Adam W. Goldberg
Co-Founder and Partner
Adam W. Goldberg is one of the nation’s leading lawyers helping companies and individuals address their legal, political, and reputational needs. In addition to co-founding Davis Goldberg & Galper PLLC, he is co-founder of the public relations firm Trident DMG.
Previously, he founded Trident Law Group and led the Public Strategies and Crisis Management Practice at a major global law firm. He has been an advisor, advocate, and strategist for corporations, individuals, state and local governments, non-profits, and Indian tribes on matters spanning industries and geography. These matters encompass the financial, entertainment, cybersecurity, internet and technology, education, hedge fund, private equity, pharmaceutical, personal genetics testing, hospitality, retail, transportation, automotive, and telecommunications sectors.
Adam served in the White House as Special Associate Counsel to President Clinton from 1996 to 1999, providing advice on political and communications strategies for the campaign finance, Monica Lewinsky, technology transfer, and other investigations. Serving as a White House spokesman, Adam worked on congressional, Department of Justice, and independent counsel inquiries. Before the White House, he began his career advising clients on public policy at a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm and then served as the Director of Rapid Response for Special Projects for the Democratic National Committee during the 1996 presidential campaign.
Adam’s counsel and advocacy focus on the following: regulatory, congressional, and other government investigations; media investigations, communications strategies, and interest from grass-roots groups; public policy issues, government relations, and public affairs campaigns; and general corporate and litigation advice.
Representative clients include the following:
- Major movie studios on the positioning of a feature film and its accompanying media and advocacy-group scrutiny;
- A major music industry figure on high-profile litigation issues;
- A Big Four accounting firm on a variety of high-profile litigation issues;
- Leading, multinational pharmaceutical companies facing federal and state, multi-district product liability litigation;
- A leading national university facing government, media, and NCAA investigations;
- Private equity and venture capital firms on high-profile litigation issues;
- A multinational mining company on regulatory and civil litigation;
- Emerging and established technology and other companies on privacy, data-breach, intellectual property disputes, and other high-profile matters;
- A leading personal genetic-testing company on public policy issues and congressional and GAO investigations into the industry;
- A major Indian tribe in multi-venue litigation on sovereign immunity and citizenship issues and on related media and congressional scrutiny;
- Corporate officers, corporate in-house counsel, and elected officials regarding high-profile government and congressional ethics investigations;
- An international investor in litigation with a foreign sovereign over an investment and associated media scrutiny;
- A figure in connection with the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil For Food Program before investigating U.S. House and Senate committees; and
- A sports association in connection with litigation, a congressional inquiry, and media scrutiny.
Adam has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he co-taught classes on crisis management and communications. He also lectures on related topics frequently to a variety of business and legal audiences. He has authored published articles on congressional investigations and crisis management, and is a commentator on national television and in major print and online publications.
Adam also serves on the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Food Bank, the Washington, D.C. metro area’s largest, non-profit hunger and nutrition education resource. In its last fiscal year, the Food Bank sourced and distributed more than 45 million pounds of food to the food insecure through local partner agencies.
Admitted in New York, the District of Columbia, and various federal courts, Adam graduated Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1994 and Tufts University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1991.