Martin D. Gould is a trial attorney representing individuals and classes of victims in wrongful death, toxic exposure, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, auto and trucking accidents, construction and other workplace accidents, sexual abuse, including clergy and Boy Scouts abuse, and product defect (Zantac, Round-Up/Monsanto, Talc, Ethylene Oxide).
Martin has played a key role in securing numerous record-breaking multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients who have been harmed as a result of wrongful conduct. In 2017, Martin played a key role in securing a $44.7 million verdict at trial against the City of Chicago in a case where an off-duty police officer shot a construction worker in the head leaving him paralyzed; this was the largest verdict in Illinois and one of the largest in the country for a police misconduct case.
In 2019, Martin and his team secured a $21.337 million verdict at trial on behalf of the family of a mother of five young children who was killed in a car accident. Later that same year, Martin secured a $12.35 million settlement at the beginning of trial on behalf of the family of a young mother of three children in a medical malpractice case; the settlement was the largest recorded in Illinois for a misdiagnosis of breast cancer case.
In addition to obtaining significant recoveries for his clients, Martin takes on many cases where he believes he can change policies or the law to protect future generations. In that regard, Martin has represented countless victims of childhood sexual abuse, and currently represents dozens of individuals in cases against the Boy Scouts of Americam the Catholic Church and other religious institutions. He has helped shed light on systemic abuse and cover-ups while securing millions of dollars in settlements including a recent $2.1 million settlement on behalf of 7 year old abused by a Church camp counselor. Understanding the lasting impact child abuse can have on someone, Martin has also taken on school bullying cases, securing a $250,000 verdict in a school bullying case in Woodford County, Illinois, the largest bullying verdict ever reported in Illinois.
Martin regularly appears in the media to discuss cases, including appearances on Fox 32 and ABC 7 to discuss the toxic exposure in Chicago’s western suburbs involving Sterigenics, interviews with the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin to discuss priest abuse lawsuits, and appearances on the Legal Broadcasting Network to discuss a federal class action lawsuit against the City of Chicago.
Martin graduated toward the top of his class from Chicago-Kent College of Law, cum laude, and was a published member of the CHICAGO-KENT LAW REVIEW. He was also a Legal Writing Teaching Assistant and six-time recipient of the CALI Award for receiving the highest grade in the class in Legal Writing I, I & III, Illinois Evidence, Pre-Trial Civil Litigation, and Conflicts of Law. Currently, Martin holds leadership positions within numerous legal organizations, including serving as the Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Torts Litigation Group and serving as a Co-Chair of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Martin earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Northwestern University, where he was also a four-year member of the Northwestern Varsity Wrestling Team. The team placed 4th in the NCAAs Martin’s sophomore year in 2007.
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
- Chicago-Kent Law Review
- Legal Writing Teaching Assistant
- CALI Awards for receiving the highest grade in the class for:
- Legal Writing I, I & III, Illinois Evidence, Pre-Trial Civil Litigation, and Conflicts of Law
B.A. in Political Science, Northwestern University
- Minor in Business Institutions
- Northwestern Leadership Certificate Program
Northern District of Illinois
Central District of Illinois
Eastern District of Wisconsin
Pro Hac Vice, Northern District of New York
Pro Hac Vice, Middle District of Florida
Pro Hac Vice, Western District of Louisiana
Pro Hac Vice, Northern District of New Jersey
Pro Hac Vice, New York
Pro Hac Vice, Florida
Pro Hac Vice, District of Utah
Pro Hac Vice, District Court of Minnesota
Pro Hac Vice, Northern District of Indiana
Pro Hac Vice, District of Nebraska
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council
Decalogue Society of Lawyers
JUF, Young Lawyer’s Division
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Public Justice (PJ)
- Decalogue Tablets, “Close to Home: Your Unfriendly, Neighborhood Carcingen” (Sterigenics-Ethylene Oxide Exposure Cases), Summer 2019.
- Trial Journal, “School Bullying Cases: Holding School Districts and Officials Accountable in Illinois,” Winter 2018.
- Decalogue Tablets, “Top 10 things Associates Should Know about Preparing for Trial,” February 2017.
- Illinois Bar Journal, Obtaining Social Media Evidence Through Discovery, December 2017.
- Illinois Bar Journal, Social Media Evidence & Ethical Considerations, September 2017.
- Illinois Bar Journal, The Admissibility of Social Media Evidence in Illinois, January 2017.
- Chicago-Kent Law Review, The Conflict Between Forum-Selection Clauses and Consumer Protection Laws: Why Illinois Got It Right In Jane Doe v. Match.com, Spring 2015.
- Decalogue Tablets, How Technology is Driving Much Needed Police Reforms, 2016 Fall Edition
- Decalogue Tablets, “Legality of President Trump ‘Sending in the Feds’ to Chicago,” February 2017.
- Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, “12.35 million settlement for the estate of a 37-year-old woman who died after a late breast cancer diagnosis,” February 11, 2020.
- Fox 32 Chicago, “Sterigenics Pollution Gets Attention of Illinois Lawmakers,” Interview on Morning News, February 21, 2019.
- Burr Ridge Patch, “Willowbrook Families Retain Law Firm After Report of Cancer Risk,” Press Conference with Andrea Earnest, September 1, 2018.
- ABC 7 Eyewitness News, “Willowbrook residents rally, demand gas-emitting company shut down,” Interview with Cate Cauguiran, August 31, 2018.
- Chicago Tribune, “$1.4 million settlement reached between Joliet Diocese, 3 men who allege priest sexually abused them in ‘80s,” Interview with Matthew Walberg, August 30, 2018.
- Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, “$1.4M settlement in suit over Joliet priest abuse,” September 5, 2018.
- WGN News at 9 pm, “Jury awards family $250k after boy with autism beaten on school bus,” Interview with Tom Negovan, March 27, 2018.
- Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Interview with David Thomas, “Bullied student wins $250,000 in damages,” March 28, 2018.
- WBEZ News, Interview with Chip Mitchell, “City Settles Suit in Incident That Put CPD Commander On Trial,” May 4, 2018.
- ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 10 p.m., Special Investigative Report with John Garcia, “Man Speaks Out After Finding Camera Hidden In Smoke Detector In Bucktown Apartment,” January 22, 2015.
- Legal Broadcasting Network Interview with Cecil Caulkins, “Lawsuit Challenges Chicago PD’s Stop and Frisk Policy; Attorney Martin Gould Explains,” April 29, 2015.
- RT America Live Interview with Anya Parampil, “ACLU Win Over Chicago Police Department’s ‘Stop & Frisk’ [Policies] is Start of Police Reform,” August 18, 2015.
- WGN News at 5 p.m., “Legality of President Trump ‘Sending in the Feds’ to Chicago,” Investigative Report with Ben Bradley, January 25, 2017.
- BuzzFeed News, Interview with Reporter Tyler Kingdale, “A 19-Year-Old Killed Herself, and the Family Says Her School Could’ve Saved Her,” February 4, 2017.
- The Chadron Record, Interview with Record Editor Kerri Rempp, “Parents hope [Title IX wrongful death] lawsuit [against University] helps others,” February 7, 2017.
- Chicago Sun-Times, Interview with Marni Pyke, “Despite Subpoena, Key Video Erased in Metra Station Beating,” November 19, 2017.
- NBC News (Channel 5), Interview with Dick Johnson, “Man Beaten, Pepper Sprayed by Metra Cops Gets $250K from Rail Agency,” December 12, 2017.
- Daily Herald, Interview with Marni Pyke, “Metra settles for $225,000 in beating case,” December 21, 2017.
- Selected as “Top 40 Attorneys under 40” by The National Trial Lawyers
- Selected as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, a distinction awarded by peers to only 2.5% of Illinois attorneys, for the years 2016-2020.
- Named an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Division for 2017-2020.
- Moderator, “Litigating the High Stakes Medical Malpractice Case,” Chicago Bar Association, March 12, 2020.
- Speaker, “Working Up the Hospital Apparent Agency Case: A Fight Worth Fighting,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), February 21, 2020.
- Speaker, “An injured worker comes to your office. What do you do? Key pointers to litigating the Worker’s Comp Third-Party Crossover Case,” Chicago Bar Association, December 18, 2019.
- Moderator, Chicago’s “Top 40 Attorneys Under 40” Practice Tips, Chicago Bar Association, June 19, 2019.
- Speaker, “Key Takeaways from High-Speed Police Chase Verdict,” American Association for Justice (AAJ), June 5, 2019.
- Moderator, “Maximizing and Attacking Damages in Personal Injury Actions,” Chicago Bar Association, March 14, 2019.
- Speaker, “Medical Malpractice of Non-Employee Doctors: Establishing Agency for Hospital Liability,” CLE, Chicago Bar Association, May 29, 2018.
- AAJ 2015 Annual Convention, Created “Overcoming Juror Bias in Police Misconduct Cases” Presentation with Antonio M. Romanucci, Montreal, Canada, July 13, 2015.
- Speaker, “Introduction to Personal Injury Law,” Chicago-Kent College of Law, October 20, 2015
- Speaker, “Dr. Martin Luther King Forum: Civil Rights and the Chicago Police Department,” A Professional Responsibilities CLE Event, Chicago-Kent College of Law, January 21, 2016.
- Speaker, “Evaluating Bullying/Hazing and Police Misconduct Cases,” A Litigation CLE, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, February 21, 2017.
- Speaker, “Section 1983: Litigating and Vetting Police Misconduct Cases,” CLE, Chicago Bar Association, February 23, 2017.
- Speaker, “Use of Social Media Evidence in Civil and Criminal cases,” CLE, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), May 3, 2017.
- Speaker, “Obtaining and Using Social Media Evidence at Trial,” Continuing Legal Education, Illinois State Bar Association, November 17, 2017.
- Speaker, “Anatomy of a $44.7 Million Police Misconduct Verdict,” NPAP – National Lawyers Guild, January 11, 2018.
- Contributor, “Legal Aspects of Malaysia Flight 370,” Chicago Bar Association, April 17, 2014.
- Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
- Co-Chair of Torts Litigation Committee, June 2017- Present
- Director (Executive Board Member) of Young Lawyers Section, June 2019 – Present
- Project Coordinator (Executive Board Member) for Young Lawyers Section, June 2018 – June 2019
- Legislative Liaison, October 2017-June 2018
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
- Chair of Young Lawyers Division, June 2018 – Present
- Board Member of Young Lawyers Division, June 2015-June 2018
- Decalogue Society of Lawyers
- Board of Managers, June 2016-Present
- Co-Chair of Young Lawyers Division, 2015-Present
- Chicago Kent College of Law
- Board Member of Young Alumni Board, 2015-Present
LaPorta v. City of Chicago (2017 – Illinois)
Construction worker shot in the head causing paralysis
Verdict: $44.7 million*
*Largest verdict in Illinois for a police misconduct case
Carreon v. City of Chicago (2019 – Illinois)
Mother of five children killed in car accident
Verdict: $21.337 million
Client v. Chicago-Area Hospital, Radiologists, Breast Surgeon and OBGYN (2019 – Illinois)
Breast cancer misdiagnosis spanning two years
Settlement: $12.35 million*
*Largest medical malpractice settlement ever reported in Illinois for a misdiagnosis of breast cancer case
Client v. Chicago-Area Hospital and Neurosurgeon (2019 – Illinois)
Medical malpractice settlement involving failure to properly treat cauda equina syndrome resulting in partial paralysis
Settlement: $2.875 million
Jane Doe v. Archdiocese of Chicago (2019 – Illinois)
Settlement: $2.1 million
Jane Doe v. GPT
Two girls abused by school bus driver
Settlement: $2 million
Wdziekonski v. S Saft & Company (2019 – Florida)
Motor vehicle accident case in Florida
Settlement: $1.75 million
John Doe v. Diocese of Joliet (2018 – Illinois)
Settlement: $1.4 million
Barker v. Restrepo and Ruiz (2017 – Illinois)
Client fell through plexiglass ceiling on rooftop
Settlement: $1.175 million
Estate of John Brown v. Walworth County, et. al. (2017 – Wisconsin)
Police shot and killed teenager locked in his room
Settlement: $1.1 million
Estate of Norton v. Roosevelt City, et. al. (2016 – Utah)
Larios v. Chadron State College (2020 – Nebraska)
Title IX case involving wrongful death of student who committed suicide on campus where school failed respond to ongoing verbal and physical abuse by boyfriend in the dorms
Kessler v. Walker (Indiana)
Settlement: $300,000 (vehicle full policy limits)
Liggett v. El-Paso Gridley Community School District, et. al.
*Largest verdict reported in Illinois for a school bullying case
Mack v. Metra, et. al.