Rich Goldberg has been described as a “brilliant attorney” who tenaciously litigates cases on behalf of clients. He regularly works on matters that involve commercial litigation, including defense of legal malpractice, real estate and product liability cases. Drawing on his extensive experience, Rich seeks to find creative solutions that effectively and expeditiously handle his clients’ legal problems so that they can focus on the growth and success of their businesses.

Rich’s success in the courtroom has been key to the firm’s overall growth, and his clients have benefitted from numerous favorable verdicts in multi-million dollar trials. Recently, Rich won an appeal for an insurance client by obtaining a reversal of judgment in a $1.5 million indemnity claim. His work in another case, a condemnation action, resulted in a $52 million award for land taken for the Denver International Airport. These are some of the many examples in which Rich’s litigation experience and tenacity have paid off for his clients.

During his four decades as an attorney, Rich has tried cases in all levels of courts in many states throughout the country, including Arizona, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, New York, California and Missouri. He received a law degree from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.

HONORS AND AWARDS

AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell

RESULTS ACHIEVED FOR CLIENTS

Won the appeal in the Ninth Circuit by obtaining the reversal of a judgment in favor of the Diocese of Phoenix to pay over $1,500,000 in indemnity arising out of settlements of priest child abuse claims. It was a total victory with an order for the District Court to enter judgment for Interstate Insurance Company on all claims. A published opinion has been obtained which can be used to win future cases in all of the Ninth Circuit states.

Lead counsel in dissolving a closely-held corporation that held land where roughly half of Denver International Airport would be locked, freeing up over $50 million of property per commercial development by a co-owner oppressed by the controlling shareholder.

Co-counsel on a related condemnation action that awarded $52 million to the land taken for Denver International Airport.

At arbitration, our client defeated seven-figure damage claims asserted by an interest holder regarding a residential development.

Our client, an escrow agent closing a $4.7 million loan for the purchase of 6,500 acres of land and 14,000 acres of state leased land, was sued by the title insurer and buyer as a result of an alleged forged easement. The buyer claimed lost net development profits between $3.4 to $4.2 million and attorneys’ fees incurred in defending two actions related to the alleged forged deeds. Our client and the buyer and title insurer settled under a confidential settlement agreement substantially below Plaintiff’s alleged damages.

Settled a legal malpractice case seeking damages resulting from alleged failure of our client to prove certain damages in a construction defect suit. Damages claimed were $800,000. The case settled without any payment from our client.

REPORTED DECISIONS

Interstate Fire & Casualty Co. v. Diocese of Phoenix, 2011 WL 587163 (D. Ariz, Feb 8, 2011).
Interstate Fire & Casualty Co. v. Diocese of Phoenix, 2012 WL 4856211 (D. Ariz., Oct. 11, 2012)
Smith v. Arthur Andersen, LLP, 175 F. Supp.2d 1180 (D. Ariz. 2001)
Friedlob v. Trustees of Alpine Mutual Fund Trust, 905 F. Supp. 843 (D. Colo. 1995)
SEC v. Alpine Mutual Fund Trust, 824 F. Supp. 987 (D. Colo. 1993)
O’Connor v. R. F. Lafferty & Co., Inc., 965 F.2d 893 (10th Cir. 1993)
SEC v. Power Securities Corp., 142 F.R.D. 321 (D. Colo. 1992)
Van Schaack Holdings, Ltd. v. Fulenwider, 798 P.2d 424 (Colo. 1990)
Network Tel., Inc. v. Boor-Crepeau, 790 P.2d 901 (Colo. App. 1990)

RICH GOLDBERG, SENIOR ASSOCIATE

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial and Business Litigation
Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation
Product Liability Litigation
Professional Liability Litigation
Accident and Personal Injury Litigation

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

State Bar of Arizona

BAR ADMISSIONS

Arizona, 2001
U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 2001
Supreme Court of the United States, 1992
Colorado, 1975
U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1975
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1975

Pro Hac Vice admissions in U.S. District Courts (Middle District of Pennsylvania, Western District of Oklahoma, Eastern District of New York, Eastern District of California, Western District of Missouri), Multnomah County, Oregon, and Caddo and Grady Counties, Oklahoma

EDUCATION

University of Denver College of Law, J.D., 1973
University of Colorado, B.A., 1970

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