Jim GoodingAttorney - Partner
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 started his career in 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, bringing his clients millions of dollars and redemption from those who had injured them.
Jim missed the Pacific Northwest and returned there in 2007 with his wife and three children. Since 2010, Jim has been a partner with the firm and leads the Maritime practice. He is a passionate advocate for those injured at sea and is a contributing member of the Washington State Association for Justice Maritime Section.
Jim is currently an active member of both the Washington State Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. He is a member of Trial Lawyers Care (a group that contributed pro bono time to World Trade Center victims after September 11th), a member of the WSAJ Disaster Relief Program (a group that contributed pro bono time to victims of the E. Washington wildfires) 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. He is also an Associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the most prestigious plaintiff’s trial lawyer association in the country. Jim was voted “Washington State Super Lawyer” from 2012 – 2021 and was named Top 100 “Washington State Super Lawyer” in 2018 and 2021. He has achieved “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” distinction from 2012 – 2021.
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 clients are treated personally and with the respect each one individually deserves.