Joe Goldberg

Antitrust | Class Actions | Election Law| Complex Commercial Litigation

Joe is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the top antitrust litigators in the country. He has tried numerous cases to multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and judgments and has recovered for his clients in excess of ten billion dollars. In 2013, Joe was the lead trial lawyer for the plaintiffs in In Re Urethanes Litigation, Civil No. 04-md-1616-JWL (United States District Court, District of Kansas) in which the jury verdict resulted in a judgment in excess of one billion dollars. That jury verdict 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 federal Sherman Antitrust Act. Joe is recognized by clients and colleagues as “the best lawyer I ever worked with”; “superb courtroom presence”; “has a great ability to convey complicated issues”; and “one of the best antitrust lawyers on the plaintiff’s side in the country”.

In 2013, Joe was named by the National Law Journal in its inaugural edition of the nation’s 50 Elite Plaintiffs’ Trial Lawyers. He was selected by the American Antitrust Institute, in 2018, in its inaugural class of Private Antitrust Enforcement Hall of Fame. In 2023, the American Antitrust Institute recognized Joe’s leadership in the Payment Card Antitrust Litigation as one of the best litigation outcomes of the year. Joe has had an “AV” rating in Martindale-Hubbell for more than thirty years, is listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than thirty 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, 2014, 2015, and 2018. He was ranked among the top 25 New Mexico Superlawyers in 2009, 2013 and 2014. He is one of the 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 Goldberg has been a senior shareholder in the law firm since 1991. His practice is largely limited to antitrust, class actions, complex commercial litigation and election law. 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 has taught in more than fifty continuing legal education seminars and has written numerous books, monographs, chapters and articles about the law. 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. Joe has served on numerous other public interest or professional boards, including the Searle Civil Justice Institute at George Mason University, New Mexico Appleseed (Chair of the Board), Albuquerque Legal Aid Society, Environmental Law Center (Santa Fe), COSAL (Chair of Board), New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (President of Board).

…exquisite work on behalf of the class, including your superb court room presence…

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

Joe Goldberg’s Awards