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  • Lawyer Goodnow is a partner at one of the
    largest and oldest law firms
    in the West.
  • Commentator Goodnow is a legal commentator
    featured in national TV, print
    and web media.
  • Community Goodnow is the founder of the
    Kidney Challenge.

James Goodnow

James Goodnow, a Harvard Law grad, has been described as a “brilliant advocate” who is “dedicated to his clients.”1  He has first-chaired or co-first chaired hundreds of cases to successful resolution and helped clients recover tens of millions of dollars.

Goodnow has been recognized for his creative approaches to the law. He has been featured on the cover the 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 two separate occasions.

He regularly appears in the media. He and his cases have been covered by CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, CBS News, NBC Newsthe Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, NewsweekPeople Magazine, the Arizona Republic and many others.  View media clips here.

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.”   His peers have given him the highest-possible peer-review rating: AV-Preeminent.

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.

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

Published Works

  • Arizona Tort Law Handbook, Arizona State Bar
  • Researching Comparative Negligence, the Apportionment of Fault, and Comparative Contribution, Harvard Research Guidebook Series, Harvard Law School

Honors and Awards

  • Newsweek: "20 Leaders" among "Plaintiffs' Trial Lawyers"
  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” - The National Trial Lawyers
  • “Top attorney” - Legal Network
  • 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.