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Jim Gooding

Attorney - Partner
jim@maritimeinjury.com
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Phone: 206-527-8008
Fax: 206-527-0725


As a native of the Pacific Northwest, Jim has a deep appreciation for all who work in the Maritime industry. He is passionate about delivering justice for his clients with the greatest level of empathy and respect while holding those negligent to the highest level of accountability. 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 led him to the open sea and to the thousands of seamen who work to bring home the catch for companies serving the global seafood industry. Jim 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. He has successfully tried 75+ personal injury jury cases, bringing his clients millions of dollars and redemption from those who had injured them.

Jim is currently an active member of 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 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). Jim was voted “Washington State Super Lawyer” from 2012 – 2021 and was named Top 100 “Washington State Super Lawyer” in 2018, 2021, and 2022. He has achieved “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” distinction from 2012 – 2022.

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 respect each one individually deserves.

Education

J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law, 1993

B.A., Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley, California, 1990

Bar Admission California, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1993
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 1993
Washington, 1994
New Jersey, 2002
New York, 2002
Appellate Division of The New York State Supreme Court, 2002
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2007
Professional Associations

Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ)
Eagle Member
Member of the WSAJ Disaster Relief Program, a group that contributed pro bono time to victims of the E. WA. Wildfires, 2015

American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Member

Washington State Coordinator for the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification

YMCA Youth & Government Mock Trial Judge
Member Since: 2007

Moot Court Judge-AAJ's Student Trial Advocacy Competition
Member Since: 2002

NY County Lawyers Association
2003-2007
Member of Ethics committee

Trial Lawers Care
A group that contributed pro bono time to World Trade Center victims after September 11th

WSBA Court Rule Committee
2008-2009

WSAJ Trial News Editorial Board
2008 - 2018

WSAJ Nursing Home and Elder Care Section
Member Since: 2011

Honors

Top 100 Jury Verdicts, TopVerdict.com - 2020

American Board of Trial Advocates - inducted 2020

Washington State Top 100 Super Lawyer – 2018, 2021 & 2022

Washington State Super Lawyer, 2012 - 2022

Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 - 2020

Highest rating by Avvo.com - 10.0

Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in civil trial practice since 2007

Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Plaintiff's opening statement and closing argument from Phillips v. Bush Realty trial included in Winning Openings and Closings, Washington State Association for Justice, 2009

Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), Eagle Member

Client Reviews
★★★★★
"Injury At Sea knows the maritime business from all angles…easy to work with, hardworking, straightforward, and professional. I was treated with care and concern. They were very helpful in my situation, told me exactly what to do, what to expect and the likely outcome. Five Stars." Chris, of Orcas Island
★★★★★
"...when they said they would not give John a liver transplant, my heart sank...for the first time in my life I hated being poor because I could not save my child...there was nothing I could do...When I was told Injury At Sea had obtained a Court Order to make the Company pay I cried tears of relief...without this my son would have had no hope of living...Thank you to Injury At Sea..." Mary
★★★★★
"Easy to work with, thorough and effective. Knows the maritime injury business from all angles including his own work experience. Tom was easy to work with, hard working, straightforward, and professional. I was treated with care and concern. He was very helpful in my situation, told me exactly what he could do, what to expect and the likely outcome." Chris