Robert Cronin Goodwin

Title: Professor, Lawyer (Retired)
Company: University of Maryland University College
Location: Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States

Robert Cronin Goodwin, Professor and Retired Lawyer at University of Maryland University College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal education.

Backed by more than five decades of professional experience, Mr. Goodwin is a prominent lawyer and educator who has been serving the University of Maryland University College as director of the international management program and professor in the graduate school since 2005. Prior to these appointments, he served the university as vice dean of strategic initiatives from 2014 to 2016, chair of the business and executive programs department from 2013 to 2014, acting vice provost and dean from 2011 to 2013, chair of the business and executive programs department from 2009 to 2011, and executive director of the MBA program from 2007 to 2009. Previously, he was an executive vice president and general counsel of Chindex International, Inc., from 1992 to 2005 and worked in a private practice from 1990 to 1992, having formerly acted as partner of Goodwin & Soble from 1986 to 1990 and vice president and general counsel of China Energy Ventures in Washington, DC, from 1982 to 1986.

Likewise, Mr. Goodwin held the role of partner at Thompson, Hine & Flory from 1979 to 1982, assistant general counsel of international trade and emergency preparedness at the U.S. Department of Energy from 1977 to 1979, assistant general counsel of international conservation and resource development at the Federal Energy Administration in 1977, and deputy assistant general counsel of international conservation and resource development at the Federal Energy Administration from 1974 to 1977. He commenced his career as an attorney advisor for the Office of General Council with the U.S. Department of Commerce and an assistant community development advisor for the Agency for International Development in Thailand between 1965 and 1974. He also served as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand for one year.

To prepare for his career, Mr. Goodwin pursued formal education at Fordham University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1963. He subsequently attended Georgetown University, receiving a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1969. He was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia in 1970 and in Maryland in 1990. In addition, he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi during his academic pursuits and was the editor-in-chief of Law and Policy in International Business from 1968 to 1969. A frequent contributor of articles to esteemed journals, he was additionally the co-editor of “Legal Environmental for Foreign Direct Investment in U.S.” in 1994.

Mr. Goodwin has been a guest lecturer in international petroleum contracts with the East China Petroleum Institute in Beijing in 1985, as well as a frequent lecturer on international contractors and Chinese legal and business matters. He has maintained affiliation with the Thai-American Association, where he served as president in 1995, and the Maryland China Business Council, where he served on the board of directors and as vice president from 1999 to 2005. In addition, he is associated with the Maryland Bar Association, the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and the National Council of U.S.-China Trade, among others.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the industry, Mr. Goodwin received a Certificate of Merit from the Federal Energy Administration in 1974 and two Certificates of Special Achievement in 1974 and 1976. Notably, he was selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

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