James Goodwin

Mr. Goodwin concentrates his civil defense practice in the representation of clients involved in all aspects of the health care industry. He has significant experience in the areas of medical malpractice defense (including alleged physician malpractice, nursing malpractice, hospital malpractice, dental malpractice, podiatry malpractice, physical therapy malpractice, chiropractor malpractice, behavioral health malpractice, veterinary malpractice, and others), as well as hospital, nursing home, and assisted living facility defense. His medical professional liability experience spans a broad range of specialties, including family practice, general surgery, oncology, obstetrics/gynecology, radiology, orthopedic surgery, pathology, podiatry, dentistry, anesthesiology, veterinary medicine, respiratory therapy, and others.  He has successfully taken over fifty jury trials to verdict.

Mr. Goodwin also routinely represents healthcare providers in front of a variety of Arizona State licensing Boards, including the Arizona Medical Board, the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners, the Arizona State Board of Nursing, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health, the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board, the Arizona Board of Respiratory Care Examiners, the Arizona Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers, and the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners.


Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury – Defense
  • Products Liability Law
  • Nursing Home Abuse

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 2002


  • University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    • J.D. – 1996
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
    • M.A. – 1994
    • Major: Communications
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
    • B.A. – 1992
    • Major: Communications

Published Works

  • Preparing Medical Experts for Deposition and Trial (a four-part series), Maricopa Lawyer, April – August, 2009
  • “Top Ten Mistakes Physicians make when It comes to Malpractice”, Physician’s Money Digest, March, 2007
  • The 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make When Reporting and Not Reporting Cases to Malpractice Insurers, Seak, 2005
  • Articulating the Inarticulable, Relying on Nonverbal Behavioral Cues to Deception to Strike Jurors During Voir Dire, Arizona Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, Summer, 1996


  • Medical Malpractice From A-Z, Phoenix, Arizona, May 21, 2010
  • Medical Malpractice: Keys to Pretrial Success, NBI, April 15, 2011
  • Civil Court Procedure and Strategy Boot Camp, Phoenix, Arizona, NBI, June 29, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Highest AV®, Preeminent™ Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation

Past Employment Positions

  • Sanders & Parks, P.C., Owner, 2007 – 2014
  • Bowman and Brooke LLP, Partner, 2003 – 2007
  • Sanders & Parks, P.C., Associate, 1999 – 2002
  • Pima County Attorney’s Office, Deputy County Attorney, 1997 – 1999
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