Howard W. Goldstein

Howard W. Goldstein

  • Of Counsel
  • White Collar Defense and Government Investigations
  • New York
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Howard W. Goldstein is a white collar criminal defense and securities enforcement of counsel resident in Fried Frank's New York office. He joined the Firm as a partner in 1990 and upon his retirement became of counsel in 2015. Mr. Goldstein also served as general counsel of Fried Frank from 2009 to 2015.
Mr. Goldstein concentrates his practice in white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and RICO and fraud-related civil litigations.  He has represented individuals, corporations and labor unions in a wide range of criminal and civil RICO proceedings and lawsuits throughout the United States, including forfeiture proceedings.  He has handled both criminal and civil securities investigations and litigation, as well as criminal customs, tax fraud, and antitrust matters.
From 1976 to 1980, Mr. Goldstein was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, serving first in the Major Crimes and Official Corruption prosecution units before being named Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney, and then Chief Appellate Attorney for the Criminal Division.
Mr. Goldstein is a prolific author and speaker on business crime and RICO matters, and for 16 years wrote a regular column on business crime for the New York Law Journal.  He has also written several books on related topics and has lectured for Prentice-Hall and the Securities Industries Association on money laundering.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Goldstein is a recipient of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Thurgood Marshall Award.  He has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.  He is also consistently recognized by Benchmark: Litigation as a New York Litigation Star.  He has been recognized by Legal 500 in Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense and Financial Services: Litigation.

Professional Associations

Board of editors, Business Crimes Bulletin
Board of editors, Corporate Counselor
Past Chair, White-Collar Crime Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member, Federal Bar Council
Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Member, American Bar Association
Member, New York State Bar Association.


Mr. Goldstein was law clerk to the late Hon. Orrin G. Judd, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, in 1973-1974.

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

New York; United States Supreme Court; United States Claims Court; and various United States District Courts and Courts of Appeals.

Practices & Industries


New York University School of Law, JD – 1973
  • Graduated first in class
  • Member, Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow
Northwestern University, BA – 1970
  • With distinction
  • Phi Beta Kappa
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