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James F. Gooding

Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney at Seattle, WA

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About James

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Jim learned the practice of personal injury law from his father in Kent, Washington, where together they represented clients from all walks of life. During those years Jim gained respect for the problems and issues his clients faced, and learned how to best counsel and represent them while achieving justice for their cause. 

Jim’s practice eventually brought him to New York City, where he became trial counsel for various firms who sent their difficult cases to him when they knew the case was going to be tried to a jury. There, Jim successfully tried 75+ personal injury jury cases, earning his clients over $40 million dollars in trial verdicts and case settlements.

In 2007, Jim returned to the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three children, and joined GLP Attorneys. Since 2010, Jim has been a partner with the firm. 

Jim is currently an active member of the Washington State Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice, and serves on the WSAJ Trial News Editorial Board. He is a member of Trial Lawyers Care (a group that contributed pro bono time to World Trade Center victims after September 11th), and is a frequent Moot Court Judge. He was a member of the Ethics Committee of the NY County Lawyers Association until 2007, and has served on the Washington State Bar Association Court Rules Committee. Jim is one of only a handful of attorneys in the Northwest who is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, a distinction which requires verifiable trial results, and a review process including testimonials by Judges and attorneys who have opposed him at trial. Jim was voted “Washington State Super Lawyer" in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018, and also achieved “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” distinction in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

Jim takes a personal interest in every client he represents. A case is not a number or a name, but is an injury that could have happened to any of us, and his cases are treated personally and with the respect each one individually deserves.

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Licensed for 29 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/28/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/05/2022
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 02/01/2023
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 12/01/2022

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

Contact James

GLP Attorneys, P.S., Inc.
2601 Fourth Avenue
Floor 6
Seattle, WA, 98121

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Posted by Pleased client | January 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great skill and compassion
I hired Graham Lundberg and Peschel to represent me during legal proceedings related to a car accident. Jim became involved with my case when we were forced to go to trial after attempts to settle with an unreasonable defense attorney and insurance company who I was battling. Jim did an excellent job and worked well with Amy Miller, my primary attorney who I was also very pleased with. Trial is intense and many decisions must be made quickly under pressure. It was very comforting having such a hard hitting, skilled, trial lawyer like Jim on my side when it was needed. He worked extremely hard, listened to what I had to say, and maintained a level of compassion throughout the trial that felt very supportive. I had a chance to meet his wife as well and it was clear that both of them are kind hearted souls who sincerely care about justice. The outcome of the trial was very positive, and in fact we were awarded more than what we had originally hoped for. I will forever be grateful to both Jim and Amy.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Smart, quick on his feet, cares for his clients, and WE WON!!
Over the last 5 years I had been in a dispute with my auto insurance company. Once it was decided we had no choice but to go to trial, Jim Gooding handled my case with the help of Amy Miller, and together they commanded the courtroom. Jim absorbed my case quickly and demonstrated professionalism, wisdom, and very fast thinking in the courtroom. Jim made an effort to help me feel at ease during the trial, and showed a lot of compassion for me personally. He had a strategic approach but handled the case with contagious calmness. As a result of Jim and Amy's hard work, our side received more than what we even asked for and even set a legal precedent. I could not be happier!!
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Posted by Arianne | June 23, 2015
Impressive trial lawyer
Jim entered my complex case late in the game. He plowed through 10 inches of documents in a very short time period and then represented me at trial beautifully. I am forever grateful for the work he and Sara Maleki put in to my case, treating me with compassion and like a human being.
Posted by Sharon Jacksn-Mills | September 9, 2013
Extremely Understandable & Considerabler
If you want a lawyer that is understandable and thinks of your welfare, you don't have to look any more. Mr. Gooding has helped me with anything that I've needed, and plus he has worked with all of my friends because my friends trust me and my judgment. He is always working on your case to get things done in the right matter for you and your case.
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Posted by Craig | February 24, 2011
Confident, consistent and gets results!
I was involved in two collisions, just months apart, which in itself caused a lot of blame between the defendants while attempting to steer my case on a road of confusion and low expectations. James was able to navigate through the paperwork, depositions and eventually the settlement conference and attain a great financial outcome for me. I always felt in the information loop, able to speak to him or his great staff with any small or large question. Hopefully I will never need personal injury services again, but if I do I know he is the only one I will choose to represent me. I have referred others to him and encourage you to speak with him as well, for the personal attention and professionalism he brings.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2011
James Gooding is a top notch attorney!
I was in injured in a five car collision.  My car was totaled and I had a major whiplash.  I sought out a lawyer and found one.  He looked at my case and accepted it.  However, he didn't think my injury was serious and got mad at me for almost using all of my PIP.  Three to four months into this case he wanted to settled for $5000.00.  I was shocked and in disbelief.  I dismissed this attorney and lucky for me I found and hired James Gooding.  Hiring Mr. Gooding was one of the best decision I made in my life.  I was extremely impressed with his experience and knowledge at every stage of the proceedings.  Mr. Gooding did his research and learned every little detail of my case. He was very passionate about his work. He took the extra time and effort to make sure everything was in order and correct.  He also kept me informed of everything I needed to know and do to prepare for my case. AllState wanted to settle my case at $39,000.00.  Mr. Gooding rejected the offer and believe my case was worth more a lot more.  I believed and trusted his decision.  The end result, I got the maximum compensation of $110,000.00.  James Gooding is a top notch attorney.  I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.  I would higher him in a heartbeat if I was ever injured again. Thanks James for all your great work!!!
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Posted by Dennis | August 14, 2010
This is the right man for your legal needs
To whom it may concern, James Gooding is very hard working an amazing attorney. When he takes on a case he gives it his all. I have recommended James to a number of my friends and fellow business associates and he has treated each of them like they were his only client and did an excellent job for them as well. If you are looking for an attorney you would be very lucky to get James Gooding on your legal team. D. Jackson
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Posted by Helene Cho | August 11, 2010
Great Lawyer!
I had total confidence in Jim due to his professional and courteous demeanor as well as his knowledge. I really felt that he was in my corner fighting the good fight. I wouldn't hesistate a second to use his services again.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-33%

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • GLP Attorneys, P.S., Inc.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • GLP Attorneys, P.S., Inc.
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate/Trial Lawyer
  • Dinkes & Schweitzer, New York
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Mark R. Bower, New York
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hoffman & Roth, New York
  • 2001 - 2002
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Bae v. Lakeside Adult Family Home
  • Unanimous Supreme Court Decision
  • Shannon Leahy v. State Farm Insurance Co.
  • $884,000 verdict
  • Maria Kavran v. Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Ryan
  • $1,650,000 settlement
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Associations

  • Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ)
  • Nursing Home and Elder Abuse Section Co-Chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • WSAJ Trial News Editorial Board (formerly WSTLA)
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Admittee
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice (formerly WSTLA)
  • Eagle Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • YMCA Youth and Government
  • Youth and Government Mock Trial Judge
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • Washington State Coordinator/Leader
  • 2006 - Present
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • Judge, AAJ's Student Trial Competition
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ, formerly ATLA)
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Trial Lawyers Care (AAJ)
  • Qualified Attorney
  • 2001 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Admittee
  • 1993 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member of Court Rules Committee
  • 2008 - 2009
  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Member of Ethics Committee
  • 2003 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Washington Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2015
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2011
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2010
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2009
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2008
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Finding seven-figure coverage in the “no-coverage” case
  • 2014
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Nursing Home Deskbook: Discovery in Nursing Home Cases
  • 2013
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Punitive Damages in Nursing Home (and other) Cases
  • 2013
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Age Doesn't Matter: the Vulnerable Adult Statute in Practice
  • 2011
  • GLP Healthcare Newsletter
  • Dog Bite Protection and Litigation
  • 2009
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Winning Opening and Closings
  • 2009
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Turning the Tables: Forcing the Defendent to Submit to a Physical Exam and Reveal Other Relevant Medical Records
  • 2004
  • ATLA (AAJ) Professional Negligence Reporter
  • Capitation as a Free-Standing Cause of Action in Medical Malpractice
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Washington State Bar Association Trial Advocacy Program
  • Voir Dire
  • 2015
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • Trial Technique
  • 2008
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • Fear during Voir Dire-Pitfalls and Pointers
  • 2008
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • Trial Technique
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I recently had the opportunity to try a case with Jim as co-counsel. He is an incredible attorney, very bright and sharp as a tack. He is a strong advocate and superb trial attorney. I strongly endorse Jim."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gooding is a good lawyer with a good reputation."
Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Jim. Jim is skilled and experienced in this area of the law. He is dedicated to providing his clients with the very best legal representation."
Personal injury Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the pleasure of working for James Gooding at Graham Lundberg & Peschel in Seattle. Mr. Gooding is intelligent, motivated, and fervently dedicated to pursuing his clients' best interest. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have served as a mediator on several of Jim's cases. He prepares his cases for mediation by assuming that the case will be going to trial and as a result he is always extremely well prepared during the mediation settlement negotiations. It is clear that he is an excellent trial attorney and both willing and able to take the case in front of a jury if mediation efforts fail. At the same time, he has a realistic understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of his clients' cases and appropriately factors these into his evaluation of their cases. Jim has good rapport with his clients and they have confidence in him."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim and I were opposing counsel on a case involving multiple depositions and extensive motion practice. Although the case was contentious, it never became personal, and I found him highly professional throughout. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking counsel in a personal injury matter."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim on a personal and professional basis since we were high school students. He has always been a standout in academic and professional pursuits. As an attorney, he brings a high level of competence and intelligence to his work. I have referred friends to him and endorse him without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Gooding was very well prepared for mediation, in which I represented another plaintiff with competing interests. As a result of his advocacy, his client received a very favorable result. Based on this experience, I would recommend him without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a strong advocate for his clients. He is brilliant, creative, dedicated and hard working. I have had the pleasure of seeing him in action on many cases and he has the trial skills and experience necessary to fight a difficult case. Any person would be privileged to have Jim as his or her attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is an excellent lawyer. He is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer in the field of personal injury. He also has extensive trial experience, which makes him a formidable opponent. I enthusiastically endorse his work!"
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jim Gooding is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried many cases and is not afraid of the courtroom."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is smart and has a genuine passion for his clients and their causes. Give him a call."
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Seattle Nursing home abuse and neglect Lawyer James F. Gooding
James F. Gooding
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 29 years
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