Kathryn C. Goodson

Special Counsel

Katie Goodson represents business clients across various industries in land use, zoning and planning issues; alcoholic beverage licensing and related enforcement issues, regulated industries, and commercial litigation.

Katie is a member of the Taylor Porter alcoholic beverage licensing and related enforcement issues practice and represents national and local companies in the hospitality industry, including restaurants, hotels and retail stores, with an emphasis in alcoholic beverage licensing, compliance and enforcement issues. She also represents alcohol manufacturers. ​Katie works with numerous regulatory and administrative bodies across the state, including the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, the Department of Revenue, Departments of Public Works, and Planning Commissions. Her regulatory work with the ATC encompasses all phases of alcohol and tobacco licensing compliance.

Through her land use practice, Katie works with clients in land use transactions, government approvals, and litigation related to use of real property, and obtaining zoning approvals and entitlements, and also negotiating tax incentive and similar agreements for relocations, developments and improvements related to corporate office, retail, mixed-use and industrial projects.

Katie was selected by her peers in Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation.

Notable representative matters have included, among others, the following:

  • Counsel for national, regional, and local businesses, including restaurants, convenience, and retail stores, in obtaining alcohol and tobacco licenses, occupational licenses, health permits, and occupancy permits.
  • Counsel for various annual events such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Bayou Country Superfest in obtaining necessary licensure. 
  • Counsel for alcohol manufacturers and businesses in various industries in obtaining necessary licensure, including assistance with zoning and other property issues.
  • Counsel for national property management company in various claims involving lease and property issues.
  • Participation as counsel in the defense of physicians in multiple jury trials involving medical malpractice claims.
  • Participation as counsel for a major chemical manufacturing company in defending multiple occupational disease premises liability suits relating to allegations of asbestos exposure.
  • Represented national retail pharmacy as liaison to state and local agencies in securing the necessary licensure to conduct business pursuant to corporate merger and restructure.
  • Participation as counsel regarding higher education matters for the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College.

In the community, Katie has chaired two consecutive gala fundraisers for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge. Katie is a member of First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, where she serves as a Board Member of the HYPE After School Program. Katie also has served on various councils within the Church, and teaches Sunday school to the incoming confirmation class. Katie currently volunteers at University Laboratory School, and is a Board Member of the University Laboratory School Foundation. She formerly served as Executive Committee member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Advisory Committee member of BREC, committee member for the Women’s Hospital Annual Giving Campaign, and as past President of the Baton Rouge Chi Omega Alumnae Association. She has volunteered with Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, LASM, and the Baton Rouge Bar Association, having served as the firm coordinator of its various programs.

Articles & Publications

"Louisiana Statewide Mask Mandate Lifted, Placing Business Owners in Control of Mask Policies," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, April 30, 2021
"Louisiana Moves Into COVID-19 Phase 3; Restrictions Loosened on Hospitality Industry," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, March 5, 2021
"Louisiana Moves to Modified Vesion of Phase 2 Amidst Third Surge of COVID-19 Cases," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, Nov. 25, 2020
"Louisiana Moves Into COVID-19 Phase 3; New Guidelines Released for Hospitality Industry," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, Sept. 14, 2020
"To-Go Alcoholic Beverage Orders from Restaurants and Bars Suspended in New Orleans," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, July 24, 2020
"Phase Two and the Hospitality Industry," BRAC Business Webinar, June 22, 2020
"Louisiana Gov. Edwards Orders State Mask Mandate, Closes Bars to On-Premises Consumption, and Makes Additional Phase Two Changes," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, July 13, 2020
Phase Two: Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, June 8, 2020
"Louisiana Moves Into Phase One; New Openings and Additional Guidelines for Hospitality Industry," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, May 15, 2020
"Updated Guidance for Hospitality and Retail Industry," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, May 7, 2020
"Impact of Stay At Home Order on Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco Retailers, Wholesalers, Manufacturers," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, March 26, 2020
"Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control to Expedite Issuance of Delivery Permits," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, March 18, 2020

In 2013, Katie was selected by the Baton Rouge Business Report as one of Baton Rouge’s “Top Forty Under 40” community and business leaders, and in 2015, she received the Mary Frey Eaton Community Service Award.

Katie received her J.D. and Bachelor of Civil Law from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2005. She graduated, cum laude, from Louisiana State University in 2002 with a B.A. in Political Science.

Katie and her husband, Mark, have three children.

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