People: James C. Goodfellow, Jr., Associate

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James C. Goodfellow, Jr.

Associate

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5508
Fax: (312) 460-7508
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Mr. Goodfellow is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and is a member of one of the leading ERISA litigation practice groups in the nation.  He has experience representing employers, employee benefit plans, and fiduciaries in a broad range of employment and employee benefits litigation.  He successfully has handled litigation from pre-lawsuit negotiation and evaluation through dispositive motions, and as well as appeals.  In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Goodfellow also is a skilled negotiator who has shepherded difficult cases through alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Goodfellow focuses his practice in the area of litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).  He successfully has litigated hundreds of single plaintiff ERISA lawsuits on behalf of employee benefits plans and insurers in federal courts across the country.  He also has handled other complex ERISA class action lawsuits involving pension and welfare benefit claims, plan design, plan administration, 401(k) fees, “stock drop” claims, and fiduciary responsibility.

Mr. Goodfellow also has experience litigating matters outside of the ERISA context.  He has represented different types of employers, from Fortune 500 companies to small, closely held corporations, in matters involving contract disputes, insurance coverage, unfair trade practice and consumer protection act claims, bad faith insurance claims handling, federal and state law race and gender discrimination claims, federal and state law age discrimination claims, federal and state law wage and hour claims, the Family Medical Leave Act, vicarious liability, RICO, OSHA, and the Delaware Limited Partnership Act.  He counsels various clients on day-to-day employment law matters and assists clients with revisions to employee policies and employment applications. Mr. Goodfellow also has experience litigating unfair labor practice charges and contract interpretation matters. 

Mr. Goodfellow’s previous experience also includes serving as a law clerk to Justices Barry R. Schaller and David M. Borden, both retired, of the State of Connecticut Supreme Court. 

Mr. Goodfellow is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and is a member of one of the leading ERISA litigation practice groups in the nation.  He has experience representing employers, employee benefit plans, and fiduciaries in a broad range of employment and employee benefits litigation.  He successfully has handled litigation from pre-lawsuit negotiation and evaluation through dispositive motions, and as well as appeals.  In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Goodfellow also is a skilled negotiator who has shepherded difficult cases through alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Goodfellow focuses his practice in the area of litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).  He successfully has litigated hundreds of single plaintiff ERISA lawsuits on behalf of employee benefits plans and insurers in federal courts across the country.  He also has handled other complex ERISA class action lawsuits involving pension and welfare benefit claims, plan design, plan administration, 401(k) fees, “stock drop” claims, and fiduciary responsibility.

Mr. Goodfellow also has experience litigating matters outside of the ERISA context.  He has represented different types of employers, from Fortune 500 companies to small, closely held corporations, in matters involving contract disputes, insurance coverage, unfair trade practice and consumer protection act claims, bad faith insurance claims handling, federal and state law race and gender discrimination claims, federal and state law age discrimination claims, federal and state law wage and hour claims, the Family Medical Leave Act, vicarious liability, RICO, OSHA, and the Delaware Limited Partnership Act.  He counsels various clients on day-to-day employment law matters and assists clients with revisions to employee policies and employment applications. Mr. Goodfellow also has experience litigating unfair labor practice charges and contract interpretation matters. 

Mr. Goodfellow’s previous experience also includes serving as a law clerk to Justices Barry R. Schaller and David M. Borden, both retired, of the State of Connecticut Supreme Court. 

Education

  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law (2007)
    with honors
    Editor-in-Chief, Connecticut Journal of International Law
    Member, Connecticut Moot Court Board
    Joseph Glick Prize Winner for Contribution to the Study of International Law
  • B.S., Georgetown University (2000)

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Connecticut

Courts

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Connecticut Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

Publications

  • Co-Author, "Rochow and the Future of Equitable Remedies Under ERISA," Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Memorandum (August 24, 2015)
  • “Just as in the Jetsons, Things Don’t Go Well for Cogswell,” Connecticut Employment Law Letter (April 2011)
  • “When Not to Answer a Supervisor’s Call,” Connecticut Employment Law Letter (March 2011)
  • “Judge Rings Last Call for Bartender’s First Amendment Claim,” Connecticut Employment Law Letter (January 2011)
  • “Rigorous Class Certification Analysis Required Determination of Whether Contractual Provisions At Issue Are Ambiguous,” BNA Class Action Litigation Report (Dec. 24, 2010)