The Legal Intelligencer announced that Amos Goodall has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020 as part of the Legal Intelligencer’s 2020 Professional Excellence Awards series. These awards recognize the achievements of Pennsylvania lawyers "who have made a significant, positive impact on the legal profession and who have left an imprint on the legal history of the state.”
A graduate of Franklin and Marshall and Fordham Law School, Amos Goodall began the practice of law in Centre County following a clerkship with the Chief Judge of the Middle District of Pennsylvania in 1976. In 1987, he began his own firm, which became Goodall & Yurchak. This firm was acquired by Steinbacher Law in Williamsport and became part of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak. Amos Goodall continues to practice in the State College office.
For nearly thirty years he has been rated a preeminent attorney by Martindale Hubbell, the national legal rating service. In 2000, he was certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, and in 2009, he earned an LLM (with honors) in Elder Law from Stetson College of Law.
This year he completed a term as President of the National Elder Law Foundation. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and was a member of the board of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, where, as public relations chair, he worked with Congressman G. C. Thompson on the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, which was ultimately adopted as part of the Twenty-First Century Cures Act in 2016.
Amos Goodall is solicitor to the Centre County United Way. During his career, he was chair of the Board of Directors of Foxdale Village, the Centre Foundation, the Centre County Youth Service Bureau, the Centre County Child Development Council, and has given pro bono advice to dozens of other local organizations.
He lives in State College with Casey, his wife. Their daughter and family live in Lake Como, NJ, and their son, Christian, is deceased.
He and other honorees will be recognized in special editorial sections of the Legal Intelligencer and during an awards dinner on Sept. 9 at the Crystal Tea Room of the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia.