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G. James Goodnow III

G. James Goodnow III

also known as James Goodnow, Gordon James Goodnow III

Practice areas:

Personal Injury

About Me

James Goodnow, a Harvard Law grad, practices in the area of plaintiffs’ catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation.  He regularly appears in the media, and he and/or his cases have been covered CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, the Wall Street JournalUS News & World ReportPeople Magazine and more.


Newsweek showcased Goodnow as a "Nationwide Top Attorney." The National Trial Lawyers chose Goodnow for its  “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” list.  The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys honored him with the “Top 10 Attorney Award, Under the Age of 40,” and the American Society of Legal Advocates and the National Trial Lawyers included him in its "40 under 40" list.  He has been named a Legal Network “top attorney” and a SuperLawyers “Rising Star.”   


Goodnow is married to his high school sweetheard and has two children.  He has championed legislation and regulations aimed at protecting children.  As a survivor of kidney disease, he founded the Kidney Challenge, a global social media movement aimed at raising awareness of kidney disease.




Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Personal Injury: 100%



Contingent (33%)

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Kyle Westfall Hallstrom

    James is a fantastic attorney, always thinking about his cases from multiple angles, always coming up with fresh and creative solutions to problems. He's got peerless drive and focus, and he cares about helping his clients deeply.


    Kyle Hallstrom Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Stephen Dominic Benedetto

    I have worked extensively with James, both as a former colleague (while at Fennemore Craig) and since leaving the firm. His abilities as an attorney and passion for his clients' causes are unparalleled. I would give Mr. Goodnow the highest endorsement I could ever give another lawyer: that I would trust him with one of my family members' cases. I cannot recommend James highly enough.


    Stephen Benedetto Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info


2394 East Camelback Road
Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ, 85016


1700 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO, 802023


Chicaco Office Open Soon
Call For Appointment
Chicago, IL, 60654


300 S. 4th Street
Las Vegas, NV, 89101



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201305/14/2015
AZActive 200602/15/2015
DCInactive 200905/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
"Top Attorney"Legal Network2014
40 Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 10 Attorney Award, Under the Age of 40National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Featured in article regarding technologyTech Connect Magazine2011
Listed in 20 Leaders - Trial LawyersNewsweek2011
Cover Story, November 2011 issueAttorney at Law Magazine2011
Chair, Managing Litigation as a BusinessFennemore Craig2011
Nationwide Top AttorneyNewsweek2011
Co-Chair, Advocacy Training ProgramFennemore Craig2010
Member, Diversity CouncilFennemore Craig2010
AV Preeminant Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Presentation Manager, Business & P.I. Torts Practice GroupFennemore Craig2010
Retention Committee Member/Co-ChairFennemore Craig2009
Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center LitigatorHarvard Law School2006
Program on Negotiation GraduateHarvard Law School2005
Phi Beta Kappa RecipientPhi Beta Kappa2003
Pi Sigma Alpha InducteePi Sigma Alpha Honor Society2003
Graduated First in ClassSanta Clara University2003
Graduated with 4.0 GPASanta Clara University2003
Political Science Honors Program GraduateSanta Clara University2003
Santa Clara Academic Excellence AwardSanta Clara University2003
Alpha Sigma Nu InducteeAlpha Sigma Nu Honor Society2003
Santa Clara UniversityMichael Shallo Award - Political Science Student of the Year2003
Graduated Summa Cum LaudeSanta Clara University2003
Santa Clara Academic Excellence AwardSanta Clara University2003
Research Assistant PositionSanta Clara University2002
Jesuit ScholarshipSanta Clara University1999
TJ Bannen Scholorship RecepientSanta Clara University1999
Featured in technology articleBizNow MagazineN/A
Technology Committee MemberFennemore CraigN/A
40 Under 40National Trial LawyersN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyFennemore Craig2006 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Kidney FoundationBoard Member2014 - Present
Harvard Law School Alumni AssociationMember2006 - Present
Brophy College Prep Alumni AssociationMember and Class Captain1999 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
State Bar of ArizonaArizona Tort Law Handbook2012
Wall Street Journal"Litigators Provide iPads to 20 Clients, to Help Them Stay Connected to Cases"2011
ABA JournalArticle Regarding Technology in the Law2011
ABC News"iPad Brings New Connection to Lawyers, Clients"2011
USA TodayStory Regarding "Red Phone" iPad Technology2011
The Arizona Republic/AZ CentralArticle About Technology in the Law2011
Tulsa World"Hi-tech Law Practice"2011
The Financial Post"Lawyers Give Clients iPads"2011
Tech Connect Magazine"In 'Touch': Apps Give Clients Access to Law Firm"2011
TechLawyerBlog"Free iPads for Clients!"2011
AZNow"Local Law Firm Changes Way Clients Communicate"2011
Harvard Law School 3L PaperResearching Comparative Negligence, the Apportionment of Fault, and Comparative Contribution2006

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Santa Clara UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science2003
Brophy College PrepN/AN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Summer Associate PresentationTechnology2011
State Bar Leadership InstituteDiversity2011
Staff PresentationProfessionalism Survey2011
Real Estate GroupTechnology2011
NALSPersonal Injury Webinar2011
MCBA Paralegal ConferenceTechnology and Team2011
MCBA New Lawyer CLENegotiation and Settlement Skills2011
Business and Personal Injury Torts GroupHow In-House Lawyers Think Panel Discussion2011
Business and Personal Injury Torts GroupLessons from Google and Facebook2011
Association of Legal Administrators Panel Regarding TechnologyTechnology in the Law2011
Associates and Of Counsel PresentationProfessionalism Survey2011
Arizona Association of Defense CounselLitigation Technology2011
Young Lawyers DivisionThe Lean Mean Negotiating Machine2010
Staff PresentationPersonal Injury2010
Maricopa County Bar AssociationNegotiation and Settlement Skills2010
Commercial Litigation Pratice Group LunchSmoking Guns2010
Business and Personal Injury Torts GroupVideo Demand Packages2010
Business and Personal Injury Torts GroupBusiness Plans/Attorney Marketing and the Bandwagon Effect2010
ASU Legal Writing WorkshopLegal Writing2010
Paralegal ConferenceNegotiation and Settlement Skills2009
National Business InstitutePersonal Injury Law and Practice - A Year in Review2009
Maricopa County Bar AssociationFocus Groups & Jury Deliberation Dynamic2009
Commercial Litigation Pratice Group LunchTechnology in the Courtroom2009
Summer Associate PresentationNegotiation2008
Staff PresentationNegotiation2008
Phoenix School of LawNegotiation2008
Meet the Bench ProgramWigs to Wifi: The Future of the Courts2008
Maricopa County Bar AssociationNegotiating to Win: The Five Things You Need to Know About Effective Negotiating2008
Maricopa County Bar AssociationAdvanced Negotiation: Become a Lean, Mean Negotiating Machine2008
Litigation SectionNegotiations2008
Fennemore Craig Paralegal PresentationElections2008
Connecting with the CommunityConnecting with the Community2008
Business and Personal Injury Torts GroupJury Focus Group2008
Business and Personal Injury Torts GroupTechnology at Trial2008
Breakfast at the BarAdvanced Negotiation2008
ASU Workshop - Minority Scholarship LunchCase Management2008
ASU Law SchoolCase and Trial Management2008
Arizona Paralegal AssociationJudge for Yourself: Examining Focus Groups and Jury Consulting from the Inside2008
4th Grade Class PresentationThe Importance of Education2008
Staff PresentationAutomobile Insurance Coverage2007