James A. Goldstein

James A. Goldstein has been licensed to practice law since 1974 and continues to take on the toughest cases possible.  His practice has been devoted almost exclusively to trying murder cases..  On April 28th, 2012, the Los Angeles Criminial Courts Bar Association honored James A. Goldstein with the prestigious “Jerry Giesler Award”, as their Trial Lawyer of the Year. Over a two year period, Jim secured not guilty verdicts in 4 of the 6 serious murder and attempted murder cases he tried. Two of these cases included multiple defendant jail house murders. In another murder case, Jim sought to exclude his client’s confession given the improper and coercive interrogation tactics used by LAPD detectives. The judge agreed and the case was dismissed.  The son of a cabdriver, Jim learned the value of hard work early on. Following an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corp., Jim attended Southwestern School of Law while also working as a high school teacher at Belmont High School and selling shoes at Sears. Jim graduated in the top 10% of his class and thereafter worked for a prominent criminal trial attorney before establishing his own firm. After more than 43 years of practice, Jim still enjoys batting in the courtroom.  Jim is not afraid to put in the work necessary to win and welcomes the most challenging criminal matters. Up until recently, Jim averaged 3-5 trials per year and his case results speak to this passion and preparation. An “AV Rated” attorney, Jim has represented clients in the state and federal courts in California, Hawaii, Maryland, Louisiana and New Mexico.  In 2009, Jim tried 6 life cases to verdict. Jim has handled numerous other high profile murder and drug related matters. Jim has tried more than 250 cases to verdict, including more than 50 murders. Jim has tried 5 death penalty cases, saving the life of his client in 4 of those matters. Jim has also handled more than 75 criminal appeals with numerous published opinions. Early in his career, Jim served as an adjunct law professor.

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