Updated 10/05/10

Arthur S. Gold
Attorney at Law

Courts Admitted to Practice: Supreme Court of State of Illinois, 1965; U.S. Supreme Court, 1972; U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois, 1965; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, November 19, 2002; U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1983; U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan, 1965; Pro Hac Vice in Florida, New Jersey, Georgia, Arizona, and California.

Education: University of Illinois, B.A., 1962; Northwestern University, J.D., 1965.

On December 7, 2010 Mr. Gold will be Chairing a symposium named: WAR ON TERROR: GITMO IMPLICATIONS AND EFFECTS ON U.S. IMMIGRATION ISSUES, along wih the Chicago Bar Association, the symposium will be presented by The Human Rights Watch and The National Immigrant Justice Center. Click here to view the present program in PDF format.

On April 22, 2010 Mr. Gold was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Conflict resolution, www.ccrchicago.org. and in June, 2010 was appointed a member of the Finance Committee of the Chicago Bar Association which oversees the allocation of CBA charitable distributions as well as acting as a 401(k) fiduciary for CBA employees.

On March 9, 2010, Mr. Gold chaired a symposium concerning Human Trafficking and the Trial of Enemy Combatants. The symposium was presented by the CBA Human Rights Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Hispanic Bar Association of Illinois, Human Rights Watch and National Immigrant Justice Center. Click here to view the program in PDF format. There were approximately 2000 attendees at the program including 700 Chicago area high school students who listened to panels on human trafficking and heard from attorneys involved in the trial and appeals of Guantanamo detainees.

In 2009 Mr. Gold was given the "Highest Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards" by the AV Peer Review of Martindale Hubbell.

In June, 2008, Mr. Gold was elected to a two year term as a member of the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association. At the same time, he was appointed by the Honorable E. Kenneth Wright, presiding Judge of the First Municipal District of Cook County, Illinois and President of the Chicago Bar Association as Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Lincoln Bi-centennial celebration. The Chicago Bar Association took the lead role, along with the Chicago History Museum and the Chicago Public Library in presenting the re-enactment of the Lincoln Douglas debates at the Pritzker Auditorium of the Chicago Library, April 2, 2009 and presented a seminal event on 5/2/09 at Chicago Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom when Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian-author of A Team of Rivals, was the keynote speaker. Steven Spielberg is presently producing a movie based upon this book starring Liam Neeson and Sally Field.

On May 1, 2008, Mr. Gold as Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, presented a program on Modern Day Slavery - which took place at the Standard Club of Chicago. Five hundred local area students were in attendance along with Judges and members of the Bar. Professor Douglas Cassel, Director of the Human Rights program at Notre Dame Law School was the keynote speaker. Also speaking was 17 year old Clementine Wymardi, a New Trier High School student, who survived Genocide and escaped from Rwanda.

In 2007, Mr. Gold was appointed the first Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, the year this was committee was created. He still remains Chairman. In March of 2007 he spearheaded a full day symposium on Human Rights violations in Darfur at which the following individuals spoke: Professor Bernadine Dohrn, Dr. Mary Fabri, Jessica Darrow, Representative Jan Schakowsky, Tribune foreign correspondence Paul Salopek, Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel, Dr. John Heffernan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Professor Douglass W. Cassell, head of Human Rights Program for Notre Dame Law School, Dr. Babafemi Akinrinade. The symposium was attended by over 600 individuals, including 400 students from Chicago area high schools and colleges.

On June 23, 2005, the then President of the Chicago Bar Association appointed Mr. Gold as Chairman of the Joint Program of the Chicago Bar Association and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Nuremberg War Trials. The program was a two-day symposium in Chicago, Illinois occurring in March of 2006. There were panel discussions, presentation of excerpts of portions of the trial, seminars by internationally known historians and the only two living prosecutors at Nuremberg who prosecuted throughout the trial: Professor Bernard Meltzer and Professor Whitney R. Harris.

It was after this program in June 2006, , Mr. Gold was appointed co-chairperson of the newly formed Human Rights Committee of the Chicago Bar Association along with the Honorable Martha A. Mills, Cook County Circuit Court Judge and former staff and chief attorney for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under law in Mississippi and Cairo, Illinois in 1966-1969 where Judge Mills tried hundreds of civil rights cases including obtaining a $1 million verdict against the Ku Klux Klan. Mr. Gold remains as chairman for the years 2010 and 2011.

Mr. Gold is a Member of the Federal Bar Association, American Bar Foundation, Illinois Bar Foundation, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyer’s Association, Decalogue Society of Lawyers, and Lincoln Inn of Court. He has been an Instructor at Roosevelt University Civil Litigation for legal assistants, Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association continuing legal education seminars. Past Chairman, Municipal Department Committee of Chicago Bar Association; member Chicago Bar Association Nominating Committee; Chicago Bar Association Specialization Task Force and Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee. Former board member of the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls, Member of the Midwest Events Committee of the United States Holocaust Museum, American Association for Justice, and Member of Legacy of Lights Committee United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Lecturer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Certificates of appreciation from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1999, 2000, 2001, & 2002. Certificate of Appreciation from the Chicago Bar Association in June 1976, June 1984, June 1985, June 1986, June 1987, June 2007. Certificates of appreciation from the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services October 1, 1979. Certificate of appreciation from the Church Federation of Greater Chicago 1978. Chicago Bar Foundation Lifetime Fellow. Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2002, and Anti Defamation League.

Engaged in complex commercial litigation, class actions, products liability litigation, medical malpractice litigation, and construction litigation. Has tried to jury verdict in excess of 80 cases. Bench verdicts in excess of 300 cases. Trials involved claims against major corporate defendants such as IBM Corporation, Motorola Corporation, General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company (death cases from fire), Lutheran General Hospital, (birth defects involving cerebral palsy), Entertainment cases against various national and international recording companies and publishing companies on behalf of artists deprived of royalty and publishing rights. Co-lead counsel in Estate of James Brown v. Corbis Corporation, the nationally known case of Rosenblum and the Estate of Geroge Orwell v. CBS/Viacom. Year 2000 litigation against IBM Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Medical Manager Corporations, Medic Corporation. Commercial litigation on behalf of Harris Trust and Savings Bank in both federal and state court, including lender liability and preference actions. Mr. Gold has also been appointed lead class counsel in cases against First USA Bank, Bankers Life & Casualty Company, PCS Inc and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Metropolitain Insurance Co, Hartford Insurance Company, Prudential Insurance Co., Integon Insurance Company, National Insurance Company, Fidelity and Casualty Company, Allstate Insurance Company, Progressive Insurance Company, AIG Insurance Company, Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Company, Superior Insurance Company, Metro Insurance Company, for Florida Doctors, and for Tamoxifen victims against Express Scripts Company, Merck Medco Company, and CVS/Pharmacare, and against American Ambassador Insurance Company on behalf of automobile insureds.

Mr. Gold, for the last 6 years, has been chosen by his peers as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the area of civil litigation.

Articles Available On-Line:
The Legacy of Lincoln "Lincoln and the Death of Slavery"; “CBA Record Magazine, June/July 2009"
Fair Credit Reporting Act - Pitfalls for Attorneys and Creditors; “The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials”; “CBA Record Magazine, March 2006"


William R. Coulson
Of Counsel
Attorney at Law

ADMITTED TO BAR: 1972, Illinois; 1974, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 1976, U. S. Supreme Court; 1981, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 1989, Colorado.

EDUCATION: Dartmouth College (A.B., Mathematics, 1969); University of Illinois (J.D., 1972). Notes and Comments Editor, Illinois Law Review, 1971-1972. Law Clerk: U.S. District Judge James L. Foreman, East St. Louis, Illinois, 1972-1974; U.S. District Judge Joel M. Flaum, Chicago, Illinois, 1974. Assistant United States Attorney, Chicago, 1975-1988. Chief, Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division, 1980-1983; Deputy Chief, Criminal Division, 1983-1986; Litigation Coordinator, 1986-1988. Won first criminal RICO jury conviction in Illinois, and the first criminal RESPA convictions. Member: Chicago (Vice Chairman, Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1990-1991; Appellate Review Committee, 1999-). Federal (President, Chicago Chapter, 1991-1992) and Lincoln Inn of Court; Dartmouth Lawyers Association. Rule of Law Programs, China 2000; Israel 2001; Cuba, 2002; Taiwan 2005; Spain 2007. Member, Board of Directors, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitain Chicago, 2002-. Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2002-. Founding member, OSS Society, McLean, Virginia, 2002; Appointed by Cook County Board to the Board of Directors, Regional Transportation Authority (“RTA”) 2007.

Author: “Federal Juvenile Law and Practice,” Illinois Juvenile Law and Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1982, revised, 2007, 1989; “Casey at the Bar,” Poetry Corner, American Bar Association Journal, August, 1975; “Welsh and Gillette,” The Constitutional Scope of Conscientious Objection, 1971 University of Illinois Law Forum 308; “Casenote: Calvert Cliffs Coordinating Committee v. A.E.C,” 1971 University of Illinois Law Forum 531. Co-Author: “How to Investigate and Prosecute Tax Shelter Fraud,” United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, 1987; “Making a Federal Case Out of It -- The Federalization of Criminal Law,” March 1990 Circuit Rider, “Big Brother is Watching Apple: The Truth About the Super Bowl’s Most Famous Ad” presented to Chicago Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee, March 27, 2007 and on website; formal publication pending by University of Illinois College of Law. “Transit Follies in Chicago”, Mass Transit Magazine, November 2007. “How Much is a Bride Worth?”, The Federal Lawyer Magazine, October 2006, “The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials”, “CBA Record Magazine, March 2006, “Rolling Your Own in Cuba”, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Fall, 2002, “The Art of Aladdin” (and other articles), Animation Magazine, Fall 1993, “Commission Issues Sentencing Guidelines”, The Federal Lawyer, 1987-1992, “Supreme Court Update” (reprinted as ‘The Supreme Experience’), The Federal Lawyer Magazine, February 1992.. Co-Chair, U.S. District Court’s Magistrate Selection Committee, 1989-1991. Senior Instructor, Trial Bar Skills, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1983-1986. Instructor, Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, Washington, D.C., 1980-1988.

REPRESENTATIVE REPORTED CASES: Cheek v. U.S., 498 US 192 (1991);
Repp v. Andrew Lloyd Webber, 132 F.2d 882 (2d Cir. 1997)
U.S. v. LaGrou Distribution System Inc., 466 F.3d 585 (7th Cir. 2006)
Myers v. Levy, 348 Ill.App.3d 906, 808 N.E.2d 1139 (2d Cir. 2004) James Brown v. Corbis Corporation, 375 Ill.App.3d 276, 873 N.E.2d 954 (1st Dist. 2007). Dockside Development Corp. v. Illinois International Port District, 479 F.Supp.2d 342 (2007), Handlesman v. Gilford; Handlesman v. Gilford, 726 F.Supp. 673 (N.D. Ill. 1990); Tsourmas v. K&K Heating, 154 Ill.Dec. 342, 568 N.E.2d 342 (Ill.App. 1991); United States v. Hattaway, 740 F.2d 1419 (7th Cir. 1984); United States v. Gannon, 684 F.2d 433 (7th Cir. en banc 1981); United States v. Martinez, 667 F.2d 886 (10th Cir. 1981);United States v. Phillips, 525 F.Supp. 1 (N.D.Ill. 1981); United States v. Weatherspoon, 581 F.2d 595 (7th Cir. 1978).

PRACTICE AREAS: Entertainment; Copyright Litigation; Contract Litigation; Trademark Litigation.

Articles Available On-Line:
‘BIG BROTHER’ IS WATCHING APPLE: The Truth about the Super Bowl’s Most Famous Ad
Casey at the Bar
Making a Federal Case Out Of it: The Federalizing of Criminal Law
The Art of Aladdin: The Sotheby’s Art Auction
Guest Editorial-Chicago Lawyer Magazine
Federal Juvenile Law and Practice (Chapter 13)


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