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Jack Goodchild

Workers compensation Attorney at Encino, CA

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  • Licensed for 48 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1975
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About Jack

Learn Jack’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    representation of the injured worker only, referral to labor lawyers where appropriate, coordination of workers compensation, personal injury andsocial security caes all arising out of same circumstances, long term disability and disability retirement claims also referred where appropriate

    49 years, 30,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    all thrid party personal injury claims , auto accidents, slip and falls, construction accidents, products liability etc

    49 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Social Security & Disability
    ssd and ssi

    49 years, 1,000 cases


Senior Partner Jack Goodchild has over 30 years of experience fighting on behalf of injured and disabled people. Jack Goodchild is recognized as a prominent and passionate attorney, and he has been continually awarded the distinguished Martindale Hubbel AV Rating, in recognition of “very high to preeminent legal ability.”

Mr. Goodchild is a Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. In addition to helping injured workers, Mr. Goodchild also handles personal injury and social security disability cases. Jack Goodchild considers himself to be a “David” in the fight against the “Goliath” insurance companies. His life’s dedication is to helping working class people whose lives have been turned upside down by an injury or disability. In the courtroom, Mr. Goodchild is a force to be reckoned with. Aided by his sharp intellect, and extensive knowledge of the law, Mr. Goodchild is ready to win when he goes to trial. While his clients admire his intense energy in the courtroom, they also appreciate his compassionate and friendly attitude in the office.

Jack Goodchild was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and moved to the United States when he was only three months old. Both of his parents were Holocaust survivors and working class people, who instilled in their son the importance of helping the downtrodden. Mr. Goodchild took this basic principle to heart, and has since helped thousands of injured and disabled people to get the medical treatment, compensation, and benefits, that they so desperately need.

Jack Goodchild received a B.A. degree in English (cum laude) from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1971. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1974. Mr. Goodchild was admitted to the California State Bar, in 1975, the U.S. Central District Court of California, in 1976, and the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1981. In that same year, Jack Goodchild became a partner in the law firm Rand and Goodchild, PLC, and he was certified as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist. In 1989, Mr. Goodchild founded his own law firm, which is today known as the Law Offices of Goodchild and Duffy, PLC. In addition to his role as an attorney, Jack Goodchild has worked since 1984 as a Judge Pro Tem for the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. He has also served as an advisor to the California Legislature.

Jack Goodchild is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Consumer Attorneys of California Association. He also currently serves on the Los Angeles Valley Applicants Attorneys Association board as President and is Chair of the Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association Workers’ Compensation Section.

Besides being a lawyer, Jack Goodchild is a family man dedicated to his wife, two children, and dog. His favorite pastimes are skiing and bicycling.


Jack Goodchild
16133 Ventura Blvd #1250
Encino, CA, 91436-2425


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Posted by Lacey | March 4, 2021
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Goodchild is a personal injury attorney
Jack Goodchild is a personal injury attorney at Workers compensation, handling catastrophic injury and accident litigation.
Posted by Yolonda | October 30, 2019
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The very best!
I hired Jacks firm in 2000. They were very successful in completing my cases against two major companies. Both of my children were also clients. Very professional and most of all caring. God bless you Jack and your staff of very competent people!
Posted by Raul | December 5, 2016
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I had two cases with this attorney, and they were very professional. On the second case they fixed what another attorney screwed up, and I am very satisfied with the results. I highly recommend this attorney.
Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2015
Jack has been my attorney for just about a year now. Jack is my third attorney on this case. I think that puts me in a spot to to know a Great attorney when I get to know one. My case has been going on for 12 years and in that years period he's already started to fix what the other two screwed up!! Jack told me from the start that this could take a while and I'm fine with that. After all I would rather have a GREAT attorney do the job and do it right, than a average attorney that does a hurry up job to get a settlement so he can get paid. Just in the short time I've been with Jack I can see he and his staff are about Quality and not Quantity. Attorneys get busy that's a fact and if you have a attorney that's not busy you better wonder why. Jacks gotten more done in the year I've been with him than than the two other attorney did in the 11 years they had the case. In that time I've seen the workers comp system change and it has made it harder for the attorney so Jack speaks the truth when he say worker comps cases have gotten harder. To Jack and his entire staff thank you for everything you have done so far. I know we still have a ways to go and I have all the confidence in the world in you and your staff. I will recommend Jack to anyone I know and those reading these reviews. Rmember in my opinion Jack is Quality over Quantity. Thank you again Jack and the entire staff As I know my case isn't the easiest. Sincerely, A greatful client
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Response from Jack Goodchild August 6, 2015
Thank you for your appreciation. I try very hard to give my best to each and every client . I look forward to bringing your case to a successful conclusion.
Posted by vincent | January 28, 2015
very satisfied with Jack Goodchild
I was referred to Jack Goodchild through another coworker. I was injured while working for a large company and have been harassed through my current employment until I retained Jack. I am still in the process of seeing doctors and getting treatment for my injuries. I could not say enough great stuff about Jack and his office people. If I don't hear back from them on a question I have the same day it always will be the next business day. Jack got me a lifetime medical through the process and I am very satisfied!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2015
Had trouble finding work comp atty to handle my case. These guys were able to bring me a good settlement. Years later, a friend was involved in a work comp injury and had no success, I recommended she contact them and they also settled for a good amount for her as well when others were not even interested.
Posted by al | January 2, 2015
I had this attorney handle a case for me many years ago and it was a very difficult case. Mr Goodchild was able to obtain all my benefits including medical dental travel temporary disability and a permanent award. I was overwhelmed at the outstanding job and professionalism he showed a all the times that he went to court on my behalf. His staff is highly professional and very attentive to my needs. I highly recommend this attorney
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Response from Jack Goodchild August 6, 2015
I thank you for your comment and wonder why the rating does not reflect the the content of the message.
Posted by Steven | December 31, 2014
Jack,has enabled my wife and I to live quite comfortably.
I injured my back at work, needed surgery, the surgery did not go well. I have now had several surgeries and too many procedures to count. I am one hundred percent disabled. Jack not only treated us like family, as well as making sure that anything we needed we got. Jack, my wife and I are eternally grateful for who you are and for everything you and your staff have done for us.
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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2014
City of LA Clerk
I have a very old case and Mr. Goodchild is my third attorney. My case in finally getting attention. I found Mr. Goodchild through a friend of a friend who could not speak more highly of this law firm. They were right. I am so happy I found Mr. Goodchild as he actually took the time to answer all my questions and concerns and though I have only been with his office for less than a year he has pushed my case further than any other lawyer I have had. I am so thankful I found this lawfirm and would highly recommend to anyone.
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Posted by Libby | September 18, 2014
One of the best
Mr. Goodchild had represented me for many years. After a very long fight with the City, he was able to obtain me a 100% Award with lifetime medical care. I found Mr. Goodchild to go the distance with me and fight for every dime, securing my medical care for me and assisting me with all my needs. I would highly recommend him for any and all workers compensation matters.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Goodchild and Duffy, PLC
  • 1989 - Present
  • Judge
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, California
  • 1984 - Present
  • Partner
  • Rand and Goodchild, PLC
  • 1981 - 1989
  • Associate
  • Schermer and Rand, PLC
  • 1975 - 1981
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  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971


  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association chapter
  • President
  • 2015 - Present
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted
  • 1981 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney
  • 1975 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Workers Compensation Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2014 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Certified Specialist - Workers' Compensation Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100
  • Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super lawyer 2010
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2010
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