Raphael M. Goldman
Raphael Goldman joined ACHG in 2007 and became a partner in 2015. Raphe graduated in 2003 from the University of Michigan with both a J.D. and a Masters of Public Policy — having received an Order of the Coif and served as an Associate Editor on the Michigan Law Review. Raphe clerked for United States District Court Judge William W Schwarzer, and then worked for the law firm of Topel & Goodman in San Francisco.
Raphe was co-lead counsel in the firm’s five-year representation of FedEx Corporation and two of its subsidiaries in United States v. FedEx Corp. et al, No. 14-cr-380 (CRB) (N.D. Cal.). Raphe crafted a motion that resulted in the pretrial dismissal of many of the charges against two of the defendants. He developed the defense theories, led witness investigations and preparations, and co-authored the lengthy opening statement that resulted in the United States Attorney’s Office dismissing the entire eighteen-count indictment after a week of trial. At the conclusion of the case, the trial judge expressly found that, based upon the evidence adduced at trial, FedEx was “factually innocent” of the charged crimes.
Raphe’s practice focuses on legal advocacy. He specializes in writing and arguing successful legal motions. Those motions have earned outright dismissals of cases at every level, including drug conspiracy, medical marijuana, political corruption and sexual assault cases. Often, Raphe’s legal strategy serves to narrow or reduce the prosecution’s case against ACHG’s clients, thereby encouraging favorable settlements or improving the prospects for a good result at trial or sentencing. Raphe’s keen intelligence and sharp analytical skills make him an invaluable member of ACHG’s team in major white collar cases, and he handles a wide range of felony and misdemeanor cases in the state and federal trial courts. Cris Arguedas knows that “Raphe’s intelligence and analytical ability have been crucial to many of our biggest wins.”
Raphe also has an active and successful appellate practice; he litigates direct appeals and collateral challenges to convictions (such as writs of habeas corpus) in all levels of the federal and state court systems. While working with Judge Schwarzer — who sat on appellate panels in federal courts around the country — Raphe learned by experience the types of arguments judges find convincing, and he puts that knowledge to use in advocating on behalf of his clients.
Raphe’s talents are widely recognized, and he has been honored by Super Lawyers magazine as a Northern California Rising Star each year since 2009. Raphe previously served for a number of years as the co-editor for the Forum, the quarterly periodical of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the nation’s largest statewide organization of criminal defense lawyers and allied professionals.
In recognition of his work on United States v. FedEx Corp., et al., Raphe received a 2017 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (“CLAY”) award from California Lawyer for extraordinary achievement in white collar criminal defense.