Barry J. Goodman has devoted his professional life to keeping courthouse
doors open for victims seeking justice. Always a tireless advocate for
his own clients, Goodman sees his responsibility as a Detroit personal
injury attorney in a broader sense as well. He has been very active politically,
supporting candidates who share his belief in equal access to justice
and taking leadership roles in professional organizations.
A native New Yorker, he knew that he wanted to become a plaintiff's
lawyer from the time he was a child. His father, a postal employee, was
injured in a traffic accident while on the job and left him dependent
on federal workers compensation for the rest of his life. "I didn't
think justice was provided to him,” he says. “I didn't
want that to happen to others, and that was probably the impetus for me
to go into law.”
He received a scholarship to attend Bradley University, receiving his undergraduate
degree there in 1974. He then attended Stetson University College of Law
where he earned his J.D. with honors in 1977. Barry launched his legal
career in Florida with a small general-practice firm where he stayed for
two years before moving to Michigan. He worked in two firms, focusing
his practice solely on personal-injury cases. On Sunday mornings, he frequently
played basketball at the Jewish Community Center, where he befriended
another basketball-loving attorney, Gerald H. Acker. The two men began
talking about forming their own practice and finally did so in 1993.
The firm's practice has continued to concentrate on plaintiff's
personal injury cases and over the years, Goodman has recorded some impressive
achievements. His biggest outcome occurred in 2001, when his client received
a $14.5-million arbitration award to pay for pain, suffering, and medical
and related costs stemming from injuries she received when a faulty sub-surface
wiring caused a manhole cover to fly up and strike a car in which she
was a passenger. He's also achieved a number of seven-figure verdicts
for injured clients.
In addition to his busy practice, Goodman has worked for a number of political
candidates who support the civil-justice system. They include working
on the finance committees of Governor Granholm, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow
and Congressman Gary Peters in his successful quest for the seat of U.S.
Sen. Carl Levin, who retired at the end of 2014. He has served as a delegate
to three Democratic National Conventions and on the finance committees
of President Barack Obama and democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
In 2012, he was named to the Democratic National Committee.
He has received the Champion of Justice Award from the Michigan Association
for Justice and the Wings of Justice Award from the Oakland County Bar
Association. Named among the Leaders in Law 2015 by Michigan Trial Lawyers
Association, he has a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating and an AV® Rating by
Martindale-Hubbell®. In addition, he has been recognized by several
Who’s Who Legal publications and has been honored with inclusion on the
Super Lawyers® list.
Goodman is a frequent lecturer at professional gatherings and is past chair
of the Michigan State Bar Association's Negligence Section. He remains
an officer-at-large for the Michigan State Democratic Party. He is also
a longtime board member of the Anti-Defamation League, serving that organization
as an officer for many years. He also served, when appointed by the Governor,
as a member of the Mackinac Island Historical Park Commission.
When Goodman is not practicing law or serving the community, he enjoys
traveling, theater, playing golf and tennis, and spending time with his
loving family. Goodman is proud of his work in the broader political and
public spheres, but considers his daily work on behalf of his clients
to be one of the most fulfilling aspects of his life. "I love coming
to work every day," he says. "I love representing folks whose
lives have been disrupted due to the negligence of others and helping
them to rebuild their lives, helping to give them back a sense of worth
so that their future can again be bright. It's very rewarding."
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