Law School - Jones School of Law
Bar Admission - 4/25/1997
Law Office Locations:
Geographic Areas Served:
All Alabama Counties, Beasley Allen also handles cases throughout the United States.
Lance Gould focuses his practice in the area of consumer fraud litigation. He handles actions brought by individuals who were victimized by finance and insurance companies within the financing industry.
Areas of Practice:
Alabama and U.S. District Court, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama (1997)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (1997)
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois (2009)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida (2009)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (2010)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan (2010)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (2010)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (2010)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (2010)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas (2010)
Alabama State Bar
Montgomery County Bar Association
Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association
Alabama Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Christian Trial Lawyers Association
Russell County Bar Association
Lance Gould began his legal career with Beasley Allen in 1997, focusing his practice in the area of consumer fraud litigation. He handled actions brought by individuals who were victimized by finance and insurance companies within the financing industry. Some of these cases included lender liability causes of action known as loan flipping, insurance packing and equity theft. Lance Gould continues to represent homeowners who have been victims of Predatory Lending practices. These deceptive lending practices include inflating appraisals of home values, inflating incomes, charging higher interest rates than originally promised, placing customers in adjustable rate mortgages after promising a fixed rate and artificially inflating fees and closing costs.
Lance Gould spends most of his time focused on collective actions involving the fair labor standards act. These cases involve the white collar exemptions and independent contractor exemption claims. In the executive exemption cases, managers were classified as executive exempt, but technically they do not qualify under executive exemption to be paid salary because their primary duty is not management. The independent contractor exemption cases involve companies misclassifying employees as independent contractors which allow employers to avoid paying certain expenses that are normally paid by an employer. For example, companies avoid paying overtime wages, training pay, workers compensation benefits, certain taxes and other employer benefits.
Lance Gould was a member of the trial team in a landmark case involving a door to door sales and finance scam, which resulted in a verdict of $581 million. As a result of this litigation, the finance company quit these types of activities in the state of Alabama. Also, Lance Gould has represented thousands of clients at Beasley Allen resulting in Multi-Million dollar settlements and influenced corporations to correct their improper practices.
Lance Gould is a co-chair of the Wage and Hour section of the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group. This section provides assistance and guidance to attorneys helping employees recover wages and benefits which they are entitled. Lance Gould has authored publications on the Fair Labor Standards Act and has been a guest speaker at both the state and national levels.