James Gooding


James Gooding works out of our Spokane and Seattle offices.

2601 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121

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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 with the Seattle personal injury attorney team. 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 an Associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Jim was voted “Washington State Super Lawyer” from 2012 – 2021 and was named Top 100 “Washington State Super Lawyer” in 2018 and 2021. 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.


“I wanted to thank you for all your hard work and your excellent management of my case. I do indeed think we got a “shut the front door” amount of money. I think you are a very, very exceptional human being, a kind person, and a blessing on our planet.” -Anonymous


“I cannot praise Jim Gooding enough. He is an exemplary lawyer and person. He is honest, compassionate and skillful at the same time. These are traits not often found in lawyers or people; yet alone together. Our family is forever grateful to Jim. He helped us when others had turned their backs. Without him, our Mother’s death would have been in vain. Jim is the lawyer you need if you sadly have an elder abuse or wrongful death in your family.” -Anonymous


“You gave me back my name.” –R.M. after a trial verdict


“Just a note of thanks to Jim for all you did to make [our] trial have such a positive outcome.  [Our] story was compelling and you provided the framework for the jury to see its merits.  I’m glad [we] had your guidance.  It was pretty brave of her to even think about telling this story.  [We] speak so highly of you in this process.  She believes YOU made the results happen.  For that I am grateful… You offer good counsel and I know that from my own experience.” -Anonymous


“I just want to express my gratitude for your exquisite performance, research, and kindness over the last week during trial. I truly felt that I was in good hands, and the outcome is proof of that! The last five years has been quite a journey, at times very dark, but today things feel brighter than ever. Thank you for shining a light on my story, for never wavering from your belief in me, and for “bringing it home”. You, my friend, are the man. Thank you so very much.” -Anonymous


Smart, quick on his feet, cares for his clients, and WE WON!!

“Over the last 5 years I had been in a dispute with my auto insurance company. Once it was decided we had no choice but to go to trial, Jim Gooding handled my case and commanded the courtroom. Jim absorbed my case quickly and demonstrated professionalism, wisdom, and very fast thinking in the courtroom. Jim made an effort to help me feel at ease during the trial, and showed a lot of compassion for me personally. He had a strategic approach but handled the case with contagious calmness. As a result of Jim’s hard work, our side received more than what we even asked for and even set a legal precedent. I could not be happier!!” -Anonymous


Great Lawyer!

“I had total confidence in Jim due to his professional and courteous demeanor as well as his knowledge. I really felt that he was in my corner fighting the good fight. I wouldn’t hesitate a second to use his services again.” -H.C.


Great skill and compassion

“I hired [GLP Attorneys] to represent me during legal proceedings related to a car accident. Jim became involved with my case when we were forced to go to trial after attempts to settle with an unreasonable defense attorney and insurance company who I was battling. Jim did an excellent job. Trial is intense and many decisions must be made quickly under pressure. It was very comforting having such a hard hitting, skilled, trial lawyer like Jim on my side when it was needed. He worked extremely hard, listened to what I had to say, and maintained a level of compassion throughout the trial that felt very supportive. I had a chance to meet his wife as well and it was clear that both of them are kind hearted souls who sincerely care about justice. The outcome of the trial was very positive, and in fact we were awarded more than what we had originally hoped for. I will forever be grateful to Jim.” -Anonymous


“I do truly appreciate you through this, you are the lighthouse on a moonless stormy Bering sea night.” -Anonymous


“Jim Gooding and his whip-smart, savvy team at GLP Attorneys had my back every step of the way. Our case was strong, however the bottomless pockets of the near billion dollar corporation we were up against did seem daunting. Jim was always honest, forthright, diligent and compassionate. Even though at times it seemed akin to a David and Goliath undertaking, I never doubted that we would be victorious. A years long battle did not dissuade them, and their dutiful, detailed, exhaustive research and hard work ultimately paid off. I was pleased with the settlement in the end, and GLP helped me and my young family get a strong start on life. I cannot thank them enough, and vehemently advise anyone in need of supreme representation to hire them. They’re simply the best there is. Thank you to Jim, Molly, Kelsey & the entire staff that helped me obtain a fair and just settlement.” – S.J.


“To whom it may concern, James Gooding is very hard working an amazing attorney. When he takes on a case he gives it his all. I have recommended James to a number of my friends and fellow business associates and he has treated each of them like they were his only client and did an excellent job for them as well. If you are looking for an attorney you would be very lucky to get James Gooding on your legal team.” -D.J.


“I was in injured in a five car collision.  My car was totaled and I had a major whiplash.  I sought out a lawyer and found one.  He looked at my case and accepted it.  However, he didn’t think my injury was serious and got mad at me for almost using all of my PIP.  Three to four months into this case he wanted to settled for $5000.00.  I was shocked and in disbelief.  I dismissed this attorney and lucky for me I found and hired James Gooding.  Hiring Mr. Gooding was one of the best decision I made in my life.  I was extremely impressed with his experience and knowledge at every stage of the proceedings.  Mr. Gooding did his research and learned every little detail of my case. He was very passionate about his work. He took the extra time and effort to make sure everything was in order and correct.  He also kept me informed of everything I needed to know and do to prepare for my case. AllState wanted to settle my case at $39,000.00.  Mr. Gooding rejected the offer and believe my case was worth more a lot more.  I believed and trusted his decision.  The end result, I got the maximum compensation of $110,000.00.  James Gooding is a top notch attorney.  I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.  I would higher him in a heartbeat if I was ever injured again. Thanks James for all your great work!!!” -Anonymous


“Jim entered my complex case late in the game. He plowed through 10 inches of documents in a very short time period and then represented me at trial beautifully. I am forever grateful for the work he and Sara Maleki put in to my case, treating me with compassion and like a human being.” -Anonymous


“If you want a lawyer that is understandable and thinks of your welfare, you don’t have to look any more. Mr. Gooding has helped me with anything that I’ve needed, and plus he has worked with all of my friends because my friends trust me and my judgment. He is always working on your case to get things done in the right matter for you and your case.” -S.J.M.


“I was involved in two collisions, just months apart, which in itself caused a lot of blame between the defendants while attempting to steer my case on a road of confusion and low expectations. James was able to navigate through the paperwork, depositions and eventually the settlement conference and attain a great financial outcome for me. I always felt in the information loop, able to speak to him or his great staff with any small or large question. Hopefully I will never need personal injury services again, but if I do I know he is the only one I will choose to represent me. I have referred others to him and encourage you to speak with him as well, for the personal attention and professionalism he brings.” -Anonymous


Successful Cases:

$5 million recovery for the wife and children of an employee who died after falling down a manlift shaft at the Avis parking garage in Seattle, WA.

$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.

$3 million settlement for a diver working on the 520 bridge project who sustained a permanent back injury.  

$2.7 million verdict for woman who was hit by a dolly at Fred Meyer, resulting in CRPS. This is the largest reported CRPS result in the State of Washington.

$2.25 million recovery for a man who was involved in an explosion at a scrap yard, sustaining a brain injury to his pituitary gland.

$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.

$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.

$1.4 million for a man who was sprayed by hot concrete during a hose-whip incident on a job site injuring his back and knee.

$1.25 million settlement for woman who was hit on her bike by an SUV, fracturing her ankle. This is the largest reported ankle fracture settlement ever in the State of Washington.

$1 million maritime settlement for a seaman who fell into an open fish hold, injuring his neck, back, wrist, and shoulder, requiring surgery.

$1 million settlement for the wrongful death of a seaman (confidential facts).

$1 million policy limits settlement for the wrongful death of a 38 year old man who had a wife and seven children. For five years, the insurance company refused to pay a cent more than $25,000 (which a former attorney told the wife she should take) because they claimed there was no coverage for an employee. Two months before trial, the insurance company finally tendered the insurance policy limits.

$1 million 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.

$886,000 verdict for a woman who was in a car collision which caused dermatomyositis (an autoimmune disease). Defendant State Farm’s offer was zero all the way through trial.

$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.

Past Results do not guarantee future outcomes.



Implications of the Henderson Ruling: WA Supreme Court Addresses Racial Bias in Civic Court Proceedings, GLP Attorneys Legal Update, November 2022

How to Win at Trial When Your Plaintiff is a Smoker, WSAJ Trial News, April 2020. Article Here

A New Civil Cause of Action for Mandatory Reporters Who Fail to Report Suspected Neglect and Abuse, WSAJ Trial News, October 2016. Co-authored with Alex French - Article PDF

Finding seven-figure coverage in the “no-coverage” case, WSAJ Trial News, February 2014. Co-authored with Scott F. Lundberg - Article PDF

Discovery in Nursing Home Cases, Washington State Association for Justice - 2013 Nursing Home Deskbook. Co-authored with Matthew Boller.

Punitive Damages in Nursing Home (and other) Cases, WSAJ Trial News, March 2013. Co-authored with Alex French - Article PDF

Age Doesn't Matter: the Vulnerable Adult Statute in Practice, WSAJ Trial News, February 2011. Co-authored with Scott F. Lundberg - Article PDF

Turning the Tables: Forcing the Defendant to Submit to a Physical Exam and Reveal Other Relevant Medical Records, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, "Bill of Particulars" cover story, Winter 2005

Capitation as a Free-Standing Cause of Action in Medical Malpractice, ATLA Professional Negligence Reporter, Summer 2004, Vol. 11, No. 4. Co-authored with Mark R. Bower


Speaking Engagements:

“Voir Dire”, Washington State Bar Association Trial Advocacy Program, 2015 - 2020

"Top 10 Trial Tips", Bridging the Gap, 2016

"Fear during Voir Dire-Pitfalls and Pointers", University of Washington Law School, 2008



Top 100 Jury Verdicts, TopVerdict.com - 2020

American Board of Trial Advocates - inducted 2020

Washington State Top 100 Super Lawyer - 2018 and 2021

Washington State Super Lawyer, 2012 - 2021

Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 - 2020

Highest rating by Avvo.com - 10.0

Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in civil trial practice since 2007

Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Plaintiff's opening statement and closing argument from Phillips v. Bush Realty trial included in Winning Openings and Closings, Washington State Association for Justice, 2009