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Michael Jeffrey Goldfaden

Personal injury Attorney at San Diego, CA

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Michael Goldfaden is licensed to practice law in California, New York, and New Jersey, having successfully passed the Bar exam in each of those states. While most attorneys begin learning about the law in law school, Michael comes from a long line of personal injury attorneys in his family where law was taught to him as a second language. The son of Ronald Goldfaden, Esq., and brother to Brielle Goldfaden, Esq., Michael has worked on every type of serious and catastrophic injury case, beginning at a very young age.

After graduating cum laude from the University of Miami (FL) School of Law, Michael began serving the legal community in 2011, successfully negotiating settlements and trying cases on behalf of his clients while working at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, a top personal injury firm in Edison, NJ.

In addition to his success in the courtroom, Michael gives back to the San Diego legal community. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a class on Experiential Advocacy and coaches the University Mock Trial Team. He has also taught as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocates (“NITA”).

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Licensed for 11 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2019
Updated 12/07/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/17/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/06/2022

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

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Goldfaden Law
2404 Broadway
Third Floor
San Diego, CA, 92102-2097


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Posted by Hayden | August 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This man is one of the hardest working and knowledgeable legal experts I have ever met. I cannot stress enough how far he will go to ensure you get the most for your case while keeping you informed at the same time. Our paths crossed professionally and I knew that keeping his card wouldn't hurt. I am glad I did. As it turns out that decision paid me very, very well after my case. Take this advice -give him a call. You don't have anything to loose but your time wasted searching for the right counsel, when in fact it's right here. This is an exceptional firm. Anyone who cares about themselves and their case should look no further. Thanks again Michael for all the help!
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Posted by Aaron | June 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Service
Michael is an exceptional attorney. This was my first time dealing with a lawyer, or the law for that matter, in any capacity and I could not have been more lucky. I was incredibly frightened and lost. From the first few minutes of my initial consult with him to the the finality of my legal issue, Mr. Goldfaden was the consummate professional. He is calm, collected, reassuring, and very knowledgeable. But what impressed me the most was that not once throughout the entire year, over which my legal issue persisted, did he waver in his professionalism. He continued to make it a point to maintain contact with me. I never felt that my case was pushed to the back and forgotten, or lesser in importance. In each and every exchange it was obvious he knew my case inside and out, regardless of the time in between actions. He was always courteous, detailed, and direct to the point; though presented the information in ways I could easily understand. To say that he made this process easy and as stress free as possible would be a massive understatement. He went above and beyond in his duties and vastly exceeded my expectations. It was truly my honor to have him represent me and I would hire him again, or refer him to anyone, in an instant.
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Posted by Scott | July 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Legal Service!
Michael is a great attorney. He was knowledgeable, professional, and exceeded all expectations. As a fellow attorney it can be difficult to find legal services up to my standard. Michael handled all areas of the issue with competence and grace. Highly recommend.
Posted by Jennifer | February 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Michael was a huge help to our family.
Michael is great at communication and simplifying a complex legal process to make you feel at ease during a stressful time. He was a huge help to our family. We highly recommend working with him.
Posted by Abby | February 25, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding legal services !
“Working with Michael Goldfaden was a complete breath of relief! Starting a business on my own has come with many learnings and obstacles. As my business develops and expands, new opportunities constantly present themselves to me which often requires attention to categories and/or details that are not my expertise or forte. Having Michael's attention to my work whether it be reviewing, revising and/or navigating me through what I would describe as treacherous territory has made the process so much more manageable for me to comprehend. I truly have felt so supported in the counsel he provided to me and am so glad I have a trusted resource to rely on for all my legal needs. Michael is professional, timely, organized, insanely smart and strives for success in every step that he takes. I would recommend working with Michael for your legal needs in a heartbeat. You can 100% trust he will handle with precision, savviness and care ! Thank you, Michael, for all that you do and continue to do for me and my business!
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Goldfaden Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of San Diego School Of Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Harlan Law PC
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Legal Liaison
  • Astra Zeneca
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Eichen Crutchlow & McElroy
  • 2011 - 2012
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  • Univ of Miami SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of Miami(FL)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • Rear-end car collision
  • We were successful in recovering compensatory damages in an amount that covered my clients medical bills plus pain and suffering.


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Instructor
  • 2017 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Litigation Performance Award
  • University of Miami (FL) - School of Law
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Skills
  • Trial Skills
  • 2018
  • University of San Diego School of Law - Trial Advocacy
  • The Art of Cross Examination
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Michael
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Michael on a number of cases. His dedication and intuition are assets on any legal matter."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is a great guy, a hard worker, and he has exceptionally positive attitude."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent lawyer. I know him to be professional and caring. I would trust him with my own case."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a consummate professional and a passionate advocate for clients. Most important, he has the necessary trial skills to push a case and ensure the best result for his clients. I would highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Family member
"Michael has carried on his family tradition of representing injured people and their families and does so with great tenacity and passion. He is approachable and puts clients at ease immediately. Mike, keep up the great work."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael has a keen understanding of personal injury cases. I highly recommend him for anyone searching for an attorney to assist in insurance or personal injury related cases."
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San Diego Personal injury Lawyer Michael Jeffrey Goldfaden
Michael Jeffrey Goldfaden
Personal injury Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 11 years