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Michael Jay Goldberg

Criminal defense Attorney at Cleveland, OH

4.6   32 reviews
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  • Licensed for 35 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

I have represented individuals accused of criminal offenses at trial in Municipal, Common Pleas and Federal Court since 1988.  I will aggressively and completely represent you according to the highest standards.  All your concerns will be addressed and you will never be left wondering "what's next?"

I am concerned for my clients, their rights and their lives.

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Location

The Goldberg Law Firm

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2019
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BEST LAWYER EVER
Mr. Goldberg represented me in s felony drug case. He successfully navigated the situation to only get me a year in a minimum camp. I was looking at a 10-year sentence. He allowed me to have a second chance in life, and for that, I am forever grateful. I would highly recommend Micheal to anyone.
Posted by Shane | December 17, 2018
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Great Attorney!!!!!
I can highly recommend the Goldberg Law Firm. I was charged with a very serious and complicated drug case where I was facing a Mandatory 11 year sentence if I was convicted as charged. Mr. Goldberg and his staff handled my case in the most professional and effective way. They listened to me, returned my calls and they battled the prosecutor's office. I eventually received probation. Having the right lawyer made all the difference for me. I would recommend Michael Goldberg and his office to anyone facing serious charges
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Posted by Brian | May 24, 2024
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Best representation!
I had the Goldberg Law Firm for legal representation regarding cases I had in several courts. I want to say that the firm represented me in the most professional and honorable way. I was very impressed with the legal representation that I received and had the best outcome possible for my situation. Everything was well explained to me each step of the way. This is a very reputable firm and I would recommend them, and I have, to anyone who asks me about a good firm who will care about their situation and who will represent clients in the most aggressive and skillful way.
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Posted by Matt | July 6, 2022
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Amazing Lawyer - Helped save my future
Michael Goldberg did an impeccable job throughout my trial and the months leading up to it. I was accused of 7 felony charges (4 rape & 3 kidnapping). He immediately caught my attention as an attorney due to his knowledge & concern for the accusations formed against me. My family and I suffered immensely having to deal with these accusations, but he always managed to keep us all updated and informed throughout the entire year helping to keep our minds at ease. He was always honest and supportive throughout. When it came to the 5 day trial, he was meticulous as well as extremely prepared to prove my innocence. He truly saved my life and I cannot thank him enough for going above and beyond. He was genuinely invested in my case, and I would highly recommend Michael Goldberg as an attorney to anyone in need !
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2021
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AMAZING LAW OFFICE
MICHAEL GOLDBERG IS GREAT AT WHAT HE DOES, I HAD SERIOUS CASE LOOKING AT 10 YEARS, I SERVED 2 DAYS, I WOULD RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE, ANY TYPE OF CASE, HE HAS EXPERIENCE AND VERY KNOWLEDGABLE, HE GAVE ME ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY, THANK YOU
Posted by Steering wheel pillow | October 16, 2019
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An outstanding attorney! Punctual, responsive & genuine.
Mr. Goldberg, proved himself a calculated, aggressive, NO B.S (clients alike; just be honest, he might be you're last chance) attorney while still maintaining an honest character. My unfortunate legal "trouble" originated in Cuyahoga County during the early months of 2019. My case, had I been convicted to the fullest extent provided by law, would have resulted in nearly 10 years behind bars. The many terrifying months that followed, materialized as a direct result of my substance abuse addiction to methamphetamine. Overall, Mr. Goldberg, eased my thoughts of doubt while he FOUGHT for my freedom even in the face of adversity. All in all, I have this man to thank for having the opportunity to write a review from the comfort of my own home.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2019
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Thankful
Mr. Goldberg has been my attorney now for over five years, on multiple different occasions due to my poor choices. But he continuously has been there for me to help me get through each case. He’s always made a point to make sure my needs were met to the best of his ability and making sure I felt as comfortable as possible in each case whether that be understanding what I’m pleaing out to, what I’m facing, what my rights are, and even in the dark times helping me to cope in a appropriate manner and own up to my faults , accepting my responsibilities as a adult considering I made many poor decisions and did a lot of stupid things as a young adult. Through all of this, he has not only saved my ass a bunch of times but has immensely made a impact on the way I can view things and how things work in the world. I respect him and thank him for the support he has continuously given me as a adult to make a better life for myself. Every time I’m in jail he makes sure to let me know what’s going on and everyone in his law firm Contributes to making sure all clients needs are met. I’m very thankful and will continue to refer him to anyone as well as if i ever need him again. Very pleased. Very impressed.
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Posted by Laurie | September 13, 2019
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Client
Michael Goldberg has helped me & my family with various legal issues including a child custody case-still ongoing. He is VERY good at what he does & I would HIGHLY recommend him to everyone that needs legal help/consultation. He listens. He responds. He gets the job done.
Posted by Fernando | September 13, 2019
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Breathtaking
I made a terrible mistake one night it really change my life. I thought I was gonna lose my job I didn’t know how I was going to even pay my bills, and feed my children but Michael J Goldberg. Came through for me and save the day. Right now I don’t know where I will be if he didn’t represent me. In the time that I was in pain. He was very honest and respectful about the situation it made me feel very secure. I am personally so glad that the universe bought Michael to my situation that I’m able to speak to you guys right now.
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Posted by Tech9tonya | April 15, 2019
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The best attorney
Micheal is a great lawyer I had him for a family service case he get the job done
Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2018
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Grateful
Michael Goldberg is a very good attorney in which he is very confident about the outcome of his cases. He was able to get my case reduced from a First degree misdemeanor to a disorderly conduct. I also noticed he is very well respected amongst his peers. I would definitely recommend Mr.Goldberg to anyone who is having serious legal problems.
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Posted by John | November 14, 2018
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Got me off
I was facing 5 felony counts with mandatory prison time. I ended up with 1 year of easy probation. Michael may not hold your hand through the process but bottom line is he gets the job done.
Posted by Rafaell | December 11, 2017
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Sky Free
I was facing a felonious assault charge with another felony charge added when it was sent downtown...somehow mike was able to get both charges dropped with no probation no penalty fees no misdemeanors no nothing. I never felt this good in my whole life..had a lot to lose with my job and everything else..but mike was able to aggressively fight for my rights and now I am able to live my life again thanks mike.
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2017
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Life on the line
My experience with Mr. Goldberg was defined by an extreme level of professionalism and care. My case was very serious and very frightening. Throughout the experience, Mike exhibited a sense of calm, poise and intelligence. His insight and skills were invaluable in the courtroom. This is a man who will fight to the end and has the credentials and guts to most likely win that fight.
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2017
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Exceptional attorney.
I’m glad to hire Michael to represent me in my domestic violence defense. My demestic violence charge was finally reduced to disprderly conduct. Michael is very professional and responsive. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is needing an criminal defense attorney.
Posted by caree | June 2, 2017
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if you cant pull a rabbit out of your hat why would he think he could
Mr. Goldberg is a excellent defense attorney. I would definitely recommend MICHEAL GOLDBERG. You cant find another attorney better. I used Mike and will again. Hes defending several clients and is all over the justice center on different floors. Mike is not late, Mike is busy. I know he has a large case load but attorney Goldberg knows law and is good at defending your rights. If your guilty and u think hiring a attorney will get u off scott free, you need a genie not attorney..remember always the judge and prosecutor are no dummies either and if u piss off ur attorney ur dumb as the crime you committed. THX MIKE! Caree L
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Posted by Michael | November 20, 2016
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Excellent service
Mr. Goldberg got me out of a situation that seemed never ending. Had an amazing outcome. No matter your situation his team of attorneys work around the clock to get you the best possible outcome.
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2016
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Michael was the Best
Michael handled my case excellent. When I first met with him he was extremely confident that and seemed to truely care about my case and thats what I was looking for in a lawyer. I met with many attorneys in the cleveland area and none of them seemed as confident as Michael did. I was charged with a F2 felonious assault carrying a sentance of 2-8 years prison and he got it dropped to a disordly conduct misdemeanor with only 3 months nonreporting probation and no jail time. I could not be more happier with the results. He is the best and would recommend him to anyone. Thank you
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Posted by Jason | February 1, 2016
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Worked magic with stubborn prosecutor!
Michael Goldberg represented me in a felony drug case where I was charged with 8 felonies & 4 misdemeanors which had me looking at many years in prison, but Michael got them knocked down to where I didn't go to prison & received only 18 months probation, 10 days in jail, & some fines. The prosecutor wanted me gone for years in prison, but Mike convinced the judge otherwise & he's gone above & beyond since for me. Yeah he may be late to some hearings, but the judge & prosecutor were never on time either, so Michael was helping his other clients in the justice center because his services are so sought after do to his success rates of keeping people out of prison. I'd recommend him to people & say to those that post bad reviews, "if he kept you out of prison, then he did his job & if you're not happy with the results of plea bargaining, maybe you should have went to trial."
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Posted by Robert | December 12, 2015
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Michael Goldberg is THE BEST of the best. Want to stay out of prison? Hire Michael Goldberg.
Michael Goldberg has represented me several times in both Cuyahoga County and Summit County. He has had my felony charges dropped to misdemeanors in more than one instance. I probably should have went to prison at least once but Michael has kept me a free man! Michael Goldberg delivers upon his promises, and I would recommend him to anyone facing criminal charges. If you retain Michael to represent you, I promise you will not be disappointed....Hands down, the best criminal defense attorney in Northeast Ohio. I will never be able to thank Michael enough for all he has done for me.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Goldberg Law Firm
  • 2005 - Present
  • Owner
  • Goldberg & Murner LLC
  • 2001 - 2005

Education

  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • University of Cincinnati
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2020
  • Ohio Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2020

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyers in Cleveland
  • Expertise
  • 2020
  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Cleveland
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Criminal Law Firm in Ohio
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Seminar
  • Second Amendment vs. State Regulation
  • 2018
  • Legal Seminar
  • National Gun Law and Marijuana
  • 2016

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