James Goodnow (Attorney/Partner)

James Goodnow

Phone: 602-274-9662 (602-ARIZONA) 1-800-ATEAM-LAW
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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 JournalUSA TodayABC NewsCBS NewsFox NewsForbes, 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.

1Source: Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviews.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2006
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2006
  • District of Columbia, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 2009
  • Illinois, 2013
  • Colorado, 2013

Education

  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    J.D. – 2006
    Harvard Program on Negotiation (member)
    Harvard Consortium on Global Leadership (member)
  • Santa Clara University
    B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) – 2003
    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    Honors: Recipient, Michael Shallow Award, Political Science Student of the Year
    Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
    Honors: Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society
    Major: Political Science
    Graduated first in class

Published Works

  • Researching Comparative Negligence, the Apportionment of Fault, and Comparative Contribution, Harvard Research Guidebook Series, Harvard Law School

Honors and Awards

  • Southwest Super Lawyers and Rising Stars®, Business Litigation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona (Member)
  • Harvard Alumni Association (Member)
  • Harvard Club (Member)
  • Brophy College Preparatory Alumni Association (Member and Class Captain)

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.