David Goldstein, the accomplished Chair of our Nonprofit/Tax Exempt/Religious Organizations Practice Group, is dedicated to representing international, national, regional, and local not-for-profit and religious entities across various nonprofit sectors. With an impressive track record, Mr. Goldstein brings unparalleled expertise and experience to the table.
A Commitment to Excellence in Nonprofit Law
A Wealth of Experience
Mr. Goldstein, a distinguished lawyer, serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s esteemed Business Law Section. Additionally, he holds the position of Secretary of the Business Law Section and actively contributes to the New York State Bar Association’s Bylaws Committee. Previously, Mr. Goldstein held the Chairmanship of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee of the State Bar Association’s Business Law Section for five consecutive terms.
Comprehensive Legal Support
Offering guidance in governance, compliance, regulatory matters, ethics, conflicts of interest, risk assessment, risk management, operations, and commercial affairs, Mr. Goldstein is a trusted counsel and advocate for nonprofits and religious organizations. He skillfully represents both individuals and organizations in internal disputes, regulatory investigations and actions, as well as litigation. Mr. Goldstein ensures that his clients are well-prepared to navigate potential entanglements while providing sound advice on preventive measures.
Mr. Goldstein handles regulatory matters involving renowned organizations such as the Internal Revenue Service (including 501(c)(3) qualification) and key New York State agencies like the Charities Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of State, the Division of Cemeteries, the Education Department, the Division of Homes and Community Renewal, and the Office of Mental Health.
A Respected Speaker and Trusted Resource
Mr. Goldstein’s expertise extends beyond the courtroom. He is a highly sought-after speaker and panelist, sharing his knowledge on nonprofit legal matters at prominent events, including programs hosted by the American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association. Moreover, Mr. Goldstein actively participates in legal and accounting continuing education seminars, as well as various forums and conferences addressing legal issues that impact the nonprofit community.
An International Perspective of Law
Prior to joining Certilman Balin, Mr. Goldstein served as a partner at a distinguished Manhattan law firm, where he specialized in general corporate and securities law. Through this experience, he gained extensive international exposure, working closely with clients and local counsel across 35 countries spanning Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
A Well-Educated Counselor
Mr. Goldstein graduated with honors, achieving the distinction of cum laude and ranking within the top 10% of his class at Fordham Law School. Before pursuing his legal career, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies from the State University of New York at Old Westbury. During his time at Fordham, he demonstrated his commitment to the legal field as a member of the prestigious International Law Journal. His dedication was recognized by the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award. Mr. Goldstein is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.
Associations, Recognitions, and Appointments
As a prominent figure in the legal community, Mr. Goldstein actively participates in key organizations and initiatives. His appointments include:
- Chair, Not-For-Profit Corporations Law Committee, New York State Bar Association Business Law Section
- Executive Committee Member of New York State Bar Association Business Law Section
- Chair, Advisory Council, Threshold Program at Lesley University, a college-based program for young adults with diverse learning differences.
Sharing Knowledge: Engagements and Seminars
Mr. Goldstein’s passion for nonprofit law extends to educating others. He has been invited to speak at various conferences and seminars, including:
- Nonprofit Update: In The Line of Fire (Highlights from Current Enforcement Actions, Litigation & Media Reports)
- Nonprofit Connection: How to protect your tax-exempt status, how to protect your Board members from liability, and more
- New York State Bar Association Business Law Basics: Not-For-Profit Law
- New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Business Law Section Not-For-Profit Corporations Update: The New York Attorney General’s Petition Against The Donald J. Trump Foundation & Its Board
- Tax Exempt Organizations From Start To Finish (NBI): New York Not-For-Profit Law
- ABA Forum On Affordable Housing And Community Development Law: Representing Non-Profits
- The Institute of Internal Auditors, Long Island Chapter: Nonprofit Fraud Awareness
- New York State Bar Association: New York Not-For-Profit Organizations Practice Symposium
- Nonprofit Executive Director Roundtable: New York Nonprofit Law & Governance; Traps for the Unwary
- The Nonprofit Café: New York Nonprofit Governance Fundamentals.
Beyond the Office
Outside his professional endeavors, Mr. Goldstein played an active role in his community as the mascot, The Clarke Ram, at W.T. Clarke High School. He also supported his cheerleading daughters during that time, showcasing his commitment to family and community bonds.
With a proven track record, extensive legal knowledge, and a commitment to providing exceptional service, David Goldstein Attorney is the go-to advocate for nonprofits and religious organizations. For more information, visit Garrity Traina.