Verdicts & Settlements

$265,000,000 $265 Million Settlement Reached in May 2015 Amtrak Train No. 188 Derailment

$227,000,000 Salvation Army Thrift Store Collapse Trial Record Settlement

$17,000,000 Duck Boat Accident Case Settles

$16,300,000 Settlement Reached in Ironworker's Leg Amputation Case

$5,000,000 Toilet-Tipping Prank Results in Settlement in Sullivan County Court

$4,000,000 Settlement for Carpenter After Fall From Courthouse

$2,100,000 Settlement for Construction Worker Injured in 30-Foot Fall

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Jeffrey P. Goodman

Partner

Office: 215-575-2970
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One Liberty Place, 52nd Floor
1650 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Since joining SMBB in 2010, Jeff has helped achieve verdicts and settlements which have totaled more than $500 Million.  Jeff has played a lead role in litigating the most catastrophic and high profile disasters in the Philadelphia region over the last decade.  These cases include:

  • The July 7, 2010 Duck Boat Disaster in which Hungarian students drowned when the Duck Boat on which they were riding was run over by a barge, which resulted in a $17 Million settlement;
  • The June 5, 2013 Salvation Army Building Collapse in which 7 people died and twelve were injured.  Jeff and Bob Mongeluzzi tried this case before a Philadelphia jury for over 5 months.  After winning the liability verdict, the case settled for $227 Million before the jury finished evaluating damages.
  • The May 12, 2015 derailment of Amtrak Train No. 188 in which 8 people died and over 200 were injured.  The case settled for $265 Million after less than two years of litigation.

In addition to these mass disasters, Jeff has worked to ensure compensation for individual victims who have suffered catastrophic injuries and the families of those who have lost loved ones. In addition to the numerous confidential settlements obtained, Jeff's recovers for his clients include:

  • $16.3 Million for an ironworker whose leg was amputated during the construction of the Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia;
  • $14 Million for a pedestrian struck by a car while crossing the street
  • $10 Million for man whose leg was amputated following a motor vehicle accident;
  • 8 Figure settlement for a paralyzed passenger in a trucking accident;
  • $9 Million for a construction worker who was paralyzed when crushed by an excavator bucket in New Jersey;
  • $7 Million settlement in a dram shop case for the family of a 22-year old who was beaten to death by three individuals who were over-served at two Philadelphia Nightclubs;
  • $5 Million for a father of two who was paralyzed when the porta-potty he was in tipped over.  This is the largest recovery in Sullivan County History;
  • $4.35 Million for a cable installation worker who fell from a roof in The Virgin Islands and sustained a brain injury;
  • $4 Million for a construction worker who sustained serious orthopedic injuries after falling from a mast-climbing work platform;

Awards and Achievements

Jeff was named a 2016 Lawyer on the Fast Track, an award given to those outstanding lawyers under the age of 40 which help shape the legal profession.

Jeff was named a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2015 and 2016, an honor given to the top 2% of lawyers under the age of 40 based upon a peer-review process.

Education, Training and Experience

Jeff has been competing at trial since long before he became an attorney.  As an undergraduate at The George Washington University, Jeff was the Captain of GW's National Mock Trial Team.  In college, Jeff was a four-time All American in Mock Trial and three times was named the Region's Most Outstanding Advocate.  After graduating from GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Jeff was recruited to come to Temple University's Beasley School of Law and compete on their renowned National Trial Team.  Jeff became the first ever first-year law student to compete on the team.  Jeff led his team to two Regional Championships and was twice named the Region's Best Advocate.  Jeff completed his trial career by being honored as the individual National Champion after winning the Top Gun Challenge in Texas.  While in Law School, Jeff also served as the President of the Moot Court Honor Society and won both of Temple's Moot Court competitions.  In total, Jeff received over 50 awards, trophies, medals, and honors for his various trial advocacy accomplishments in college and law school.

Jeff previously interned at the Montgomery County, PA District Attorney's Office and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.  He also served as a summer clerk for the Honorable Juan R. Sanchez of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Jeff worked as a Summer Associate at SMBB in 2009 and became an associate attorney with SMBB in 2010.  Jeff was promoted to Partner in 2016.  Currently, Jeff serves as the Director of SMBB's Summer Associate and Clerkship Program.

 


Jeff is a graduate of The George Washington University and a graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law (2010).  Excelling in trial advocacy, Jeff was the first ever first-year law student to compete on Temple's renowned National Trial Team.  Jeff led his team to two regional championships, both times being individually recognized as the Region's Best Advocate.  In his last year of law school Jeff was honored as the individual national champion after winning the "Top Gun" challenge in Texas.  While in law school, Jeff also served as the President of Temple's Moot Court Honor Society and was both of Temple's Moot Court competitions.  In total, Jeff received over 50 awards, trophies, medals and honors for his various trial advocacy accomplishments in college and law school.

Jeff previously interned with the Montgomery County, PA District Attorney's Office and the Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia.  He also served as a summer clerk for the Hon. Juan R. Sanchez of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

After clerking with SMBB in the summer of 2009, Jeff became an associate with the firm following his law school graduation in 2010.  Currently, Jeff serves as the Director of SMBB's Summer Associate and Clerkship Program.