James A. Goldstein

Goldstein & Hayes PC
Goldstein & Hayes PC
3060 Peachtree Rd., NW, #1000, Atlanta, GA United States 30305
AtlantaGA 30305
(404) 869-8600

Founding Attorney

After graduating from Emory University’s School of Law in 1980, Jim Goldstein began working for a small law firm that represented the leading banks and corporations on the south side of Atlanta. Jim’s capabilities were quickly noticed and he was made a partner in less than three years, the fastest rise ever in the firm. After successfully defending Fulton County and other entities in a series of wrongful death trials, Jim concluded that his talents would be better utilized representing personal injury victims and their families.

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Areas of Practice:

Jim split from the firm in the mid 1980’s and founded what is now Goldstein & Hayes, P.C., an Atlanta law firm specifically focused on catastrophic personal injury and medical malpractice cases. While the name of the firm has changed from time to time, Jim has been the senior, first-name partner in every practice he has been a part of since 1986. He has been directly responsible for attaining a multitude of multi-million dollar recoveries upon which the reputation of the law firm is based.

Award-Winning Advocacy

Jim is identified by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s Premier Lawyers (regularly featured on business shows), is one of The American Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers, is one of The National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers and he maintains the highest rating for ethical standards and professional ability from Martindale-Hubbell®, a testament to the fact that Jim’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Jim served on the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Executive Committee for the National Trial Lawyers Association. Recently, Jim was once again named as one of Georgia’s Best Lawyers in the Best Lawyer’s 2016 & 2017 Edition.

Bar Admissions:

  • Georgia, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals


  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1980 J.D.
  • Union College, Schenectady, NY, 1977 B.A. Honors: Cum Laude

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • National Drowning Prevention Alliance
  • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

Honors and Awards:

  • Named one of “Pre-Eminent Lawyers in the United States” by Fortune Magazine
  • Named Lifetime Achievement Recipient-America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • Named Bar Registry of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Georgia; National Trial Lawyers Association (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Selected Georgia Top 25 Brain Injury Lawyers; Top 25 Medical Malpractice Lawyers; Top 10 Insurance Bad Faith Lawyers; National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Selected Top 100 Trial Lawyers; American Trial Lawyers Association (2009)
  • Selected Georgia’s Best Lawyers (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019); publisher: Wall Street Journal
  • Executive Committee; National Trial Lawyers Association (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Diplomat; National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Steering Committee-U.S. Court of Claims/Vaccine Litigation
  • Recognized “Advocate” National College of Advocacy’s Achievement Recognition Program
  • Invited Member: Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Selected Top 100 Litigation Lawyers, Georgia, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019: American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Selected “Top 10” (2019): National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Georgia
  • Selected Person Injury Law Elite Advocate, 2019: American Institute of Legal Advocates
  • Selected Top 100 High Stakes Litigators/ Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys/Georgia: America’s Top 100 LLC
  • Selected Super Lawyer/Georgia
  • Commissioned “Kentucky Colonel” Honorable Steven L. Beshear, Governor of Kentucky (2010)

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