Grant Goodman, Gadfly Phoenix Attorney, Sanctioned Heavily in Probate Cases


Grant Goodman, a local attorney who became a private version of former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas by filing a series of failed so-called racketeering lawsuits against court-appointed guardians, conservators, lawyers and judges, is in very hot water. 

Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill (from Gila County) issued the latest in a series of hefty financial sanctions against Goodman in  a stinging 15-page ruling in an action against the sole practitioner by a large group of litigants, including a now-closed private fiduciary firm, Superior Court judges and several attorneys.
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Phoenix attorney Grant Goodman faces major sanctions

At one point, Goodman claimed that the shuttered fiduciary firm, the Sun Valley Group, in cahoots with Superior Court Judges and a cabal of greedy attorneys, was ripping off adults deemed "incapacitated" by the court for everything they had. 

Judges often appoint private fiduciaries to help with all aspects of a clients's life, and Goodman's representation of those vulnerable people was marked by half-baked legal assaults and inane in-court verbal exchanges with judges and opposing counsel.

Our former colleague Sarah Fenske sliced-and-diced the Phoenix barrister in a 2010 cover story that readers can check out here. She described how, as an attorney and a businessman, Goodman personally had racked up standing court judgments against him totaling more than $24 million.

The story revealed an extraordinarily slimy money-making arrangement Goodman entered into with one of his incapacitated clients, a once-wealthy fellow named Edward Ravenscroft.


"Claims that the [clients] did not receive what they deserved--that, instead, scoundrels (`Racketeers,' as  Mr. Goodman calls them) took advantage of them and stole all their property are serious," Judge Cahill wrote in his ruling, which was issued yesterday afternoon.

But the judge noted that Goodman never did file any paperwork to show his clients were entitled to legal relief, writing that "Alfred Dreyfus surely would have died on Devil's Island if Goodman had been his `[Emile] Zola.'" (Great literary reference there--check it out by linking to Zola.)

Cahill added about another $200,000 in legal sanctions against Goodman to the $24 million that the litigious little guy already is on the hook for. However, he suggested that, based on past behavior, "the court believes it is quite likely that these financial sanctions will mean nothing to Mr. Goodman."

The out-of-town judge, who was asked to sit on the Goodman case because of conflicts-of-interest in Maricopa County, wrote that "it is reasonably likely--actually it is a certainty--that Mr. Goodman will victimize others.

Cahill recommended that Maricopa County's presiding judge Norm Davis hold a hearing, after which Davis deem Goodman a "vexatious litigant," (vexatious denoting "an action or the bringer of an action that is brought without sufficient grounds for winning, purely to cause annoyance to the defendant").

If Judge Davis does so, Goodman would have to file any and all complaints with Davis himself for review and possibly immediate dismissal. Any defendants of a Goodman lawsuit wouldn't have to respond until the judge gave the go-ahead.

Cahill wrote that"Mr. Goodman's conduct--the manner in which he has handled these important matters--has brought discredit to the profession and the courts. In addition, his conduct caused significant harm to the litigants."

He also sent a copy of his clearly composed opinion to the State Bar of Arizona, which, we suspect, finally will get off the dime (so to speak) and nail this fella to the proverbial legal wall.




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Garr Sanders
Garr Sanders

Kudos to Mr. Goodman, Guest, and Robert Gettinger for the well said truth.

Robert Gettinger
Robert Gettinger

Conservatorship and Elderabuse fraud are out of control in America see this story http://www.cbsnews.com/stories...Judges and lawyers are lying thru their teeth to cover up their scams to rob the elderly, veterans and even disabled children. They run and hide when the money is gone, they ONLY come to conserve (the word they claim to do) yet they conserve nothing. The drain hard working seniors of every dime they have. Then when YOU, Americans speak out, call for authorities to act the real corruption comes to the surface and you see those terrible acts being hidden or down played. Avivakbobb.com is a factual case of Judge Aviva K. Bobb who retired early (why) when hundreds of victims came to surface (one she even murdered) yet this lying, cold hearten judge plays the game of corruption and lies. When GOOD judges and LAWYERS stand up and fight they are hero's. Americans need to look deeper then one reporters story, media is bought and sold daily by the big business and deep corrupt pockets.

Guest
Guest

Mr. Rubin, as a reporter, you should understand your subject matter before you post your opinions.  The officers of the court that should be "nailed to the proverbial legal wall" are the judges and attorneys that are involved in the active enterprise of robbing the life savings of American citizens.  If you would do some research into this matter you will find the "extraordinarily slimy money making arrangement” is between the judges and attorneys that take a person's Inalienable Constitutional Rights and then take their life savings and all other assets.  Why do you think Mr. Goodman's once wealthy client has nothing left?  If you would take the time to investigate, you will find the probability is that Mr. Ravenscroft’s fortune was liquidated by the fiduciary that the court appointed.  This is happening to people all over the United States.  And why do you think these people cannot find help?  Because attorneys that consider themselves as ethical and are repulsed by what is happening in the land of the free will not sacrifice themselves as Mr. Goodman has.  The judiciary is making an example of Mr. Goodman and you jumped right on board to crucify him without so much as a blink.  I can only hope that America wakes up to this blatant abuse of civil rights and robbery that is being perpetrated on the American public by the judicial system before you, Mr. Rubin, fall victim.  And the chances that you will be victimized grow steadily every time another American falls prey to these criminals.  And the number of Americans that are falling victim is increasing exponentially.  Have you stopped to ask yourself, “How could Mr. Goodman enter into an agreement with an incapacitated person?”  And maybe you should find out what happened to Mr. Ravenscroft’s estate.  Why don’t you ask Mr. Ravenscroft?  Your reporting is irresponsible and enables the real criminals.  When the day comes that you find yourself dubbed as incapacitated and all your life savings stolen; you can thank yourself and languish in your regret that at one time you might have been able to do something about this but you were too lazy to investigate the truth.     

Justdougjustdougjustdoug
Justdougjustdougjustdoug

This post is right on the mark, Guest.  Paul Rubin is either naive or part of the problem in one way or another, in my opinion.  Would like to conduct some investigation on Paul Rubin.  I would love to speak with you, Robert Gettinger.  Angela Woodhull  (352) 327-3665 or (352) 682-9033.Did you know that there is a march going on in Washington, D.C. to stop guardianship fraud on June 14 & 15?  see www.notega.com

Justdougjustdougjustdoug
Justdougjustdougjustdoug

This post is right on the mark, Guest.  Paul Rubin is either naive or part of the problem in one way or another, in my opinion.  Would like to conduct some investigation on Paul Rubin.  I would love to speak with you, Guest.  Angela Woodhull  (352) 327-3665 or (352) 682-9033.Did you know that there is a march going on in Washington, D.C. to stop guardianship fraud on June 14 & 15?  see www.notega.com 

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