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James Goodnow of Fennemore Craig.

James Goodnow, the fast-rising 36-year-old who joined Fennemore Craig’s management committee two years ago, has been elected managing partner of the Phoenix-based NLJ 500 firm. He is set to take the reins from Stephen Good on April 1, making him one of the youngest lawyers to run a large American law firm.

As the shock wore off this week, Goodnow, who started at the firm as a minimum-wage file clerk in college and admitted he “had never contemplated that I would be in this position,” was already preparing for the future.

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Ben Seal

Ben Seal is managing editor of The American Lawyer. He joined the magazine in February 2018, and previously spent five years working for The Legal Intelligencer, editing the paper's magazines and supplements and reporting on Pennsylvania's state courts, legislature and Attorney General's Office. Contact him at [email protected] or @BSealTAL.

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