Attorneys

 

Jill A. Herman

Jill Herman — Legal services in Phoenix, AZ
Jill A Herman, the founding shareholder of Herman | Goldstein, maintained a successful litigation practice for 33 years – representing both plaintiffs and defendants (institutional and individual) in a wide variety of cases, involving virtually every kind of personal injury claim. She is now focusing her practice on Alternative Dispute Resolution and specialized consulting.

Jill's litigation career has included 32 jury trials with an 87.5% success rate (cases with complex liability and damage components, a variety of defense cases, and multiple plaintiffs' cases yielding six and seven figure verdicts); hundreds of mediations and arbitrations; appellate work; over 1,000 personal injury cases handled and settled either prior to or during litigation. Over the course of her career, Jill has been a consistent proponent of Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has arbitrated and mediated well over 100 cases as an advocate (for plaintiffs and defendants) and has been selected as a mediator and arbitrator (by counsel for plaintiffs and defendants, and at times by both) in more than 100 cases.

Jill is down to earth and direct, and connects well with individuals from all walks of life. She is tenacious, well prepared, and efficient in her Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. Her extensive litigation experience with both plaintiff and defense work facilitates her grasp of issues, gives her a balanced perspective, and enhances her credibility with all parties.

Jill is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation. She is currently one of approximately 300 Certified Specialists state-wide in her field. Jill was the first woman in Arizona to be inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier professional trial lawyers organization in America. Jill is licensed to practice in all Arizona courts, the United Stated District Court for the District of Arizona, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jill grew up in Southern Arizona, where she became fluent in Spanish. She received her undergraduate degree in English at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio and then graduated from King Hall School of Law, University of California at Davis in 1980. When her sons were in high school, Jill volunteered as a Mock Trial coach and was active in Speech and Debate. In her spare time, she enjoys seeing movies, spending time with her family, working out, reading, music, art and her dogs.
 

Evan S. Goldstein

Evan Goldstein — Legal services in Phoenix, AZ
Evan S. Goldstein is a litigation attorney and senior shareholder at Herman | Goldstein practicing insurance bad faith, plaintiff and defense personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, and products liability litigation. Evan is an experienced trial attorney, who has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials. He is one of the approximately 200 certified Specialists in personal injury and wrongful death litigation in Arizona. Evan utilizes his litigation skills to facilitate alternative dispute resolution and he also works frequently as a well-respected arbitrator and mediator and bad faith expert.

Evan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. He is admitted to practice in all state courts of Arizona and Missouri, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. After law school, Evan served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable James Duke Cameron. Evan also worked for the Federal Reserve Bank as a holding company examiner from 1981-84.

Evan is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the State Bar of Missouri, and is a Board member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is also licensed to practice before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. In recognition of his skills, Evan's peers have awarded him Martindale Hubbell's "AV" rating.

Evan enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters. He is an avid bicyclist and hiker.
 

Christi A. Woods

Christi Woods — Legal services in Phoenix, AZ
Christi A Woods is a shareholder with Herman | Goldstein practicing in insurance defense, plaintiff personal injury, and insurance bad faith. Christi advocates on a personal level for her clients, focusing her efforts on their particular needs, identifying the unique attributes of their cases, and effectively and passionately representing their interests. Prior to joining Herman | Goldstein, Christi was an extern for Chief Judge Stephen M. McNamee of the United States District Court, District of Arizona.

Christi is admitted to practice law in all state courts of Arizona, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for Arizona. In recognition of her skills, Christi's peers have also awarded her Martindale Hubbell's "AV" rating.

Christi was also appointed as a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem in 2014.

Christi was raised in Alaska, where she enjoyed outdoor activities like hiking, snow mobiling and skiing. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies in Seattle, Washington, in 1995. Christi earned her Juris Doctor Degree and graduated with honors from Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in Tempe, Arizona. Christi enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and downtime with her kids.

Sam Alagha

Sam Alagha — Legal services in Phoenix, AZ
Sam Alagha is a shareholder with Herman | Goldstein. His practice areas include personal injury, insurance defense, insurance bad faith, commercial litigation, and wrongful death litigation.

Sam graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies. He graduated from University of San Diego School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree in 2008. During law school, Sam participated in numerous mock trials and negotiations tournaments. He won first place in the University of San Diego negotiations tournament and participated in the regional competition.

After law school, Sam joined the Maricopa County Public Defender's office as a trial attorney. He managed a caseload of felony criminal cases from drug possession to homicides. Sam has extensive trial and motion practice experience with over a dozen trials as first chair. He is a 2012 graduate of the Arizona State Bar Leadership Institute.

In 2014, the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys selected Sam as a Top Ten Personal Injury Attorney under the Age 40 in the State of Arizona. Sam has been named as a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015 and 2016. He was also appointed as a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem in 2014.

In his spare time, Sam enjoys time with his wife and two sons. He is an avid Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns fan.