Boston University School of Law, J.D. cum laude; Brandeis University, B.A. cum laude. Bar Admissions: United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; United States District Court for the Northern District of New York; and New York State Courts. Participated in Intensive Advanced Leadership Program, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, 2008.
Mr. Goldstein, a former senior partner in an AmLaw 100 international law firm, is a full-time, independent, highly trained, experienced and completely neutral Mediator, Arbitrator, and Special Master, with a particular focus on Mediation. He has over 30 years of litigation and negotiation experience, including ADR. Areas of subject-matter expertise include Federal and State Wage and Hour matters (FLSA and NY Labor Law, including collective actions), complex business and commercial disputes (including corporations, partnerships and joint ventures), asset and stock purchase and sale disputes including indemnification issues, energy and utilities, environmental (particularly Clean Water Act issues), commercial real estate, mass and toxic torts, products liability and personal injury, New York Labor Law (including related insurance issues). Extensive managerial experience including as New York Office Managing Partner at AmLaw 100 International Law Firm for over 7 years. Awards/honors include: BTI Consulting Group, Client Service All-Star, 2016 (Three recipients of 1,000+ firm lawyers); Named One of the Best Lawyers in America, Woodward, White, Inc., 2006-2017; and Named a New York Super Lawyer, Class Action/Mass Torts, 2006-2009, 2011-2017.
Mr. Goldstein has mediated, and regularly mediates, numerous cases privately and as a member of various state and federal court panels. He is particularly proficient with online mediations, and has conducted many Zoom online mediations (two-party and multi-party) since April 2020. Subject areas mediated include: Federal and State Wage and Hour cases (FLSA and NY Labor Law, including collective actions), business dissolution, breach of contract, business torts and commercial real estate, personal injury/New York Labor Law, mass/toxic torts including asbestos and employment (wage/hour class action and FLSA). His panel memberships include the following: United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern District of New York; Appellate Division, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Judicial Department (Brooklyn), Civil Appeals Mediation Program, Special Master/Mediator; Appellate Division, Supreme Court of the State of New York, First Judicial Department (Manhattan); Commercial Division, Supreme Court, New York County; Commercial Division, Supreme Court, Westchester County; Commercial Division, Supreme Court, Nassau County; General Civil Part, Supreme Court, Westchester County; National Roster of Mediators/Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association; Member, Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust and Consumer Specialty Panels, American Arbitration Association; Panel of Arbitrators, Civil Court of the City of New York, Small Claims Part; and Part 137, Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation Arbitration and Mediation Panel.
After a 30 year litigation career, most recently as a senior partner in an AmLaw 100 International law firm, Mr. Goldstein decided to dedicate his career to assisting parties and counsel in resolving disputes, and actively mediates cases pending in federal and state courts. This was a natural progression, as he spent most of his career navigating matters to resolution, from the most complex to more rudimentary. He brings to the table the attributes that participants desire in a neutral: first-hand understanding of client, counsel, carrier interests and concerns (through his roles as in-house and outside counsel); complete independence and neutrality; excellent negotiation skills (having successfully settled literally thousands of cases throughout his career); patience and energy; creativity in approaching problem-solving; significant preparation; and responsiveness to party, counsel, and court needs. Mr. Goldstein is active in various ADR-related Bar Associations and committees, including the New York State Bar Association Mediation Committee and the New York City Bar ADR Committee.