The American College of Trial Lawyers comprises the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America. Founded in 1950, the College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession.
Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Membership cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.
Mr. Goodell is a well-respected trial lawyer with national recognition for defending complex pharmaceutical, medical device, and toxic tort cases in state and federal courts nationwide. Chambers USA noted that sources describe Mr. Goodell as “instantly accessible, robust in his advice and zealous in driving forward his client’s interests.”
Since founding Goodell DeVries in 1988, he and his partners have successfully built the firm’s product liability practice with many notable clients, including Pfizer Inc, Wyeth, Bayer, AstraZeneca, and A.H. Robins. Some of his vast trial and litigation management experience includes serving as national counsel defending manufacturers of pacemaker leads, blood products used by hemophiliacs, and lung injuries claimed from talc. He also has served on national trial teams defending makers of drugs to treat diabetes, heart valves, COX-2 pain medicine, PPA, statins for treatment of cholesterol, hormone replacement therapy, Neurontin, and diet drug litigation.