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Attorney Profile

Former Miami-Dade Prosecutor Defending Your Constitutional Rights

Mr. Goodman began his legal career litigating on behalf of those accused of crimes by first interning for the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Wanting to learn just how prosecutors put together their cases against the accused, Mr. Goodman decided to serve as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County for over six and a half years. While acting as a prosecutor, Mr. Goodman tried over seventy cases to verdict. During his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Goodman handled death penalty murder cases, murders featured on national television programs, traffic homicides, crimes of violence, as well as complex economic crimes.

Due to his expertise in trial work, Mr. Goodman was selected to serve as the Chief of Litigation for the Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit, where he was tasked with training over twenty attorneys on the rules of evidence, and how to properly handle and build a case from the initial investigation until a jury verdict. Additionally, Mr. Goodman was chosen to serve on the prestigious Traffic Homicide Unit where he investigated numerous traffic fatalities that ranged from vehicular homicide to DUI manslaughter. Mr. Goodman additionally argued on behalf of the State of Florida before the Florida Parole Commission, and was specially assigned to prosecute multiple cases by the Office of the Governor. As a defense attorney, Mr. Goodman has handled crimes ranging from traffic citations to murder – each case prepared with the idea that a trial may be needed to clear the client from the charges.

Professional Background

• Office of the Miami-Dade State Attorney, Assistant State Attorney, August 2007 – November 2013
• Previously practiced as an “A” felony Assistant State Attorney; managed upwards of 200 cases at a time
• Formerly acted as the Chief of Litigation for the Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit
• Supervised twenty Misdemeanor prosecutors, focusing on trial preparation from initial filing of a case file until jury verdict
• Member of the Traffic Homicide Unit
• Trial Experience - over 80 trials to verdict

Admitted to Practice

• Florida
• District of Columbia
• United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
• United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
• United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
• United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

Education

• Emory University, Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History
• Stetson University College of Law, Juris Doctor

Professional Associations

• Vice President, League of Prosecutors
• Florida Bar Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee, Appointed Member, 2011 – 2013

Community Involvement

• Miami-Dade County Teen Court Program, Volunteer, January 2010 – 2013
• League of Prosecutors, Board of Directors, Spring 2010 – January 2016, Former Vice President
• Member, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Miami

Speaking Engagements

• Conference: International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television, and Sports
• Presentation name: Attorneys Acting As Sports Agents: The Issues Lawyers Confront When Serving In Agent Capacity

Honors

• AVVO 10.0 Top Attorney Rating
• 10 Best Attorney Client Satisfaction – American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
• Book Award for top grade in Advanced Legal Research and Writing
• Dean's List
• Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
• Executive Lieutenant Governor, Fifth Circuit, American Bar Association – Law Student Division​
• The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
• 2016 Hialeah Small Business Excellence Award
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Notable Cases

• Judge dismisses charges against Miss Miami Lakes. Press coverage (Click Here).

• State dismisses murder charge against DeAndre Charles, who was accused of murdering Rabbi Joseph Raksin. Press coverage (Click Here)

• Charges dropped against former NBA player Donté Greene. Original press coverage. (Click Here)

• Judge sentences man in Miami gay Hungarian sex-slave ring to minimum allowable sentence after attorney Adam K. Goodman is hired for sentencing. Press coverage (Click Here)

• Father accepts plea deal in dog-mauling death of his four year old son. Press coverage (Click Here)