Jack Goodchild

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Encino, CA

Goodchild & Duffy
 | 16133 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1250
Encino, CA 91436
Phone: 818-380-1600
Fax: 818-380-1616
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (80%),
  • Social Security Disability (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

A senior partner and co-founder of Goodchild & Duffy, located in Encino, California, Jack Goodchild provides representation to individuals throughout the surrounding area who have been injured or disabled. Admitted to practice in California since 1975, Mr. Goodchild focuses on helping his clients with workers' compensation, personal injury and Social Security Disability Insurance matters.

After graduating cum laude in 1971 from what is now known as the Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Mr. Goodchild pursued his legal education at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1974. He has been certified as a specialist in workers' compensation law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Since 1984, Mr. Goodchild has served as Judge Pro Tem for the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, and he has also worked as an adviser to the California State Legislature. He is widely admired by his clients for his courtroom techniques and skills.

In addition to being admitted to practice law before all of the state courts of California, Mr. Goodchild is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and before the Supreme Court of the United States. In recognition of his legal ability and ethics, he has earned an AV* rating from his peers through Martindale-Hubbell.

In order to stay abreast of current developments in his fields of practice, Mr. Goodchild is actively involved with several legal organizations. He is a member in the American Association for Justice, the San Fernando Valley and the American bar associations, the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Workers' Compensation (80%)

Social Security Disability (10%)

Personal Injury - General (10%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020

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About Jack Goodchild

Admitted: 1975, California

Professional Webpage: http://goodchildduffy.com/jack-goodchild-esq/


  • Superlawyer, Pasadena Magazine, 2010
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Certificate of Recogniton of Thirty Years as a State Bar Certified Workeres Compensation Specialist
  • Listed in Book of preeminnent Attorneys of United States

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law, 1981

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Association, Member
  • Judge Pro Tem for the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
  • U.S. Central District Court of California, 1976
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • California, 1975
  • Advisor to the California Legislature
  • California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, Insurance Education Association
  • Secrets from the other Side Seminar, Speaker, moderator, California Applicants Attorneys Association, 2017
  • Speaker, State Bar of California, workeres compensation Executive Committee, 2017


  • Multiple Million Dollar plus Settements in Workers Compensation Cases, Successful appellate work through the entire California appellate sytem all the way to the United States Supreme Court; multiple 100 % awards in workers compensation cases.

Educational Background:

  • State University of New York, Stony Brook, B.A., cum laude, Major: English, 1971

Industry Groups

  • Arbitrator/mediator; Member State Bar Of Caifornia Workers' Compensation Executive Committee
  • Consumer Lawyers Association
  • Ent Los A Book Of Preemminent Attorneys
  • JUdge Pro Tem. AV Rated Martindale Hubble
  • Member Califonia Applicants Attorneys Association Board Of Directors; Awarded Workers Injury Litgati
  • President Los Angeles Valley Applicants Attorneys Association
  • Vice Chair and Treasurer California State Bar Workers Compensation Executive Committee
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Office Location for Jack Goodchild

16133 Ventura Boulevard
Suite 1250
Encino, CA 91436

Phone: 818-380-1600

Fax: 818-380-1616

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Last Updated: 8/7/2019

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