Michael Goldberg is a senior litigation partner who co-chairs Baker Botts’ international disputes resolution practice from Houston and New York. He is regularly called upon to handle complex, multibillion-dollar matters for clients that range from some of the largest publicly held companies to sovereign governments. In addition to acting as first-chair counsel, Mr Goldberg sits as an arbitrator in international arbitral matters and is an adjunct professor of international arbitration at the University of Texas Law School.
On investor-state disputes, Mr Goldberg has represented both investors and sovereigns, and on the commercial side, he has represented both claimants and respondents. Mr Goldberg’s experience extends to a broad array of international matters involving clients, adversaries and/or issues in Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the UAE, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Yemen.
Mr Goldberg has been recognised by most of the prestigious rankings services, including Who’s Who Legal: Commercial Arbitration, The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Expert Guides for Commercial Arbitration and the PLC Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Handbook. He is also a frequent commentator on matters of international arbitration, including mentions in the International Herald Tribune, Dow Jones Newswires, Reuters, The New York Times, National Law Journal, Dow Jones MarketWatch, Global Arbitration Review, Latin Lawyer and Law360: Energy.
Mr Goldberg speaks at and chairs numerous events. The most recent of these include acting as a moderator on the topic of technology disputes for the IEL-SEERIL Conference in London in June 2015; serving as a luncheon keynote panellist on “Cuba in Transition” for Georgetown University at the US Chamber of Commerce Conference in Washington, DC in April 2015; and acting as a moderator at the ITA-IEL Forum of the International Energy Arbitration Conference in Houston in January 2015.
Having received his BA with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honours from Rice University in 1979, Michael Goldberg graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1982. He is admitted in the State Bar of Texas, the New York State Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration of The Center for American and International Law (ITA) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
Michael Goldberg has served as a council member for the Council of Legal Opportunities (CLEO), an organisation that works with minority and low-income students to help them prepare for and attend law school, and has also served as chair of the Holocaust Museum Houston.
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