Michael S. Goldberg

Practice Group Chair - International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (Firmwide) Partner

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Michael Goldberg is "a superlative advocate who has a tremendous amount of experience. He is one of the best. He [c]an persuasively and cogently argue something in a very short space of time no matter what the pressure."

Chambers USA 2020

Michael Goldberg has “Really great judgement and is a terrific cross-examiner.”

Chambers Global 2020

Michael S. Goldberg is a senior litigation partner at Baker Botts, with extensive trial experience in complex commercial, governmental and international arbitration matters. He is co-chair of the firm's international dispute resolution section (international arbitration and litigation).

Michael Goldberg "is noted for his "clear, persuasive and compelling oral arguments.'"

Legal 500 2019

During his thirty-five years of practice, Mr. Goldberg has served as lead counsel in litigation matters as diverse as antitrust/competition, banking/finance, bankruptcy, commercial, construction, corporate acquisitions, defamation, discrimination, energy, environmental, ERISA, FCPA and other criminal investigations, intellectual property, partnership, premises liability, products liability, qui tam and real estate.

Mr. Goldberg's experience extends to a broad array of international matters involving clients, adversaries, and/or issues in Angola, Armenia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Yemen.

Mr. Goldberg has served as general counsel for professional sports teams such as the NBA's Houston Rockets. He has also served as a council member of the Council of Legal Opportunities (CLEO), an organization that works with minority and low-income students to help them prepare for and attend law school. He is an Adjunct Professor of International Arbitration at the University of Texas School of Law.

Recommended as a “Leading Lawyer” for International Arbitration in The Legal 500 U.S., 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019, and inducted to Initial Hall of Fame in 2018.

Presented the Light of Justice in Action Award by the Texas Defender Service, December 2017

Recognized as a "Trailblazer" for White Collar Litigation by The National Law Journal, 2015

Michael has been described as "strategic and business oriented" and “is highly regarded for his representation of sovereigns and corporates in a variety of high-value international arbitrations globally." – Chambers USA 2018

“’Terrific litigator’ Michael Goldberg of Baker Botts LLP is a hugely experienced trial lawyer who is completely at home advising clients across a wide range of highly contentious international litigation and arbitration matters.” – Chambers Global 2017

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