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James Goodnow

Attorney & Partner

A legal innovator and fierce client advocate, James Goodnow is the “Goodnow” in the Lamber Goodnow injury law team. James has firmly established a reputation of excellence and innovation, one that’s been heralded nationally.

A Harvard Law grad, James and his legal partner Marc Lamber formed the Lamber Goodnow legal team to represent clients differently. It hasn’t just been successful, it’s been revolutionary. The team’s personal approach to working with clients means every case is personal, and every client’s story needs to be told.

When James and his team start a case, it’s not like a typical personal injury law case. They analyze all angles and think about what the client is experiencing. They look at the law and the circumstances, and then the start telling the story and making a strong argument.

Typically, James presents cases on an iPad to provide a complete understanding of his clients’ situations. He uses video, audio, text, case law, accident reconstruction and other custom animation to provide true-to-life explanations of someone’s injuries, a series of news reports from an accident scene, or real-time explanations of how an injury affects someone’s life. Through technology, James and his team bring life into the courtroom.

Apple learned about what James and his team were doing, and featured them as the first lawyers ever in one of Apple’s commercials. But they don’t stop there. James and his law team have also employed technologies such as Google Glass to illustrate real-life client experiences. He’s been called one of America’s “techiest lawyers.”

Innovations like those have resulted in tens of millions of dollars for James’ clients through settlements, jury verdicts, mediation or arbitration. It’s also gotten the attention of James’ peers, who have given him the highest-possible peer rating for a lawyer, AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

When he’s not advocating for his clients, James is often quoted and interviewed by the media for his perspective on the law, technology and other matters that impact consumers and their families daily. He’s appeared on Good Morning America, Today, MSNBC, CBS News, CNN, CNBC, NBC News and Fox News. Additionally, James has been featured in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to the ABA Journal, Newsweek, Washington Post and People magazine.

Away from work, James is active in the community and church. He volunteers for several charities, and is particularly passionate for causes that support research for kidney disease.


  • Harvard Law School: JD; Harvard Program on Negotiation; Harvard Consortium on Global Leadership
  • Santa Clara University: BS; summa cum laude; political science; graduated first in class, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha honor society; Alpha Sigma Nu honor society

Bar admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York
  • District of Columbia (inactive)
  • Colorado
  • Arizona

Career highlights

  • Legal Network: top attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV preeminent
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys: top 10 attorney under the age of 40
  • National Trial Lawyers: top 100 trial lawyers
  • Newsweek: 20 leaders among plaintiffs' trial lawyers
  • SuperLawyers: Rising Star

Memberships and associations

  • Harvard Alumni Association
  • Harvard Club
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