Jacqueline Goodman

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Fullerton, California

The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman
Jacqueline Goodman
The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Appellate; view more

Licensed in California since: 1994

Education: Western State University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2024
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The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman

712 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832 Visit website


Jacqueline Goodman is a criminal trial attorney who is known for her successful trial results in the most difficult and serious cases as much as her work on reform in the criminal legal system and training of criminal defense attorneys.

The owner of The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, attorney Jacqueline Goodman focuses her practice exclusively on criminal defense, and she has been certified as a specialist in criminal law by The California Board of Legal Specialization. From her office in Fullerton, California, she is recognized for her successful representation of clients charged with sex crimes, domestic violence, weapons violations, drug charges, vehicular manslaughter, rape, assault, battery, murder, fraud, embezzlement, DUI and white collar crimes.

Ms. Goodman studied psychology at California State University, Long Beach, as an undergraduate. She completed her legal education at Western State University College of Law in 1992. She is admitted to practice in California, Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Highly regarded by her fellow professionals, Ms. Goodman has received a "Superb" rating through Avvo and a Distinguished* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Moreover, she is a recipient of the 2012 Avvo Clients' Choice Award for Criminal Defense and the Lawyer of the Year Award by the North Orange County Bar Association (NOCBA).

In addition to her affiliations with legal organizations such as the Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), Ms. Goodman has held several honorary positions. She is the:

·       Founder and past president of the NOCBA

·       Former president of the CACJ

·       Chair of the Decarceration Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

·       National Vice Chair of Sex Crimes Defense for NACDL

Ms. Goodman lectures regularly on criminal law topics and has been featured in several renowned news and media outlets. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Appellate

Focus areas

Appeals, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft

  • 90% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Appellate

First Admitted: 1994, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.californiadefenselawyer.net/jacqueline-goodman/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Criminal Justice Curriculum, Author
  • Received the Skip Glenn Award from CACJ, Skip Glenn Award for Lawyer of the Year- California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 2011
  • Recieved award for Lawyer of the Year for the North Orange County Bar Association, North OCBA Lawyer of the Year , North Orange County Bar Association, 2012
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Attorney for Criminal Defense, 2012
  • Rated 10.0 Superb, Avvo
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist, Certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California., 2014
Representative Clients:
  • Client charged with molestation of daughters-- acquittal, 2018
  • Indecent exposure-complete acquittal, 2015
  • DUI with accident --acquitted, 2009
  • DUI with priors-acquittal, 2012
  • Client charged with attempted murder for disemboweling alleged victim with a knife on video surveillance. Complete acquittal., 2021
  • Middle school principal charged with molestation of four students; acquitted on all counts, 2017
  • Client charged with premeditated attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, gang enhancements, and prior strike convictions--acquitted., 2011
  • Client charged with molestation of daughter and stepson-- acquittal as to one child, hung jury as to the other., 2019
  • Client charged with First Degree Special Circumstances Murder with Gang Enhancements and prior strike convictions-- convicted of vol. manslaughter., 2020
  • Client charged with multiple rape allegations against multiple victims. Complete acquittal; another client, a taxi driver, charged with molestation of a developmentally delayed girl. Complete acquittal; principal of middle school charged with molestation of four female students- complete acquittal. , 2016
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chair, Decarceration Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2022
  • Co-Chair, NACDL Sex Crimes Defense, 2022
  •  Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the California criminal defense lawyers' association. , 2019
  • North Orange County Bar Association (NOCBA), Founder
  • United States Supreme Court

Office location for Jacqueline Goodman

712 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Phone: 714-594-7798


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2024

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