About Attorney Alan R. Goodman
A native of Western Massachusetts, Alan Goodman was born in raised in Ware, Massachusetts. The attorney first began his career in law while attending school at Amherst College where he graduated magna cum laude. It was during his studies at the university that Goodman wrote a senior honors thesis for his American Studies class on the "The History of the Consumer Movement in America." An early sign of his legal acumen, the thesis not only contributed to Goodman's high educational marks it also earned him the attention of Ralph Nader. Alongside the late Colston Warne, Nader worked to have Goodman's thesis published and distributed - a true testament to his belief in and backing of the soon-to-be practicing Massachusetts lawyer.
Inspired by his work with Ralph Nader, Goodman went on to act as Consumer Advocate for the City of North Hampton in the summer of 1972. Around the same time, he worked actively in the formation of Western Massachusetts' PIRG, which later became MASS PIRG. Upon graduating from Amherst College, Goodman took a research and writing position at the Consumers Union Consumer Reports Magazine in New York. Goodman found himself back in Massachusetts once again to study law at the Western New England College School of Law in Springfield. He completed his graduate studies at the university on a fellowship from Amherst College. Goodman again exhibited academic excellence during his time in grad school, earning top honors and organizing the foundation of the Consumer Action Commission which was designed specifically to help the victims of consumer fraud.
Graduating at the top of his class cum laude, Goodman was honored with an invitation to teach part-time as a professor at the law school. It was during his first few years of practice that the attorney made good on this offer – teaching as a nighttime instructor to students at the university. It did not take long for the skillful lawyer's practice to blossom, and before long he was working as a full-time lawyer and advocate for consumers in the state of Massachusetts. In fact, the attorney has made a name for himself as one that is willing to take on cases with no precedent backing them and still bring about successful settlements and verdicts for the clients he represents. Since the inception of his firm in 1977, Mr. Goodman has paved the way for others to recover from similar accidents and injuries not just in Massachusetts but around the country.
Attorney Goodman's work has earned him notable recognition from peers, clients and other professionals across the nation. In fact, one of the cases he handled landed him a spot on CBS's "60 Minutes," and ABC's "Good Morning America." Solicited for his knowledge and experience in the field, national programs such as the NBC evening news and ABC's "20-20," have utilized the lawyer for the skills and information he has to bring to the table. An outspoken advocate for the victims of drunk driving accidents, Goodman continues to push for a ban of "Happy Hours" in bars throughout the state. He has also openly expressed his desire to forever put an end to high speed police chases and plans on continuing to provide his legal representation to injury victims throughout the state.