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Gerald Harris Goldstein

Criminal defense Attorney at San Antonio, TX

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also known as Gerry Goldstein


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Learn Gerald’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    Defending white collar cases in trial and through appeals, writs and extraordinary writs. Cases include environmental offenses, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud and antitrust. I also defend capital murder, murder, mansla

    54 years

  2. Appeals
    20%
    Defending white collar cases in trial and through appeals, writs and extraordinary writs. 20% of my work is pro bono death penalty and civil rights work.

    54 years

  3. Federal crime
    15%
    Defending white collar cases in trial and through appeals, writs and extraordinary writs. Cases include environmental offenses, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud and antitrust.

    54 years

  4. Sex crime
    15%
    I defend human trafficking, continuous sexual assault of the child, sexual assault of a child and bigamy cases.

  5. White collar crime
    15%

    54 years

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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Licensed for 54 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 01/13/2023
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1968
Updated 10/23/2022

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

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Goldstein & Orr
310 S St Mary's St #2900
29th Floor
San Antonio, TX, 78205-3108

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Posted by Stephen | December 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Extraordinary Attorney
My crime was a federal felony for making a false statement to a bank. I pled guilty because it was the right thing to do as well as to avoid the expense – both financial and emotional – of going to trial. I was looking at 46-57 months in prison based on federal sentencing guidelines and was not eligible for parole. Mr. Goldstein, his partner, Cynthia Orr, and their team, worked tirelessly to put forth the strongest of cases. The judge sentenced me to time served of 1 day and supervised release of 5 years – an extraordinary outcome by any standard. This meant that I could continue to live with and support my family and rebuild my life within the community. Plainly put, Mr. Goldstein saved my life and allowed my family to stay together. I can never adequately express my gratitude to Mr. Goldstein and will keep him in my prayers for the rest of my days. Mr. Goldstein has had a long and illustrious career to which my praise will add little. As with his partner, Mrs. Cynthia Orr, his intelligence and ability to so quickly hone in on the most crucial elements of my case were a privilege to witness. I was so fortunate and privileged to have Mr. Goldstein in my corner. You will find none better.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Goldstein, Goldstein, and Hilley
  • 1968 - Present

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1968
  • Tulane University, Louisiana
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1965

Legal Cases

  • USA v. Uresti, et al
  • Acquittal
  • Texas v. Hannah Overton
  • Exonerated

Associations

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1991 - Present
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • Dean's Round Table
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • State Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 1976 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President
  • 1975 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Past President
  • 1975 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1968 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Current Co-Chair
  • N/A
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Civil Liberties Union
  • General Counsel
  • 1979 - 1985
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1977 - 1978
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • Faculty
  • 1975 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Legal Legends Award
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Council
  • 2011
  • Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1993
  • Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1991
  • Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer in Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 1991
  • Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • N/A
  • Marquis Who’s Who
  • Who’s Who in American Law, 14th Edition
  • N/A
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Unknown Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gerald. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It would not do justice to Gerry to say he is a top criminal lawyer in Texas or in the USA. He is simply one of a tiny handful of lawyers in his generation who have reached the pinnacle of the profession. Gerry's gravitas in the legal world is unsurpassed except by his sense of humor and his legendary generosity to the lawyers lucky enough to cross his path. Truly a giant in the law, yet he is the nicest gentleman you'll ever meet. Never pass up an opportunity to work with this man."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gerry is the kind of criminal defense lawyer other criminal defense lawyers aspire and strive to be like. One of the best of the best, not just in Texas but nationally."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"When lawyers are asked questions that they don't know the answers to they go to Mr. Goldstein more than any other lawyer. There is no lawyer that other lawyers respect more."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gerry is the best of the best in any criminal matter. Humble and always available to help another lawyer, Gerry is among the most thorough and aggressive advocates for his clients that I have seen."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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San Antonio Criminal defense Lawyer Gerald Harris Goldstein
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Criminal defense Attorney
San Antonio, TX
Licensed for 54 years
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