Jack A. Gould

Biography

Jack Gould is an experienced litigator at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. He focuses his practice on the defense of complex civil litigation in the areas of product liability, mass tort and general liability, including cases involving catastrophic injuries. He also engages in commercial, coverage, construction, entertainment and bankruptcy-related matters. Jack’s clients range from large corporations and non-profit institutions to small businesses.

Jack practices in both state and federal court and is involved in all stages of litigation. He regularly works with clients in assessing and analyzing risk and developing long-term defense strategies. Jack is well versed in conducting fact and expert discovery, taking fact and expert depositions, drafting and arguing dispositive motions, securing dismissals and negotiating favorable settlements. He has obtained multiple favorable court rulings for clients over his career, including summary judgment, judgment on the pleadings, granting of motions to dismiss, and the denial of a petition to vacate a default judgment.

Prior to joining Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, Jack worked at a boutique civil defense firm in Chicago for several years where he gained extensive experience litigating a large caseload of mass tort cases for a major steel manufacturer as well as a chemical pipe manufacturer in various venues in Illinois. He has also engaged in criminal law work, including first and second chairing a trial.

Jack has been selected for inclusion by Best Lawyers in the “Ones to Watch” category. He has also been named in SuperLawyers as a “Rising Star” each year since 2018.

Practices

Asbestos Litigation
Construction
Product Liability
Toxic Tort Litigation

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Vice Chair, Tort Litigation Committee (2021-2022)
    • Co-Chair, Tort Litigation Committee, Young Lawyers Section (2018-2020)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Executive Board, Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council
  • Decalogue Society

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition in 2018-2021
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America: Ones to Watch in 2021-2022

Publications

  • Author, "Supreme Court Once Again Limits Where Out-of-State Businesses Can Be Sued," The Decalogue Tablets, Fall 2017

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Anatomy of Toxic Tort & Asbestos Cases,” Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Tort Litigation Committee Meeting, Chicago, April 2018

News

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, St. Louis, Madison County, Indiana, August 19, 2021
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch Lists
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.

Chicago, February 2, 2021
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 25 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 12 attorneys have been named n to the 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers list and 13 have been named to the Illinois Rising Stars list.

Chicago, January 18, 2021
Three Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Partner
Jessica Levitt Acuna, Jack A. Gould and Jonna McGinley Reilly have all been named partner.

Chicago, Lisle, St. Louis, Madison County, August 20, 2020
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch Lists
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.

Chicago, February 26, 2020
Reveille Addresses Litigating High Stakes Medical Malpractice Trials at CBA Presentation
Reveille and fellow panelists will cover topics such as evaluating potential cases, handling agency issues in discovery, audit trail discovery, motions for summary judgment, retaining qualified experts, preparing for trial and presenting a medical malpractice case and/or defense in front of a jury.

Chicago, January 30, 2020
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 25 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 12 attorneys were named to the 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers list and another 13 were named to the 2020 Illinois Rising Stars list.

Chicago, Libertyville, St. Louis, January 28, 2019
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 29 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is proud to have 14 Super Lawyers and 15 Rising Stars in 2019.

Chicago, November 2, 2018
Reveille, Ferrill Address Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Trial
Fellow panelists include two Circuit Court of Cook County judges and three plaintiff's attorneys.

Chicago, April 20, 2018
Haddox, Gould Address Toxic Tort, Asbestos Cases at CBA Meeting
They will speak at an upcoming Young Lawyers Section meeting.

Chicago, Libertyville, Madison County, January 26, 2018
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 35 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is proud to have 20 Super Lawyers and 14 Rising Stars among its attorneys.

Chicago, December 17, 2015
Lateral Associates, Law School Grads Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
The firm welcomes two lateral associates and two recent law school graduates to the firm's Chicago office.

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