Kara K. Goodman - Cordell & Cordell Charlotte Men's Divorce Attorney

Kara K. Goodman

Senior Lead Litigator

Goodman_KaraKara K. Goodman knew she wanted to be a divorce attorney when she was 8 years old watching her parents go through a divorce.

She successfully used her aggressive litigator approach in her first ever child custody trial where her client was awarded full custody of his children.

“I’ve always been passionate about protecting children,” Ms. Goodman said. “I am also dedicated to the process of learning and improving my skill level. I believe my other qualities rear from this perspective.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Goodman is licensed in North Carolina.


Ms. Goodman received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of North Carolina Asheville and her Juris Doctor from Charlotte School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Goodman predominately practiced family law, juvenile law, criminal defense, wills and estates, and domestic violence cases.


Ms. Goodman belongs to the North Carolina State Bar, Cabarrus County Bar, and North Carolina Advocates for Justice (Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Young Lawyers Division Sections).



“I am confident in Ms. Goodman as my attorney. Any question that I have, Kara is able to answer it quickly, confidently and honestly. That’s what I was looking for in an attorney and that’s what I am receiving.”


“From the first time I sat down with Kara she was great.  I was lucky enough in my case to reach an agreement and not have to go down the litigation path.  Kara explained the options and that litigation would be a long drawn-out process and I could spend a lot of money just to find myself at the same spot.  Of course, I had to make some concessions but she was upfront.  She was very personable. I enjoyed working with her and have full confidence that if we had gone to court, she would have represented me really well.”


“I can’t put into words what Kara Goodman has meant to me in this process. She is genuine, direct and generally awesome!! Kara was beyond professional and the best coach I could have hoped to work with in this.”


“Kara was on top of everything. She spent countless hours working [on] my case. Her dedication was great! I have nothing but great things to say about her.”



“I really appreciated Kara’s presence during this process. She was very direct in giving me all the options. When you’re going through something like this, your mind just runs and it was helpful having Kara there to provide the legal options and in a way I understood. It allowed me to make the best decisions possible. In my case, we were able to come to an agreement and not go through a lengthy court battle which probably saved me a lot of money. She was very responsive and even given the circumstances, it was a great experience.”



“Kara went above and beyond with aggression. She has done an amazing job. … I’m very pleased with her as my attorney on this case.”


“​Kara was very professional. She actually listened to what I had to say and gave me great advice! Honestly, she gave me some personal advise as well and it turned into the best thing possible. I was able to get the best possible outcome thanks to Kara! I never expected to get that kind of treatment from an attorney and I am just very glad I got to meet Kara and would absolutely work with her again!”


“​Kara was great! I didn’t have to do a thing! Kara and her paralegal were amazing! They were so on top of everything. They really took care of everything for me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. They were fantastic! I couldn’t be more pleased! Anyone would be lucky to work with Kara! I think all fathers out there should know there is someone out there like Kara fighting for us. I’m in a wheelchair and this would have been very stressful for me without someone like Kara on my side!”


“​Kara did a wonderful job! I am not very tech savvy and don’t do well keeping up with email or checking things online. Kara really went out of her way to make sure she and her legal staff reached out to me by phone to keep me in the loop. I sure thank her for everything she’s done for me!”


“Kara was a legend and was…..awesome! Kara held my hand throughout the case and guided me through every step. It wasn’t an easy experience, but I wouldn’t trade it in for the world. Kara communicated effectively, kept me in the loop and had a very good support team – everyone was conscientious of my time. It was a blessing to go through my divorce with the help of your firm. Do you know why divorces are expensive? Because they’re WORTH IT – Kara was worth every penny!”


“Kara is excellent in [her] ability to offer the best course of action for her clients. I am very pleased with her professionalism … Thank you so much!


“So far Kara seems very knowledgeable as to how I feel about my case and what the other side may not be willing to agree to.  I’m really glad I have her. “


“Ms. Goodman was excellent. Kara kept me informed, at ease and confident in my case from the beginning through the end, including our hearing. I cannot say enough good things about you all …”


“Kara advised me early on of the worst case scenarios.  I guess you could say she played devil’s advocate, but that was good because it kept me grounded.  She really has done a marvelous job so far.  I’m more of a black and white kind of guy, but she kept me in the gray area and always warned me when I would doing something wrong, which I really appreciated.”

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