Joe Goldberg has been a senior shareholder in the law firm since 1991. After teaching in law schools for nearly twenty years, he has now been in active private practice for more than twenty-five years. His practice is largely limited to antitrust, class actions, complex commercial litigation and election law.
Joe is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the top plaintiffs’ antitrust litigators in the country. He has had an “AV” rating in Martindale-Hubbell for more than twenty-five years, is listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than twenty years in antitrust, commercial litigation and bet-the-company litigation, and has been listed in Chambers USA and Southwest Superlawyers since their inceptions. Joe was designated by Best Lawyers in America as “bet-the-company” litigator of the year in New Mexico in 2009 and antitrust litigator of the year in 2011 and 2014. He was ranked among the top 25 New Mexico Superlawyers in 2009, 2013 and 2015. He is one of only 103 plaintiffs’ antitrust lawyers in the United States listed in the prestigious international Who’s Who Legal: Competition. He is nationally recognized for his work with economic and statistical experts and has written and lectured nation-wide on that topic.
Joe has tried a number of cases to multimillion dollar verdicts and judgments and has recovered for his clients, by judgment or settlement, over nine billion dollars. In 2013, Joe was the lead trial lawyer for the plaintiffs in In Re Urethane Litigation, Civil No. 04-md-1616-JWL (United States District Court, District of Kansas) in which the jury awarded more than $400 million in damages. That jury verdict, trebled to a judgment of more than one billion dollars, was the largest jury verdict in the United States in 2013 and is reported to be the largest price-fixing verdict in the history of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
Joe has taken leadership positions in a number of national class actions, including Commercial Explosives Price-Fixing Litigation, Polypropylene Carpet Antitrust Litigation, Nasdaq Marketmakers Antitrust Litigation, Specialty Steel Antitrust Litigation, Bulk Vitamins Antitrust Litigation, Visa/Mastercard Interchange Fee Antitrust Litigation, Urethanes Antitrust Litigation, among others.
Joe was on the full-time faculties of the University of North Dakota and the University of New Mexico Law Schools, from 1969 through 1987. He also served as the General Counsel for the University of New Mexico. He was a law clerk for Hon. M. Joseph Blumenfeld of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. He also served as the Secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department and Secretary of the New Mexico Health & Environment Department. Joe currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the American Antitrust Institute and on the United States Advisory Board for the Loyola University Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies.
A.B. (Cum Laude, Pi Gamma Mu Honorary Society), Trinity College (Hartford, CT), 1965
LL.B. (Cum Laude, Order of the Coif), Boston College Law School, 1968
American Bar Association, Section on Antitrust Law, Co-chair, “Blue Ribbon Panel” on civil jury instruction changes
American Association for Justice
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors from 1989 to 2014; President, 2005-06
Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws (COSAL), Board of Directors since 1991; President, 1999-2002
American Law Institute, Life Member; Advisor, Restatement (Third) of Agency
New Mexico Supreme Court Uniform Jury Instructions (Civil) Committee, 1981 - 1999
Numerous books, monographs and articles on the law
Presenter at numerous continuing legal educations around the country
He's a brilliant, superb trial lawyer - he's premier in the country, not just New Mexico." - Chambers, USA
...exquisite work on behalf of the class, including your superb court room presence . . . - DW
Goldberg was the lead trial attorney in a class action that accused The Dow Chemical Co. of price-fixing, and a federal judge last year handed down a $1.2 billion judgment against the company. - 2014 Elite Trial Lawyers Article