Jean M. Golden

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Chicago, IL

Cassiday Schade LLP
 | 222 W Adams St., Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-641-3100
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (80%),
  • General Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner with Cassiday Schade LLP, Jean M. Golden handles commercial litigation, construction disputes, civil litigation defense and insurance coverage defense for clients in Chicago and throughout Illinois. She has extensive experience in multiple jurisdictions with the many complex facets of commercial law. Ms. Golden is a member of her firm's executive committee and co-chairs its insurance practice group.

Ms. Golden is admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Boston College, where she graduated magna cum laude, Ms. Golden earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

With the strong reputation she's developed over her years of practice, Ms. Golden has had the opportunity to speak at seminars for clients and professional organizations, including the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, A.M. Best Company and Swiss Re. She has been given the top rating of AV-Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, and was recently recognized in Leading Lawyers magazine as one of the top women lawyers in Illinois. In February 2013, Ms. Golden was appointed to the judicial screening committee for Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis.

Ms. Golden served on the board of directors for the Federal Bar Association and the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, and was president of the Lawyers Trust Fund for two years. She is an active member of various bars and associations, including the Chicago Bar Foundation, the Association of Professional Insurance Women, the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Women's Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Insurance Coverage (80%)

General Litigation (20%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018

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About Jean Golden

Admitted: 1977, Illinois

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Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow, Chicago Bar Association
  • Life Fellow, Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Fellows, The American Bar Foundation, Selected Member, 1999 - Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, AV Preeminent, 5.0 out of 5
  • Leading Lawyers Network Annually, 2004 - Present
  • "The Top Women Lawyers in Illinois", Leading Lawyers Magazine, November 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern Districts of Illinois and Indiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Illinois
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Association of Professional Women in Insurance (APIW)
  • President, Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, 2000 - 2002
  • Board of Directors, Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, 1998 - 2003
  • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, 1989 - 1991
  • Chicago Bar Association, Executive Committee, Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1990 - 1991
  • Election to the Board of Managers, Chicago Bar Association, 1993 - 1995
  • Vice-Chair, Long Range Planning, Chicago Bar Association, 1995 - 1996
  • Chair, Chicago Bar Association, Long Range Planning Committee, 1996 - 1997

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Foundations – The Art of Presenting and Objecting to Evidence at Trial," IICLE, Evidence Advocacy (7-90)
  • "Insurance Law Update," Illinois Defense Trial Counsel Publication, Fall 1992
  • "The Attorney's Role in Claims Management," American Contractors Insurance Group Publication, Spring 1992
  • "The Outside Counsel's Role in Litigation Management," Law Department Management Adviser, Business Laws Inc. (Issue 107 2-93)
  • "Safety Considerations in Job Specifications," The Construction Specifier, Vol. 47 (11-94)
  • "Emerging Trends in Allocation of Insurance Liability," presented at ECMA Seminar (10-97)
  • "Managing Insured Selected or Cumis Counsel – How Far is Too Far?" Mealey's Attorneys Fees Conference (4-98)
  • Illinois Insurance Law (2009, 2012)
  • IICLE, Commercial and Professional Liability Insurance (2008 Edition, Updated 2010)

Educational Background:

  • Boston College, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
Office Location for Jean M. Golden

222 W Adams St.
Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 312-641-3100


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Last Updated: 12/26/2017

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