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Top-Rated Los Angeles Criminal Attorney. Client's Choice Winner 2014.

Goldstein Law Group is a national law firm with a track record of success defending clients against state or federal offenses. Michael Goldstein, "Of Counsel" to his father, James Goldstein, was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1996 and to the United States District Court, Central District in 1997. The Goldstein Law Offices were established in 1975 and Michael joined his father in 1996. Jim and Michael have worked closely together ever since and enjoy a reputation as aggressive, compassionate and ethical attorneys amongst their peers and adversaries alike. Michael represents clients charged in both State and Federal Courts and has represented the interests of of clients in State or Federal cases pending in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Mississippi, Washington, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Currently, Michael is involved in an extradition case in Oslo, Norway, where the defense team is aggressively litigating international issues outlined in the US-Norwegian extradition treaty in an effort to prevent the extradition of our client back to the United States on Racketeering & Gaming charges. That matter will go before the Norwegian Suprement Court in June 2014.


Michael currently serves as the 2014 President of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association.


Michael has secured 4 consecutive not guilty verdicts. The last two juries found Michael's client not guilty in 27 minutes and 50 minutes. The first of these significant victories involved an 8-week, 42 defendant complex insurance fraud case tried before the Honorable Lance Ito.


Michael has handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal matters ranging from major narcotics cases, assault cases, DUI's, homicide cases as well as several other serious matters. Michael has represented musicians, doctors, lawyers, athletes, entertainers, entertainment executives, career criminals, and foreign nationals facing immigration consequences. On many occasions, Michael's creative work on behalf of musicians and/or athletes has made it possible to travel to internationally to work. Michael has litigated several highly sophisticated fraud and narcotics cases and recently represented a client who was charged as a co-conspirator in a $45 million muti-ton drug seizure. In another matter, Michael obtained a favorable plea deal for a client charged in one of the largest welfare fraud case in Los Angeles County history. In that case, our client, a county employee, misappropriated more than $700,000 of county funds.


Michael often represents individuals with drug addiction and/or alcohol related issues. Michael can secure confidential and professional help for clients Michael works closely with a network of treatment facilities, intervention specialists and therapists to secure the appropriate care when needed. This knowledge has also proven helpful for family members who may not possess the knowledge to do so, or might be unwilling to take on this difficult task. Where appropriate, time spent in a reputable residential treatment facility or local trustee jail can serve as an alternative to incarceration. Michael is an advocate of alternative sentencing and his comprehensive network of experts provide his clients with the best chance to avoid incarceration.


Michael proudly served as the campaign finance director for Jackie Lacey during her historic campaign to become District Attorney of Los Angeles County. Michael currently sits on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association, is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Los Angeles County Bar Association, San Fernando Valley Bar Association and sits on the Park Advisory Board of Pan Pacific Recreation Complex. Michael has volunteered for for Public Counsel and has provided volunteer legal assistance at the Salvation Army Men's Rehabilitation program. Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles, is married and the father of two young boys.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    19 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Domestic Violence: 15%
    19 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Federal Crime: 10%
    19 years, 500 cases
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
    19 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  5. Juvenile: 5%
    19 years, 1 thousand cases



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Goldstein Law Group

1801 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA, 90067

Goldstein Law Group

15260 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403

Goldstein Law Group

1645 N. Vine Street
Suite #809
Hollywood, CA, 90028



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
California Super LawyersTop 5% Attorney2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGoldstein Law Group1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - Present
Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember1996 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
1st Degree Murder Charges Dismissed in Gang KillingDismissal
Attempted Murder & Robbery Charges Dismissed - San Fernando Superior CourtCharges Dismissed
Drug Charges Dismissed Following Suppression MotionCharges Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationDefending Medical Marijuana Cases2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of La Verne College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Southern CaliforniaLiberal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Defense MCLEDefending Criminal Cases2013