James Gooding

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Seattle, WA

GLP Attorneys, P.S., Inc.
2601 Fourth Avenue, Floor 6
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-448-1992
Fax: 206-448-4640
Email: James Gooding
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%), Elder Law (20%), Transportation/Maritime (20%)
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Attorney Profile

Jim 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.

In 2007, Jim returned to the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three children, and joined GLP Attorneys. Since 2010, Jim has been a partner with the firm.

Jim is currently an active member of the Washington State Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. He is a member of Trial Lawyers Care (a group that contributed pro bono time to World Trade Center victims after September 11th), 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. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Jim was voted “Washington State Super Lawyer” from 2012 – 2020 and was named Top 100 “Washington State Super Lawyer” in 2018. He has achieved “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” distinction from 2012 – 2021.

Jim takes a personal interest in every client he represents. A case is not a number or a name, but is an injury that could have happened to any of us, and his clients are treated personally and with respect each one individually deserves.

Certificates and Credentials

About James Gooding

Admitted: 1994, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.glpattorneys.com/attorneys/james-gooding/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2007
  • Member of the WSAJ Trial News Editorial Board, Member of the WSAJ Nursing Home and Elder Care section, and past Member of the WSBA Court Rules Committee.
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member
  • Washington State Bar Association, 1994
  • New York State Bar Association, 2002
  • Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, 2002
  • Washington State Coordinator for the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • Member of the WSAJ Nursing Home and Elder Care section, 2011
  • New Jersery State Bar Association, 2002
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 1993
  • Member of Ethics Committee, New York County Lawyers Association, 2003-2007
  • Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), Eagle Member
  • California State Bar Association, 1993
  • U.S. State Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1993


  • Has picked over 100 juries and tried over 75 cases.
  • $3.5 million settlement for 97 year old nursing home resident whose genitalia fell off due to untreated penile cancer. This is the largest reported nursing home settlement ever in the State of Washington, 2011
  • $1.65 million settlement for a 54 year old woman who was rear-ended, causing cervical herniations and the need for a three-level cervical fusion. This is the largest reported cervical fusion settlement ever in the State of Washington, 2015
  • $1.5 million settlement for an elderly nursing home resident who was given the wrong medication (morphine), killing her. The nursing home hid their $1M and $500K insurance policies for over four years before finally being forced to pay, 2016
  • $1.25 million settlement for woman who was hit on her bike by an SUV, fracturing her ankle. This is one of the largest reported recoveries for an ankle fracture ever in the State of Washington, 2010
  • $1million policy limits settlement for a truck driver/passenger whose arm got crushed when the co-driver took a turn too fast, rolling the truck over onto the passenger side, 2012
  • $1million policy limits settlement for the wrongful death of a 38 year old man due to tire failure on a van he was driving, 2012
  • $1 million maritime settlement for a seaman who fell into an open fish hold, injuring his neck, back, wrist, and shoulder, requiring surgery, 2016
  • $1 million settlement for the wrongful death of a seaman (confidential facts), 2016
  • $884,000 verdict in King County for a woman whose insurance company's pre-trial offer to her was zero, 2015
  • $870,000 verdict to a man who slipped on grease in the stairwell of his workplace, due to inadequate lighting, requiring surgery to his knee, 2007

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Pro Bono representation of people injured in the 9/11/01 World Trade Center attacks.
  • Member of Trial Lawyers Care, an organization that provides pro bono legal services for victims of 9/11 and for the Oso landslide.

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. This certification verifies that the attorney has tried over 20 cases to verdict, and attained a level of skill in the courtroom that has been verified by Judges and opposing counsel.


  • Highest rating by AVVO - 10.0
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification 2007 - present
  • Top 100 Washington State Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 100 Washington State Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Top 100 Washington State Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Top 100 Washington State Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Top 100 Washington State Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 100 Washington State Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Opening statement and closing argument from Phillips v. Bush Realty trial included in Winning Openings and Closings, Washington State Association for Justice, 2009.
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Highest Rating - 10.0, Avvo Rated, Avvo.com
  • Top 100 Washington State Trial Lawyers, 2018

Educational Background

  • University of California at Berkeley, California, B.A., Philosophy, 1990
  • Golden Gate University School of Law J.D., 1993

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • A New Civil Cause of Action for Mandatory Reporters Who Fail to Report Suspected Neglect and Abuse, Co-author, WSAJ Trial News, 2016
  • Finding Seven-figure Coverage in the "no-coverage" case, co-author, WSAJ Trial News, 2014
  • Age Doesn't Matter: the Vulnerable Adult Statute in Practice, WSAJ Trial News, 2011
  • Turning the Tables: Forcing the Defendant to Submit to a Physical Exam and Reveal Other Relevant Medical Records, "Bill of Particulars" cover story, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • Capitation as a Free-Standing Cause of Action in Medical Malpractice, ATLA Professional Negligence Reporter, 2004
  • Punitive Damages in Nursing Home (and other) Cases, WSAJ Trial News, 2013

Industry Groups

  • Brain Injury
  • Maritime Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
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Office Location for James Gooding

2601 Fourth Avenue
Floor 6
Seattle, WA 98121

Last Updated: 4/7/2021

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