As a lawyer practicing at the highest professional levels for two decades, Jeremy Goldstein said one of the core principles he has developed is: “The better you get to know your client, the better the legal advice you can give.” He said he prefers to practice law, “through the lens of relationships.”
It seems to be working. Jeremy Goldstein is among the most sought-after New York attorneys in the field of corporate governance and executive compensation matters. He works primarily in the realm of mergers and acquisitions. His firm is Jeremy Goldstein & Associates LLC, launched in 2014.
Before establishing his own firm, Goldstein was a partner with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He spent 14 years there diving deep into the practice of executive compensation law. His first job out of law school was with Shearman & Sterling LLP.
Speaking of college, Jeremy Goldstein completed his undergraduate work at Cornell University in 1995. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History. He then went on to the University of Chicago to get a master’s degree in the same subject. He was then accepted into the New York University of Law where he completed his Juris Doctorate in 1999.
In his two decades of practice, Jeremy Goldstein has handled some of the most high-profile clients and most significant cases in recent history. That includes the buyout of South African Breweries PLC by the Miller Brewing Company. He also handled the merger between J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Bank One. Another big case was the Acquisition of AT&T by SBC Communications.
Jeremy Goldstein will be the first to admit that his career has not been without obstacles and significant challenges. A key to his success has been to treat obstacles as opportunities to grow. It’s not a lesson that came easily. In fact, Goldstein said if he could go back in time and give his younger self a key bit of advice, it would be to immediately accept the toughest problems as golden opportunities for positive development. Put doubts aside quickly.
Jeremy Goldstein said he has learned to choose cases carefully. Selecting the right case and winning it is the key to more business and referrals. It also can generate positive publicity. However, a good lawyer should also seek the kind of cases he or she prefers to work on – situations that match experience and expertise, but just as importantly, passions and interests. Being excited and genuinely enthralled by a case provides its own motivation to excel.
Jeremy Goldstein has always remembered to give back to the community that helped make him successful. He serves on the board of directors of Fountain House, a charity that helps people with mental illness transition to better lives.
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