Dr. Armand Hammer, Chairman and Founder of Occidental Petroleum (past
confidante of Vladimir Lenin, Winston Churchill and FDR), after what
he stated was a several month search to find what he considered to
be the best trial lawyer, chose Mr. Goldberg to defend his billion
dollar art collection against a claim of fraud made by the beneficiary
of his wife's estate. In a biography of Dr. Hammer, The Dark Side
of Power by Carl Blumay (Simon & Schuster), the author wrote, "Armand
hired Goldberg to represent him against a pending lawsuit in California
which he declared was going to be the most difficult struggle of his
long life. Hammer was one of history's greatest industrial living legends.
After a number of court sessions the word at Occidental was that his
counsel had performed brilliantly.”
Writing of his choice of counsel in his many litigations, Donald
Trump, in The Art of the Comeback (Random House), reflected: "What
really piqued my interest in Goldberg was that he was a lawyer who,
by reputation, was tough and fierce. Goldberg had long been earning
the plaudits of lawyers for his outstanding defense work. I called
Goldberg and arranged to meet with him that same day. I took an instant
liking to him and retained him on the spot to act for me as my lead
On January 9, 2012, Mr. Trump wrote: “There has never been
a lawyer more important to me than you. It is very important to
me that you know that!” [underlining his]
In his autobiography, Waylon (Warner Books), country music star Waylon Jennings wrote “Jay Goldberg orchestrated my defense. He’s one of the greatest lawyers in
the world and when he got into his legal mode, he was an artist. When
he walked in the courtroom the government didn’t have a chance against
him. I even wrote a song about him.”
Country music legend, Willie Nelson, for thirty years has chosen him as his
lead counsel in a number of complex litigations.
He has represented Carl Icahn, the New York Daily News, Miles Davis, Bono, P. Diddy, Johnny Cash,
and Kris Kristofferson.
He represented Andrew Loog Oldham, who discovered and managed the Rolling Stones.
He represented Mick Jagger, as well as the Rolling Stones, as co-counsel
in a trial conducted in the United States District Court, Southern
District of New York.