Bill Goodman (1940-2023)



Goodman & Hurwitz, P.C.
1394 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48207


  • Police Brutality
  • Prison Brutality Violations
  • Discrimination Cases

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

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

Between 1998 and 2007, Goodman was Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, where he spearheaded many of the legal and political efforts to hold back the excesses of the Bush Administration against the Bill of Rights. These, in particular, included taking leadership in the fight against indefinite detention at Guantanamo and unconstitutional electronic surveillance.

Bill Goodman was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Wayne State University where he tough Civil Rights Law. He was also a past president of the National Lawyers Guild.

Over the years he authored several articles in the field of civil rights and constitutional law. He was admitted to practice law in both Michigan and New York.

Goodman was rated a SuperLawyer for the years 2014 through 2017. Read more about their selection criteria on their Website

Bill passed away unexpectedly in November 2023. The firm continues its work to honor his memory; he will be missed forever.


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