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Christopher Windsor Goodroe

Admiralty and maritime Attorney at Oakland, CA

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Admiralty and maritime
    60%
    Christopher W. Goodroe has built his practice on the principles of attention to detail, persistence, and personal service. He has successfully litigated maritime cases in both federal and state court, and has consistently achieved exceptional results at mediation. Mr. Goodroe has represented blue and green water clients with wide ranging injuries, including toxic exposures, fractures, falls, burns, and head traumas.

    20 years

  2. Car accident
    15%
    From minor auto collisions to more complex multi-party claims, Mr. Goodroe has a high level of experience in successful litigation. Knowing how the insurance companies approach claims has enabled Mr. Goodroe to maximize his client’s settlement potential. The Law Offices of C.W. Goodroe does not collect a fee unless the client’s case is resolved successfully.

    20 years

  3. Slip and fall accident
    10%
    Slip & falls are very common and despite that often times stores and places with public access do little to prevent these types of injuries. Our firm handles slip and falls regularly and we know how to maximize settlement values in this area. Often stores have written policies regarding wet floors that employees rarely follow. We use these facts to maximize our client's claims.

  4. Civil rights
    5%

    20 years

  5. Employment and labor
    5%

  6. Litigation
    5%
    Enforcing contract terms, and helping clients obtain money rightfully theirs.

     Christopher Goodroe has built his personal injury and maritime practice on the principles of attention to detail, persistence, and personal service.  He has successfully litigated cases in both Federal and State Court, and has consistently achieved exceptional results at mediation.

     Mr. Goodroe is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (Highest Ranking Possible) and was selected as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2012 and 2013.  Since 2013 he has been voted a Super Lawyer, by Super Lawyer Magazine (an honor voted on by fellow lawyers).  Recently he has been selected as one of the TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS in Northern California. 

     Mr. Goodroe represents maritime clients with wide ranging injuries, including toxic exposures, fractures, falls, burns, and head traumas.  His knowledge of the Jones Act and general maritime law allows him to aggressively promote his client’s interests.  Based on Mr. Goodroe’s maritime knowledge and experience, he served as a panelist at the 2012 Pacific Admiralty Seminar where he addressed industry leaders regarding the recent changes in the maritime laws and how those laws affect merchant seamen.

     In addition to his maritime practice, Mr. Goodroe also focuses on representing victims of automobile collisions, slip and falls, police brutality, as well as victims of sexual assaults. 

     Mr. Goodroe understands how suffering an injury can place enormous stress on both the client and the client’s family, and he makes it a priority to always be available to answer any questions or concerns a client might have about a case or potential claim.  He is personally with each client at every step in the litigation process to ensure no stone goes unturned. 

      Mr. Goodroe is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara (1997) and California Western School of Law (2002), and when he isn't vigorously representing his clients' needs, he finds time to volunteer for the Federal Pro Bono Project where he provides legal counsel.  Mr. Goodroe also serves as a Board Member for the UCSB Gaucho Lacrosse Alumni Association. 

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Licensed for 20 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/02/2022

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

Contact Christopher

The Barnes Firm
555 12th Street
Suite 1470
Oakland, CA, 94607

Reviews

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Posted by Neil | May 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Contract Matter
Had a contract dispute. Chris reviewed for us and gave excellent advice. Saved us several thousands of dollars with the strategy that he employed. So thankful.
Posted by Czeslaw | September 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Admiralty & Maritime
Mr. Christopher Goodroe was superb in Litigating and settle my case, before expensive trial. He was always attentive and available to talk whenever I called with questions. Never hesitate to get out of the way to be helpful and explain all the necessary procedures. I Hope I won't need his services again, but if I had to again I would not hesitate to call on him first, and I Would highly recommend Christopher Windsor Goodroe to other Mariners.
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Posted by Lorraine | April 15, 2015
Competent Lawyer
My experience with C.W. Goodroe (Christopher) was positive from the start. Being new to litigation of any kind, I had no idea what to expect of the process. Chris was informative and answered my many questions. He explained the entire process, what I should expect, and was clear on the timeline. Communication was excellent and he always returned my calls or emails promptly as well as calling or emailing when he said he would. I also appreciated that he explained all possibilities and let me decide what I wanted to do, even though I most commonly went with his advice. Chris is determined, confident, and not easily intimidated, so I felt very sure that my case was handled with the best outcome possible. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Judy | November 23, 2013
Top notch attorney with integrity
When my car accident case turned from routine to down right hostile, from the defendant's insurance company, I knew I needed to find strong legal representation to receive a fair settlement. Like most people, I didn't know where to turn for help and frankly I didn't trust most attorneys. Fortunately, I was introduced to Chris by a reliable source and he ended up providing the perfect combination of legal tenacity and client emotional support. Chris immediately assumed all direct communication with the insurance company, reducing my stress level and allowing me to physically heal and move forward with my life. Chris always had my best interest at heart and fought to get me the best settlement possible. I hope to never have to deal with another accident but if it happens and I'm forced to seek legal help again I wouldn't hesitate even for a minute to call Chris.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2013
Persistent Results Driver
My family retained Mr. Goodroe to represent us in a matter concerning a property management company and property owner. The management company (with whom we had the contract) consistently tried to punt the issue to the property owner, and the property owner was completely non-responsive. Chris's persistent pursuit of the case lead to the management company fully refunding our money, even though we would have been willing to settle for a lesser amount.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Law Offices Of Lyle C Cavin, Jr.
  • 2003 - 2012

Education

  • Univ of California Santa Barbara
  • undergraduate
  • N/A
  • California Western SOL
  • law
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Olivera v. Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District
  • Settlement at Mediation
  • Atkins v. Crowley Maritime
  • Mediation Settlement

Associations

  • Public Justice Foundation
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Association For Justice
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Northern Califonria
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Christopher
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris Goodroe is a fantastic lawyer who is passionate and energetic about his cases and compassionate for his clients. He is very knowledgeable about the law, extremely skilled, and a pleasure to work with."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Having worked with Chris on several maritime matters, I have no doubt that he is a top notch attorney."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Mr. Goodroe on several maritime matters in the Bay Area and have found him to be extremely professional and effective. He represents his clients well while at the same time maintaining positive relationships with opposing counsel, which I believe helps the clients' cause. I recommend him to anyone seeking maritime or litigation counsel."
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Oakland Admiralty and maritime Lawyer Christopher Windsor Goodroe
Christopher Windsor Goodroe
Admiralty and maritime Attorney
Oakland, CA
Licensed for 20 years