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John R. Goodell

Litigation Attorney at Boise, ID

4.6   14 reviews

also known as John Goodell


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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    20%
    civil, trials, appeals, personal injury, wrongful death, real estate, foreclosure

    7 years

  2. Business
    15%
    Contracts, Agreements, collections, organizations, formation, dissolution, LLC, corporations

    7 years

  3. Construction and development
    10%
    Liens, construction defects

    7 years

  4. Debt collection
    10%
    Accounts collection, creditors

    7 years

  5. Insurance
    10%
    Defense, Defending insurance companies

    7 years

  6. Probate
    10%

    7 years

  7. Real estate
    10%
    foreclosure, liens, litigation, boundary disputes

    7 years

  8. Wills and living wills
    10%
    drafting

    7 years

  9. Estate planning
    5%

    7 years

My goal is to represent personal and institutional clients to produce the most favorable outcome which meets their goals in an ethical, efficient, and cost effective manner.  I have practiced a wide variety of civil law, litigation, trial work, in Idaho for 35 years, and in Wyoming for 25 years.  I welcome the opportunity to serve new clients with their legal needs.  My problem solving approach seeks to quickly identify and get to the heart of a dispute or issue and seek a reasonable and fair outcome advantageous and acceptable to the client, not to prolong,aggravate, or increase difficulty or expense.  

Licensed for 41 years
State WY
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 01/05/2023
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 01/19/2023
State IL
Status Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1981
Updated 01/06/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact John

Racine, Olson, Nye, & Budge, Chtd.
600 E. Riverpark Lane, Suite 210
Boise, ID, 83706

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by Joe | March 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Difficult Collection Case
John evaluated, recommended and implemented an excellent strategy to assist in the collection of monies from a debtor that moved to four different states in six months. Success! He listened carefully, then acted in my best interest. I thoroughly recommend.
Posted by Rick | March 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
California auto insurance claim
John was very professional in representing my Southern California based Auto insurance company against a frivolous law suit from an accident I caused. I could not be more pleased with his research, persistence, dedication to see this through and most of all his constant communication along the way. The settlement that was reached and agreed upon by all parties was more than fair.
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2019
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personal representative for the estate
John assisted our family with settling an estate dispute. He was a straight shooter regarding the merits and potential outcomes of the case. He was good at keeping us up to date on it's progress as well as maintaining a good working relationship with the opposing legal counsel. We had the outcome we desired and would absolutely seek out John for assistance should another legal matter occur
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2019
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Needed a will drawn up
My husband and I needed to update our will drawn up we began our travels out of country. This firm came highly recommended by our CPA. So happy we chose them! John Goodell replied immediately to our request and was very efficient in getting all the necessary information needed prior to meeting and finalizing the will. I was amazed how smoothly it all went. Thank you, John!
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Posted by Mike | August 7, 2019
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Successful estate settlement.
John successfully helped our family negotiate difficult estate issues without resorting to litigation. I'm very pleased with the outcome.
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Thorough, Diligent
I have found John to be an honest attorney of high character and integrity. I hired him to handle a civil suit, and he was extremely thorough and yet efficient with his time in responding to the numerous motions filed by my opponents in their attempts to delay, discourage and intimidate me. Through it all, John was a tireless advocate for justice. In court he was calm, steady, and measured in his remarks, and the judge ruled in my favor on the case. John also helped me feel more comfortable going through the very tense and troubling process of litigation.
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Posted by Sandra | June 21, 2018
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Sandra Haynie
John set up our living wills, advanced directives and POA's for my mother and I in 2016. Seamless and informative. He even came to our house to set up the paperwork. My Mother passed away in march of 2018, and when I contacted him he was very compassionate and thorough. I have subsequently sought out his advise and knowledge of the estate details. I recommend John highly.
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2018
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Prompt, Personable, & Professional
John helped us set up our estate plan. He is very professional and has an impressive knowledge of probate and estate planning. He was easy to talk to and spent a great amount of time explaining legalities and answering our questions. His fees are reasonable and the documents he prepared for us were completed in a timely fashion. We recommend John Goodell to anyone looking for this type of service.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Hired for a Civil Dec Suit.
John thoroughly researched and explained case studies that a novice like myself could understand. He is honest and straight forward. He gave us all potential outcomes and never once promised "Blue Skies". However, our case could not have had a better outcome. There is no doubt that his experience contributed greatly to the results. I highly recommend John for your legal needs.
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Posted by Glen | September 30, 2016
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John Goodell
We use Mr. Goodell to defend cases filed against the State of Idaho. I have used John on cases involving general liability, police excessive force claims and 1983 Civil Rights cases. He is extremely intelligent, interacts well with our state agencies and always strives to achieve the best financial result for the state. I give John the highest recommendation.
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Posted by Mark | May 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great business lawyer
Has handled various litigation matters for us. Thoughtful analysis of the issues. Detail oriented. Documents were drafted timely, and well. Brought other attorneys into matters as needed (bankruptcy). No issues with billing.
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
Mr. Goodell was knowledgeable and friendly. The thing I appreciated most was his quick response time. I never felt ignored and I never felt like I was bothering him. Thanks for all your help!
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Preparation of will
We had John prepare the will(s) for both myself and my husband. He was courteous, knowledgeable and timely. He knew the Idaho requirements and explained them thoroughly.
Posted by Shirley Peltier | April 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Way overrated and overpriced
I am in Southern California and due to jurisdiction, I was forced to hire attorneys in Idaho. We came to them with an already written case and strategy, since we had already filed in California. The case was so well written that it actually made Courthouse News Service Headline News, again before we came to them for help. Was completely misled on what this would cost. Was told only $2000 initially, however ended up getting charged more than ten times that amount, which they did not remotely deserve and also grossly misled on their "expertise". They purposely set out to significantly lengthen the process unnecessarily in order to line their pockets as soon as they saw that our "writ of attachment" strategy, which they had never used, was approved by the Judge and they saw $150,000 held on the Defendant's bank account (which they doubted the Judge would approve and also doubted the money would actually be there). Ultimately, I had to hire outside counsel to fix their clear mistakes and counter their siding with the people we were suing, which was preposterous. I even had to do the final negotiating with opposing counsel myself, which took weeks of me working directly with opposing counsel, but I finally got the job done myself because these people were ineffective and basically just shuffling papers. This man and his "firm" did not remotely deserve the exorbitant "pulled out of a hat fees" he claimed were owed for "his work." Due to their clear lack of expertise, I did not remotely get anywhere near the $150K that they should have easily gotten. Their clear lack of foresight and gross mismanagement of this case was significantly detrimental and John Goodell was forcing me to take a $17K settlement and at the same time telling me I owed him 30K for his so called "services". He spent more time sending me angry emails about not settling for the 17K than ever actually sending at least one strategic, evidentiary email to opposing counsel. We had significant evidence against the Defendant - yet not even 1 strategic, leveraging email to opposing counsel was ever sent. Not one email sent on our behalf defending us recapping evidence and defending us. I will be absolutely be reporting him to the State Bar. This would never fly out here in California. The State Bar claims most people get intimidated by the system and do not report wrongdoings by these "Attorneys" and that is why many have "spotless" reputations. Well, as John Goodell has heard many times - We are not those people and will be filing a full detailed report. It is clear this "Firm" was desperate for business and honed in on my case, since we literally handed the case to them on a silver platter. Ultimately, since I had to get involved myself after they had clearly set me up to fail, I got the settlement significantly improved - and these ineffective jerks charged me $23K that again they did NOT remotely deserve.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Racine Olson Nye & Budge
  • 1981 - Present

Education

  • Southern Illinois University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Georgetown University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • Fagen, Inc. v. Rogerson Flats Wind Park, LLC, 364 P.3d 1189, 2016 Ida. LEXIS 13 (Idaho 2016)
  • Affirmed judgment in favor of Fagen exceeding $7 million.
  • Fagen, Inc. v. Lava Beds Wind Park, LLC, 364 P.3d 1193, 2016 Ida. LEXIS 14 (Idaho 2016)
  • Summary judgment exceeding $1 million awarded Fagen affirmed on appeal, plus costs and fees awarded on appeal.

Associations

  • Federal Bar Association (Idaho chapter)
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Idaho Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Idaho Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Litigation Section
  • Governing Council Member
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Idaho State Bar, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Governing Council Member
  • 2007 - 2014
  • American Inns of Court, Portneuf Chapter
  • Former President
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Superlawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Preeiminet Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Superlawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Publications

  • The Advocate (Idaho State Bar)
  • Pretrial Orders and Initial Disclosures
  • 2002
  • The Advocate (Idaho State Bar)
  • Idaho Medical and Health Care Malpractice Law: General Principles and Direct Expert Witness Evidentiary Requirements
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse John
Debt collection Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse John Goodell. I've had the opportunity to work with Mr. Goodell on several matters. I have been very impressed with his knowledge of the subject matter, his preparation, and his followup. He is an outstanding attorney, who sets an example of professionalism for all of us. Rob Crary"
Litigation Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning

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Boise Litigation Lawyer John R. Goodell
John R. Goodell
Litigation Attorney
Boise, ID
Licensed for 41 years
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