Gerald H. Acker has had a long career in law and politics at, but his greatest job satisfaction comes from helping families rebuild their lives after suffering tragic injuries.
As the founder and managing partner of Goodman Acker, PC, he has resolved countless cases, obtaining million-dollar outcomes for his clients. His practice focuses on representing individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries in motor vehicle accidents, have been harmed in premises liability cases, and suffered from nursing-home negligence, medical malpractice, and first-party injury disputes.
He has also long been active in the political arena, working on behalf of candidates who support continued access to justice for families and individuals.
A Michigan native, Acker earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1977 and his J.D. from WayneStateUniversityLawSchool in 1981.
After graduating from law school, Acker took a job as an associate in a plaintiff’s personal-injury firm. Two years later, he started his own firm and worked for a decade as a solo practitioner. He joined forces with Barry J. Goodman in 1993 and together they steadily grew their firm, both in size and influence, focusing on personal injury litigation.
Acker fell in love with politics as an undergraduate, when he interned in the office of Congressman Jim Blanchard.
He went on to serve as chair and co-chair of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s campaign in 2000 and 2006. He also served as vice chair of Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s campaign finance committee in 2002 and 2006. He served on the national finance committee tor Presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 and was a member of President Barack Obama’s national finance committee in 2008 and 2012.
Acker is president of the Michigan Association for Justice, and focuses his attention on providing improved educational opportunities for members to help them better serve their clients.
He has been named as a Michigan SuperLawyer by SuperLawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell has given him its top AV rating.