Barry J. Goodman grew up dreaming of being a lawyer.
When he was a child, his father, a postal employee, was injured in a traffic accident on the job, leaving him dependent on federal workers’ compensation for the rest of his life.
Goodman never thought his father received the justice he deserved, and decided to become a plaintiff’s attorney to help other personal injury victims.
He graduated from BradleyUniversity on a scholarship in 1974 and earned his law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1977.
After spending the first two years of his career at a small general practice firm in Florida, he relocated to Michigan. There, he met Gerald H. Acker on a basketball court where both men played on Sunday mornings. They teamed up to form their law firm, Goodman Acker, in 1993.
The firm’s practice concentrates on plaintiffs’ personal-injury cases. Over the last two decades, Goodman has obtained several seven-figure settlements for injured clients, including a 2001 arbitration award when his client received $14.5.
Goodman is active in high-level politics, supporting candidates who share his belief in equal access to justice. He has served on the finance committees of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congressman Gary Peters, President Barack Obama, and Presidential candidate John Kerry.
He also has been a delegate to three Democratic National Conventions, and in 2012, he was named to the Democratic National Committee.
Goodman has received numerous awards, including the Champion of Justice Award from the Michigan Association for Justice, and the Wings of Justice Award from the Oakland County Bar Association. He is a past chair of the Michigan Bar Association’s Negligence Section and a longtime board member of Anti-Defamation League.
While Goodman is proud of his work in the broader political and public spheres, he considers his daily work on behalf of his clients to be the most fulfilling aspect of his life.