CONTACTS

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

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EDUCATION

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Cal Poly SLO

Undergrad. Bachelor of Arts (BA), History & Minor: Philosophy/Anthropology/Geography.

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San Francisco State

Master’s Degree (MA), Latin American History/Social Theory, Phi Delt Theta Honors Society for History

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Golden Gate University

Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)
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A former member of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Indigent Defense Administration, Mr. Goodrow is an experienced and knowledgeable civil litigator, who specializes in California medical marijuana litigation. In 2005 Mr. Goodrow began his civil litigation career at the United States Department of Justice while working in the Environment and Natural Resources Division. During that time, Mr. Goodrow worked on civil trials and worked on the litigation team that civilly prosecuted the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill, in which 53,569 gallons of heavy fuel oil spilled into San Francisco Bay.

RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Mr. Goodrow’s recent accomplishments include preventing several different San Francisco and San Jose landlords from evicting their medical marijuana dispensary tenants. In Santa Rosa, Mr. Goodrow persuaded the Court to return possession and ownership of medical marijuana that had been seized by a rouge operator, who changed the locks and drilled out the safes. Mr. Goodrow has successfully litigated lawsuits against cities, counties and other municipalities on behalf of storefront medical marijuana dispensaries throughout California. In 2014, Mr. Goodrow worked on the trial team that acquitted a San Jose medical marijuana dispensary driver, who was transporting five pounds of flowers and five pounds of concentrates.

LIFE/EDUCATION HISTORY

An Eagle Scout, Mr. Goodrow was raised in Goleta, California, where he played varsity football and baseball. While studying History at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Mr. Goodrow began working as a federal firefighter, where the seasonal schedule allowed him to travel for long periods on surf excursions to the Southern Hemisphere.

After seven years working as a federal fire fighter hotshot, Mr. Goodrow moved to the Bay Area to work as a substitute teacher for The San Francisco Unified School District and earn his Master’s degree in History at San Francisco State University. Mr. Goodrow finished his academic studies at San Francisco’s Golden Gate University, where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence while interning at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

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Golden Gate University

Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

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Cal Poly SLO

Undergrad. Bachelor of Arts (BA), History & Minor: Philosophy/Anthropology/Geography.

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San Francisco State

Master’s Degree (MA), Latin American History/Social Theory, Phi Delt Theta Honors Society for History

EXPERIENCE

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SF Public Defender’s Office

Certified Law Student from 2004 – 2005

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US Department of Justice:
Environment and Natural Resources Division 

Large Environmental Cases from 2005 – 2009

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Bar Association of SF: Indigent Defense Administration

Criminal defense for indigent SF defendants from 2007 – 2012

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ALRP: Aids Legal Referral Program

Pro bono legal assistance for people suffering from AIDS or related illnesses since 2010.

IN THE MEDIA

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SFGATE.COM: 5 years in, verdict is positive for S.F. community court

Attorney Russell Goodrow (l to r) confers with client Michael Gilmore of San Francisco outside of the Community Justice Center on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in San Francisco.

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SFGATE.COM: S.F. Community Justice Center wins over critics

Tomiquia Moss (l to r), Community Justice Center coordinator, hands a bowl of candy to Lacrecia Hicks of San Francisco while attorney Russell Goodrow assits while appearing at the Community Justice Center Court on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in San Francisco, Calif.

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