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James Goodnow

James Goodnow, a Harvard Law grad, is the co-founder of the Lamber-Goodnow team at Fennemore Craig. In addition to practicing, he is Fennemore’s President & CEO. You may link to his Fennemore bio here.

Goodnow has been recognized for his creative approaches to the business of law. He has been featured on the cover of the American Lawyer, with the related article highlighting his “meteoric rise” in the legal industry. 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 its website. He has appeared on the cover of Attorney at Law Magazine on three separate occasions, most recently being named “lawyer of the year.”

He regularly appears in the media. He has appeared on or been covered by CNN, CNBC, Fox News, ABC News, CBS News, NBC Newsthe Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Newsweek, People Magazine and many others. His peers have given him the highest-possible peer-review rating: AV-Preeminent.

Goodnow is a prolific writer on the area of business and law. He writes a legal innovation, leadership and management column for Above the Law, he has served as a Forbes contributor, and he is the co-author of “Motivating Millennials,” which debuted at #1 on Amazon in the business management category.

Goodnow is deeply committed to his community. He serves on the board for the Make-A-Wish AZ and National Kidney Foundation of AZ.

James Goodnow at Fennemore

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • New York


Harvard Law School
  • Harvard Program on Negotiation (member)
  • Harvard Consortium on Global Leadership (member)
Santa Clara University
  • B.S. (Summa Cum Laude); graduated first in class
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Honors and Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year, Attorney at Law Magazine (2018)
  • Highest-possible Martindale peer-review rating: AV-Preeminent
  • Southwest Super Lawyers and Rising Stars®

*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.

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