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Zak Taylor Goldstein

Criminal defense Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

4.9   48 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 12 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 12 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Zak

Learn Zak’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%
    I represent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies in both state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

  2. Violent crime
    25%
    I represent clients charged with violent crimes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Violent crimes are treated very seriously by the criminal justice system, and I will use my skill and experience to fight for you.

  3. White collar crime
    25%
    White collar criminal practice requires attention to detail and sophisticated legal analysis and writing. I have the experience to help you protect your reputation, job, and freedom.

  4. DUI and DWI
    15%
    I will do everything I can to help you keep your license and freedom. Pennsylvania DUI law is complicated, and there are often defenses to DUI charges that you may not know about.

  5. Sex crime
    10%
    I am ready to fight for your rights and defend your innocence in even the most serious and potentially stigmatizing sex crimes cases. I will do everything in my power to clear your name and keep you off of the Megan's Law Registry.

I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH. I WILL USE MY SKILL AND EXPERIENCE TO FIGHT UNFAIR CHARGES.

Zak T. Goldstein is a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer who will take ownership of your case and fight until he obtains the best possible result for you. Most importantly, Mr. Goldstein is a lawyer who is not afraid to take a difficult case to trial. He has tried hundreds of cases before judges and juries, and he has successfully defended thousands of clients in both state and federal court. He has won critical pre-trial motions including motions to suppress evidence such as drugs, guns, and confessions. He has also won full acquittals for his clients in both bench trials and jury trials. When the circumstances of the case call for it, Mr. Goldstein is a skilled negotiator. On many occasions, he has been able to obtain favorable non-trial resolutions to his clients' cases, including the dismissal of charges, entry into diversionary programs like ARD, and negotiated pleas to significantly reduced charges and sentences.  

Mr. Goldstein is widely considered to be one of Pennsylvania’s top appellate litigators for criminal appeals. He has successfully represented clients in criminal appeals, post-conviction relief act litigation, and federal habeas corpus petitions under 18 U.S.C. § 2544. He has obtained new trials for clients who were convicted of charges as serious as first degree murder and sexual assault and convinced appellate courts to overturn life sentences on appeal. He has argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and litigated writs of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. He has also obtained relief for clients in numerous PCRA and federal habeas corpus matters, including winning an exoneration based on prosecutorial and police misconduct for a client who spent 33 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

Zak Goldstein started his own criminal defense practice because he is passionate about defending the constitutional rights of the accused and helping victims of police misconduct obtain justice. He is an experienced advocate who will fight hard for your rights in order to make sure that you have every possible advantage when dealing with the power of the police and the prosecutor. Attorney Goldstein has experience with all types of charges ranging from misdemeanors like DUI and Simple Possession to serious felonies such as Aggravated Assault, Robbery, gun charges, Possession with the Intent to Deliver, sex crimes, and criminal Homicide. 

Prior to starting his own defense firm in Center City Philadelphia with attorney Demetra Mehta, Zak Goldstein was an Assistant Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia; one of the most well regarded and highly trained public defender offices in the country. As a defender, he gained the trial experience needed to fight for his clients and get results. He represented thousands of clients charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors like DUI and Simple Assault to the very most serious and complex felonies. After leaving the Defender Association, Zak Goldstein worked for a time as an associate for a nationally recognized AmLaw 200 law firm specializing in complex civil litigation.

Mr. Goldstein has been recognized by other lawyers in the community for his unwavering advocacy for his clients and ability to get results in the courtroom, and he has won a number of prestigious awards. He is ranked as a Top Attorney in Criminal Defense with the highest AVVO rating of Superb 10.0. He was also selected as one of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 in criminal defense. His law firm, Goldstein Mehta LLC, is rated by Expertise and Forbes as one of the Top 20 Best Criminal Defense Firms and top 10 Best Firms in Philadelphia respectively. He has also been selected to SuperLawyers seven straight years. Finally, the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys recently recognized Mr. Goldstein as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers Under 40 in Pennsylvania.

Zak Goldstein graduated summa cum laude from Moravian College with a degree in Economics and a minor in Spanish. He graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Villanova Law Review. During law school, Zak Goldstein gained valuable experience working for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and a boutique law firm specializing in white collar criminal defense. Zak Goldstein is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is an active member of the legal community, and he maintains memberships in the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Philadelphia Criminal Law Inn of Court, the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Philadelphia Bar Association.

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2018,2017,2016
Client's Choice
2023 2018 2017 + 1 ...
Top Contributor 2018,2017,2016
Top Contributor
2018 2017 2016

Photos and videos

Our Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyers offer a 15-minute, complimentary criminal defense strategy session. We know that picking up the phone and calling an attorney can be intimidating, so in this video, I explain what you can expect when you call us.
Possession with the Intent to Deliver is a serious felony in Pennsylvania. However, there are a number of common defenses which may apply in your case.
All citizens of the United States have a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Criminal lawyer Zak T. Goldstein, Esquire gives information on why this right is important and when to invoke it.

Location

Goldstein Mehta LLC
1717 Arch Street, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  48 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Bob and Sheri | May 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the Best
Zach was absolutely outstanding! Well spoken, articulate and extrtwell prepared and professional! Most importantly he listens and quickly assessed the situation and possible courses of action! His only promise is to do his best and that's exactly what he did! Best decision I could have made!
Posted by Deborah R Gruel | May 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and loyal lawyer
We hired Zak due to a bad experience with another lawyer. Boy, was he worth the money. He goes above and beyond in answering every call, concern, question, and is very truthful, heartfelt, and honest. Zak is calm, professional, and on top of his game. He is the best of the best!
Posted by Rashaan | February 28, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Zak is a great communicator, he will keep you updated on everything that going on with your case. You want a shark in the courtroom fighting for you and he’s exactly that. His prices are fair and overall just a decent person to work with.
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's the goat!!!!!
Not only he's the goat but he's very skilled at wat he do. This man was great threw out my court processe. Hope there's not another time, but I would run back to him at all cost. I recommend zak over any lawyer. And the best thing wen u hired him u go threw him not anyone else! Please consider him at all cost u won't be disappointed. #GoatZak
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Posted by Avis | June 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
UNDERSTANDS THE ASSIGNMENT
Zak is the man, period. I should have been written a review as I have used him several times and he's conquered. Any time you have a question, he responds with no hesitation. Communication is everything and he keeps you informed. I would be scared to hire someone else after what he's done for my family.
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genius lawyer
We hired Mr Goldstein for my husband’s case . He deals all matter clearly and wisely. Very satisfied with him . Thanks for everything you did for us .
Posted by Luis | March 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Profesional and smart lawyer
I’m so happy to hired Zak Goldstein, he defended my jury trial criminal case, whit professional and good strategies to win my case, I’m highly recommend this lawyer, thank you Zak for the excelente job.
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Zack is great to work with!
It was a pleasure working with Zack on our case. He is extremely approachable and very responsive. He listens and his advice is for the best outcome he can get for the client. He is straightforward and sets realistic expectations. While I would hire him again and again and he did a great job, for our sake I hope it’s not necessary. I do plan to recommend him to anyone we know that finds themselves in a similar situation. Thanks for everything Zack!
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Posted by Amanda | April 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Attentive , Professional and HONEST
If you need a criminal lawyer Zak is the one. From the consultation until the very end , Zak has kept communication from the start, Prices are reasonable and worth every single dollar. Zak has never given my family any false hope , he did not just say what we wanted to hear , he was SUPER HONEST and Straight forward . Zak represented my fiance in his case , and just as expected Zak was able to get us a wonderful outcome. Thank you Zak for all of your hard work and dedication you have done for my fiance.
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Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Jake
I hired Mr. Goldstein and he was extremely helpful with my matter and was very good at communicating while also replying quickly. I would definitely recommend Mr. Goldstein to anyone.
Posted by Paul | December 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The best!
This man is the best lawyer I’ve encountered in over 20 years! When he said that he will make sure that I will be ok in his care, he meant just that! I will definitely recommend him to anyone that needs representation. Thank you again for everything!
Posted by M. | December 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
case dismissed
Mr. Goldstein did a great job with my case. I was wrongfully accused and he was able to get the whole thing thrown out with motions. I didn't even have to go to trial. I am going to recommend this lawyer to everyone.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney with great communication
Zak made everything easy to understand and got great results. Highly recommend.
Posted by SC | August 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Attorney Zak Goldstein is an excellent, efficient, and professional attorney. He’s able to address case sensitivity with confidence and professional empathy. He tackled my white collar case allowing my professional credentials to remain in tact. You NEED him on your team!
Posted by Damien | July 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super Star Lawyer
Zak was awesome, I had hired another Lawyer prior to Zak, who was a waste, ripped me off, lied to me, and did not show up to a hearing, so I looked around and contacted multiple Lawyers, Zak was one of the 1st to contact me back and offered help immediately, after meeting with and hiring him, he always stayed in contact, he was so helpful, always answered calls and questions and he really knows the Law, he is already in my opinion a Super Star Lawyer, he gives you confidence and over all is amazing, and you know you have a good lawyer when other lawyers tell you he is good and you see other lawyers in court come to him for answers, I would give 10 stars or more if I could, Very highly recommended !
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Posted by Tya | January 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I truly wish I could give Zak a million stars! He was professional, kind, and courteous from the beginning to the end of the trial (which he won with a NOT GUILTY decision on all charges by the way!) Zak was always available through phone, email, or in person and quickly responded to every method of communication. My husband was facing bogus charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, simple assault, and REAP and Zak had the first two charges thrown out during the prelim hearing. Zak is extremely knowledgeable and explained every step of the process along the way. He is dedicated and passionate about what he does and it definitely shows in his work. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is facing criminal charges and seeking private counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Excellent Criminal Attorney
Zak Goldstein is an excellent attorney! Last year I hired him to assist me with two separate cases and was extremely pleased with the service both he and his partner, Demetra, provided. Not only was he easy to contact throughout the entire process (10 months), but he achieved favorable outcomes for both of my cases! Mr. Goldstein was always well prepared for court, extremely professional, and very fairly priced. I would highly recommend him to anyone in the city who is searching for a strong criminal attorney.
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Posted by Liz | June 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very grateful
I would highly recommend Zak Goldstein for a legal issue. He is a true professional, He was early for all court dates, he answered all questions, was available immediately if you needed to speak with him and is extremely knowledgeable in his field of law.
Posted by Michelle | April 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Job
I want to say that I really appreciate Zak and his team for everything they have done. They was very professional and they gave us the best outcome. Zak and his team did a awesome job and I will definitely hire them again. Thank You So Much
Posted by Zakk | March 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He's great!
Had questions about my legal case, and he helped me out tremendously. Gave me all the info I needed to relax my nerves. Very smart, quick responses, and caring. Thanks Zak!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Goldstein Mehta LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • The Hughes Firm, LLC
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Gordon & Rees LLP
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Public Defender
  • Defender Association Of Philadelphia
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Summer Associate
  • Conrad O'Brien
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Intern
  • Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • Villanova Law School
  • JD
  • 2011
  • Moravian College
  • B.A.
  • 2008

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. K.B.
  • First-degree murder conviction vacated and withdrawn.
  • Commonwealth v. Z.S.
  • Successful Post Conviction Relief Act Petition Vacates Thirty Year Jail Sentence
  • Commonwealth v. P.B.
  • Motion to suppress granted, resulting in exclusion of significant quantities of narcotics, firearms, and money at trial. District Attorney forced to withdraw charges.
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Associations

  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Compulsory Arbitration Center
  • Certified Arbitrator
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Publications Committee, Editorial Advisory Board member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Philadelphia Criminal Law Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers - Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Top 20 Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Expertise.com
  • 2024
  • Top 100 - Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under 40
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 20 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia
  • Expertise
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 20 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia
  • Expertise
  • 2016
  • Excellence in Litigation
  • The Center for Forensic Economic Studies
  • 2011
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Villanova Law School
  • 2011
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Philadelphia Criminal Law American Inn of Court
  • Federal vs. State/Local Criminal Practice
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (13)
Endorse Zak
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Goldstein is a passionate and dedicated trial attorney who understands that his clients face some of the most difficult decisions of their lives. He is able to excel in the courtroom as well as relating to his clients on a human level."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Zak is an exceptional attorney who goes the extra mile when it comes to his clients. He knows how to win cases both in and out of the courtroom. You can't go wrong if he's your lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Zak is an outstanding criminal attorney. Highly recommended!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Family member
"Zak is a great lawyer! He'll fight for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zak is a tireless warrior. He not only vigorously defends his clients in court. His preparation is next to none outside of the courtroom. Most importantly he cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Friend
"Zak Goldstein is a phenomenal criminal defense attorney. He will fight for you. I strongly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Zak is one of the hardest working attorneys I know. He is highly adept, thorough, and capable of highly technical motions and briefs. He also takes the heart his client's concerns and really fights for the best outcome possible for them. He always calls back family members, visits clients in prison, and returns phone calls."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zak Goldstein is unstoppable in the courtroom. He takes charge and fights doggedly for his client's rights. I have seen him win cases many attorneys would not have the courage to litigate. Please consider him for all your legal needs. He will not let you down, and he is worth every penny."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zak Goldstein is knowledgable, thorough, and he'll fight for your rights!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Goldstein in the past and I can say from personally watching him work, he is great inside the courtroom. He fights hard for his criminal defense and civil rights clients. I strongly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Zak Goldstein for over two years handling various criminal defense matters in Southwest Philadelphia. His attention to detail and courtroom presence is unparalleled. He possesses a defensive instinct that cannot be taught. I'm proud to have worked along side him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"When you have a serious criminal matter, you want Zak on your side. He's an experienced and talented trial attorney who will fight for your rights. I highly recommend Zak."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a passionate advocate for his clients' constitutional rights and is an excellent trial attorney. He will zealously challenge the prosecution's case and win."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Zak is a tireless worker with excellent attention to detail. He genuinely cares about his clients and works hard to obtain favorable results for them. He possesses an excellent courtroom presence. I have worked with Zak on many matters and would recommend him to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Zak is extremely organized and always on top of his game. Whenever he is faced with a difficult case, he comes up with creative and intelligent strategies to get the best results for his client. He is responsive to clients and a pleasure to work with."
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Philadelphia Criminal defense Lawyer Zak Taylor Goldstein
Zak Taylor Goldstein
Criminal defense Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 12 years
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