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     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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Practice areas


  1. Maritime: 60%
    13 years
  2. Car Accident: 15%
    13 years
  3. Slip and Fall: 10%
  4. Civil Rights: 5%
    13 years
  5. Other: 10%
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Hourly ($290-400/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Alan Winkleman

    I strongly endorse this lawyer. Having worked with Chris on several maritime matters, I have no doubt that he is a top notch attorney.


    Michael Winkleman Admiralty and maritime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jared Alden Washkowitz

    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.


    Jared Washkowitz Admiralty and maritime Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Law Offices of C.W. Goodroe

360 Grand Avenue,
Suite 150
Oakland, CA, 94610


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Northern California Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Northern CalifonriaThe National Trial Lawyers2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateLaw Offices Of Lyle C Cavin, Jr.2003 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Public Justice FoundationMember2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
American Association For JusticeMember2011 - Present
Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaMember2006 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember2006 - Present
Alameda County Bar FoundationMember2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaMember2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaMember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Olivera v. Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation DistrictSettlement at Mediation
Atkins v. Crowley MaritimeMediation Settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Santa BarbaraN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
California Western School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pacific Admiralty SeminarRecent Developments In Maritime Law2012