Michael A. Goldstein
State Bar of California Membership Information - Member Since 1996
Michael Goldstein was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1996, and is also admitted to the Central and Southern Districts of the United States District Court. The Goldstein Law Offices were established in 1975 and Michael joined his father in 1996. Michael enjoys a reputation as aggressive, compassionate and ethical attorney amongst his peers and adversaries alike. Michael represents clients charged in both State and Federal Courts and has represented the interests of of clients in State or Federal cases pending in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Mississippi, Washington, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Michael was recently involved in an extradition case in Oslo, Norway, where the defense team aggressively litigated international issues outlined in the US-Norwegian extradition treaty in an effort to prevent the extradition of our client back to the United States on Racketeering & Gaming charges. That matter was litigatged before the Norwegian Supreme Court in June 2014.
Michael is the past President of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association.
Michael has secured 4 consecutive not guilty verdicts. The last two juries found Michael's client not guilty in 27 minutes and 50 minutes. The first of these significant victories involved an 8-week, 42 defendant complex insurance fraud case tried before the Honorable Lance Ito.
Michael has handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal matters ranging from major narcotics cases, assault cases, DUI's, homicide cases as well as several other serious matters. Michael has represented musicians, doctors, lawyers, athletes, entertainers, entertainment executives, career criminals, and foreign nationals facing immigration consequences. On many occasions, Michael's creative work on behalf of musicians and/or athletes has made it possible to travel to internationally to work. Michael has litigated several highly sophisticated fraud and narcotics cases and recently represented a client who was charged as a co-conspirator in a $45 million muti-ton drug seizure. In another matter, Michael obtained a favorable plea deal for a client charged in one of the largest welfare fraud case in Los Angeles County history. In that case, our client, a county employee, misappropriated more than $700,000 of county funds.
Michael often represents individuals with drug addiction and/or alcohol related issues. Michael can help secure confidential and professional help for clients Michael works closely with a network of treatment facilities, intervention specialists and therapists to secure the appropriate care when needed. This knowledge has also proven helpful for family members who may not possess the knowledge to do so, or might be unwilling to take on this difficult task. Where appropriate, time spent in a reputable residential treatment facility or local trustee jail can serve as an alternative to incarceration. Michael is an advocate of alternative sentencing and his network of experts provide his clients with the best chance to avoid incarceration. Michael has represented doctors, lawyers and other licensed professionals in criminal matters.
Michael currently sits on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Los Angeles County Bar Association, San Fernando Valley Bar Association and sits on the Park Advisory Board of Pan Pacific Recreation Complex.
Michael also sits on the board of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition that changes lives and creates safe, healthy communities by providing a support and advocacy network for, and comprised of formerly incarcerated young men and women. Together we are a bridge to transformation, purpose, and redemption. Michael has volunteered for for Public Counsel and has provided volunteer legal assistance at the Salvation Army Men's Rehabilitation program. Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles, is married and the father of two young boys.
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