Gerald H. Acker

Gerald H. Acker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Southfield, MI

Goodman Acker P.C.
 | 17000 West 10 Mile Road, 2nd Floor
Southfield, MI 48075
Phone: 248-793-2010
Fax: 248-483-3131
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Attorney Profile

    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 Michigan car accidents, Michigan motorcycle accidentscity slip and fall accidents, no-fault insurance claims, 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 Lawyers Weekly.

    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."


    About Gerald Acker

    Admitted: 1981, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top Lawyers of Michigan, Top Lawyers, 2015
    • American Institute of Personal Injury, Best Client Satisfaction, 2015
    • American Patriot Award, Michigan Veterans Foundation, 2015
    • Michigan Association for Justice, President, 2015
    • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law, 2014
    • On Thursday, March 20, 2014, Gerald (Jerry) Acker, co-founder and senior partner of Goodman Acker, P.C., was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2014 “Leaders in the Law.”  The 30 Leaders, who were chosen from around the state and all areas of law, were honored at a luncheon held at the Detroit Marriott Troy.   According to the publication, in order to be selected, “leaders showed a high level of success in the legal profession, a passion for the law and to serve their clients and the community, and a record of achievements that displays strength of character and an ability to be a leader in the Michigan legal community.”   Acker, a personal injury attorney, founded his Southfield-based firm more than 20 years ago.  Currently he is president of the Michigan Association for Justice, a non-profit organization of approximately 1,600 members dedicated to furthering civil justice and access to the courts for the people of the State of Michigan.  In addition to his work with MAJ, Acker also is well known for his political volunteerism at both the state and national levels.   Acker, who also is a six-time consecutive recipient of the Thomson Reuters’ Michigan Super Lawyer designation, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate degree from Wayne State University School of Law.  He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1981, the U.S. District Court in 1982 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1993., Leaders in the Law, 2014
    • Wings of Justice Award, Oakland County Democratic Party
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, American Trial Lawyers Association
    • AVVO, 10.0 Superb Rating
    • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Treasurer- Michigan Association of Justice 2009Executive Board Michigan Association of Justice, 2009
    • Michigan Bar, Member
    • President of the Michigan Assocition for Justice

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Goodman Acker Community Law Day
    • Goodman Acker Caring for our Homeless Veterans Benefit



    • Gerald H. Acker, senior parter of the personal injury law firm of Goodman Acker, P.C. is interviewed for a claim brought against the City of Detroit for an injured bus passenger.  Acker was able to settle the lawsuit, however the city did not pay the settlement., Detroit Bus Accident Lawsuit Against City
    • Gerald Acker, senior partner of Goodman Acker, P.C. is interviewed on Fox 2 News for the law firm's community involvement.  Every year Goodman Acker hosts a free Community Law Day where members of the community can come and get free legal advice from an array of attorneys., Goodman Acker 2014 Community Law Day
    • Gerald H. Acker, personal injury lawyer and partner of Goodman Acker, P.C. explains what factors determine the value of a personal injury claim in the State of Michigan.  He refers to this as the 'personal injury settlement calculator.', Personal Injury Settlement Calculator
    • Gerald H. Acker, auto accident attorney and partner of Goodman Acker, P.C. explains the process of how a car accident lawsuit works in Michigan.  He uses a whiteboard to specificaly explain each step of the process., Process of a Michigan Car Accident Lawsuit
    • Gerald H. Acker, car accident lawyer and senior partner of Goodman Acker, P.C. explains what it means to file a underinsured motorist claim in Michigan., Michigan Underinsured Motorist Claim
    • Gerald H. Acker, car accident lawyer and partner of Goodman Acker, P.C. answers the frequently asked question of "When do I need a car accident lawyer?", Do I Need a Michigan Car Accident Lawyer?
    • Gerald H. Acker, partner of the personal injury law firm of Goodman Acker, P.C. discusses the reason why he started the law firm and the dedication he and the firm has to helping accident injury victims throughout the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan., Detroit Personal Injury Lawyers
    • Gerald H. Acker, sidewalk accident injury attorney and partner of Goodman Acker, P.C. disccuses the legal rights of a victim in a trip and fall accident on Michigan city sidewalk., Trip and Fall Accidents on Michigan Sidewalks
    • Gerald H. Acker, motorcycle accident lawyer and partner of Goodman Acker, P.C. discusses motorcycle accident injuries and the relationship they have with Michigan no-fault law.  Under Michigan no-fault law, victims injured in a motorcycle accident may be entitled to no-fault benefits., Michigan No-Fault Law For Motorcycle Accident Injuries
    • Gerald H. Acker, car accident lawyer and parter of Goodman Acker, P.C. discusses aggravation of injuries after an auto accident and why victims may still be entitled to receive compensation for their injuries, despite what the auto insurance company may tell you., Aggravation of Pre-Existing Injuries After A Car Accident
    • Gerald H. Acker, car accident attorney and partner of Goodman Acker P.C., discusses the types of car accident compensation a victim and their family may be entitled to after suffering injuries in a Michigan automobile accident., Types of Car Accident Compensation in Michigan


    Educational Background:

    • 1977 B.G.S.  University of Michigan 1981 J.D.      Wayne State University

    Industry Groups

    • Car Accidents
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Truck And Motorcycle Accidents
    • Wrongful Death
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    Office Location for Gerald H. Acker

    17000 West 10 Mile Road
    2nd Floor
    Southfield, MI 48075

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