Goodman & Hurwitz’s named partners have specialized in civil rights, constitutional law, and police misconduct for decades; Bill Goodman since 1965 and Julie Hurwitz since 1982. Senior associate attorney Kathryn Bruner James has also practiced almost exclusively in these areas since 2007.

The firm has successfully handled a number of cases of political and legal importance in the Detroit area, such as representing the Detroit City Council in its historic struggle to remove the Mayor of Detroit in 2008, representing Walter Swift for his wrongful conviction by Detroit Police that caused him to spend 25 years in prison, and representing the family of Robert Mitchell who was killed in April 2009 by a Warren Police Officer’s TASER.

Bill Goodman


Winner of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association “Champion of Justice” Award and named Public Interest Trial Lawyer of the Year, Bill Goodman is a graduate of the University of Chicago, with both a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees

Bill practices civil rights law with Goodman & Hurwitz P.C., representing families and individuals who have been the victims of police and other governmental misconduct. He has handled dozens of cases against various governments, including the United States, cities, states and counties He also recently represented the Detroit City Council, as Special Counsel, in its historic struggle to remove Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick..

Julie hurwitz


A respected trial attorney, law professor and author, Julie Hurwitz is President and Partner at Goodman Hurwitz & James, P.C.

Julie received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley (with honors) before attending the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a member of the student senate and participated in the NLG Unemployment Compensation Clinic.

Kathryn James


Kathryn Bruner James received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Albion College in 2002 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Law in 2007. She received awards for her work with the UDM chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and for receiving the highest grade in her Civil Rights Litigation class. While in law school, Kathryn worked as a law clerk for: the State Appellate Defenders Office; Pitt, McGehee, Mirer, Palmer & Rivers, P.C. (now Pitt, McGehee, Palmer & Rivers); and Julie H. Hurwitz, P.C.

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