Michael S. Goldberg

Senior Counsel

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New York

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“Michael Goldberg (Hall of Fame) is a brilliant lawyer who takes a practical approach to problem solving. After evaluating an issue’s strictly legal implications, he has an uncanny ability to view the case from a solutions point of view, taking a business approach to cut through the complex legal issues.”

Legal 500 2022

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

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.

Mr. Goldberg has served as general counsel for professional sports teams such as the NBA's Houston Rockets. He is a past Chair of the Holocaust Museum Houston. 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 has an eminent legal mind. He is tenacious, creative, flexible and has an uncanny ability to create victory even when the odds are long."

Chambers USA 2021

Michael Goldberg is "a superlative advocate who has a tremendous amount of experience. He is one of the best. He [c]an persuasively and cogently argue something in a very short space of time no matter what the pressure."

Chambers USA 2020


“Michael Goldberg is an outstanding international advocate.” Legal 500 2023

“Michael is on top of the details, very hard working, and dedicated to the case. He is very knowledgeable in arbitration and files excellent papers.” Chambers Global 2023

“He is a superb advocate. He's measured, eloquent and logical – very effective." Chambers USA 2023

Michael Goldberg "is noted for his 'clear, persuasive and compelling oral arguments.'" Chambers Global 2020

"Practice chair Michael Goldberg maintains a global reputation for excellence in international arbitration work, offering experience in disputes involving clients and investments across Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America." Chambers Global 2018 - International Arbitration - USA

Michael has been described as "strategic and business oriented" and “is highly regarded for his representation of sovereigns and corporates in a variety of high-value international arbitrations globally." Chambers USA 2018

“’Terrific litigator’ Michael Goldberg of Baker Botts L.L.P. is a hugely experienced trial lawyer who is completely at home advising clients across a wide range of highly contentious international litigation and arbitration matters.” Chambers Global 2017

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

Michael Goldberg is "strategic, personable and highly experienced" Legal 500 US 2017 - Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration

Michael Goldberg has "remarkable success in very complicated matters." Chambers 2016 - International Arbitration - USA

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

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.” Chambers Europe 2015

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