Darren Goodson

Senior Claims Counsel | ALAS (Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society)

"My long-term vision for the city of Chicago is to have a strong, quality education system across all of our communities, particularly those in our inner cities because I believe that education, or the lack thereof, is at the center of many of the issues currently plaguing us. I plan to continue to grow professionally, and to continue my work and involvement with the organizations I work with to help facilitate change."

Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), '05

Fun fact: I have played at Wrigley Field and won a little league championship.

Darren currently serves as Senior Claims Counsel at Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society (ALAS). ALAS is the country’s largest-owned mutual insurance company, insuring more than 200 premier law firms (and over 62,000 lawyers) across the world. In this role, Darren manages and reserves claims asserted against member firms arising under ALAS’s professional liability, employment, and management policies. Darren works cooperatively with ALAS’s insured firms and defense counsel to defend and resolve claims on their merits. Before joining ALAS, Darren spent eight years with Holland & Knight LLP.

He was a general litigation attorney specializing in business and commercial disputes. He conducted all phases of litigation, including discovery, settlement negotiation, and trial for matters in both state and federal courts.

Darren is also active in his community. He currently serves on the Associate Board for Just the Beginning (JTB). JTB is a nonprofit organization with a mission to diversify the legal field. As a member of the JTB Board, Darren has hosted training webinars where he gives interview and writing advice to law students preparing for judicial clerkships.

Additionally, Darren has helped spearhead the newly formed Black Men’s Lawyer’s Association (BMLA). Darren is a founding board member. BMLA was founded to provide a space for African American male attorneys to discuss the social, political and legal issues that exist among them and their communities. Darren received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and attended DePaul University College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif.