About the Firm

Founded by partners Judith F. Goodman and Sue C. Jacobs in 1992, Goodman & Jacobs LLP is listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters. Ms. Goodman and Ms. Jacobs are nationally-recognized authorities on insurance-related matters and are widely published in leading legal and insurance-related periodicals, journals and treatises.

We take pride in providing our clients with practical solutions to their insurance-related problems. As a boutique firm focusing on insurance and litigation, we work with our clients to obtain positive results in an efficient and cost-effective manner. We make every effort to resolve disputes through negotiation, but when necessary, litigate aggressively on behalf of our clients. We are particularly proud of our success in obtaining insurance coverage for a major New York City condominium board and of our decades long representation of a well-known New York City residential and commercial building owner and developer.

Goodman & Jacobs LLP represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts and in arbitration and mediation proceedings in both insurance coverage and insurance defense matters.

We have successfully litigated complex coverage disputes under many types of primary and excess insurance policies including:

  • commercial general liability
  • commercial property
  • premises liability
  • homeowners
  • auto
  • professional liability
  • environmental
  • directors and officers
  • errors and omissions and
  • specialty lines.

We are also outside panel counsel to several insurers, handling defense of policyholders in actions involving construction accidents, toxic tort and lead-based paint claims, premises liability, general negligence and breach of contract claims. We successfully defended a Fortune 500 client in a $5,000,000 international arbitration arising out of a technology contract and have successfully argued cases before the New York Court of Appeals and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The firm has also successfully defended attorneys accused of legal malpractice and real estate developers accused of fraud.

Our clients regularly seek our counsel on insurance coverage issues and insurance defense matters both large and small. The firm’s practice includes drafting coverage opinions, disclaimers and reservation of rights letters for its clients. We monitor trials on behalf of our insurer clients, who also seek our advice and insights on high-exposure claims.