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Jeff Goodman has 30 years of trial experience trying complex litigation cases and routinely handles a wide range of problems in the fields of construction law, products liability, personal injury, professional liability, commercial law, and federal, state, and local government litigation.

Jeff Goodman is proud to be AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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"A" is a legal ability rating meaning "very high to preeminent." 
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The attorney will receive a "CV," "BV," or "AV" rating based on the endorsement given by other attorneys. The AV® rating is the highest rating established by Martindale-Hubbell of these three ratings.*

Jeff Goodman is devoted to maintaining quality judges and has served or still serves on the State Court Judicial Nominating Commission, the 5C District Court Judicial Nominating Commission and the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.  He has served and continues to serve on the Iowa State Bar Association Bench Bar Committee from July 2013-June 2016.


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Goodman Law PC

1501 42nd St Ste 300
West Des Moines, IA, 50266-1056

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 60%
  2. Wrongful Death: 40%



Contingent (33-45%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

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    Jeff is very knowledgeable about all types of civil law and he is very friendly and easy to work with.


    Kevin Rutan Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201105/17/2016
KSAuthorized to practice law201007/04/2016
WIGood Standing200803/27/2015
MOGood Standing, Active200801/08/2013
MNAuthorized to practice200706/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
RecognizedDrake Law's Chancellor's Elm Society2014
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderGoodman Law, P.C.2001 - Present
City AttorneyCity of West Des Moines1996 - 1999
Assistant City AttorneyCity of West Des Moines1995 - 1995
Shareholder and Board MemberPingel & Templer, P.C.1990 - 2001
Associate AttorneySmith Mumford & Wimer, P.C.1988 - 1990
Assistant U.S. AttorneyNorthern District of Iowa1987 - 1988
County AttorneyBlackhawk County, Iowa1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2015 - Present
State Court Judicial Nominating CommissionCommissioner2013 - Present
Iowa State Bar Association, Bench-Bar Conference CommitteeCo-chair2013 - Present
Federal Nominating Committee: U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth CircuitCommittee Member2005 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumLife Member2002 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/AN/A
International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)N/AN/A
Iowa State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Polk County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Iowa Association of JusticeN/AN/A
5C District Court Judicial Nominating CommissionCommissioner1995 - 2002
C. Edwin Moore American Inn of CourtFormer Barrister1991 - 1993
Publication nameTitleDate
48 Drake L. Rev. 655 (2000)The Attorney/Client Privilege and the Municipal Lawyer2000
Construction Financial Managers Building Profit MagazineProtecting Joint Ventures Against Third-Party Liability1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake UniversityN/AN/A1985
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of IowaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Negotiations Class: Drake LawThe 30+ Things I Have Learned Over 50+ Years About Negotiations2015
Construction Engineering Class: Iowa StateThe Mistakes That Design Professionals Routinely Make That Get Them Named in a Lawsuit2015
Civil Procedure Class: Drake LawMy Three Favorite Rules of Civil Procedure2015
2014 nuts and Bolts SeminarDeadlines in Litigation2014
International Municipal Lawyer Association: 65th Annual MeetingMunicipal Law2000
Speaker for the Lorman, Cambridge and National Business Institute seminarsEmployment LawN/A
Drake Law School Real Estate SeminarState and Local Government CurriculumN/A