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Gerry Goldstein is a nationally recognized and respected defense attorney who has served as a member of the prestigious firm Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley for over 45 years. He is proud to take on a range of challenging cases from the San Antonio area and across Texas.

He continues to tirelessly fight for the rights of clients across Texas and the entire country, and his accomplishments include testifying before Congress in a hearing that is credited with defending American citizens' rights and defending the confidentiality rights of lawyers and their clients. His service to the legal industry and his fellow attorneys led to his induction into the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2002.

Mr. Goldstein passionately promotes the future of criminal justice through aspiring attorneys and education. He served as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the University of Texas School of Law in Austin from 1982 to 1993. Since 1998, he has taught a course titled "Advanced Criminal Law (Defense of a Complex Federal Prosecution)" every Fall at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio. 

He also shares his experiences and furthers his knowledge as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

In addition to being licensed to practice law in Texas, Colorado, and before the Supreme Court, Mr. Goldstein also appears before the U.S. Court of Appeals 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Circuits. He is Board Certified by the State Bar of Texas in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law, a distinction granted to less than 10% of attorneys.

His passion for the field of criminal defense has lead him to actively participate in the legal community on a local, state, and national level. In addition to having served as the President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), he has been interviewed by several news agencies and profiled in a number of published articles. He is currently the Co-Chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws(NORML) and has served on the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Bar Association. His other memberships include the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Dean's Round Table at the University of Texas School of Law, and the Texas Trial Lawyer Association.

Among the many awards that have been granted to Mr. Goldstein, he has been named one of five "Top Notch" Criminal Defense Lawyer in Texas in 2012, listed in the Marquis Who's Who, Who's Who in American Law 14th Edition, and given the John Henry Faulk, Civil Libertarian of the Year award by the ACLU in 1995.

As a criminal defense attorney who has worked in conjunction with The Innocence Project, Mr. Goldstein has helped to exonerate and free several individuals who were falsely convicted by the state. His dedication to justice has led him to represent clients in a wide range of cases, a number of which have raised national media attention to important criminal justice issues, such as accountability at trial.

Mr. Goldstein works tirelessly at his firm, Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley to defend the rights and freedom of those across Texas, from his home of San Antonio. From misdemeanors to federal cases including drunk driving allegations, homicide cases, and fraud charges, Gerry Goldstein has taken on every kind of case, and he continues to dedicate his time and vast experience to those in need.


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  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    47 years
  2. White Collar Crime: 20%
    47 years
  3. Federal Crime: 15%
    47 years
  4. Appeals: 15%
    47 years



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  • Phillip Wayne Goff

    Mr. Goldstein is a legend in our field, simply put. His reputation among his peers is impeccable. If you can afford him, hire him. If you can't afford him, call him, anyway.


    Phillip Goff Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Chad Peter Van Brunt

    Gerry is one my most important friends, colleagues and mentors. I would not be having the success in my practice that I have without his guidance and example. He quite simply is a legend.


    Chad Van Brunt Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley

310 S St Mary's St #2900
San Antonio, TX, 78205-3108


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas Legal Legends AwardState Bar of Texas, Litigation Council2011
Justice Albert Tate, Jr. AwardLouisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1993
Robert C. Heeney Memorial AwardNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1991
Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer in TexasState Bar of Texas1991
Top 100 Texas Super LawyersTexas Monthly MagazineN/A
Marquis Who’s WhoWho’s Who in American Law, 14th EditionN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGoldstein, Goldstein, and Hilley1968 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember1997 - Present
International Academy of Trial LawyersFellow1997 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersFellow1991 - Present
University of Texas School of LawDean's Round Table1989 - Present
American Board of Criminal LawyersMember1987 - Present
State Bar FoundationFellow1976 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPast President1975 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPast President1975 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1968 - Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsCurrent Co-ChairN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Civil Liberties UnionGeneral Counsel1979 - 1985
San Antonio Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1977 - 1978
National Criminal Defense CollegeFaculty1975 - 1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1968
Tulane University, LouisianaBusiness Administration, Art HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1965