Professional Biography of
Jeffrey M. Goldstein, Esquire
Goldstein Law Firm is one of only four national franchise law firms in the country that represents exclusively franchisees and dealers. Jeff Goldstein’s practice covers prolific and myriad commercial complex litigation matters, and Jeff is regularly sought out by franchisees and dealers from foreign countries (e.g., UAE, South America, United Kingdom) to represent them in disputes with United States franchisors and suppliers.
Mr. Goldstein is recognized as one of the top franchise litigators for franchisees and dealers, and has extensive experience in representing clients in state and federal courts in cases involving fraud allegations, FTC violations, RICO claims, antitrust conspiracies, encroachment, unfair trade practices, violations of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unreasonable restrictive covenants not-to-compete, and wrongful terminations. Mr. Goldstein also has an active practice in state and federal appeals cases as well as Mediations and Arbitrations.
In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Goldstein’s franchise attorney practice includes counseling and advising clients in negotiating settlements in franchise, dealer and distribution disputes. Mr. Goldstein has represented clients across the United States in almost every leading franchise system, with a specialization in hotel and restaurant franchises.
After graduating from law school, Jeff began his career at the Federal Trade Commission, where he was Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Competition. After leaving the federal government, Jeff joined the Antitrust Litigation Departments of two of the largest corporate law firms in the world, Skadden, Arps and Morgan, Lewis in Washington, DC. Jeff then moved to Philadelphia where he was a Partner at Spector, Gadon Rosen, a litigation boutique in downtown Philadelphia.
Mr. Goldstein also has served as counsel to many national independent franchisee associations. In addition, Jeff Goldstein has served as an expert witness in several federal court franchise cases, and served as an exclusive member of a panel of franchise legal experts advising academics and businessmen including investment bankers.
Mr. Goldstein graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University with dual degrees in Philosophy and Economics in 1979. In 1983, he obtained his Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law, where he also simultaneously received his Masters Degree in Economics. Jeff Goldstein regularly writes scholarly articles on distribution, economics and franchising, and has taught law at George Washington University Business School and Boston University as adjunct faculty.
Jeff Goldstein has a well-earned reputation for his unique ability to accurately handicap antitrust and franchise litigation and disputes. Jeff is also frequently sought out by litigants in major complex litigation for his trace record in devising creative, effective and winning strategies.
Mr. Goldstein is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York. Mr. Goldstein also has Bar memberships in the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; the United States District Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; the United States District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; the United States District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Goldstein has also has been admitted to practice specifically or through Pro Hac Vice admission to the following federal courts: U.S. District Court Alabama, U.S. District Court Arizona; U.S. District Court California; U.S. District Court Colorado; U.S. District Court District of Columbia; U.S. District Court Florida; U.S. District Court Georgia; U.S. District Court Illinois; U.S. District Court Maryland; U.S. District Court Massachusetts; U.S. District Court Minnesota; U.S. District Court New Jersey; U.S. District Court New York, Eastern District; U.S. District Court New York, Southern District; U.S. District Court Pennsylvania, Eastern District; U.S. District Court Pennsylvania, Western District; U.S. District Court Pennsylvania, Middle District; U.S. District Court Tennessee; U.S. District Court Texas; U.S. District Court Virginia, Eastern District.
Sampling of Reported Decisions:
District of Columbia v. Smith, 642 A.2d 140 (D.D.C. 1994)
ASX Investment Corp. v. Newton, 1994 WL 504538 (E.D.Pa. 1994)
Marks v. Stinson, 1995 WL 118189 (E.D. Pa., 1995)
Orson, Inc. v. Miramax Film Corp., 79 F.3d 1358 (3rd Cir. 1996)
Marian Bank v. Electronic Payment Servs., Inc., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11560, (E.D.Pa. 1997)
Spencer v. Steinman, 968 F.Supp. 10011 (E.D.Pa. 1997)
In re Enforcement of Subpoenas of the FMC Issued to Diaz/Tioga Fruit Terminal, 1997
Rosen v. Tabby, 1997 WL 667147 (E.D.Pa. 1997)
In re Delaware River Stevedores, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17494, (E.D.Pa. 1997)
Orson, Inc. v. Miramax Film Corp., 983 F.Supp. 624 (E.D.Pa. 1997)
Bank v. Electronic Payment Services, Inc., 1997 WL 811552 (D.Del., 1997)
Holt Cargo Sys. v. Delaware River Port Auth., 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4044, (E.D.Pa. 1998)
Orson, Inc. v. Miramax Film, Corp., 14 F. Supp.2d 721 (E.D. Pa. 1998)
Pasha Auto Warehousing, Inc. v. Philadelphia Regional Port Auth., 1998 WL 633692 (E.D. Pa. 1998)
Holt Hauling & Warehousing v. Port of Phil. & Camden, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12735, (E.D. Pa. 1998)
Spencer v. Steinman, 1998 U.S. Dist. Lexis 16773, (E.D. Pa. 1998)
ASX Investment Corp. v. Newton, 183 F.3d 1265 (11th Cir. 1999)
Holt Cargo Systems, Inc. v. Delaware River Port Authority, 165 F.3d 242 (3rd Cir. 1999)
Marian Bank v. Electronic Payment Services, Inc., 1999 WL 151872 (D.Del. 1999)
Apartment Source, L.P. v. Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4337 (E.D.Pa. 1999)
Orson, Inc. v. Miramax Film Corp., 174 F.3d 377 (3rd Cir. 1999)
Welker v. Clarke, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 708, (E.D.Pa. 2000)
Apartment Source, L.P. v. Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7744, (E.D.Pa. 2000)
RESPA of Pennsylvania, Inc. v. Skillman, 768 A.2d 335 (Pa. Super. 2001)
Patel v. Holiday Hospitality Franchising, Inc., 172 F.Supp.2d 821 (N.D.TX. 2001)
Miller v. KFC, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8537 (C.D.TX. 2001)
Lee v. GNC Franchising, Inc., 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24739 (C.D.Cal. 2001)
Patel v. GNC Franchising, Inc., Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) P 12,476 (W.D. Pa. 2002)
The Franklin 1989 Revocable Family Trust v. H&R Block Tax Services, Inc., Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) P 12,473 (2002)
Kuligowska v. GNC Franchising, Inc., Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) P 12,571 (W.D. Pa. 2002)
H&R Block Tax Services, Inc. v. Miller, Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) P 12,574 (D.Ariz. 2002).
Miller v. Wingate Inns Intl., Inc., Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) P 12,579 (C.D. Cal. 2003).
H&R Block Tax Services, Inc. v. Friesen, Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) P 12,573 (Minn. D. Ct. 2003).
Lee v. GNC Franchising, Inc., 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 15186 (9th Cir. 2003)
Byerrum v. RE/MAX of California and Hawaii, Inc., Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) P 12,743 (Cal. Super. 2004)
Travelodge Hotels, Inc. v. Honeysuckle Enterprises, Inc., Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) P 13,015 (D. N.J. 2005)
Maschino v. Val-Pak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc., Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) P 13,042 (Fl. Ct. App. 2005)
Precision Franchising LLC v. Pate , No. 1:07 CV407 (LMB/BRP), 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80589 (E.D. Va. Oct. 31, 2007).