Leonard C. Goodman is a Chicago criminal defense lawyer with a reputation for taking on and winning difficult cases. He has earned freedom for dozens of men and women wrongfully convicted or wrongfully held, including an Afghani man detained twelve years at Guantanamo Bay, without charges. Other past clients include a former Illinois Governor and a former Town president. Goodman is an adjunct professor of law at DePaul University College of Law, where he teaches Federal Criminal Law.
Goodman is also a supporter of independent investigative journalists who are shut out of mainstream, corporate, or partisan media outlets. He founded the Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting, which provides editorial and financial support to independent journalists pursuing in-depth investigative projects. He is part-owner of the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Reader, having helped save these local papers from bankruptcy, and is a supporter of the Grayzone’s investigative journalists. He also writes about the law, politics, and militarism. His columns appear regularly in the Chicago Reader and In these Times Magazine, among other notable publications.