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Bruce D. Goodman

Medical malpractice Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 49 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1974
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Bruce

Learn Bruce’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Medical malpractice
    Medical malpractice and medical negligence can have devastating consequences for the victim and his or her family. In many cases of medical negligence, the victim is unable to work and is faced with the mounting cost of medical bills.

  2. Personal injury
    Our goal is to obtain compensation for you through settlements or verdicts to provide for the financial needs of your new circumstances. These needs may include medical care, future surgeries, physical therapy and accommodations to homes & vehicles.

  3. Car accident
    Many people spend hours on the road each day, whether it be commuting to work or running errands. Unfortunately, every time we enter the roadway, we are placing our safety — and our lives — in the hands of other drivers who may be impaired or more.

  4. Wrongful death
    If you've lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence, call Attorney Goodman today for a free case evaluation and stop worrying.

  5. Birth injury
    When having a child, the last thing parents want or need to worry about is the possibility of their baby being harmed during the delivery. While most births go smoothly, some have complications.

  6. Defective and dangerous products
    If you've been injured by a defective or dangerous protect, call now at 844.913.7147 for a free case evaluation.

  7. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect have become all too common. Many nursing home staff members are underpaid and lack the necessary training, resulting in inadequate and subpar care.

Personal injury and medical malpractice attorney Bruce Goodman has been with Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish since he was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1974, and he has been its principal since 1980. Mr. Goodman practices in the areas of personal injury, product liability, and medical malpractice. He represents children and adults in cases against physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care providers.

He has handled a wide variety of drug and product liability claims, including L-tryptophan and Copper 7 litigation. He also represents clients in product liability, construction, aviation, and automobile cases. Bruce Goodman has obtained many multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for his clients.

He obtained the largest verdict ever awarded inKankakee County, Illinois. Bruce Goodman is a frequent lecturer on trial techniques and advocacy for several professional organizations in Illinois. He is the author of Trying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in Illinois. Bruce Goodman has been named as a "Leading Illinois Attorney" and is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell.


Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish
20 North Clark 31st Floor
Chicago, IL, 60602

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Posted by onreps | February 15, 2015
Fabulous attorney
I have the highest regard for Mr. Goodman. Professional, kind, timely, incredible knowledge in his field specifically personal injury. His firm, Steinberg, Goodman &Kalish is one of the best firms in Chicago Bruce Goodman has been named as s "Leading Illinois Attorney" and is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. He is ranked as a Top Lawyer in Illinois/Super Lawyer Top 100 trial lawyers. I highly recommend Bruce Goodman.
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Posted by angel | November 24, 2009
he is a hero in my life
i knew immediately after my surgery eight years ago that something was wrong, very wrong. i unfortunately was the tip of the iceberg for what now is an understood condition. i fell into a gray area that both doctors and lawyers alike were unfamiliar with. i was bounced around from doctors to specialists and meanwhile i was trying to get a lawyer to listen to me. i kept getting the same response. that it wasn't cut and dry enough. there was no support backing up what my complaints and physical problems were. i kept getting dismissed like i meant nothing. my entire life was flipped upside down. i was at my wit's end and to top it off my case was in the hands of a lawyer who never bothered to educate himself on me, or my condition and was dilly-dallying around with my life. he was unresponsive and incompetent. i kept finding myself having to constantly correct him on the simplest details of my case. i felt lost, alone, helpless and hopeless. i literally sat down in front of my computer and cried and prayed. i then google searched medical malpractice lawyers in chicago, IL and i clicked on a link that listed the names of lawyers. i saw bruce goodman. i stared at his name for a long time. i kept reading it over and over and i thought goodman...good man. i thought that's what i need! a good man to help me! i prayed again and called his office. he talked to me over the phone and set up a time for us to meet. i went in and we went over my case and he has stood by my side from that day on. even when things were bleak and unsure he stayed. he would tell me things were shaky but he still stayed. he didn't abandon me because he'd rather deal with a case that was more clear, more black and white, less difficult to prove, less challenging. he didn't cast me aside like i didn't mean anything. he gave me a chance. to me it meant he thought my strife mattered, that my pain was legitimate and my quality of life was important. reports started coming forth and my condition started getting recognition in the medical field. all the while he has been there fighting for me, educating himself in every aspect of what i have endured and will continue to endure for the rest of my life. i had some insurance issues two surgeries ago and i just couldn't handle any more stress. i was a mess, reduced to tears and dejected. my boyfriend called bruce and he got on the phone and talked me through it. when have you ever heard of such an instance? the fact that even my boyfriend knew he could reach out to bruce speaks volumes. i could go on and on forever on how wonderful of a lawyer and a person he is. my strong feelings for him are endless. he has taken the time to see me for who i am. he listens and more so he hears and he cares. he's honest and fair and explains things to me in great detail and makes sure i understand exactly what is going on every single step of the way. i feel like a family member is representing me now. i know to the core of my being that when i sat in front of my computer and prayed that day that God was listening. God pointed me to the blessing and the gift that is bruce. i can honestly say i don't know where i would be both mentally and physically today if i had not met bruce goodman. he continues to fight for me against any odds and in turn has helped to give me back my dignity, my perseverance and my hope. the difference he has made in my life is priceless. i feel like i can take anything on with him on my side. i gain such strength just from knowing he is there. i don't know how to thank him enough for everything, but i know i will always hold him dear my whole life through; he is a hero in my life.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish
  • 1974 - Present


  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Desio v. Riverside Medical Center
  • $3,000,000.00


  • Illinois State Bar Association, Tort Law Section
  • member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Birth Trauma Litigation Group
  • mamber
  • 1997 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Negligence Committee
  • member
  • 1995 - Present
  • illinois trial lawyers association product liability committee
  • member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • A+ BBB Rated
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Leading Illinois Attorneys
  • American Research Corporation
  • 1996
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1983
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1982
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  • Law Education
  • Trying the Soft Tissue Case in Illinois
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE - Itla webinar
  • Bills of Discovery
  • 2007
  • CLE - Discovery is a Product Liability Case
  • Written Discovery is a Product Liability Case
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Bruce
Personal injury Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bruce. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Goodman is an excellent advocate for victims of personal injury and medical malpractice."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Bruce works hard to produce excellent results for his client's who have suffered serious injuries as a result of medical negligence."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Excellent, well-prepared trial lawyer who obtains results for his clients in all areas of serious injury and death."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Bruce has been doing excellent work on behalf of families with Children born with traumatic birth injuries. He is well respected in the legal community for his thoroughness and litigation skills."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce Goodman has a well-deserved reputation as one of the state's best medical malpractice lawyers. He is honest, hard working, and a pleasure to be around. He is a lawyer's lawyer."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce Goodman is one of the top medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys in the country. He has a proven record of success and a well-deserved reputation for outstanding legal work and extraordinary client relations."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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