James F. Gooding 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, 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, and serves on the WSAJ Trial News Editorial Board. He is a member of Trial Lawyers Care, 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.
Jim was voted “Washington State Super Lawyer” in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He also achieved “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” distinction in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
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