James E Goodman, Jr.


James E Goodman, Jr. was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated cum laude from Illinois State University in 1985, where he majored in political science and music. He obtained his law degree with distinction in 1988 from the University of Iowa. He was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1988 and the Illinois Bar in 2001. Jim is also a member of the United States Tax Court. Jim joined the firm in 1994 following positions as an Associate attorney with Shaff & Farwell in Clinton, Iowa, and as a Trust Officer for National Bank of Waterloo and American Trust & Savings Bank in Dubuque. He is a member of the Iowa State and Illinois State Bar Associations and former member of the Tri-State Estate Planning Council, serving as President from 1993-94. He served as the President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Dubuque Youth Hockey Association. Jim is also a founder and board member of the Dubuque Community Ice and Recreation Center, Inc. Jim’s general practice includes, but is not limited to the areas of estate planning, wills, probate, elder law, taxation, estate planning, trusts, business law, corporate law, and real estate law.

Honors & Awards

Named 2016 Super Lawyer in Estate & Probate.

James E. Goodman, Jr., was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 in the fields of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates!

James E. Goodman, Jr. was included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.

University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, 1988
Honors: With Distinction

Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, 1985
Honors: cum laude
Major: Political Science
Major: Music

Iowa, 1988
Illinois, 2001
U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 2001
U.S. Tax Court, 2004
Iowa Academy of Trust & Estate Counsel

Tri-State Estate Planning Council
Former Member, Founder and President

Dubuque Youth Hockey Association
Former President and Director

Dubuque County Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association, Probate Section

Iowa State Bar Association, Probate Trust Law Section

Illinois State Bar Association


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