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Jacqueline Belen Goodman

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Attorney Goodman is a criminal defense lawyer based in Orange County, California. She is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and is named on the Wall of Recognition at the NationalConstitutionCenter in Philadelphia. She was the founding president of the North Orange County Bar Association, and has been a featured speaker at law schools including NYU Law, UCLA Law and Chapman Law. She has been a guest lecturer on legal issues at BrownUniversity and Occidental, among others, and is a regularly featured speaker for the National Lawyer's Guild. She recently debated the District Attorney of OrangeCounty, Tony Rackauckas with moderator, Constitutional scholar and Dean of UCI Law, Erwin Chemerinsky.


Ms. Goodman has appeared on radio and television in Southern California and across the nation. As a trial attorney in private practice in Fullerton for over 17 years, Goodman has also worked closely with charitable organizations for the last decade, and has written and developed a curriculum for advocates for persons with Developmental Disabilities. Her cases are often notorious, including the murder of MLB's Angel's pitcher, Nick Adenhart and the currently pending murder case against a woman for throwing her disabled baby off the roof of CHOCHospital. She defended the Muslim students in the free speech case known as the "Irvine 11," she has represented defendants in other notable First Amendment cases, including journalists arrested in the OCCUPY LA raid, and the so-called "glitter bombers." She has

a golden retriever named Shamus.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



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  • Steven Scott Mitchell

    As a prosecutor in Southern California for twenty years, I handled numerous cases with Ms. Goodman. She is blessed with the uncanny ability to be both admired and feared by the prosecution team on every case she defends. Ms. Goodman's court room skills are unparalleled and her defense strategies are are ridiculously successful. You cannot go wrong in retaining the services of Ms. Goodman for your criminal defense.


    Steven Mitchell Sex crime Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Peter John Marek

    20 years of criminal defense practice is what we call experienced. Not just an average attorney but an instructor to and mentor to attorneys. Knowledge of criminal law and procedure is at the highest level. Client reviews are stellar and they adore her. READ THEM! Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation, than hire her.


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Contact info

The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman

2201 E Chapman Ave
Fullerton, CA, 92831


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Skip Glenn Award (Lawyer of the Year)California Attorneys for Criminal Justice2012
Lawyer of the YearNorth Orange County Bar Association2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselGetSafeUSA, Inc.2007 - Present
AttorneyCalifornia State University Fullerton2002 - Present
Principal AttorneyLaw Office of Jacqueline Goodman1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeBoard of Governors2013 - Present
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationAttorney Member2009 - Present
North Orange County Bar AssociationFounding Member2008 - Present
North Orange County Bar AssociationPast President2008 - Present
Southern Poverty Law CenterMember2006 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionAttorney Member1992 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People vs. GalloConvicted- On appeal
People v. UriostxxxNOT GUILTY
People v. ColexxxNOT GUILTY
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Publication nameTitleDate
GetSafe USA, Inc.Advocating for Persons with Developmental Disabilities2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
California State University, Long BeachPsychologyN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UCI Law School - Forum on First AmendmentThe Irvine 11 - Free Speech and Crime2012
NLG Annual ConventionFree Speech and Student Protest2012
Debate w OCDA Rackauckas w Irwin ChemerinskyProsecutorial Discretion2012
UCLA LAW SCHOOL: Free Speech on CampusThe Irvine 11 - Free Speech and Crime2011
CA DUI Lawyers Assoc: Handling The High-Profile CaseHandling The High-Profile Case2010