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G. James Goodnow, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Fennemore Craig, P.C.
2394 East Camelback Road, Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ 85016-3429
Phone: 602-916-5000
Fax: 602-916-5999
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2018
Licensed in Arizona Since: 2006
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas: General Litigation, Business Litigation
Attorney Profile

James Goodnow is President & CEO (Managing Partner) of Fennemore Craig, P.C. Martindale-Hubbell peer reviews describe him as “a brilliant advocate” and “dedicated to his clients.” He attended Harvard Law School (J.D.) and Santa Clara (B.S.), where graduated first in his class. 

Goodnow has gained national recognition for thought leadership in the business of law. He was featured on the cover of the American Lawyer for his “meteoric rise” in the legal industry (“Meet the New Boss: the Youngest Member of Fennemore Craig’s Management Team, James Goodnow, Shows What the Firm of the Future Might Look Like”). The ABA Journal calls him a “pioneer” in the area of law firm technology (cover story: “America’s Techiest Lawyers.”). Tech giant Apple profiled Goodnow and his colleagues on, and featured Goodnow in a worldwide “Apple in Business” ad campaign. He has appeared on the cover Attorney at Law Magazine three times (most recently, “Smash or Be Smashed: Lawyer of the Year James Goodnow Discusses the Future of Law and Shattering Convention”). 

He is a regular in the national media. He has appeared on or been covered by CNN, CNBC, Good Morning America, Today, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Financial Post, Entrepreneur, Inc., and many others. He writes a legal innovation, leadership and management column for Above the Law, and he is a contributor to Forbes, covering the the world of law and business. He is the co-author of “Motivating Millennials,” which debuted at #1 on Amazon in the business management category. 

Goodnow is active in the community. He is a board member of the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, Make-A-Wish Arizona and volunteers time mentoring entrepreneurs and business owners.


Practice Areas
  • 50%General Litigation
  • 50%Business Litigation


3 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2018

About G. James Goodnow, III

First Admitted: 2006, Arizona

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Make-A-Wish Arizona, board member
  • National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, board member
  • Former Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore
  • Harvard Club, Member
  • Brophy College Preparatory Alumni Association, Member and Class Captain

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Goodnow has been recognized for his creative approaches to the law. In a cover story, the ABA Journal — the official publication of the American Bar Association — named him one of "America's Techiest Lawyers"
  • Co-creator of technology-based business model and brand (learn more here).
  • Featured on cover of American Lawyer Magazine

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Harvard Alumni Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • Arizona
  • District of Columbia (inactive)
  • Colorado
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Illinois


  • Southwest Super Lawyers and Rising Stars®, Business Litigation
  • Named to "40 Under 40" lists by the the Phoenix Business Journal, the American Society of Legal Advocates and the National Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers selected Goodnow for inclusion in its "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" list
  • Legal Network "Top Attorney" and a SuperLawyers® "Rising Star"
  • Lawyer of the Year, Attorney at Law Magazine.
  • AV-Preeminent, Highest-Possible Peer-Review Rating

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Researching Comparative Negligence, the Apportionment of Fault, and Comparative Contribution, Harvard Research Guidebook Series, Harvard Law School

Educational Background

  • Santa Clara University, B.S. (Summa Cum Laude),  Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Honors: Recipient, Michael Shallow Award, Political Science Student of the Year, Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Honors: Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society, Major: Political Science, Graduated first in class, 2003
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Office Location for G. James Goodnow, III

2394 East Camelback Road
Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ 85016-3429

Phone: 602-916-5000

Fax: 602-916-5999

Last Updated: 6/7/2022

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