Jeremy Goldstein – Relationships at the Heart of Success
People and relationships are at the heart of everything Jeremy Goldstein does. A professional lawyer and copartner at Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates, Jeremy has been practicing law for close to 20 years. Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates focuses on cases related to corporate governance and executive compensation matters. Mergers and acquisitions is a primary area of focus for Jeremy.
Jeremy Goldstein’s Background
Jeremy received his B.A., with distinction, from Cornell University. He then went on to earn his M.A. from the University of Chicago and his Juris Doctor from New York University. Prior to starting his own firm, Jeremy was a partner with one of the premier Merger and Acquisition firms in New York City.
It is through this experience that he has handled some of the most significant corporate cases in the last 10 years, such as the buyout of South African Breweries PLC by Miller Brewing Co., the Merger between J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Bank One Corporation, and the Acquisition of AT&T Corp. by SBC Communications, Inc. Jeremy in an active member of the American Bar Association and currently serves as the chairperson of the Bar’s Merger and Acquisitions subcommittee. According to the Chambers USA Guide and Legal 500, Jeremy is the top compensation lawyer in the U.S.
The Road to Success
Ten years ago, Jeremy was inspired to launch his own law firm when he saw that executive compensation consulting firms were beginning to break off from their parent organizations to stand as independent entities. It came to him that perhaps a law firm could make the same move. This led him down the path of starting his own law firm, with a focus on executive compensation and mergers and acquisitions.
With a solid network of connections, Jeremy’s first client was a referral. Over the years, he has learned to choose his cases carefully, with the knowledge that the publicity he garners from a case will go a long way to attracting the types of clients with whom he prefers to work. He has learned to limit the number of cases he takes on so that he can manage his time and availability to the utmost advantage of his clients. One of his biggest challenges has been finding a balance between his work with clients and his other professional opportunities, which include speaking engagements.
Despite his success, Jeremy has faced many obstacles throughout his career and the establishment of Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates. Yet, one of the reasons for his success is his ability to see these obstacles as something positive, as an opportunity for learning and personal growth. In fact, if he could go back in time and give his younger self advice, it would be to see setbacks as opportunities. When he experiences emotions like doubt, he channels the energy from those feelings into the actions he must take to grow and overcome any internal and external obstacles that are blocking his road to success.
The Personal Touch
It has been through his many years of experience that Jeremy has realized the value of developing close relationships with clients and colleagues. He has learned that, “The better one knows one’s clients, the better advice one can give.” This method of doing business truly sets Jeremy apart in a corporate and legal landscape in which few take the time and effort to develop these relationships. In fact, Jeremy admits the inspiration for founding Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates comes primarily from a desire to approach his legal practice through the lens of relationships. This is why he makes it a priority to get to know each of his clients not only in a professional manner, but also on a social level.
Jeremy has achieved this mix of professional and social interests to a great degree of success. He became profitable well within the challenging first five years his law firm was in operation because of his unique approach that didn’t just have him focusing on the profit and loss statement. Instead, Jeremy defines profitability as much more than a monetary concept. This has lead him to invest his resources into activities that will provide him with a broader success based on his chosen criteria.
Perspective Behind the Success
Jeremy is very keen on thinking through a problem to come up with the right perspective. This allows him to see the situation in the right light, so he can determine the best solution. This strategy can be seen even in the way Jeremy hires new staff members at Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates. His perspective is simple. While he likes to find a balance between a good personality and experience, he will lean toward experience when choosing the right candidate. Jeremy’s reasoning is sound – the most important thing is that his clients see his firm as competent.
With all his professional success, Jeremy knows that it is important to give back to the community and it is in this capacity that he has experienced what he feels are his most satisfying achievements. In particular, Jeremy’s time sitting on the Board of Directors for Fountain House, a non-profit organization that is committed to bettering the lives of those who live with mental illness, has been particularly satisfying. In his words, this experience has, “brought the pieces of my professional life together in a way that was surprising, even for me.”
The Future Looks Bright
Jeremy has been in the legal corporate world long enough to know that there are never any truly new issues to address. Those that initially seem new are generally some version of something he has seen previously in his career. However, Jeremy is constantly following emerging business trends in corporate law. Most recently, he has seen a shift from the standard corporate setup to worker cooperatives. This is a major change that comes with a number of unique challenges, and it is challenges like these that Jeremy loves.
Jeremy is also very excited by the changes he has seen in the area of executive compensation. The changes that have come about in governance have opened up the way for stability in executive compensation, allowing the focus to shift from ensuring conformance with best practices to how pay can be linked to performance and strategy.
Ultimately, regardless of the trends in the corporate governance and compensation space, Jeremy Goldstein has the experience and expertise to ensure his clients have superior representation and guidance. However, even more important is the fact that Jeremy considers his relationships with his clients as one of his most valuable business assets. With a close connection to the clients he serves, Jeremy has been able to bring Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates above the formal and impersonal approach that has been the norm in the legal profession and this has set him and his firm apart as one of the best in New York City.