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Class Action Litigation 2012


Speaker(s): Allan Dinkoff, Georgene M. Vairo, Hollis Pfitsch, Hon. Jed S. Rakoff, Howard S. Suskin, James B. Zouras, Janine L. Pollack, Jayne A. Goldstein, Joel S. Feldman, John C. Browne, Keith M. Fleischman, Lisa Buckser-Schulz, Richard F. Levy, Sari M. Alamuddin
Recorded on: Jul. 11, 2012
PLI Program #: 34542

Lisa Buckser-Schulz is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at GCG.


Allan Dinkoff has more than 30 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation and employment matters. For the past 15 years, Mr. Dinkoff has focused almost exclusively on employment issues, principally in the financial services industry. 

Before joining Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in 2009, Mr. Dinkoff was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., where he ran the firm's Employment Law Group and was responsible for Merrill Lynch's employment issues world wide. He advised the Board of Directors and executive management at Merrill Lynch on employment and related matters, handled complex international cross-border issues, negotiated executive compensation and separation arrangements, handled restrictive covenant litigation and successfully defended discrimination and wage & hour class and collective actions, as well as high profile individual discrimination claims. He was a critical partner in crafting the firm's diversity efforts, and provided training to senior managers on a variety of topics, ranging from diversity to discrimination laws to effective decision making. He was the principal advisor to the Board and executive management on the numerous employment issues arising from the research investigations, the Enron criminal indictments, and the sub-prime crisis. He also was the architect of the strategies that permitted the firm to reduce its headcount by over one third in 2002 without any litigation or significant settlements. 

Mr. Dinkoff spent 13 years in private practice at the New York law firm of Baer, Marks & Upham, LLP before going in-house. He was a partner in the firm's litigation department, where he handled general commercial litigation, with substantial experience in complex commercial disputes, securities, commodities, class actions, derivative suits, regulatory enforcement matters, and real estate litigation. While at Baer Marks, Mr. Dinkoff secured a landmark appellate decision establishing for the first time in the country an absolute immunity for statements made by the securities industry to self-regulatory organizations about terminated employees on Form U-5 (Herzfeld & Stern, Inc. v. Beck, 572 N.Y.S.2d 683 (1st Dep't 1991)), and successfully represented Comex Clearing Association through regulatory and litigation issues growing out of the first failure of a commodities clearing firm.

Mr. Dinkoff has been active in the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he has served for over twenty years on numerous committees dealing with professional ethics. He has lectured widely on class actions, employment, professional ethics, and Sarbanes-Oxley issues in various forums, including PLI programs, City Bar programs, the annual American Employment Lawyers Council meeting, and the annual SIFMA Law & Compliance meeting.


Hollis V. Pfitsch has been a Staff Attorney in The Legal Aid Society's Employment Law Unit since 2006. She began her tenure at Legal Aid as a Skadden fellow after clerking for Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis in the Southern District of New York in 2005-2006. She received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law in 2005 and her B.A. in Sociology and Gender and Women's Studies from Grinnell College in 1996. Hollis has served as a member of the New York City Bar Association's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee and is currently on the conference committee for the National Employment Lawyers' Association - New York chapter.

 


Richard F. Levy is a litigator and a senior corporate advisor. He has served as a director of three New York Stock Exchange Companies.  His extensive corporate practice has focused on corporate reorganization, debt restructuring, bankruptcy litigation, bank regulation, and corporate transactions and governance. He has been involved as lead counsel in scores of major insolvency matters, in and out of court, and he has argued and tried numerous cases as principal attorney in State and Federal Courts throughout the country. He also successfully argued a major anti-trust case in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Levy is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. He is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation and the Bankruptcy Litigation Practices.

Mr. Levy's legal career has been featured in prominent publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and The National Law Journal. He has been a lecturer on bankruptcy issues for the Practicing Law Institute, ALI-ABA and the Illinois State and Chicago.


Georgene Vairo teaches and writes in the areas of mass tort litigation, class actions, international dispute resolution, federal practice and jurisdiction.   She has written Rule 11 Sanctions and the chapters on removal jurisdiction, venue, and multidistrict litigation in Moore’s Federal Practice.  In addition to dozens of articles about federal practice and procedure, including most recently Is the Class Action Really Dead? Is that Good or Bad for Class Members?, 64 Emory L.J. 477 (2014);  Lessons Learned by the Reporter: Is Disaggregation the Answer to the Asbestos Mess?, 88 Tulane L. Rev. 1039 (2014) ; and What Goes Around, Comes Around; From the Rector of Barkway to Knowles, 32 Univ. Texas Rev. of Litig. 721 (2013), she has published The Complete CAFA:  Analysis and Developments Under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (LEXIS 2011), and The Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011: Analysis and Case Law Developments (LEXIS 2013).

Professor Vairo served on the Board of Trustees of the Dalkon Shield Claimants Trust, and as its Chairperson. As Chair, she worked to develop systems for distributing over $3 Billion dollars to over 200,000 claimants.  She serves on the editorial board of Moore's Federal Practice, and is the author of two volumes of the Treatise.  She also is a member of the Rand Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice Board of Overseers, and is a member of the American Law Institute.  In 2013, she was appointed Reporter to the ABA TIPS Task Force on Asbestos Litigation.  She has participated in numerous academic conferences, has lectured widely to the bench and bar at numerous programs of various national and local associations and institutes, and has served as an expert in complex civil litigation cases.

Professor Vairo received her B.A. from Sweet Briar College in Economics, and an M.Ed., with Distinction, in Social Studies from the University of Virginia.  She graduated first in her class from Fordham University School of Law.  She then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (then U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York); practiced antitrust law with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom; and taught at Fordham University School of Law, where she also served for 8 years as Associate Dean.  She joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 1995.

Professor Vairo serves as the Vice Chair of and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar College, and as Vice President and on the Executive Committee of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara; she has won national and California bicycle road race and criterion championships; loves sailing, trail running, her golden retrievers, and growing vegetables when it rains in California.


Hon. Jed S. Rakoff

Senior United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Entered on duty, March 1, 1996.  Born August 1, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA.   B.A., Swarthmore College, 1964.   M.Phil., Oxford Univ.,1966.  J.D., Harvard Law School, 1969.  LL.D. (Hon.), Swarthmore College, 2003.  LL.D. (Hon.), St. Francis University, 2005.

Law Clerk to Hon. Abraham L. Freedman, U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit,  1969-70.
Associate,  Debevoise, Plimpton, et al.,  1970-72.  Asst. U.S. Attorney, S.D.N.Y. 1973-80 (Chief,  Business & Securities Fraud Prosecutions, 1978-80).  Litigation Partner, Mudge, Rose, et al., 1980-90; Litigation Partner, Fried, Frank, et al.,  1990-96.

Co-author of five books; author of over 150 published articles, over 600 speeches, and over 1500 judicial opinions.  Co-editor, Sand, et al., Modern Federal Jury Instructions.  Adjunct Professor of Law,  Columbia Law School, 1988-present, teaching courses on white collar crime, class actions,  interplay of civil and criminal litigation, and science and the courts.

Commissioner, National Commission on Forensic Science, 2014-present.  Co-chair, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Scientific Approaches to Eyewitness Identification, 2013-present. Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013-present. Member, American Law Institute, 2011-present.  Executive  Committee, New York City Bar Assn., 2013-present (Chair, Honors Comm., 2006-09; Chair, Criminal Law Comm., 1986-89). Trustee, William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, 2009-present.

Board of Managers, Swarthmore College, 2004-2008.  Governance Board, MacArthur Foundation Initiative on Law and Neuroscience, 2007-2010.   Chair, Criminal Justice Advisory Board, SDNY, 1998-2011.  Member, Committee on the Development of the Third Edition of the [Federal Judges’] Manual on Scientific Evidence, 2009=2011. Member, National Research Council Committee on Review of the Scientific Approaches Used During the FBI’s Investigation of the 2001 Anthrax Letters, 2009-2011.

Chair, SDNY Grievance Committee  2001-2012.  Chair, Second Circuit Bankruptcy Committee, 2003-2011.   Fellow (now Judicial Fellow),  American College of Trial Lawyers, 1987-present (Chair, Downstate New York Chapter, 1993-94).  Fellow (now Judicial Fellow), American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 1995-present.


Jim Zouras is a founder and principal of Stephan Zouras, LLP, a Chicago law firm concentrating in representing people in Illinois and throughout the United States in class and collective wage and hour litigation, consumer rights, mass torts, catastrophic personal injury and other complex litigation.  During his 19 years of practice, Jim has successfully prosecuted hundreds of class, collective and individual actions resulting in a total monetary recovery exceeding $50 million for over 100,000 individuals. 

A special concentration of Jim’s practice is the recovery of earned minimum and overtime wages, tips, and other compensation for employees under federal and state wage laws. Jim has tried over 12 major jury trials and appeared as lead counsel in at least 14 appeals in federal and state court.  In addition to his practice, Jim has written extensively and is a frequent invited speaker on class actions, with special emphasis on wage and hour matters.  Jim has been named an Illinois "Super Lawyer" in every consecutive year since 2009.

Jim is a 1995 graduate of DePaul University College of Law, where he served as Editor of the Law Review and graduated in the top 10% of his class.


Janine L. Pollack: admitted: New York (1990); New Jersey (1989); U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey, among others. Education: Rutgers University (1986), with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa; University of Pennsylvania School of Law (1989), Editor – Journal of International Business Law.

Ms. Pollack has successfully prosecuted many consumer and securities cases. She was one of the lead counsel in the $28.5 million settlement in In re Reebok EasyTone Litigation (D. Mass.), as well as the $45 million settlement in In re Skechers Toning Shoes Product Liability Litigation (Grabowski) (W.D. Ky.), false advertising class actions involving toning shoes. She is also lead counsel in numerous other class actions involving consumer fraud, including the recently settled Bezdek v. Vibram USA Inc. (D. Mass.), against the maker of so-called barefoot running shoes. In addition, Ms. Pollack won a jury trial against R.J. Reynolds in a wrongful death tobacco case in Florida state court, which has been affirmed on appeal. She was also lead trial counsel in a federal court case against a major mutual fund advisor.

Ms. Pollack is chair of the Women’s Initiative of the National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys (NASCAT), for which she organizes meetings and charity events. A frequent public speaker, Ms. Pollack has given lectures on such topics as consumer fraud, time and stress management, Cy Pres, and other related topics. Ms. Pollack also sits on the New York City Bar Association’s Women in the Legal Profession Committee. Her work on that committee includes being an editor for the recent book, “Street Smarts for Women Lawyers.”

Ms. Pollack’s recent achievements include being named as a New York Super Lawyer in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She was also appointed this year to the Law360 Privacy and Consumer Protection Editorial Advisory Board for the second year in a row.


Joel S. Feldman is a senior counsel at Sidley Austin’s Chicago office.

He has served as lead defense counsel in over 150 financial services class actions venued in over 30 federal and state courts throughout the U.S., covering ERISA benefit plans, annuities, life insurance, ERISA fee class actions, property and casualty insurance, and actuarial issues associated with financial services products.

Joel has won, through motion practice, a series of precedent setting class actions wherein many other similarly situated defendants had settled, often for large sums of money. Most recently he has won a series of dismissals with prejudice in ERISA fee cases. These include dismissals with prejudice of an ERISA stable value class action (Barchok v. Galliard et al, D. R.I.; on appeal), an excessive fee ERISA class action (McCaffree v. Principal Life Ins. Co., 8th Cir.) and an ERISA class action alleging that a plan’s 401(k) fund “menu” included too many actively managed funds with excessive fees (Rosen v. Prudential, D. Conn.).

Joel has also served as lead counsel in winning the only complete class certification denial (Rowe v. Bankers, N.D. Ill.) and only complete summary judgment victory (Kennedy v. Jackson National, N.D. Cal.) amid the myriad of senior citizen annuity class actions, wherein many other defendants had settled. He has also served as lead counsel in the only ERISA revenue sharing class actions where courts denied class certification (Ruppert v. Principal, S.D. Iowa) and granted summary judgment (Leimkuehler v. American United Life, S.D. Ind.). He served as lead counsel in the first summary judgment victory among the many retained asset class actions (Rabin v. MONY, S.D. N.Y.), and won the denial of class certification in a cost of insurance class action, wherein numerous other defendants in similar class actions had settled (Gregurek v. United of Omaha, C.D. Cal.). Joel also served as lead counsel in In re Industrial Life Insurance Litigation, MDL No. 1371 (E.D. La.), where in 2006 the court denied class certification after almost all other defendants had settled. In addition to motion practice victories, Joel successfully tried a securities fraud class action to a jury verdict, named by the National Law Journal as one of the top ten trials of the year.

Joel co-chaired for ten years the PLI National Class Action Conference in New York. He is the past chair of the Chicago Bar Association Federal Civil Procedure Committee, past chair of the American Bar Association Securities Litigation Subcommittee on Secondary Liability, and past editor-in-chief of Securities News, the official ABA publication for the Securities Law Committee.

In 2017, Joel was named a BTI “Client Service All-Star.” He is also recommended in Insurance: Advice to Insurers and ERISA litigation in The Legal 500 US 2014–2017, and has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer” in the 2014–2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in Insurance Law.


Keith M. Fleischman, is a nationally recognized litigator and trial lawyer having successfully investigated, litigated and tried to verdict some of the largest and most complex civil and criminal cases in the country.  Keith is currently the principal at Fleischman Law Firm, PLLC, a litigation boutique he founded in Manhattan over six-years ago.  Keith’s practice presently focuses on representing public and private companies, financial institutions, and institutional and individual investors in connection with the prosecution and defense of complex financial and commercial litigation on a national scale.

Keith began his legal career with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. In 1988, Keith joined the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section as a trial lawyer. During his tenure, he supervised international undercover operations involving counterfeiting, money laundering and passport fraud. As a member of the Dallas Bank Fraud Task Force, he successfully tried to verdict several of the largest criminal prosecutions brought by the government during the Savings and Loan Crisis, including serving as the chief federal prosecutor in a two year investigation that culminated in a four month trial.

In 1990, Keith accepted a position as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Connecticut, where he was in charge of financial fraud, originated the Connecticut Bank Fraud Working Group and was a member of the New England Bank Fraud Task Force Coordinating Committee. As an AUSA, he successfully investigated and prosecuted major financial, violent and white-collar violations.

After leaving the government, Keith spent eleven years at the national plaintiffs’ firm Milberg, Weiss, where he rose to Senior Managing Partner and established himself as one of the premier plaintiffs’ lawyers in the country. During this period, Keith litigated and negotiated to settlement numerous high profile individual and class actions. Prior to founding the Fleischman Law Firm in 2011, Keith served as a Director in the New York office of Grant & Eisenhofer, litigating high profile complex lawsuits including class actions.

Keith has been a trial practice instructor at the Trial Practice Institute of the U.S. Justice Department, and served for ten years as co-chairman of the Practicing Law Institute’s annual conference on class actions. He has lectured in the United States, Canada and Europe on the investigation, litigation and prevention of securities and financial fraud.


Sari M. Alamuddin is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice and is the practice group leader for the Labor and Employment Practice in Chicago. Mr. Alamuddin represents clients on a wide range of labor and employment matters. His practice particularly focuses on employment and benefits litigation, including class-action and multi-plaintiff cases. Mr. Alamuddin has served as first and second chair in trials before federal, state, and administrative law judges.

From 2007 through 2014, Mr. Alamuddin was named one of the leading U.S. lawyers for employment law by Chambers USA, based on the views of clients, peers, and other industry professionals. Chambers termed Mr. Alamuddin a "rising superstar."

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Alamuddin was a partner in the Chicago office of a prominent nationwide firm. Mr. Alamuddin earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin in 1993, where he served as editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. He earned his A.B. from Princeton University in 1990.

Mr. Alamuddin is admitted to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin and before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits.


Mr. Browne's practice focuses on the prosecution of securities fraud class actions. He represents the firm’s institutional investor clients in jurisdictions throughout the country and has been a member of the trial teams of some of the most high-profile securities fraud class actions in history.

Mr. Browne was Lead Counsel in the In re Citigroup, Inc. Bond Action Litigation, which resulted in a $730 million cash recovery - the second largest recovery ever achieved for a class of purchasers of debt securities. It is also the second largest civil settlement arising out of the subprime meltdown and financial crisis. Mr. Browne was also a member of the team representing the New York State Common Retirement Fund in In re WorldCom, Inc. Securities Litigation, which culminated in a five-week trial against Arthur Andersen LLP and a recovery for investors of over $6.19 billion – one of the largest securities fraud recoveries in history.

Other notable litigations in which Mr. Browne served as Lead Counsel on behalf of shareholders include In re Refco Securities Litigation, which resulted in a $407 million settlement, In re the Reserve Fund Securities and Derivative Litigation, which settled for more than $54 million, In re King Pharmaceuticals Litigation, which settled for $38.25 million, In re RAIT Financial Trust Securities Litigation, which settled for $32 million, and In re SFBC Securities Litigation, which settled for $28.5 million.

Most recently, Mr. Browne served as lead counsel in the In re BNY Mellon Foreign Exchange Securities Litigation, which settled for $180 million; In re State Street Corporation Securities Litigation, which settled for $60 million; and the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Securities Litigation, which settled for $12.5 million.  Mr. Browne also represents the firm’s institutional investor clients in the appellate courts, and has argued appeals in the Second Circuit, Third Circuit and, most recently, the Fifth Circuit, where he successfully argued the appeal in the In re Amedisys Securities Litigation.

In recognition for his achievements, Law360 named Mr. Browne a “Class Action MVP," one of only four litigators selected nationally.  He is also named a New York Super Lawyer, and is recommended by Legal 500 for his work in securities litigation.

Prior to joining BLB&G, Mr. Browne was an attorney at Latham & Watkins, where he had a wide range of experience in commercial litigation, including defending corporate officers and directors in securities class actions and derivative suits, and representing major corporate clients in state and federal court litigations and arbitrations. 

Mr. Browne has been a panelist at various continuing legal education programs offered by the American Law Institute ("ALI") and has authored and co-authored numerous articles relating to securities litigation

Education:

  • Cornell Law School, 1998, J.D., cum laude; Editor, Cornell Law Review
  • James Madison University, 1994, B.A., magna cum laude, Economics

Bar Admissions:

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit


Howard S. Suskin is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Litigation Department and Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation Practice and its Class Action Practice.   Mr. Suskin has substantial first-chair experience representing individuals and business entities in civil and criminal securities matters, including class actions alleging securities fraud and misrepresentation claims, derivative actions claiming breach of fiduciary duty, contests for corporate control, insider trading investigations and broker-dealer issues.  He serves as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and for self-regulatory organizations including the Chicago Board Options Exchange, FINRA and the National Futures Association.  Mr. Suskin is an active member of the ABA Securities Law Committee, including serving as Co-Chair of the Class and Derivative Actions Subcommittee.  Mr. Suskin currently serves as General Counsel for the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), and served previously as a member of the CBA’s Board of Managers and as Chairman of the CBA’s Class Action Committee, Bench & Bar Committee, Financial & Investment Services Committee and Securities Law Committee.   Mr. Suskin is a member of the Advisory Board of Board IQ, a Financial Times publication, and The Deal, has served as a member of the Securities Editorial Advisory Board of Law360, and serves on the faculty of Practising Law Institute.  He has lectured extensively and has published numerous treatises and articles on issues relating to arbitrations, class actions and securities law, including serving as editor and co-author of the West Publishing Illinois Civil Litigation Guide, Moore’s Federal Civil Motion Practice and Pretrial Civil Litigation, the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Treatise on Class Actions, and the ABA’s Annual Survey of State Class Action Litigation.  Members of the Leading Lawyers Network have consistently recognized Mr. Suskin’s work in several areas including class actions, commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and securities and venture financing law.  He has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for commercial litigation, and has been recognized eight times as a “Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyer.”  Mr. Suskin graduated from Northwestern University with distinction, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and obtained his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the Michigan Law Review.


Jayne Arnold Goldstein joined Shepherd Finkelman Miller & Shah LLP in January 2017 in the Firm's Ft. Lauderdale, Florida office. She brings to SFMS her expertise in representing individuals, businesses, institutional investors and labor organizations in a variety of complex commercial litigation, including violations of federal and state antitrust and securities laws and unfair and deceptive trade practices. Ms. Goldstein was lead counsel in In re Sara Lee Securities Litigation, and has played a principal role in numerous other securities class actions that resulted in recoveries of over $100 million. She is currently serving as co-lead counsel for indirect purchasers in In re Actos Antitrust Litigation, as well as serving on the executive committee of four other pay for delay pharmaceutical antitrust cases. She is a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation. Ms. Goldstein was co-lead counsel for indirect purchasers and served as a member of the trial team in In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation, the first reverse payment case to go to trial after the United States Supreme Court's decision in F.T.C. v. Actavis, Inc. In addition, Ms. Goldstein served on the discovery team in In re OSB Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Pa.) and was allocation counsel in McDonough v. Toys "R" Us, Inc. et al. (E.D. Pa). Ms. Goldstein has served as class counsel in a wide variety of consumer class litigation, including Gemelas v The Dannon Company, which resulted in the biggest settlement ever against a food company; Weiner v. Beiersdorf North America Inc. and Beiersdorf, Inc. (D. Conn.) (co-lead); Messick v. Applica Consumer Products, Inc. (S.D. Fla.) (co-lead); and Leiner v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, Inc. (N.D. Ill.) (co-lead).

Ms. Goldstein began her legal career, in 1986, with a wide-ranging general practice firm in Philadelphia. In 2000, she was a founding shareholder of Mager & White, P.C. and opened its Florida office, where she concentrated her practice on securities, consumer and antitrust litigation. In 2002, the firm became Mager White & Goldstein, LLP. In 2005, Ms. Goldstein was a founding partner of Mager & Goldstein LLP. Most recently, she was a partner at Pomerantz LLP.

Ms. Goldstein, a registered nurse, received her law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science (highest honors) from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.

Ms. Goldstein is a member the Florida Public Pension Trustees Association and the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association. Ms. Goldstein is a contributor to a book published by the American Bar Association, The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms. She resides in Delray Beach, Florida with her family. She is active in community affairs and charitable work in Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Since 2010, Ms. Goldstein served as co-chair of P.L.I.'s Class Action Litigation Strategies Annual Conference held in New York. In January 2017 Ms. Goldstein chaired P.L.I.'s new program Women Lawyers in Leadership, a program she developed. Ms. Goldstein has been a frequent speaker at Public Pension Fund Conferences having recently appeared on Panels at the Florida Public Pension Trustees' Association and Illinois Public Pension Fund Association.

She is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of the United States, the State of Florida, as well as in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State of Illinois and numerous federal courts, including the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Northern District of Illinois, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits. In addition to these courts and jurisdictions, Ms. Goldstein has worked on cases with local and co-counsel throughout the country and worldwide.