Michael D. Goforth

Litigation Practice

For over 33 years Michael D. Goforth has exclusively represented those who have had the misfortune becoming seriously injured in construction site accidents or through the negligence of a third party. He is known for his ability to assemble the right team to respond to the unique requirements facing clients in injury cases in order to maximize their economic recoveries.

Workers' Compensation: Emphasis on maximizing clients' monetary recovery under the ever-evolving California Labor code, such as the massive 2013, SB 863 overhaul. Protection of workers' rights to temporary disability, lifetime medical care, permanent disability, and vocational retraining vouchers.

Personal Injury: Represents severely injured persons and their families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Assuring clients' recovery of lost wages and lost earning capacity, medical care, pain and suffering damages, emotional distress. Cases include big rig accidents, industrial claims, child sexual abuse, elder abuse, wrongful death, and defective products.

Mediation/Litigation Experience

Michael D. Goforth's experience includes numerous jury trials. Finding early solutions to the expense and risk inherent in the civil trial process is also vitally important.

His successful use of Alternative Dispute Resolution begins with hundreds of successful mediations and arbitrations over his distinguished career as a civil litigator. Mr. Goforth has also assisted countless litigants in resolving law suits through the ADR process, and serves as a Superior Court mediation panelist in all of the San Francisco Bay Area counties.

Areas of Practice

  • Products Liability
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Third Party claims against Sub-Contractor/General Contractor
  • Premises liability
  • Automobile and Trucking Accidents
  • Wrongful Death Claims

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1979


  • Western State University College of Law, San Diego, California
  • University of California, Berkeley, California


  • Spanish