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Louis J. Goodman

DUI and DWI Attorney at Hayward, CA

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  • State Years
    California - CA 42 years
    Hawaii - HI 35 years
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State HI
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Louis

Learn Louis’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    30%
    I have handled thousands of DUI cases both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. DUI is a complicated area of law. I encourage you to speak to me in person regarding your case. There are both DMV and Court consequences that need to be minimized.

    42 years

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    My entire practice is criminal defense. The below areas show some approximations of percentages. I only handle criminal matters in Alameda County. I am a former Alameda County Deputy District Attorney.

    42 years

  3. Domestic violence
    25%
    Properly handled many domestic violence cases can be dismissed. It is important to get involved in a counseling class and obey court orders to the letter.

    42 years

  4. Insurance fraud
    10%
    The District Attorney takes these cases seriously. They are specially funded to handle these matters. We are often able to resolve such cases through careful and detailed negotiation.

    42 years

  5. Juvenile law
    10%
    I've handled many Juvenile cases, theft, violence, drugs, sex offenses and more. There is no right to a jury trial, so an effective presentation to the judge, DA, and probation officer is crucial.

    42 years

FORMER ALAMEDA COUNTY DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY.

 

For nearly 30 years, I have been a lawyer, law instructor and continuing legal education provider in Alameda County.

 

Since graduating from Hastings College of the Law, at University of California in San Francisco in 1980, I have worked in the courts of Alameda County. While still in law school, I started my career as clerk in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in 1979. The Office honored me by hiring me as Deputy District Attorney in 1981. 

 

Since 1987, for more than twenty years, I have also enjoyed success in private practice, representing individuals, and protecting their Constitutional rights. I have handled thousands of cases on every level and tried over fifty jury trials to verdict.  As a practicing attorney, I am also a businessperson. I know what it means to meet a payroll, sign the front of the checks, and pay taxes. My ties to Oakland and Alameda County run deep, and I have spent much of my life trying to improve our community.

 

In college I participated in the University’s student discipline court. In law school I was active in moot court competition and in the Hastings College of Advocacy, a continuing legal education program for practicing litigators. As an attorney, I have judged moot court competitions at UC Hastings College of Law, and coached moot court teams at Logan High School in Union City.

 

My experience as a prosecutor and as a private practitioner enables me to understand both sides of an issue and to use that understanding for the benefit of my clients.  I understand the importance of fair and effective law enforcement; I also know that constitutional rights are critical, and believe these rights must be protected for the community to remain strong.  

 

I have lived and worked in Alameda County for nearly thirty years. I am a citizen, and a business owner. My wife is a physician at Kaiser Hospital, in Oakland. My sister and her husband live in Piedmont and are both attorneys, each practicing in Alameda County. My uncle, a retired college professor and my aunt live in Berkeley. My uncle served on the Alameda County Grand Jury.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2023,2022,2016
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2016

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Louis J. Goodman Attorney at Law

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Knowledgeable Attorney
We hired Mr. Goodman to assist with a pending criminal charge case. Mr. Goodman was very professional and efficient. He explained his background and the years he had worked in criminal justice and was very thorough in explaining how the law worked . He was very knowledgeable and proactive in assisting us with what we needed in order to make sure no one would be serving any jail time. We went in and met with Mr. Goodman , hired him , and a few months later he was able to work the case to our favor. We highly recommend him and are very happy with the end result.
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Posted by ankit | June 21, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and honest - gives free consultation too
Louis and his team was amazing in giving us guidance on what to do next. He listened to our situation very patiently, and walked us through many possible scenarios, with a very clear chances of in which direction our case might go through. He is very clear and upfront about the pricing and does offer free consultation to the clients. He didn't scare us or try to lure or intimidate us or did any kind of trick to win our business and I really like that honesty. He is really knowledgeable and I'd recommend him for your case. Best of luck!
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional service
Louis Goodman provided me with a free consultation for my case. He was able to get my case closed quickly and provide me with a peace of mind that I much needed. He was thorough in his explanations of my case and reassured me that I was in good hands. I appreciate his professionalism, his thorough input and due diligence to help close my case.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The Best!
Professional, very kind, and very supportive. Everything went smoothly and Mr.Goodman was there for every second of it. Truly one of the best lawyers out there. I wouldn’t hesitate to call him at all, 100% recommend.
Posted by Meg | January 24, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great communication, advice and overall just a good human
I didn't know what I needed when I called Mr. Goodman. I received his name as a recommendation and called his office late on a Friday afternoon, promptly receiving a call back. He asked just a few questions, and requested further information from me that I was able to get in the following days. When we spoke again on Monday, it was determined that I would not need to hire an attorney, but had I needed to, it would have been him. I can highly recommend him based on his knowledge, advice, and kindness.
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant knowledgeable and caring
I had a situation of conflict with a neighbor and I was worried about the way it was escalating. I reached out to Mr. Goodman's office. Right from the beginning, i felt I was at the right place. The call was received by the person at the front desk who was very polite and was able to answer all the questions. I got the appointment and when i met Mr. Goodman, he listened to the whole story, explained why I have nothing to worry and answered all my questions. He also answered my follow up calls patiently. I truly recommend this attorney
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Posted by Sidney King | December 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Mrs. Sidney King
Mr. Goodman was fair and honest, which contradicted all my previous experiences with lawyers. He made a very difficult situation easier to comprehend so we could determine how to move forward. We greatly appreciate his guidance.
Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Informative and helpful
I reached out to Mr. Goodman regarding a situation I have to deal with, even though he doesn't operate in the area where it happened. Mr. Goodman was able to direct me to the right person.
Posted by Jeanine | October 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further for an attorney
The Law Office of Louis J. Goodman was the best decision we ever made. We found ourselves in need of an attorney and we thank God for bringing Mr Goodman in our path. His many years of experience benefited us greatly. He is the kind of attorney that explains everything and gives it to you straight. You can tell he is respected by other attorneys and judges and that give all his clients an advantage. His staff is very professional and responsive.
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Posted by Bob | October 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Available, honest, patient and experienced
Cant ask for more. get great advice and honesty. Very open and offering several great options that have been insightful for me. Its not easy to talk with attorneys these days, but he was available and open to speak with me. Although my inquiry is not of high complexity he was insightful.
Posted by Yessica | September 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Louis Goodman Highly Recommended
Louis Goodman is an exceptional attorney. I am so thankful that he took my call and my case. I was in a very stressful situation that could have affected my life and work in a bad way. I appreciate that he listened to all my concerns and answered all my questions. He made me feel like he genuinely cared about me and gave me honest advice. Paying Mr. Goodman was a great weight off my shoulders. He started working on my case immediately and on my court date he did a wonderful job representing me. He is WISE man and knows what is best for his clients I highly recommend him. I am forever grateful for his representation and so will you.
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Posted by Megan | September 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire this man
I contacted Louis Goodman for a DUI case and he was immensely helpful. I found the whole experience to be far less painful than originally anticipated and I credit that to the outstanding ability of Mr. Goodman. I'm very thankful and appreciative for the work that was done and help that was provided.
Posted by Maurice | August 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I must say Louis J Goodman did a great job on my case. Did exactly what he said he would and more. Diligent and thorough. Thanks Louis and Tracy!!
Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Stand up guy
Straight shooter, solid advice with a cover letter for first court appearance. Solid!!
Posted by Dustin | August 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply Stellar Attorney!
Mr Goodman is a stellar attorney! He maintained excellent communication, and made the entire process simple and stress free. He is easy to talk to and genuinely cares! He knows the system well and helped me get a jump before the case even started helping me to achieve the best scenario, dismissed! If you are looking for excellent representation, you have found it. Mr Goodman is hands down the best!
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Posted by TDay | July 20, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Best Lawyer
Mr. Goodman is the best Lawyer I have had. I called for a consultation and he immediately took my call and started working on my case and it was resolved within a few days. He was easy to talk to and showed that he cared. I definitely recommend him. Look no further. TDay
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr.
Mr. Louis Goodman took care of me from the first day we met for a consultation. I was involved in a misdemeanor case and I needed an attorney as my court date was approaching. I made a phone call to his office and got an appointment relatively quickly. When we met, Mr. Goodman took the time to listen to my case and he was not judgement of my unfortunate circumstance. He then took the time to explain the the process. He guided me through the process and kept me updated on all the necessary timelines and dates to be on top of the case. He provided me with material to navigate the process, and advised me to attend classes that are shown to be helpful in getting a favorable outcome. He kept in touch with me to steer me in the right direction to get the case dismissed according to the court’s timeline. One thing I liked about having Mr. Goodman as my attorney is that he never promised anything, but have me the assurance that I also needed to do my part to get a favorable outcome. I trusted him and I’m glad it all worked out at the end because there is nothing more stressful than to have a case hanging over your head. It affected my whole like and even though no one can put the toothpaste back in the bottle, the next best thing is to move forward to get out of the dire situation. Only then can I be fully confident of my future. All in all, it worked out. As I mentioned, the misdemeanor case got dismissed. I would absolutely recommend Mr. Goodman to anyone who has a need for a defense attorney to represent them and to get one’s life back on track. He is experienced, knowledgeable, non-judgemental, and compassionate. A true professional. Thank you Mr. Goodman!
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Posted by Lindy | June 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch
I have referred clients to Mr. Goodman over the years. Each of them has reported back to me that they were so grateful and impressed with Mr. Goodman’s expertise and advocacy in court.
Posted by jesus | May 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
quick and painless. got my case dismiss without me stepping inside the courthouse
Posted by Sam | May 24, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
DV case dismissed
Is very knowledgeable in his practice. Was a great help. I highly recommend Mr. Goodman For any DUI or domestic violence case. Thank you Mr. Goodman.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Louis J Goodman
  • 1987 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Alameda County District Attorneys Office
  • 1979 - 1987

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of Rochester
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Associations

  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Court Appointed Attorney's Panel
  • 2011 - Present
  • Earl Warren American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • South Alameda County Bar, Continuing Legal Education
  • Chair
  • 2008 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Professional Presenter
  • Inns of Court
  • 2015
  • Past President
  • Hayward South Rotary
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • Immigration and the Supreme Court
  • Immigration and the Supreme Court
  • 2016
  • Winter Meeting
  • Law Office Management
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is very clear from many years of experience, contributions and reviews that Mr. Goodman is extremely knowledgeable and highly competent."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Louis Goodman is overall an outstanding attorney. He is knowledgeable and helpful. He is also generous with his time and will guide you in the right direction with matters related to criminal law. I would recommend him in a heartbeat!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mr. Goodman for 32 years. He is honest, diligent and gets the job done right the first time! He possesses an ability to clearly communicate with his clients. I highly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Louis Goodman defends criminal defendants in Alameda County at the highest standards. His level of professionalism is unparalleled. He devotes himself to each client exercising the utmost in attention to each matter. His knowledge of the field extends to every criminal case. Mr. Goodman's prior experience as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda county enhances his experience and familiarity with local rules and procedures. He is available for clients at all times and is there to help you and your family through difficult situations with a compassionate and caring demeanor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Louis is an excellent lawyer who gives wise counsel and fights zealously for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Louis. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work because Mr. Goodman is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer. He has the manner, skill, and knowledge of a Judge. In fact, Mr. Goodman has been a Deputy District Attorney and a Judge Pro Tem as well as a defense attorney making him one of the most well rounded lawyer in his field. It is all of the experiences from different points of view that him the advantage over his fellow colleagues; especially having been a Judge Pro Tem where is fellow colleagues appeared before him. This experience and practice from all sides gives him the understanding of the law that allows Mr. Goodman to get results for his clients that leave other lawyers just wondering how he did it. If Mr. Goodman is good enough to have been a Pro Tem Judge, he is the right lawyer for you. Think about it; don’t you want a lawyer with the understanding of the people he is fighting for you, and a clear understanding of how and why a Judge will rule so he can get the best rulings for you? If I"
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Hayward DUI and DWI Lawyer Louis J. Goodman
Louis J. Goodman
DUI and DWI Attorney
Hayward, CA
Licensed for 42 years
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