Jeffrey P. Goodman

Top rated personal injury attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C.
Jeffrey P. Goodman
Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Class action & mass torts, Products liability; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 2010

Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021

Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C.

1650 Market St
52nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103 Visit website


Jeff is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex and high-profile cases around the globe.  Most recently Jeff led the litigation on behalf of the victims of the Surfside Condo Collapse in Miami Florida, which killed 98 people.   Jeff, along with an excellent team of lawyers from Miami, was able to resolve the case for approximately $1.2 Billion in less than one year after the tragedy. 

Additionally, Jeff leads the charge on behalf of the victims of the Grenfell Tower Fire in London in litigation pending in the United States and is on the front lines of the fight for victims of high-profile boating disaster in California. Jeff is also taking on meatpacking plants throughout the United States for their failures to provide adequate safety protections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jeff is based out of SMB’s Philadelphia office; however, his unique cross-border litigation experience leads Jeff to routinely represent clients throughout the United States and internationally.

To date, Jeff has helped recover more than $3 Billion for victims in mass casualty events and individual tragedies. 

As an advocate, Jeff is aggressive, fearless and relentless. Jeff is known for his creativity in the courtroom. Outside of trial, Jeff is renowned for his unique ability to navigate the strategic complexities of mass litigation that involves often hundreds of victims.

Jeff handles cases against insurance companies, product manufacturers, rail operators, the maritime industry, trucking companies, construction companies, educational institutions and other businesses that harm victims. Jeff is regularly called upon for his ability to prove complicated issues of economic loss to ensure maximum recovery for his clients. Throughout his career, Jeff has played a lead role in litigating high profile national disasters including:

In addition to these mass disasters, Jeff has fought for compensation to help individual victims who have suffered catastrophic injuries and the families of those who have lost loved ones. His work on these cases has led to over 100 settlements or verdicts in excess of $1 Million.

Jeff is regularly called on for his knowledge and experience beyond the Philadelphia area and has obtained multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts for clients in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Florida, West Virginia and the Virgin Islands. Jeff has been routinely recognized by his appears for his outstanding trial achievements, including being names as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers, a Lawyer on the Fast Track by the American Legal Media, and the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers.

In 2016, Jeff became the youngest partner in the SMB’s history.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Class action/mass torts: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff

Focus areas

Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death

  • 40% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 30% Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
  • 30% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 2010, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background:
  • The George Washington University, Honors: GW's National Mock Trial Team, Honors: Three times was named the Region's Most Outstanding Advocate
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Law School - Trial Team - Individual National Champion (Top Gun), 2010
White Papers:
  • Construction Accidents, Pennsylvania Association for Justice Larry Bendesky and Jeffrey P. Goodman, 2014.  Hart v. Simon Engineering, Case File for Students with the Temple LLM in Trial Advocacy, 2009-2014; Authors: Larry Bendesky and Jeffrey P. Goodman       Elevators and Escalators, PaTLA Premises Liability law and Forms, 2012, revised 2014 Authors, Larry Bendesky and Jeffrey P. Goodman, 2014
  • Published Material in Connection with July 15, 2020 presentation, New Waves of Litigation Arising from COVID 19, Business Litigation, Insurance, Trial Lawyers, 2020
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presented on the topic of "New Waves of Litigation Arising from COVID-19" to a remote conference of over 500 attendees, Speaker, Personal Injury Potpouri, 2020
  • Chaired the nation's largest conference specifically put on by the Nation's best young lawyers for young lawyers.   Las Vegas September 2019, Speaker , Chair, GenExcellence, 2019
  • Speaking in Las Vegas at the Nation's largest lawyer conference specifically dedicated to damages.  , Speaker , Damages: Go Big or Go Home, 360Adcovacy, 2019
  • Speaking in Las Vegas at the Nation's largest lawyer conference specifically dedicated to damages.  , Speaker , Damages: Go Big or Go Home, 360Adcovacy, Law, 2016
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member PTLA, 2020
  • Member PAJ, 2020
  • Member AIEG, 2020
  • SuperLawyer, Recipient, SuperLawyers, 2021
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star 2016-2020, Recipient, SuperLawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40, Recipient, National Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • Chaired the largest lawyer conference in the country specifically designed to be put on by the Nation's best young lawyers for young lawyers. Las Vegas, September 2019 , Chair, GenExcellence, 2019
  • 2016 Lawyer on the Fast Track, Recipient, ALM, 2016
Representative Clients:
  • Representing victims of the September 2021 Amtrak Derailment in Montana, including all of the wrongful death cases, 2022
  • Representing Victims of the 2022 Amtrak Derailment in Missouri where 4 people died. , 2022
  • Serving in Leadership on behalf of the families whose loved ones died in the June 2021 condominium collapse in Miami., 2021
  • Representing dozens of large businesses in connection with COVID related Business Interruption Claims, 2020
  • Representing the families of 9 of 34 victims who died in Dive Boat fire in California, 2020
  • Representing numerous families whose loved ones died from meatpacking plant related COVID outbreaks. , 2020
  • Representing the families of 10 of the wrongful death cases and 11 survivors in conneciton with the sinking of a Duck Boat in Missouri.  , 2019
  • Representing the families of 69 of the 72 decedetns and 177 survivors of the Grenfell Tower Fire in London.  Litigation is pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  , 2019
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer judge at various mock trial competitions. , 2022
  • Representing victims of the Surfside building collapse in Miami on a pro bono basis., 2021
  • Drafted and negotiated complex joint testing protocol related to work done at the site of the Surfside Condo Collapse.   This involved negotiations with federal and state government entities, a court appointed receiver, and numerous litigation parties. , 2022
  • $7 Million Settlement in workplace accident Wrongful Death case, 2020
  • $227 Million Settlement in Market Street Building Collapse Litigation, 2017
  • $265 Million Settlement in Amtrak Train 188 Derailment Litigation, 2017
  • $3 Million Jury verdict in West Virginia, 2017
  • $15 Million Confidential Settlement in Medical Malpractice Case, 2019
  • $6 Million settlement in construction accident case, 2019
  • $5 Million Settlement in airbag non-deployment case, 2019
  • $5 Million settlement in train accident case, 2018
  • $10 Million Settlement in leg amputation case, 2018
  • $6 Million Settlement in structural collapse case, 2018
  • $17.25 Million Settlement in Gas Explosion Case, 2018
Industry Groups:
  • Business Owners against those who have wronged them
  • Injured Plaintiffs
  • Victims of Mass Disasters

Office location for Jeffrey P. Goodman

1650 Market St
52nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-496-8282


2 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021

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