Harold Goodman’s very first case out of law school required him to argue his client’s First Amendment rights before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. A unanimous decision in his favor sparked a profound commitment to fight for those in need. He did just that with Philadelphia’s Community Legal Services for almost two decades where he litigated and won a number of complex class action and individual lawsuits on behalf of unemployed employees, consumers and homeowners. In the early 1990s, a complex asbestos case for the Philadelphia School District brought Mr. Goodman into contact with Raynes McCarty and he has been with the firm ever since.
Throughout his career, Mr. Goodman has proven to be a formidable advocate, particularly in the arena of workers’ rights. On four occasions, he has been called upon and won cases before the United States Supreme Court. In addition, Mr. Goodman has argued and won more than 10 cases in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and more than 30 cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in America and voted as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by his peers.
In individual and class action cases, Mr. Goodman has represented countless workers who have been discriminated against because of their gender, race, age, national origin or disability. He also has defended whistleblowers and businesses that denied workers the pensions they were promised. One of his most significant cases, Mr. Goodman represented black Pennsylvania state troopers who had been systematically discriminated against for decades. At the time he began his representation, only 40 of the 4100 state troopers were from minority groups. Once the class-action case was concluded, 620 troopers came forward.
- Pennsylvania, 1972
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania