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Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP
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Washington, DC 20016

Senior Counsel

Jeff Gould is a Senior Counsel at Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP, where his practice focuses on commercial litigation and counseling in a wide variety of matters, including intellectual property, contracts, financial disputes, and securities and bankruptcy litigation.  He has secured significant victories and favorable settlements for plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes matters before federal and state courts across the country, and successfully counsels companies, executives and boards of directors through negotiations, transactions and, in many cases, to avoid litigation.  Jeff was named a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine from 2014–2016, an honor given to fewer than 2.5 percent of all Washington, D.C. lawyers. 


Jeff has represented clients in numerous industries, including financial services, cable and internet, pharmaceuticals, energy, real estate, construction and various non-profit industries.  He successfully represented a real estate investment trust against a private equity investor who terminated a $1.1 billion acquisition of a hotel portfolio based on an alleged material adverse change.  He was part of the trial team that successfully represented a large ISP in what was, at the time, the largest litigated bankruptcy in U.S. history and which the court characterized as the “most expertly tried” case over which he presided.  Jeff also represented an investment bank/broker-deal in a series of nationwide cases alleging market manipulation and securities fraud involving “naked short selling,” resulting in numerous dismissals and favorable settlements, and he successfully tried a contested asylum case on behalf of an Ethiopian refuge. 


Jeff has extensive experience counseling clients on electronic discovery issues, including developing document retention policies and managing all aspects of preservation, collection, processing, review and production of electronic documents in complex commercial litigation. 


Prior to joining Oppenheim + Zebrak, Jeff was a Litigation Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where his practice focused on complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts, and enforcement matters before law enforcement and regulatory bodies. There, he represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in bet-the-company litigation in numerous industries and in courts throughout the country.  Prior to joining Kirkland, Jeff served as a law clerk to Judge Paul Barbadoro of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.


Jeff has for several years provided pro bono counsel to the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (, a wilderness preservation organization, in a series of cases involving land disputes throughout Utah.


Jeff earned his B.A. from Williams College in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Studies, and his J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School, where he served as an Executive Editor of the Boston College Law Review.  Prior to law school, Jeff worked as a reporter and wilderness guide.  He is a member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts bars and lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and two children.