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Daniel F Goldstein

Daniel F Goldstein

Practice areas:

Civil Rights, Litigation

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Dan Goldstein’s love of trial work has led to a wide-ranging practice that includes complex commercial matters, high-impact public interest litigation, personal injury, white collar criminal defense, and court appointments to represent defendants charged federally with death-eligible offenses.


 


Dan’s business litigation has included defending a truck manufacturer in suits by disgruntled dealers, the defense of numerous officers and directors of failed savings and loans, a recovery for limited partners in a franchise who were misled by a franchisor, defense of libel actions, trade secret litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, lease covenant disputes for commercial tenants of shopping centers, and business partnership disputes.


 


As counsel for the National Federation of the Blind, Dan has initiated a national legal campaign to ensure access to technology. His settlement of a class action against Cardtronics, which provides for tens of thousands of voice-guided ATMs, constituted a major step toward making this ubiquitous convenience accessible to the blind. His suit against Target.com set precedent regarding the application of access laws to websites, and his suit against America Online has made AOL accessible to the blind. In litigation from Maryland to Florida, he has helped ensure the right of the blind to vote independently and in secret. This work has gone beyond litigation to partnerships, including the negotiation of joint technology agreements with technology developers such as Amazon.com.


 


In personal injury cases, Dan has secured large verdicts and settlements for victims of medical and legal malpractice, for persons who were criminally assaulted in an unsafe environment, and for persons who were harmed by unsafe pesticide exposure.


 


A former federal prosecutor, Dan’s criminal practice has included successfully avoiding prosecution for a target of an independent counsel, representing an attorney charged with campaign financing violations, a minister charged with mail fraud, various medical practitioners charged with insurance fraud, as well as persons charged federally with violent crimes.


 


Dan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been listed among Maryland’s Top 50 Super Lawyers, and is a 2010 winner of The Daily Record‘s Leadership in Law Award. In 2011, Dan received the American Bar Association’s Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights. This award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to further the rights, dignity, and access to justice for people with disabilities. Dan’s acceptance speech. Also, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© Civil Rights Law, Commercial Litigation, and White Collar Criminal Defense categories and in 2012, was selected for Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America, a highly selective and by-invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.  Dan is a Member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1974

  1. Civil Rights: 80%
  2. Litigation: 20%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Charles Weiner

    I endorse this lawyer. Dan is one of the nations leading disability rights and litigation attorneys in the country. He has successfully handled high impact cases, which have created advancements in the rights of people with disabilities.

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Contact Info

Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP

120 East Baltimore Street
Suite 1700
Baltimore, MD, 21202-6701

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MDActive197407/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyer - Civil RightsBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyer - Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyer - Criminal Defense White CollarBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyers - Civil RightsBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyers - Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyers - White Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2014
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2012
Civil Rights, Comm Lit, & White Collar Crim DefBest Lawyers in America2011
Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability RightsAmerica Bar Association2011
Leadership in LawThe Daily Record2010
Fellow of the American College of Trial LawyersAmerican College of Trial LawyersN/A
Maryland's Top 50 Super LawyersSuper Lawyers MagazineN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBrown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP1982 - Present
Assistant United States AttorneyOffice of the United States Attorney1976 - 1982

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2012 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersFellowN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
National Federation of the Blind vs. TargetIn a settlement, Target agreed to take necessary steps to make its web site fully and equally accessible and to pay $6 million in damages to a class of blind Californians who had unsuccessfully attempted to use the web site.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts & The National Federation of the Blind v. CardtronicsIn a class action agreement, it was agreed that Cardtronics would make all of its ATMs accessible on a scheduled basis, Cardtronics would pay the NFB $900,00 for attorney fees, and make a $100,000 contribution to Massachusetts’ local consumer aid fund.

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
Amherst CollegeN/AAB1969

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
9th European e-Accessibility ForumThe stick, the carrot, and cozying up: a litigation and legislative strategy for making e-accessibility the default in American post-secondary education2015
U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil LibertiesAchieving the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Digital Age2010