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Joel Gould

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1980
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About Joel

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Joel Gould has more than 30 years of experience defending clients in the Chicago-land area against a wide range of criminal charges, including DUI, gun crimes, drug crimes, and felonies. Mr. Gould is an experienced trial attorney who has handled thousands of cases and more than 400 trials.

    43 years

  2. Personal injury
    In addition to criminal law matters, Mr. Gould also handles cases involving personal injury. He has helped recover millions of dollars for his clients in worker's compensation, personal injury, and medical malpractice cases.

    43 years

Joel Gould has more than 30 years of experience defending clients in the Chicago-land area and surrounding counties against a wide range of criminal charges, including DUI, gun crimes, drug crimes, and felonies.  Mr. Gould is an experienced trial attorney who has handled thousands of cases and more than 400 trials.  In 2014, he was named by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the "Top 100 DUI Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers." Membership into The National Trial Lawyers is by invitation only and extended to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in their respective state. In 2013, Mr. Gould was also named as one of the “Top 100 DUI Attorneys in the State of Illinois” by the National Advocacy of DUI Defense. The National Advocacy for DUI Defense recognizes and selects those it has determined are the nation’s best private DUI attorneys in the nation.  

In addition to criminal law matters, Mr. Gould also handles cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, and worker's compensation.  He has helped recover millions of dollars for his clients and their families in cases ranging from motor vehicle and construction accidents to nursing home abuse and wrongful death.  

Mr. Gould is a graduate of the John Marshall Law School and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1981. He is married and has three sons.  For a free consultation, contact Joel Gould at his downtown office at 205 W. Randolph Street or his neighborhood office on Belmont Avenue.

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Joel Gould Law Offices
205 W Randolph St.
Suite 1550
Chicago, IL, 60606-1806


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Posted by Hasan | December 13, 2014
Great Attorney
Mr. Gould handled my case with integrity and diligence. I was informed every step of the way, and he explained the process to me in a clear and concise manner. He was able to keep me at ease during a stressful time in my life and handled my case very well. I highly recommend Mr. Gould.
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2014
Former Client
Joel Gould represented me when I received a misdemeanor in the Chicago suburbs. I was extremely satisfied with the result he was able to obtain for me. Joel knows the criminal courthouses in the Chicago suburbs very well, including what Judges are strict on certain offenses. He will guide you and your family through a stressful situation.
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Posted by David | December 13, 2014
The lawyer you want to represent you.
Mr. Gould represented me several times and has always came through for me. He went above and beyond making sure I followed the steps to take care of my case. He also was nice enough to take care of me even though I was going through hard times with my income. If I could recommend a lawyer to anyone it would Mr. Gould. He is fair, honest and cares about his clients.
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Posted by Ben | November 19, 2014
Great lawyer
Mr. Gould has represented me on several occasions and has done an exceptional job each time. He is highly trustworthy and possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience which he demonstrates through his professionalisn and finesse in the courtroom. He is always able explain complicated legal matters to me clearly, which is comforting, especially during high stress situations. Bottom line: Joel Gould gets the job done. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great and affordable lawyer.
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Posted by Kevin | November 19, 2014
Seasoned and Always Dependable.
As a first time offender, I was very nervous going to court for the first time. Mr. Gould assured me that he would take care of the situation and that he did. He was always extremely easy to get in touch with whenever I had a question and professional about our relationship. Mr. Gould has experienced every difficult situation in his career and knows how to handle anything flawlessly and with confidence.
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Posted by Elena V. | November 18, 2014
Great lawyer
Mr. Gould handled my criminal case in a very professional and caring manner. He explained the issues to me clearly and let me know what to expect. He also replied to my phone calls promptly which made the entire ordeal less stressful. I was very happy with the result and would highly recommend him. Honest attorney, gave me a reduced fee because I was going through some tough times financially.
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Posted by Martin | September 20, 2014
Honest Lawyer
Joel handled a felony possession case for me. He charged me a very good price compared to other attorneys I have dealt with before. He was upfront and honest about everything and what could happen and was able to get me a very good plea bargain which was incredible in my case. I would definitely recommend him to anyone else with any criminal charges.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2013
He did everything perfect and fought for my DUI case
When I got arrested for a DUI, I was terrified. Joel Gould fought for me and won every matter for me. I was able to drive right away and he won my DUI trial in a short period. He made sure to go over every detail with me so that I was prepared. He did such a great job cross examining the police officer I didn't even need to testify. Everything worked out great and I couldn't be happier. Best lawyer I could of asked for and the price was low compared to the other lawyers I had a consultation with.
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  • Contingency 30%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Joel Gould Law Offices
  • 1982 - Present


  • John Marshall Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Rutgers University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Advocacy of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Polish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Premier 100 Trial Attorney for State of Illinois
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for the State of Illinois
  • The American Academy of Trial Attorney
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 DUI Attorneys in the State of Illinois
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Endorse Joel
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Gould is an excellent attorney: hardworking, competent, committed and very innovative. He represents all his clients with compassion, and takes his time to understand what they are truly going through. He is a man with a passion for justice. I endorse this attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joel and I have worked on a case together. He is a very intelligent attorney that practices with the highest level of professionalism."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Gould. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joel Gould provides outstanding service to his clients and has particular expertise in traffic and criminal law matters."
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Chicago Criminal defense Lawyer Joel Gould
Joel Gould
Criminal defense Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 43 years