James Goodnow

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James Goodnow
Born1982 (age 38–39)
🏡 ResidencePhoenix, Arizona
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma materSanta Clara University
Harvard Law School
💼 Occupation

James Goodnow is an American lawyer based in Phoenix, Arizona. He was the first to test several new technologies in legal practice, such as virtual reality, Google Glass, and electronic legal materials. Goodnow is employed at Fennemore Craig as the youngest managing partner (CEO) in company history.


Goodnow graduated from Santa Clara University in political science and then from Harvard Law School.[1] He began working at Fennemore Craig in 2000 as a file clerk while in college. Goodnow started as a lawyer in 2006 and became a partner in 2011. Seven years later, in 2018, he was named managing partner (the president of the firm and chair of its management committee,[2] equivalent to the CEO), becoming one of the youngest lawyers to run a large American law firm[3] and the youngest managing partner in Fennemore Craig since the company was founded in 1885.[4]

When Marc Lamber adopted him as an equal partner in his personal injury and wrongful death claim practice within Fennemore Craig, Goodnow began introducing new technologies in legal practices, such as demand letters as videos instead of papers, and delivering them on laptops and, since 2010, on iPads. He adopted the same method for sending materials to clients.[1] In 2014, Goodnow's team began giving Google Glass to accident victims to record their difficulties in daily life.[5]

Goodnow and Lamber have researched the use of virtual reality in the courtroom, such as the ability to show jurors an accident scene from a variety of vantage points by means of the Oculus Rift. They have used 3D models in some of their accident cases, but have not sought to introduce them into evidence.[6]

Goodnow has spoken extensively about millennials at work[7] and co-authored a book on the topic.[8]

Personal life[edit]

James Goodnow is married to Ellen Goodnow and has two children. After recovering from a rare kidney disease in 2014, he launched a nonprofit, The Kidney Challenge, to raise awareness about the disease.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Triedman, Julie (29 February 2016), "A Big Change at the Top", The American Lawyer
  2. "People in Action", Inside Tucson Business, 16 March 2018
  3. Seal, Ben (2 March 2018), "The Millennial Who Is Now Running an NLJ 500 Firm", The American Lawyer
  4. Sunnucks, Mike (7 March 2018), "Exclusive: Tech-minded millennial named big law firm CEO after starting as file clerk", Phoenix Business Journal
  5. Boulton, Clint (15 April 2014), "Glass Action: Google Glass Chronicles Personal Injury Struggles", The Wall Street Journal
  6. Hancock, Ben (24 February 2017), "Does Virtual Reality Belong in the Courtroom?", Litigation Daily
  7. White, Sarah K. (10 August 2016), "How to prevent millennials from burning out at work", CIO
  8. Ryan, Avery; Goodnow, James (2017), Motivating Millennials: How to Recognize, Recruit and Retain the Next Generation of Leaders, AveryToday

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