Plaintiff attorney James Goodnow, a Harvard Law grad, has been described as a “brilliant advocate” who is “dedicated to his clients.”1 His results and innovations have been covered by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, Forbes, The ABA Journal, The Arizona Republic and more. He has first-chaired or co-first chaired hundreds of cases to successful resolution and helped his clients recover tens of millions of dollars.
He has received countless awards and accolades. Newsweek showcased Goodnow as one of “20 Leaders” among “Plaintiffs' Trial Lawyers” in the United States. The National Trial Lawyers selected Goodnow for inclusion in its “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” list. North Valley Magazine featured him as one of the top four personal injury attorneys in the Valley. The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys selected him for the “Top 10 Attorney Award, Under the Age of 40,” and he has been named to “40 Under 40” lists by the The Phoenix Business Journal, the American Society of Legal Advocates and the National Trial Lawyers. He has been named a Legal Network “top attorney” and a SuperLawyers®“Rising Star.”
Goodnow is considered an industry leader by other attorneys. He has the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell peer-review rating: AV®Preeminent.™ U.S. News & World Report ranked Goodnow and his colleague Marc Lamber’s plaintiff personal injury practice in the number one tier in Phoenix based on attorney survey and review. He has earned a perfect 10/10 Avvo rating and a “Lead Counsel” rating based on input from peer attorneys.
He has been recognized for his creative approaches to the law. In a cover story, The ABA Journal -- the official publication of the American Bar Association -- named him one of “America's Techiest Lawyers.” iPad maker, Apple, selected him as the first lawyer ever to be featured in one of its global commercials, and it also ran a profile piece on the innovative ways Goodnow and his colleagues have used technology in the law on Apple.com.
Goodnow is deeply committed to his community. As a father of two, he has donated his time to helping create, draft and pass legislation aimed at saving the lives of children. He is an active member of his church. He volunteers his time at The Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, where he has also served as a board member. Within his firm, he helps new lawyers hone their trial skills as co-chair of the firm’s Advocacy Training Program. Every year he handles countless cases on behalf of victims pro-bono, and he has been selected and served pro-bono as a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore.
Read more about the plaintiff catastrophic injury and wrongful death practice that Goodnow and Lamber have developed at Fennemore Craig at: http://lambergoodnow.com.
1Source: Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviews
[+] Professional and Community Activities
Member, State Bar of Arizona
Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court
Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Member and Class Captain, Brophy Prep Alumni Association
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2006
District of Columbia, 2009
District of Columbia, Court of Appeals, 2009
[+] Education and Honors
J.D., Harvard Law School, 2006
B.S., summa cum laude, Santa Clara University (graduated first in class), 2003
Phi Beta Kappa
Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society
Phoenix Business Journal: 40 Under 40 honoree (2010)
AV® Preeminent ™ Peer Review Rated (the highest rating available), by Martindale-Hubbell
Newsweek, 20 Leaders Plaintiffs' Trial Lawyers
Southwest Rising Stars®, Business Litigation, 2012
Southwest Rising Stars®, Personal Injury Plaintiff: General, 2013
Top Valley Lawyers – Personal Injury, North Valley Magazine, 2013
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