JAMES A. GOODMAN is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management and Litigation practices, in the firm's Los Angeles office. Mr. Goodman's practice focuses on employment and business litigation.

Mr. Goodman's experience includes:

  • Representing employers in both state and federal courts in all aspects of labor and employment law litigation, including wage and hour, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and discrimination
  • Successfully prosecuting and defending numerous unfair competition and trade secret actions involving employees moving from one company to another
  • Representing employers in the financial services industry before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA")
  • Representing employers in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and JAMS

Recent representative cases:

  • Served as lead counsel in the defense of a high-exposure meal period and out-of-state paycheck class action on behalf of a client in Los Angeles Superior Court. In July 2011, the court denied plaintiffs' motion for class certification, and the matter is on appeal.
  • Represented the defendants in Haberman v. Cengage Learning, Inc., 180 Cal. App. 4th 365 (2009), wherein the California Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's grant of a summary judgment motion in a hostile environment sexual harassment case. This decision established a favorable precedent for employers defending hostile environment harassment cases in California.
  • Defended an international financial services firm against a claim for defamation and interference with contract in a 30-day FINRA arbitration, wherein the claimant was awarded no relief.
  • Represented BlackRock, Inc., in a defamation action wherein the court granted defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings, and the judgment was affirmed on appeal. Rudwall v. BlackRock, Inc., 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 17895 (9th Cir. 2008).
  • Defended Morgan Stanley in an age discrimination action. Summary judgment was entered on the age discrimination claim, and the dismissal of the age discrimination claim was affirmed on appeal. Pugel v. Morgan Stanley, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 4810 (9th Cir. 2007).
  • Defended Morgan Stanley in a retaliation action that was tried before a jury in the United States District Court. The jury returned a defense verdict that was affirmed on appeal. Reszetylo v. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 6375 (9th Cir. 2005).

Mr. Goodman co-authored the article entitled "Cross-Examination of a Wrongful Termination Plaintiff," which was published in the spring 1995 edition of California Litigation. He is a frequent speaker on the subject of trade secrets and unfair competition.

Mr. Goodman was also selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers list (2014 to 2016) in the area of Employment Litigation: Defense. His peers have selected him for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2020-2021) in the field of Litigation - Labor and Employment.

  • Loyola Law School (J.D., 1979)
  • University of Oregon (B.S., 1975)
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Bar Admissions
  • California