Brian Goldman litigates high-stakes appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts around the country.
Brian is a partner in the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate practice. He specializes in collaborating with clients and trial counsel to distill years of litigation and complicated fact patterns into compelling narratives that drive common-sense arguments on appeal. Brian has helped leading tech companies set groundbreaking precedent on privacy issues by combining traditional legal arguments with analogies showing how pre-internet-age laws should apply to novel circumstances. In addition, Brian has helped local government clients defend their policies and programs against constitutional attacks. Brian has also represented companies and individuals in cases involving copyright, trade secret, patent, employment-based visas, and general commercial disputes.
Brian also maintains an active pro bono practice in the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals, with a particular focus on immigration matters. He has collaborated with several leading immigrants' rights organizations on their most significant impact-litigation cases.
The Ninth Circuit appointed Brian to serve as an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. In 2020, the Court then made Brian the Chair of that group. As an appellate lawyer representative, Brian has served as a liaison between the bench and the bar, co-authored The Appellate Lawyer Representatives' Guide to Practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and created a "shell brief" for attorneys to use in preparing properly structured Ninth Circuit briefs.
Brian was named one of California's "Top 40 Under 40" in 2018 by the Daily Journal and one of the country’s “Appellate Rising Stars” by Law360. He also won a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for his work defending a local firearms ordinance against a Second Amendment challenge.
Prior to joining Orrick, Brian served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor and to Judge Stephen Reinhardt. He also served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where he briefed and argued cases on appeal for the federal government.
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