Michael S. Goldberg

Practice Group Chair - International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (Firmwide) Partner

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The "strategic and business oriented" Michael Goldberg is commended by clients for his ability to “understand the balance of whether you should go into arbitration versus business needs, especially economically. "He is highly regarded for his representation of sovereigns and corporates in a variety of high-value international arbitrations globally."

Chambers USA 2018

Michael S. Goldberg is a senior trial partner at Baker Botts, with extensive trial experience in complex commercial, governmental and international arbitration matters. He is co-chair of the firm's international dispute resolution section (international arbitration and litigation).

Michael Goldberg "maintains a global reputation for excellence in international arbitration." He is praised for his "deft touch" and is described as "tremendous." – Chambers USA 2017

"Terrific leader" Michael Goldberg is based across the Houston and New York offices, and heads the team with the "committed and knowledgeable" Jay Alexander who is based in London and Washington DC.

Legal 500 2018

Initial Member of Legal 500 Hall of Fame in International Arbitration

Michael Goldberg ‘is simply a winner’ and ‘has the unique ability to invoke confidence with the client, which is even more impressive when you consider that the clients include distinguished government officials.’ – Legal 500 2015 - International Arbitration

During his thirty-five years of practice, Mr. Goldberg has served as lead counsel in litigation matters as diverse as antitrust/competition, banking/finance, bankruptcy, commercial, construction, corporate acquisitions, defamation, discrimination, energy, environmental, ERISA, FCPA and other criminal investigations, intellectual property, partnership, premises liability, products liability, qui tam and real estate.

Michael Goldberg is a “very creative lawyer who can propose solutions that clients would not necessarily have thought of.” – Chambers Global 2014

Michael Goldberg is “noted for his broad dispute resolution skills, offering particular experience in high-stakes international litigation and arbitration.” – Chambers Global 2015

Mr. Goldberg's experience extends to a broad array of international matters involving clients, adversaries, and/or issues in Angola, Armenia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Yemen.

Sources praise “his ability to analyse issues in multiple jurisdictions.” He offers expertise in acting as counsel and arbitrator in a wide range of disputes. – Chambers Global 2014

Mr. Goldberg has served as general counsel for professional sports teams such as the NBA’s Houston Rockets. He has also served as a council member of the Council of Legal Opportunities (CLEO), an organization that works with minority and low-income students to help them prepare for and attend law school. He is an Adjunct Professor of International Arbitration at the University of Texas School of Law.

Michael Goldberg is a "very good at thinking through the ramifications of a variety of different decisions." Deemed to be "very smart and business savvy" – Chambers Global 2015

Mr. Goldberg is a past Chair of the Holocaust Museum Houston.

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