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To be working at Weitz & Luxenberg with such a talented, tenacious team of attorneys is a privilege. Before joining, I owned my own law firm. That was a great experience, but now I’m looking forward to being part of the firm’s expansive national litigation efforts.
Benjamin Goldman has joined our New Jersey team of dedicated, knowledgeable litigators. His extensive background in trial work is an enormous asset to our firm.
“I love preparing for trial,” Mr. Goldman continues. “There’s nothing quite like addressing a jury and sensing my arguments are strong and persuasive.”
“I’ve handled a full range of criminal cases,” Mr. Goldman explains. “That includes everything from theft to firearm and narcotic possession charges, to organized crime and conspiracy charges, murder, sexual assault, domestic violence, and allegations of fraud and financial malfeasance.
“Because I ran my own business, I was responsible for every aspect of the case: conducting felony jury trials; overseeing bail hearings, sentencings, and probation reviews; and preparing for appellate review. More than anything, I loved the trial work,” Mr. Goldman adds.
“So far, I’ve been doing trial work for roughly a dozen years, and I’ve taken 50 cases to verdict. I’ve worked in Detroit and Toronto, and now I’m back in Philly. I grew up here, so it feels as if I’ve come full circle. And to be able to continue trial work is fantastic.”
Mr. Goldman is utilizing his courtroom trial experience on behalf of many of our clients. He is already working for our environmental and consumer protection area. And is handling aspects for our asbestos exposure clients in their cases. He also plans to assist in our defective drugs and medical device cases as they go to trial.
“Shortly after graduating from law school, I interned at the Office of the Public Defender in Ann Arbor, Michigan,” Mr. Goldman says. “As an assistant public defender, I had the opportunity to conduct misdemeanor trials, assist in felony cases, and conduct pretrial hearings, sentencings, and probation reviews.
“It’s here where I fell in love with trial work. As soon as I got in front of a jury, I knew I was connecting with them — winning them over,” he remembers.
“When I’m up there in front of a jury making closing remarks, it feels as if I’m operating in a different gear. It’s amazing, and I’ve wanted to continue this kind of work ever since.”
“People sometime say you need to start by listening to your client, but not everyone really listens,” Mr. Goldman points out. “I really listen. Every case begins with the client.
“If you pay close attention, your client gives you the insight you need to construct your case. Their story will be your case,” Mr. Goldman insists.
“One of my favorite parts is giving my closing argument. From there, I work backwards. I have to think backwards to everything I needed to do in order to get to the closing argument. The case builds from all the steps that came before, and ultimately led to that moment. And, always, you need to know where you’re going.”
Mr. Goldman is bringing his skills immediately to our Roundup courtroom trials. Lawsuits have been going on for some time now and he will participate as a vital trial member in our upcoming trials.
“I’m knee deep in files reading up on the Roundup litigation right now,” Mr. Goldman says. “This is a massive litigation area, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
Roundup is the world’s most widely used herbicide. Monsanto is the manufacturer of Roundup. Its primary chemical is glyphosate. Glyphosate has been categorized as a likely cancer-causing substance by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Anyone who uses it faces the very real danger of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma after being exposed to this poisonous agent. People who are at risk of serious illness range from farmers to home gardeners to landscapers.
“We want to help them all. They are innocent victims of Monsanto’s corporate greed,” stresses Mr. Goldman.
“I earned my degrees out of the usual sequence,” Mr. Goldman explains. “I got my B.A. in Philadelphia, then moved to Ann Arbor for law school. Afterwards, I also decided to get my master’s degree at the University of Michigan.”
Mr. Goldman is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
After becoming an attorney, he pursued and earned an M.A. in political science from the University of Michigan. He earned his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Outside the office, Mr. Goldman enjoys spending time with his two young sons. He also loves rowing and reading.
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Benjamin Goldman will be happy to review your case.