John F. Goodson
Estate Planning & Asset Protection Probate & After-Death Administration
Business Planning Philanthropic Planning General Counsel

Background of

John F. Goodson

John F Goodson

John F. Goodson, a third generation Arizonan founded the law firm of Goodson, Manley, Forakis and Deloughery, PLC. For 40 years, he has practiced in corporate, business, estate, tax, and financial planning law.

His clients include some of the largest families in Arizona. He insists on the efficient integration of the family estate with the legal structuring of the family business and family charitable foundations.

John attended undergraduate and law school at the University of Arizona and received advanced studies in business planning and estate planning at Harvard University, New York University, Indiana University, and Miami University law schools.

He is the co-author of a business law textbook, has written numerous legal and financial planning articles, has served on the Editorial Board of the Certified Financial Planners' Journal and the Financial Planning Digest, and has written a syndicated column on preventive law.

John has been a national convention speaker and part-time law professor.
He has spoken at the national conventions of the following organizations and groups:

  • Million Dollar Round Table [two occasions]
  • International Association of Financial Planners
  • Tax Section of the American Bar Association
  • Association of Fee Only Estate Planners
  • Association of Interior Decorators
  • Preferred Funeral Directors
  • National Speakers Association.

At the Million Dollar Round Table Convention, he was acclaimed for giving the best presentation on estate planning ever presented at a Million Dollar Round Table Convention.

He is one of the founders, is on the original Board of Directors, and is the Chairman of the Faculty of the College of Estate Planning Attorneys. He is a founder of the Preventive Law Resource Center and the College of Preventive Law.

John has experienced a colorful life as a mountain climber; an expedition leader; a journalist; an armored reconnaissance officer in Europe; coach of a pistol team and a coach of the Le Clerk combat pistol, rifle, and machine gun teams; an escape and evasion instructor; an Outward Bound instructor; the co-founder of the Reevis Mountain Survival School; a director of the Aspen Academy of Martial Arts; and a complex litigation lawyer. He weaves colorful analogies from these experiences into his speaking presentations. John is married with three children: Mel Goodson, an electrical computer engineer; Colleen Manley, a lawyer in this firm; Christine Mesler, also a lawyer; and seven grandchildren.