PERSONAL LITIGATION ATTORNEY VINCE GODDARD
Vince Goddard brings over two decades of litigation experience to represent victims of severe injuries and to hold those liable accountable. He has earned a reputation locally and nationally for his ability to investigate, prosecute, and deliver hard-fought results in complex matters.
Mr. Goddard has litigated more than 130 felony jury trials to verdict as lead counsel, including eight death penalty jury trials to verdict, hundreds of bench trials, and numerous others. He has frequently been recognized by his peers for his work, including being named the Arizona Felony Attorney of the Year by the statewide prosecution association.
Mr. Goddard honed his ability to identify and present compelling arguments working in various roles at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Pinal County Attorney’s Office, and Kane County State’s Attorney Office (Illinois).
During this time, he presented a wide variety of expert testimony, including a governing standard setting cases, prosecuted hundreds of vehicular crimes cases involving a wide range of charges from DUI to Second Degree Murder. Mr. Goddard has years of experience handling all aspects of investigating, prosecuting, and securing justice for victims of serious physical injury cases.
Now at Kelly Law Team, Mr. Goddard deploys his unmatched trial skills – and passion for justice – in litigation involving personal injury, auto accident injuries, wrongful death, product liability, and workplace injuries. He is adept at assessing case details, investigating liability, and creating strategies that contextualize the defenses’ arguments and emphasize the greater implications on his clients’ physical, mental, emotional, and financial well-being.
As a former athlete, Mr. Goddard applies skills developed to be effective on the pitch when advocating for people facing high-stakes situations at the fault of others. He remains focused and calm under pressure, even in emotionally driven cases, until ultimately securing the best possible resolution for his clients.
State and national organizations frequently seek out Mr. Goddard to present on all aspects of trial at seminars and conferences. He is also an adjunct professor at Paradise Valley Community College where he teaches criminal justice classes.
Mr. Goddard currently serves as a board member for the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation and has been active in both the Arizona Gang Investigators Association and International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Association since 2006.
Mr. Goddard is admitted to practice in Arizona, Texas, and Illinois. He received his B.A. from Drake University in 1996, where he majored in Economics and Political Science. He obtained his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 2000.