Founder & Managing Partner
Gerald H. Acker is the founder and managing partner of Goodman Acker P.C.
Since the founding of the firm in 1993, he has been instrumental in its
development, growth, and continued success, including successful resolutions
of countless cases and numerous million-dollar outcomes for injured clients.
Acker’s practice focuses on representing individuals who have suffered
catastrophic injury in motor-vehicle accidents, premises liability, first-party
insurance disputes, and legal malpractice.
A Michigan native, Acker received his undergraduate degree from the University
of Michigan in 1977 and then got his J.D. from Wayne State University
Law School in 1981. He took a job as an associate in a plaintiff's
personal injury firm and then after two years there, he decided to strike
out on his own as a solo practitioner. Ten years later, he joined forces with
Barry J. Goodman. Since then, the firm has grown steadily in size and influence with a
continuing emphasis on personal injury litigation.
Honored with inclusion in
Super Lawyers® Magazine for multiple continuous years, Acker also has an AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.
A recipient of the Wings of Justice Award by the Oakland County Democratic
Party, Acker was named him among the Leaders in the Law in 2014 by Michigan
As an undergraduate, Acker interned in the office of Congressman Jim Blanchard,
where he developed a love of politics that has never dissipated. Since
then, he has been active in the political arena, working on behalf of
candidates who support continued access to justice for individuals. He
served on the national finance committee for President Obama (2008, 2012),
presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004, and as vice chair of the finance
committee for Gov. Jennifer Granholm (2002, 2006). He also served on the
finance committee for the election campaigns of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
in 2000 and 2006, as chair and co-chair.
Acker has also been extremely active with professional organizations. He
has served as a past president for the state's top trial-lawyer organization,
the Michigan Association for Justice. As past president, he focused much
of his attention on providing improved educational opportunities for members
so that they could better serve their clients.
When he is not practicing law or being active in the political arena, you
will find him playing basketball, cheering on the U of M basketball team
and all other Michigan team sports, and spending time with his family.
He is happily married to his wife of 35 years, has two children, and has
recently become a first time grandfather to his new granddaughter. He
also enjoys running, and has ran in several half-marathons all over the state.
However, Acker’s biggest enjoyment is practicing as a Detroit personal
injury lawyer and the satisfaction he derives from working with his clients.
"We fix families one case at a time," he says. "It's
gratifying to me when I can spend the time that's needed with each
family and make sure they get what they need to start rebuilding their
lives. I have the chance to change people's lives, and that's
a pretty cool thing to do."
For more information, please contact our office today.