Jacob Z. Goldstein

Jacob Goldstein joined the firm in 2006 and is a member of its litigation, transportation and appellate practice groups. In his litigation practice, Jake focuses his multi-faceted practice on commercial litigation, employment litigation, healthcare litigation and professional liability matters. He represents publicly and privately held companies, insurers, healthcare providers, and other professionals in mediation and administrative proceedings and state and federal courts. Jake frequently devotes much of his practice towards pro-actively counseling his clients on adopting protective measures designed to prevent litigation where possible. However, when litigation is unavoidable, Jake aggressively advocates for his clients, frequently achieving dispositive success before trial.

Jake also co-chairs the firm’s Appellate Practice Group, which has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a National Tier 1 “Best Law Firms” in 2018 and 2019. In his appellate work, Jake handles matters across a broad range of substantive legal areas, including professional liability, products liability, constitutional issues, and employment matters. He has represented clients in several state and federal courts, including the Illinois, Colorado, California, Nevada, Florida and Utah reviewing courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 7th, 9th, and 10th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Outside of his professional practice, Jake also serves as a Director of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association and Chairman of its Roundtables and Brown Bags Committee. In addition, Jake serves as a contributor to the HPS Institute, the firm’s associate training and development program. In this role, Jake provides educational seminars covering a variety of topics, including effective legal writing and advocacy, emerging legal issues, and negotiation strategies.

Jake served as an Adjunct Professor of Appellate Legal Writing and Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law from 2012 - 2016.


  • 2020: Illinois Super Lawyer – Appellate (Super Lawyers)
  • 2019: "Best Law Firms" Tier 1 National Rankings - HPS Appellate Practice Group  (U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers)
  • 2019: Illinois Super Lawyer – Appellate (Super Lawyers)
  • 2018: "Best Law Firms" Tier 1 National Rankings - HPS Appellate Practice Group (U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers)
  • 2018: Illinois Super Lawyer – Appellate (Super Lawyers)
  • 2016: Illinois Super Lawyer, "Rising Star" (Super Lawyers)
  • 2016: "40 Under 40" (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)
  • 2015: "Emerging Lawyer" (Leading Lawyers)
  • CLE Panel Discussion: Change to Illinois' Civil Jury System, Moderator 
  • My it Please the Court: Approaching your First Appellate Oral Argument, American Bar Association Online


Chicago, Illinois
200 South Wacker Drive
Suite 3300


The John Marshall Law School, J.D., (2006)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., (2000)

bar admissions

Illinois (2006)


Illinois Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals (7th Circuit)

U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)

U.S. Court of Appeals (10th Circuit)

Professional and Community Organizations

American Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association