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Gordon James Goodnow III

Gordon James Goodnow III

Fennemore CEO & President
  • Business Law
  • Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Washington
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James Goodnow is Fennemore’s President and CEO. Nearly two decades after starting his career at our firm as a file clerk, he became the youngest known chief executive of a major law firm in U.S. history. He holds his JD from Harvard Law School and dual management certificates from MIT, where he was an enrolled MBA student before pivoting to the University of Cambridge Business School (U.K.). He earned a BS at Santa Clara University, where he graduated first in his class.

James is known for his thought leadership at the intersection of law and business. He has been featured on the cover of The American Lawyer (“Meet the New Boss … James Goodnow Shows What the Firm of the Future Might Look Like”), and ABA Journal named him one of “America’s Techiest Lawyers.” Apple profiled James on and in a worldwide “Apple in Business” ad campaign. He is a contributor to Forbes and writes a legal innovation, leadership and management column for Above the Law. He is the co-author of Motivating Millennials, which debuted at #1 on Amazon in the business management new release category. He has appeared on or been covered by CNN, CNBC, Good Morning America, Today, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Entrepreneur, Inc., and more.

James is chair of the board of directors for the National Kidney Foundation of AZ and serves on the board for Make-A-Wish® AZ. He is married to his high school sweetheart and is the proud father of two children.

University of Cambridge Business School
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Harvard Law School
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Santa Clara University
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Articles & Publications
Researching Comparative Negligence, the Apportionment of Fault, and Comparative Contribution
Harvard Research Guidebook Series, Harvard Law School
Southwest Super Lawyers and Rising Stars®
Business Litigation
Professional Associations
State Bar of Arizona  # 024695
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Harvard Alumni Association
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Harvard Club
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Brophy College Preparatory Alumni Association
Member and Class Captain
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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New York
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  • Free Consultation
Practice Area
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
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