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David B. Goodman


“First-chair trial experience in many different venues and jurisdictions makes me better at helping people understand what to expect and how the process works.”


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois - Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit


J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1989

  • Liacos Scholar
  • Hennessey Scholar

B.A., Brandeis University, cum laude, 1986


For clients, the stress of being involved in litigation calls for an accessible, knowledgeable attorney. David Goodman — who grew up used to all-hours phone calls as the son of an obstetrician — considers it a priority to be responsive and direct with clients. His breadth of experience in court gives him a distinctive ability to assist clients facing difficult situations and advise others on how to avoid legal issues.

The experience David has as a first-chair trial lawyer gives him the knowledge to help clients manage risk and avoid litigation, whether they are entrepreneurs or large corporations. And when litigation is unavoidable, he works with the client to achieve an aggressive and pragmatic resolution.

David, the managing officer of Greensfelder’s Chicago office, represents clients in federal, state and appellate courts throughout the country, as well as in arbitrations and mediations. A significant part of his practice focuses on insurance coverage, working on behalf of policyholders to help them harness the value from their policies, enforce their rights and recover defense costs. He also handles a broad spectrum of commercial disputes, including those relating to LLC members, shareholders and partnerships; business fraud; restrictive covenants; unfair competition; false advertising; and trade secret litigation.

His experience also includes matters of environmental litigation, consumer fraud and professional negligence. In addition to his litigation work, David counsels businesses on employment disputes and contracts, severance agreements and EEOC and internal investigations.

A frequent speaker, David has addressed professionals on topics including privileged communications, restrictive covenants and internal investigations. He is committed to the development of new legal professionals and has served as the chair of the litigation department of a mid-sized Chicago law firm, managed summer associate programs for law students and has served on several associate development and continuing legal education committees.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2015-2019
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2015-2018
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, Commercial Litigation, 2011-2015 
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent


Representative Matters

  • Obtained a multi-million-dollar insurance payout for a chemical manufacturing client. The client had a portfolio of insurance, but the insurer had denied a claim. The client needed to harvest the value from the insurance and opted to sell back the coverage, which limited future risk and resulted in a welcome cash inflow for the company. We induced the insurer to pay $14 million to the client, infusing them with needed financial resources and terminating the insurance company’s future obligations.
  • Helped a manufacturer of specialized steel auto parts recover money that an OEM had refused to pay as owed under contract terms.

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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • NAW Spring 2016 Billion Dollar HR Roundtable, May 4, 2016
  • "Internal Investigations: Getting It Right While Getting the Facts"
    Association of Corporate Counsel, May 2015
  • "Great Expectations or Bleak House: Protecting Client Communications to Avoid Ending Up in a Dickens of a Situation"
    Association of Corporate Counsel, January 2015

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