Jimmy K. Goodman

Of Counsel

Office: Oklahoma City
Email: jimmy.goodman@crowedunlevy.com

Phone: 405.235.7717
Fax: 405.272.5272
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Jimmy Goodman is a senior trial attorney and past president at Crowe & Dunlevy. Since 1973, Jimmy has specialized in high-stakes business litigation, product claims and disputes involving tribal compacts, economic development, gaming enterprises and federal Indian law. Jimmy has tried cases before state, federal, bankruptcy and tribal courts representing individuals, small businesses and Native American Nations along with Fortune 500 companies.

Jimmy recently represented Indian Nations in significant compact litigation with the state of Oklahoma—saving one nation several million dollars on a tobacco compact renewal dispute and saving another tens of millions of dollars in a gaming compact arbitration defeating the state’s efforts to unlawfully tax tribally-supported sales transactions on tribal lands.

In other cases, Jimmy saved his client millions of dollars by preventing the Department of Justice’s novel attempt at using “statistical sampling” in a Medicare fraud case to prove damages for unsampled claims; successfully defended the trial court’s summary dismissal of a seven figure life insurance bad faith claim seeking punitive damages; and persuaded the Oklahoma Supreme Court to grant the rare reversal of an arbitration award.

Jimmy was named 2016 and 2014 Lawyer of the Year in Gaming (OKC) by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.* He has also been ranked in Chambers USA Band 3 in 2017, named a 2015 Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and recognized in Oklahoma Super Lawyers in several specialty areas.*

In 2009, Jimmy received the William G. Paul Oklahoma Justice Award, awarded annually by Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. on behalf of Oklahoma's justice community for commitment to "the American promise of equal justice for all." Jimmy was the recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association John E. Shipp Award for Ethics in 2006. That same year, the Oklahoma County Bar Association presented him with both the Leadership in Law Award for service to the legal profession, especially toward increasing diversity and pro bono service, and its highest award, the Bobby G. Knapp Bar Leadership Award for sustained leadership, distinguished by stewardship and professionalism reflecting the highest values of the legal community. He is a former president of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and served for years on the Supreme Court of Oklahoma Uniform Civil Jury Instructions Committee.

Jimmy is actively engaged in professional, community and philanthropic activities:

  • American Bar Association (ABA) Board of Governors (2013-16)
  • ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • ABA House of Delegates, Oklahoma Delegate (2005-13) and Oklahoma County Bar Delegate (1996-2005)
  • ABA Task Force on Human Trafficking, co-chair (2012-14)
  • Held numerous positions of leadership in the ABA Litigation Section
  • Served on the ABA’s Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Commission on Hispanic Rights and Responsibilities
  • American Bar Foundation (ABF), Board of Directors and Treasurer
  • Fellows of the ABF, past chair
  • Co-chaired the ABF fund to create the foundation’s first endowed research chair for diversity and law

Jimmy received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served on the Stanford Law Review.

*Crowe & Dunlevy has no input in the rating methodologies used by Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation or Oklahoma Super Lawyers.

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Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association House of Delegates (Board of Governors, 2013-16; Oklahoma State Delegate, 2005-13; Oklahoma County Bar Association Delegate, 1996-2005)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law (Antitrust Leadership; Ex-Officio Council Member; Liaison)
  • American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation (Co-Chair, Access to Justice)
  • American Bar Association Board of Governors (District Member; Member, Committee on Board Procedures and Operations, Program; Member, Evaluation and Planning Committee; Co-Chair, Task Force on Human Trafficking)
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association (President, 1995—96)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Council (Council Member, 1994—97)
  • American Bar Association (Commission on Racial and Ethic Diversity in the Profession (Commissioner, 1999—2002)
  • American Bar Association (Council Member, Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice, 2003—04)
  • Oklahoma Bar Foundation (President 2001, Sustaining Fellow)
  • American Bar Association (Member, President's Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession, 1999—2000)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund (Chair, Scholarship Selection Committee, 1999—2002)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation (Co-Chair, Training and Mentoring the Advocate Committee, 2001—02)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation (Co-Chair, Expansion of Legal Services Training Committee, 2000—01)
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1990—2003)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation (Co-Chair, Task Force for the Minority Trial Lawyer, 1993—97)
  • William J. Holloway, Jr. American inn of Court CV (President-Elect, 2003—04)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Supreme Court Standing Committee on Preparation of Uniform Civil Jury Instructions (Member, 1991—Present)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Supreme Court Standing Committee on Preparation of Uniform Civil Jury Instructions (Member, 1991—Present)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Supreme Court Standing Committee on Preparation of Uniform Civil Jury Instructions (Member, 1991—Present)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation (Co-Director, Division VII, Task Forces and Special Projects, 2002—03)

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Gaming Law, Insurance Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Real Estate, Native American Law, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2001-Present)
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 2005
  • Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, 1994
  • Oklahoma Bar Association Outstanding Service to the Public Award, 1986
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2000 - Present
  • Journal Record Leadership in Law Award, 2006
  • Named Best Lawyers 2016 and 2018 Lawyer of the Year (Gaming Law - OKC)*
  • William G. Paul Oklahoma Justice Award, 2009
  • Oklahoma Bar Association John E. Shipp Award for Ethics, 2006
  • Oklahoma Bar Association Bobby G. Knapp Bar Leadership Award, 2006
  • Ranked in Chambers USA Band 3 (Native American Law)

Published Works

Community Service

  • Founding Board Member, Myriad Gardens of Oklahoma City, Citizens League of Central Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma Childbirth Education Association
  • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc., Co-Chair of Campaign for Legal Aid, 2002 - 2003
  • Citizens League of Central Oklahoma (President, 1999 - 2001)
  • Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma (Counsel 1998 - Present, President 1976 - 1978)
  • Leadership Oklahoma City (Vice President 1995 - 1996, Board 1994 - 2002)
  • Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma, Inc., Member, Board of Directors, 1989 - 1995
  • American Bar Foundation, Member, Treasurer-Elect
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