James E. Goodley

Associate

James E. Goodley is a persistent advocate for the rights of hard-working individuals. His practice focuses on representing plaintiffs in class and collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law counterparts, as well as representing unions and employees in Davis-Bacon Act and state prevailing wage matters and related claims brought under the False Claims Act. James also represents multiemployer funds in ERISA litigation.

James’ litigation successes as lead or co-lead counsel include:

    • Vox Media, Inc. Wage and Hour Litigation, Nos. 17-cv-1791, 19-cv-160, 20-cv-1793 (D.D.C.) ($4 Million omnibus class/collective action settlement covering over 500 class members in three related independent contractor misclassification suits brought under the FLSA, California and New Jersey law);
    • United States ex rel. IBEW Local Union No. 98 v. Farfield Co., No. 5:09-cv-04230 (E.D. Pa.) (Trial verdict of $1.055 Million on behalf of Relator and United States in False Claims Act lawsuit premised on Davis-Bacon Act wage violations; case currently under appeal);
    • Behrens v. MLB Advanced Media, L.P., No. 1:18-cv-03077 (S.D.N.Y.) ($1.4 Million class/collective action settlement under FLSA and New York Labor Law, for Plaintiff and a class of over 200 employees for whom Plaintiff alleged Defendant did not properly compensate for all overtime hours worked);
    • Keyes v. G.E.C. Restaurant Management & Design, et al., No. 2:18-cv-01115 (E.D. Pa.) ($400,000 settlement in FLSA/PA Minimum Wage Act case, for Plaintiff and a class of over 140 restaurant employees for whom Plaintiff alleged Defendants did not properly compensate due to tip credit violations)

James joined Jennings Sigmond in 2013 after working as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration to enforce legal compliance with ERISA.

He also previously worked as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark office.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of New York, Third Appellate Division
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

  • Temple University, Beasley School of Law, Master of Laws in Trial Advocacy, 2013
  • Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2011
  • Lehigh University, Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering), 2005