Professional Biography
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Jonathan P. Goddard Partner

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.3078

    F +1.206.359.9000


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




Jonathan Goddard manages business disputes to facilitate favorable and efficient outcomes, with a practice emphasis on contract disputes, construction and development law, and contract drafting and negotiations.

Clients turn to Jon for their most complex and time-sensitive disputes. He assists clients in resolving matters early to avoid litigation, including performing investigations to identify, mitigate, and resolve issues; and offering course-of-construction counseling and mediation. If matters proceed to formal disputes, Jon streamlines litigation activities—spanning from managing creative, cost-effective discovery solutions to writing case-ending motions—and contributes to case-winning trial teams. In the past few years, he has spent months in trial, trying cases before juries and in arbitration.

Jon also regularly drafts and negotiates construction agreements for contractors and owners throughout the United States, specifically throughout the West Coast. Jon’s project experience includes office buildings, mixed-use, retail, manufacturing, residential (including luxury homes and apartment buildings), and tenant improvements.

Prior to law school, Jon was a middle school math teacher with Teach for America in New York City and an International Baccalaureate (IB) math teacher in Jakarta, Indonesia. He remains committed to championing educational causes and maintains an active pro bono practice.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Construction Law; Litigation - Construction Law, 2021 – 2024

Related Employment

  • Perkins Coie, Seattle, WA, Summer Associate, 2013
  • Judicial Extern to The Hon. Paul Snyder, United States Bankruptcy Court, 2012
  • Teach For America, New York, New York, 2008 – 2010


  • Hon. Karen K. Caldwell, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 2014 - 2015



Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • Cornell Law School, J.D.
  • College of William & Mary, B.A., Economics, cum laude