James C. Goodale Esq.

James Goodale is a leading First Amendment lawyer. He is the former General Counsel and Vice Chairman of The New York Times and has represented the Times in all four of its cases that have reached the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also been called “the father of the reporters’ privilege.”

He was a leading force behind the Times’ decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971. After the Times’ outside counsel, Lord Day & Lord, advised the Times against publishing classified information and quit when the U.S. Justice Department threatened to sue the paper to stop publication, Goodale formed a new legal team and directed a strategy that resulted in winning the Supreme Court case of New York Times v. United States. He joined the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton in 1980, where he continued to represent the Times.

He created a First Amendment bar association for lawyers representing media companies and for 35 years conducted a continuing education seminar at the Practising Law Institute on Communications Law, where he is currently chairman emeritus.

Mr. Goodale has written over 200 articles on media law and press freedom for many publications, including The New York Times, The New York Review of Books and The Daily Beast. Goodale has taught First Amendment and Communications law at Yale, New York University, and Fordham Law Schools.

Mr. Goodale graduated from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School.