Andrew D. Goldstein

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About Andrew

Andrew is head of Cooley’s white collar defense & investigations group. He is a highly acclaimed former federal prosecutor, known for his role as one of the top deputies to Robert Mueller III throughout the US Department of Justice’s special counsel investigation into then-President Donald Trump, and as chief of the public corruption unit at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Andrew defends companies and individuals before government agencies and in high-stakes litigation, leads complex and sensitive internal investigations, and has successfully tried numerous significant white collar and regulatory matters.

Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading white collar and government investigations lawyer, Andrew draws extensive praise from his peers and clients. Clients describe him as “thoughtful” and “calm under pressure,” and as a counsel who “applies creative solutions to help his clients navigate complex criminal investigations.” Andrew routinely represents clients in bet-the-company government investigations by the DOJ, the Securities and Exchange Commission, state attorneys general and other regulatory entities in matters involving financial fraud, bribery, false claims, bid-rigging, trade secrets, foreign corrupt practices, money laundering and sanctions violations.

For his work on the Mueller investigation, Andrew was profiled by The New York Times in a front-page story that described his leadership of the investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice. Mueller “is often portrayed as the omnipotent fact-gatherer, but it is Mr. Goldstein who has a much more involved, day-to-day role in one of the central lines of investigation,” the Times reported, adding that Andrew “conducted every major interview of the president’s advisers.”

As head of the SDNY public corruption unit, Andrew spearheaded numerous high-profile cases, including:

  • The conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a case Andrew personally tried and argued on appeal
  • Corruption investigations involving the president of the United Nations and top officials at the New York City Police Department, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Rikers Island correctional facility
  • Multiple successful prosecutions brought under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including two of the first FCPA trial convictions in the past decade


Andrew is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he teaches a course on the Mueller investigation, and has served as a guest lecturer at Yale Law School, Stanford Law School, George Washington University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Andrew was a staff writer at Time magazine. Andrew clerked for US District Judge Sidney H. Stein in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and US Circuit Judge Chester J. Straub in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Andrew’s recent experience includes representing:

Companies, nonprofits and boards

  • A major public company under investigation by SDNY for computer fraud offenses
  • A major public technology company facing parallel securities and wire fraud investigations by the SEC and DOJ
  • A leading educational institution facing a DOJ investigation for government contracting fraud
  • A leading international nonprofit investigating allegations of fraud, kickbacks and foreign bribery
  • An audit committee of a Fortune 500 company investigating misconduct by the CEO and general counsel
  • A major public insurance company investigating allegations of C-suite misconduct
  • A large healthcare organization under investigation by the DOJ for accounting fraud, wire fraud and violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute
  • A large, privately held media company under investigation by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division for “no-poach” violations
  • A cutting-edge private technology company facing investor fraud investigations by the SEC and SDNY
  • A major New York construction company in a grand jury investigation relating to minority business subcontractors


  • The CEO of one of the world’s largest companies investigated for FCPA violations by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the DOJ’s Fraud Section
  • A company founder and CEO under investigation by SDNY for wire fraud
  • Hedge fund analysts under investigation by SDNY for participating in a multibillion-dollar securities fraud scheme
  • A former high-level New York City official in an SDNY public corruption investigation
  • A former member of Congress in insider trading investigations by SDNY and the SEC
  • The CEO of a New York-based technology company in an antitrust investigation by the DOJ
  • The CEO of a New York-based healthcare company in an investigation for honest services fraud and wire fraud by EDNY
  • A former FTX executive in investigations by SDNY, the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Executives of a Washington, DC-based government contractor in a wire fraud investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the DOJ
  • The president of a large entertainment company in an antitrust investigation by the DOJ


Yale Law School

Princeton University
BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Court admissions

US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Rankings and accolades

Chambers USA: Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – District of Columbia (2024)

Chambers USA: Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – New York (2022 – 2024)

Henry L. Stimson Medal for outstanding career performance as an Assistant US Attorney (2017)

Director's Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA (2015)

Assistant Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service (2014)

Memberships and affiliations

Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, Washington DC

Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court, New York