Cody Goff

Cody Goff

Cody Goff is Senior Counsel at Johnson Marlowe, LLP and focuses on representing business clients handling complex environmental and construction matters.

Cody specializes in environmental law, representing commercial property buyers, sellers, and lenders in transactions involving environmentally impacted property. If your business is involved in a property transaction where hazardous substances were used at that property or a Recognized Environmental Condition has been identified (i.e. you do not have a “clean” Phase I), Cody can advise you regarding the unique risks that creates and the legal mechanisms and strategies available to manage that risk. 

This includes drafting and negotiating contract documents to address property-specific environmental conditions, evaluating and negotiating environmental insurance policies, and guiding clients through all aspects of applicable federal and state regulatory programs (such as Brownfield Programs, Underground Storage Tank Programs, and Superfund Programs).   Cody also has significant experience representing developers and construction clients with permitting issues under the Clean Water Act, such as obtaining dredging permits to fill wetlands and obtaining storm-water runoff permits for construction and industrial activity under the National Pollution Discharge & Elimination System.

Cody’s construction practice focuses on representing owners, developers, and general contractors in litigation involving construction defect actions, payment disputes, and lien foreclosures. He is also experienced representing building owners in matters involving mold remediation, water intrusion, asbestos abatement, lead-based paint, vapor mitigation, and indoor air quality. 

Prior to joining Johnson Marlowe, LLP, Cody worked at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in Atlanta, GA, where he honed his skills as an environmental and construction lawyer. Cody also has experience as a solo-practitioner where he focused on commercial and construction litigation. 

Cody graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law and served on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Law Review. During law school, he completed internships with the Athens-Clarke County State Court and the Walton County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to law school, Cody graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. 

Education

  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude (2006)
  • B.B.A. Finance, University of Georgia, magna cum laude (2003)

Representative Experience

  • Represented multiple companies in connection with negotiating cleanup and settlement agreements with EPA for federal Superfund sites
  • Represented owner in connection with successfully removing property from Georgia’s Hazardous Site Inventory
  • Represented multiple developers in completion of redevelopment projects under Georgia Brownfield Program and North Carolina Brownfield Program
  • Guided multiple developers through process of completing Voluntary Remediation Programs in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina
  • Represented national lender in negotiating environmental insurance coverage and environmental indemnities to secure loans where collateral property is contaminated
  • Advised multiple owners with respect to developing protocols for conducting mold remediation in commercial buildings
  • Represented developer in connection with application for permit to dredge within federal channel to build wharf
  • Represented general contractor in successful lien foreclosure action against property owner to recover entire contract amount (over $500,000)
  • Obtained six-figure settlement for plaintiff in case where defendant provided defective supplies
  • Defended multiple cases involving allegations of improper storm-water and sedimentation runoff
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