Marc J. Goldstein is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Class of 1980, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. He was graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Before forming Marc J. Goldstein Litigation & Arbitration Chambers in 2007, Mr. Goldstein practiced for more than two decades with a prominent international law firm in its New York headquarters office, exclusively in dispute resolution practice, and he became the leader of the firm's international arbitration practice in 1999. He joined another large New York firm in 2004 and was the leader of its international arbitration practice from 2004 to 2007.
International arbitration has been an important component of Mr. Goldstein's practice since the 1980s. His first international arbitration as counsel led to one of the most often-cited investor-State arbitration awards in history: Starrett Housing Corp. v. Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran (1987). Mr. Goldstein was first exposed to the case shortly after entering practice in 1981, when he examined then-underdeveloped principles of international law concerning compensation for expropriation in violation of international law. He returned to the case in 1984 -- after an interlude as a securities fraud defense lawyer and sports antitrust litigator representing large accounting firms and a professional sports league -- and for the next two years was involved in the proceedings before a Tribunal-appointed valuation expert that culminated in a Report based on the Discounted Cash Flow method that became the springboard for the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal (Chamber One) Final Award. The photograph appearing on this website of the Peace Palace in the Hague, where the final hearings in the Starrett case were held, is a testament to Mr. Goldstein's early and formative experience in international arbitration before a Tribunal that included two legendary figures: Gunnar Lagergren of Sweden and Howard Holtzman of the United States.