth it! Call Jeana now.

As a business and trial attorney Jeana loves to win. She looks for out of the box solutions and keeps in mind the total landscape, not just the legal landscape. “If it matters to the client, it matters to me. Behind every company is an owner, a board of people. When I represent an individual, I want to know them as a person and not just their current problem. The more complicated and complex the problem, the more I like to work on it. At the same time, if I can pull from my connections and experience and help someone in a quick and simple way it is always gratifying. My favorite part of being the CEO’s attorney is the impact I can make on the future by solving problems today and anticipating the issues of tomorrow,” says Jeana.

Over the years Jeana has defied the risks of starting her own firm. Jeana says, “I took a calculated risk when I started the Goosmann Law Firm and branched out to form a business focused modern client centered law firm that is the firm today. Like a lot of entrepreneurs, it was a difficult decision because my current situation was a good one and a safe one. I just knew I wanted more.”

Jeana’s hard work over the past 20 years has not gone unnoticed. She put herself through college on academic and leadership scholarships and a full academic scholarship to law school. After law school, Jeana worked to build her legal skill and put in more than 15,000 hours before taking the leap to bring her unique vision to life. Jeana knew that nothing replaces drive and hard work – only passion fuels it. When Jeana started the firm and began hiring high paid educated attorneys to work for her, she was concerned about cash flow just like any other new business owner. Jeana had a vision and sold it to her team early on.

Jeana is heavily involved with the media and is regularly seen on news outlets as a legal correspondent, including NBC, ABC, CBS, The Des Moines Register, and Argus Leader. Jeana is a prolific speaker achieving top marks and has been a national and state presenter at conferences including the American Bar Association, Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute Conference, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division National Meeting, American Bar Association Law Practice Management, American Bar Association Tech Show, and Prairie Family Business Association Annual Meeting. Jeana is a former Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division President and the 2002 recipient of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Outstanding Scholar Award. She has achieved the Martindale AV-Rated Attorney for Legal Excellence and Ethics and has been named a Super Lawyer.

Jeana is an author of Marketing Success: How Did She Do That?, American Bar Association 2015, and has been published in The Woman Advocate and ABA Corporate Counsel news. She also writes the CEO Law Review blog, publishing multiple articles each month and has been a past author and contributor for JD Supra.

Jeana helps businesses accused of violating laws maneuver complex litigation by representing them in state and federal courts and in arbitration and mediation proceedings. Whether she is advising clients on risk, addressing their business needs, or using her skills as a trained arbitrator, Jeana is passionate about the opportunity to help successfully resolve your problems.

Jeana leads cases involving banking, business torts, unfair business practice claims, contract disputes, antitrust violations, commercial and consumer lending, trade secret misappropriation, and non-solicitation agreements. She also has significant experience in arbitration, mediation, jury and nonjury trials and appeals.

LICENSED IN: Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Jeana’s “Why”

When Jeana isn’t growing the Goosmann Law Firm, she enjoys spending time with her business owner husband Chadd and their children Collin and Caroline. Jeana grew up a farmer’s daughter with Midwest values of hard work and family. She loves to travel and often with her entire family! Her favorite places to visit are Naples, Florida; Okoboji, Iowa; Maui, Hawaii; and Italy. In 2015 Jeana took the trip of a lifetime to London, England for the American Bar Association’s Barrister’s commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta with the Queen at Runnymede! Jeana is passionate about working hard and having fun and has built a firm culture around having a positive supportive team. Paid time off (PTO) is something Jeana feels strongly about and allows both herself and her team to recharge and spend much needed time with loved ones. Time spent towards health and loved ones allows the Goosmann team to better serve and take care of their clients and community. Happier team, happier clients, better quality of life, and a stronger community – worth it.

Jeana is also passionate about giving back and supporting local charities and non-profits. Over the years Jeana has been a board member for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, Girls Inc., past chair and executive committee member of Women United, P.E.O. member and international scholar, past board member and president of the Sioux City Art Center Association, and former board member of Western Iowa Tech Community College Foundation. Jeana has been an avid supporter, sponsor, and volunteer for the Siouxland Food Bank, River-Cade Royalty, Race for Hope 5k, UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network, Crittenton Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp High Hopes, and the LaunchPad Children’s Museum.

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Iowa Supreme Court
  • South Dakota Supreme Court
  • Nebraska Supreme Court
  • Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Districts of:
    • Iowa Northern District
    • Iowa Southern District
    • Iowa Bankruptcy
    • South Dakota
    • South Dakota Bankruptcy
    • Nebraska
    • Nebraska Bankruptcy
    • Winnebago Tribal Court

    Blogs:

    Education
    • Dartmouth University, Tuck Education Program, for Chief Executive Officers, 2016
    • Creighton University School of Law, Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude
      • G. Robert Muchemore Foundation Full Tuition Academic Excellence Scholarship
      • Law Review, Editor
      • Advanced Trial Practice Team
      • International P.E.O. Academic Scholar
      • Scholnik Award for Excellence
    • University of Nebraska, Business Management, with highest distinction
      • Mortar Board
      • Alpha Omicron Pi, President
      • Chancellor’s Leadership Scholar
    Memberships
    • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
    • American Arbitration Association, Panel Arbitrator
    • Federal Practice Committee for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, appointed by Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand
      • Chair (2019-Present)
    • American Bar Association
      • Business Law Section
        • Banking Law Committee
      • Law Practice Division
        • Business Development & Marketing, Chair
        • Women Rainmakers Board and Author
      • Litigation Section
        • Women Advocates Council, Author
      • American Delegate to Rededication of Magna Carta with the Barristers in London;
    • National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)
      • Trials PAC
      • Financial Services Litigation PAC
    • Iowa State Bar Association
      • Law Practice Management Committee (2015-17)
      • Public Relations Committee (2011-13)
      • Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section Council, Vice Chair (2007-10)
      • Annual Meeting Committee (2004-06, 2011-13); Board of Delegates (2007-10)
      • YLD President (2010)
    • Nebraska State Bar Association
      • Fellow 2021
    • South Dakota State Bar Association
    • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
      • Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute Advisory Board Member (2016-18)
      • Midwestern Endowment Committee
      • Outstanding Scholar (2002)
    • Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, (Iowa State CALT)
      • Board of Directors (2006-2016)
    • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), International Board Member 2018-19
    • Woodbury County Bar Association
    • American Health Lawyers Association, 2002-2008
    • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2016-Present
    • Omaha Vistage CEO Board Member 2015-Present

    Achievements:

    • America’s Top 100 Bet-the Company Litigators® - 2021
    • Selected as Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation- 2021
    • Selected as a Lifetime Member of America’s Top 100 Attorneys by America’s Top 100- 2018
    • Selected as a Member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2017, 2016, 2020, 2021
    • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators – 2018 and 2020
    • America’s Top 100 Bet-The-Company Litigators – 2021
    • Martindale AV-Rated Attorney for Legal Excellence and Ethics
    • 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015 Super Lawyer; 2014 & 2013 Super Lawyers Rising Star
    • #1 Best Seller for Book Worth It on Amazon in Legal Services Category
    • KTIV Law Review Legal Correspondent
    • KELOLAND Law Review Legal Correspondent
    • Siouxland Top 10 Executive Under 40, 2013
    • Women Aware, Young Women of Excellence Award, 2012
    • American Lawyer Outstanding Banking Lawyer Midwest, 2012
    • Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (I.O.W.A.), 2010 Recipient of the Arabella Mansfield Award
    • American Bar Association Iowa Outstanding Young Lawyer Nominee, 2010
    • American Bankruptcy Institute, Outstanding Scholar, 2002
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    Awards
    • America's Top 100
      America's Top 100
    • Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
      Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
    • Martindale - 2018
      Martindale - 2018
    • Super Lawyers - Jeana
      Super Lawyers - Jeana
    • Enterprising Women - 2021
      Enterprising Women - 2021
    • Super Lawyers - 2021
      Super Lawyers - 2021
    Publications
    • Placeholder 2022

    Presentations:

    • Location, Location, No-cation: Law Firm Real Estate Post-Pandemic, American Bar Association Tech Show Chicago 2022
    • Executing Your Marketing Plan: Are You Sure You Know What You’re Doing?, American Bar Association Tech Show Chicago 2022
    • The Ultimate Playbook: Building Your Business without Breaking Ethics Rules, ABA Distance Learning CLE Webinar, November 2021
    • Leading you Legal Team to Success, marcus evans Chief Litigation Office Summit, June 2021
    • Be Worth It Business Leaders Conference, Keynote Address Omaha 2019; South Dakota Manufacturers Association 2019
    • Self-Promotion: Putting Your Best Foot Forward to Get What You Want, Accelerate 2018, Nebraska College of Law- November 2018
    • Women in the Legal Profession, Nebraska Diversity Summit – September 7, 2018
    • Taking WOW Depositions, American Bar Association’s Litigation Section Annual Meeting, May 2017
    • Try it Like TED in Court, NAMWOLF Annual Meeting, September 9, 2016
    • Trade Secrets: Tip for Transactions PAC, NAMWOLF Annual Meeting, September 9, 2016.
    • The Ten Trial Commandments, WAC Annual Conference, November 11, 2016.
    • How to Make a Million-Dollar Martini: The Recipe for Shaking Up Your Network and Mixing Up Big Deals, Presentation for Wells Fargo, May 2016
    • Challenges of Being a Professional Woman Presentation, Siouxland Professional Women’s Network, April 2016
    • Fold ‘Em or All-In? A Dealer’s Guide to Succession Planning, Presentation for Prairie Family Business Association (PFBA) Annual Conference, April 2016
    • Walmart In-house Counsel CLE How to Handle a 30(b)6 Deposition Presentation, NAMWOLF, April 2016
    • 3 Best Practices For How a Company Should Go About Selecting a Witness to Testify in Response to a 30(B)(6) Notice, NAMWOLF, March 2016
    • Real Estate Law: Title Examination and Title – Insurance Century 21, 2015
    • Prairie Family Business Annual Conference Key Note – 2015
    • Keys to Estate Planning and Protecting Assets – Client Event – 2015
    • Employer’s Best Practices – Iowa Workforce – 2015
    • Pitfalls and Ethical Dilemmas of Private Practice – Iowa Federal Practice Courts Committee, CLE –2015
    • Top 5 Things to Market Your Practice Ethically, 34th Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute Conference, Kansas City, MO, 2014
    • Hiring and Firing and Issues In-Between, Chamber of Commerce, 2014
    • How to Implement a Great Buy-Sell Agreement, Manufacturers Association, 2014
    • Business Succession Planning, 2014
    • Keys of Retirement & Estate Planning, Ameriprise Financial, 2014
    • SCGO Innovation Market Speaker, 2013
    • Leading an Effective Business Meeting, 2013
    • Healthcare Reform Facts and Fiction, Healthcare Reform Seminar, 2013
    • Understanding and Accessing Government Economic Development Incentives, 2013
    • Hiring, Firing and Issues In-Between; Siouxland Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference, ISBA Summer Seminar, Employer’s Council of Iowa, 2013
    • Protecting your Agricultural Interests Before a Bankruptcy is Filed, Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, 2011; NACM – 2012
    • Flood Insurance, Community Center, 2011
    • ABA Podcast “Entering Unknown Territory: Choosing a Career Path”, ABA Young Lawyers Division, 2011
    • Real Estate Law, Realty Specialists, 2011
    • Bankruptcy for the Non-Bankruptcy Lawyer, ABA YLD National Meeting, 2010; ISBA Annual Meeting, ISBA Commercial & Bankruptcy Seminar, 2010
    • Complaint Process, Board of Realtors –2009
    • Social Networking and Employment Law, American Bar Association Law Practice Management National Meeting, 2009
    • Effectively Passing the Gavel, ABA YLD National Conference, 2008
    • Contract Basics, Iowa Association of Legal Assistants Annual Meeting, 2008
    • The Problem with Liens, ISBA Lenders & Lawyers, 2008
    • Achieving FLSA Compliance, Iowa State Bar Association, 2008
    • UCC Deal or No Deal; ISBA Summer Seminar, ISBA Annual meeting, 2007
    • Collection Law in Iowa, Family Healthcare of Siouxland, 2006
    • Bankruptcy Bullets – the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention & Consumer Protection Act, Woodbury County Bar Association CLE, 2006
    • Choice of Business Entity, Western Iowa Tech Entrepreneurship Workshop, 2006
    • The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 – How will it impact creditors?, Liberty National Bank, 2005
    • Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Orders, Alzheimer’s Association, 2004
    • HIPAA and Workers Compensation, Lohrman CLE Presentation, 2004

    Articles:

    • Worth It: Business Leaders: Ready. Execute. Deliver., August 2019
    • Co-Author, Her Story: Lessons in Success From Lawyers Who Live It, July 2017
    • 8 Ways to Deal with H8TERS, Law Practice Today, Volume: 2016/2017, February 14, 2017
    • Think Your Cybersecurity is Up to Snuff? Don’t Bank on It, ABA Law Practice Today, 2016
    • How to Negotiate an Employment Contract, MED Magazine, 2016
    • Don’t Roll Back Your Employees Benefits, Published on JDSupra.com, 2016
    • How to Protect Your Personal Treasure in a Legal Lockbox, Published on JDSupra.com, 2016
    • Is Everyone Replaceable, even Justice Scalia? Why You Should Hire Slow and Fire Fast, Published on JDSupra.com, 2016
    • Trust Planning for Your Lake Home, Published on JDSupra.com, 2016
    • 3 Best Practices For How a Company Should Go About Selecting a Witness to Testify in Response to a 30(B)(6) Notice, Published on JDSupra.com, March 2016
    • Women Leaders Get Pushy to Coach Their Teams, Law Practice Today, March 2016
    • Employer Anti-Poaching Agreements: A Tale of Disney Legal Troubles, ABA Corporate Counsel Newsletter, March 2016
    • Nebraska Whistleblower’s Dodd-Frank Suit Settled Before Trial, Published on JDSupra.com, March 2016
    • Retaliation Weigh-in – Don’t Be the Biggest Loser, Published on JDSupra.com, March 2016
    • How to Detect Under the Table Rebates, Published on JDSupra.com, March 2016
    • Office Love Affairs: How to Prevent Scandal, Published on JDSupra.com, March 2016
    • Jay Z’s Breach of Contract Throws Off the Beat, Published on JDSupra.com, March 2016
    • Iowa Business Specialty Court to Resolve Iowa Disputes, Published on JDSupra.com, March 2016
    • How to Fire a Conspiracy Theorist, Published on JDSupra.com, March 2016
    • Fold ‘Em or All-In? A Dealer’s Guide to Succession Planning, Published on JDSupra.com, March 2016
    • Fighting Over Fixed Fees, Published on JDSupra.com, March 2016
    • Right & Wrong Ways to Retain Key People: Top 3 Reasons Your Employees Feel They Work at Alcatraz, Published on JDSupra.com, March 2016
    • The Waltons vs. the Kardashians: Who Will Keep Their Money?, Published on JDSupra.com, February 2016
    • Employer Anti-Poaching Agreements. A Tale of Disney Legal Troubles, Published on JDSupra.com, February 2016
    • You Could Lose More Than Just Customers: Why You Should Lock Up to Crack Down on Cyber Risks, Published on JDSupra.com, February 2016
    • How to Survive a Conflict of Interest Scandal, Published on JDSupra.com, February 2016
    • Before Your Han Solo Dies, Have a Business Estate Plan, Published on JDSupra.com, February 2016
    • Is ISIS Killing Your Cash Flow? Protect Your Assets Now, Published on JDSupra.com, January 2016
    • Preparing for the Oscars: Can You Retaliate Against Your Worst-Dressed Employees?, Published on JDSupra.com, January 2016
    • How to Hold a Family Meeting like the Royals, Published on JDSupra.com, January 2016
    • Guns at Work: Is Your Employment Handbook Loaded to Fire?, Published on JDSupra.com, January 2016
    • Do Your Employees Hate Trump? Comb-over Your Social Media Policy before the Caucus, Published on JDSupra.com, January 2016
    • How I Defied the Risks, Started My Own Firm, and Lived to Tell About It, The Woman Advocate, 2014
    • Christensen v. Harris County: When Rejecting Chevron Deference, the Supreme Court Correctly Clarified an Unclear Issue, Creighton Law Review, 2002
    Community Involvement
    • Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, Board Member
    • The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
    • The Siouxland Initiative Economic Development Steering Committee
    • Girls Inc., Past Board Member
    • United Way of Siouxland, Women United, Past Chair and Executive Committee
    • P.E.O., Member and International Scholar
    • Sioux City Art Center Association, Board Member and Past President (2002-10)
    • Western Iowa Tech Community College Foundation, Board Member, (2010-13)
    • Creighton Alumni Board, 2012-2013
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