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James F. Gooding

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, Wrongful Death, Car Accidents, Slip and Fall Accident

About Me

Jim learned the practice of personal injury law from his father in Kent, Washington, where together they represented clients from all walks of life. During those years Jim gained respect for the problems and issues his clients faced, and learned how to best counsel and represent them while achieving justice for their cause.


 


Jim’s practice eventually brought him to New York City, where he became trial counsel for various firms who sent their difficult cases to him when they knew the case was going to be tried to a jury. There, Jim successfully tried 75+ personal injury jury cases, bringing his clients millions of dollars and redemption from those who had injured them.


 


In 2007, Jim returned to the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three children, and joined Graham Lundberg Peschel. Since 2010, Jim has been a partner with the firm.


 


Jim is currently an active member of the Washington State Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice, and serves on the WSAJ Trial News Editorial Board. He is a member of Trial Lawyers Care (a group that contributed pro bono time to World Trade Center victims after September 11th), and is a frequent Moot Court Judge. He was a member of the Ethics Committee of the NY County Lawyers Association until 2007, and has served on the Washington State Bar Association Court Rules Committee. Jim is one of only a handful of attorneys in the Northwest who is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, a distinction which requires verifiable trial results, and a review process including testimonials by Judges and attorneys who have opposed him at trial. Jim was voted “Washington State Super Lawyer" in 2012 and 2013 and also achieved “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” distinction in both 2012 and 2013.


 


Jim takes a personal interest in every client he represents. A case is not a number or a name, but is an injury that could have happened to any of us, and his cases are treated personally and with the respect each one individually deserves.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Personal Injury: 30%
    22 years
  2. Car Accidents: 20%
    22 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
    22 years
  4. Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: 20%
    22 years
  5. Slip and Fall Accident: 10%
    22 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33%), Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Steven L Shaw

    Jim is smart and has a genuine passion for his clients and their causes. Give him a call.

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    Steven Shaw Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Matthew Gilbert Knopp

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Jim Gooding is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried many cases and is not afraid of the courtroom.

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    Matthew Knopp Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Graham Lundberg Peschel

2601 Fourth Avenue
Floor 6
Seattle, WA, 98121

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 200203/13/2015
NJActive200103/14/2015
WAActive199405/05/2015
CAActive199305/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Board Certified Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Board Certified Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Board Certified Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Board Certified Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2012
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Board Certified Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2011
Board Certified Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2010
Board Certified Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2009
Board Certified Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2008
Board Certified Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGraham Lundberg Peschel2010 - Present
Associate AttorneyGraham Lundberg Peschel2007 - 2009
Associate/Trial LawyerDinkes & Schweitzer, New York2005 - 2007
Associate AttorneyLaw Office of Mark R. Bower, New York2002 - 2005
Associate AttorneyHoffman & Roth, New York2001 - 2002

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ)Nursing Home and Elder Abuse Section member2011 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmittee2008 - Present
WSAJ Trial News Editorial Board (formerly WSTLA)Board Member2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember of Court Rules Committee2008 - 2009
Washington State Association for Justice (formerly WSTLA)Eagle Member2007 - Present
YMCA Youth and GovernmentYouth and Government Mock Trial Judge2007 - Present
National Board of Legal Specialty CertificationWashington State Coordinator/Leader2006 - Present
New York County Lawyers' AssociationMember of Ethics Committee2003 - 2007
Moot Court Honor SocietyJudge, AAJ's Student Trial Competition2002 - Present
American Association for Justice (AAJ, formerly ATLA)Member2001 - Present
Trial Lawyers Care (AAJ)Qualified Attorney2001 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth CircuitAdmittee1993 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Phillips v. Bush Realty AssociatesVerdict of $865,000
J.W. v. D.S.$1,250,000 settlement
Houge v. City of New YorkVerdict of $613,000

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Washington State Association for JusticeFinding seven-figure coverage in the “no-coverage” case2014
Washington State Association for JusticeNursing Home Deskbook: Discovery in Nursing Home Cases2013
Washington State Association for JusticePunitive Damages in Nursing Home (and other) Cases2013
Washington State Association for JusticeAge Doesn't Matter: the Vulnerable Adult Statute in Practice2011
GLP Healthcare NewsletterDog Bite Protection and Litigation2009
Washington State Association for JusticeWinning Opening and Closings2009
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationTurning the Tables: Forcing the Defendent to Submit to a Physical Exam and Reveal Other Relevant Medical Records2004
ATLA (AAJ) Professional Negligence ReporterCapitation as a Free-Standing Cause of Action in Medical Malpractice2004

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of California - BerkeleyPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Moot Court Honor SocietyTrial Technique2008
Fear during Voir Dire-Pitfalls and PointersUniversity of Washington School of Law2008
Moot Court Honor SocietyTrial Technique2002