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Max Goodman


Practice Areas


University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2013

University of Michigan, B.A., 2009



What sets Max apart is his work ethic. The first time Max ever delivered the closing argument in front of a jury he won a complete defense verdict after a week long multi-million dollar trial. He describes that experience as one of the most rewarding of his career. His preparedness, strategy and process consistently lead to significant wins for his clients. Max’s focus and thoroughness throughout discovery frequently leads to dispositive motions being granted in his clients’ favor.

As a member of our Commercial Litigation Group, Max handles complex breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraud, and tortious interference claims. He defends various restaurant and hospitality groups in claims concerning the Dram Shop Act, negligence, and intentional torts. For our media clients, Max defends defamation and false light claims defending free speech. Max also represents businesses in the health, wellness, and fitness industry where he partners with business owners to deliver informed advice and counsel concerning business and legal needs. 


  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List: 2020, 2021

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: Illinois State Bar


  • Obtained a not guilty verdict for a Fortune 500 company after a week long jury trial where the plaintiff sought $3.3 million for breach of oral contract and unjust enrichment
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict at arbitration for multi-national food and beverage company in negligence case
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of five-count lawsuit (breach of contract, negligence, fraud, and alleged violations of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Illinois Real Property Disclosure Act) in a case stemming from the sale of residential real estate
  • Obtained summary judgment on breach of contract and unjust enrichment claims for manufacturer of aerosol products resulting in award to client in excess of $500,000
  • Obtained $7.6 million judgment in a case for defamation, invasion of privacy, public disclosure of private facts, tortious interference, vandalism, and infliction of emotional distress against a client’s former girlfriend who distributed explicit images of the client to family, friends, and colleagues via social media
  • Successfully defended a well-known Chicago bar in dram shop and negligence litigation where the plaintiff was involved in a physical altercation with another patron after leaving the client’s establishment


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