Mike Goldstein

Senior Counsel

My objectives are simple and direct: to get my clients to “yes” quickly, safely and efficiently.

+1 202 776 2569

Mike Goldstein has been a pioneer in the development of new and more effective and efficient approaches to education in general and eLearning in particular through the creation of innovative approaches to combining the resources and interests of the various sectors of the education, technology, financial and governmental communities. Mike leads a group of 20+ lawyers and professionals with decades of experience in serving a wide range of clients, including public, independent and for-profit institutions and the organizations, service providers, enablers and the financial entities that work with them to make education at all levels faster, better and cheaper.

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  • Cooley Secures Fourth Circuit Win for InfiLaw 

  • Cooley Represents Lead Investors in $1.1 Billion Acquisition of Apollo Education Group 

[Mike Goldstein] is a pioneer in the development of the legal environment in higher education, a counselor at the highest levels of legislation, a leader in championing creative approaches to higher education and an advocate of the highest ideals of learning as a means towards a more just and sustainable future for humanity. – Fielding Graduate University President Katrina Rogers

  • New York University School of Law
    JD, 1967

  • Harvard Graduate School of Design
    Fellow, 1972

  • Cornell University
    BA, 1964

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia


New York


  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Past Chair – Committee on Legal Education

  • American Bar Association - Past Chair – Education Law Committee

  • Federal Bar Association, Past Co Chair – Education Grants Committee

  • The Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA - Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, Director

  • The Washington Ballet, Director and General Counsel

  • Cleveland Park Historical Society, Director

  • American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, Director

  • Friendship Fire Association, District of Columbia Fire and EMS, Dir. & Past Pres.

Rankings & Accolades

    Best Lawyers in America: Education Law

    Washington, DC Super Lawyers: Schools and Education

    Doctor of Humane Letters (Hon.), Fielding Graduate University, 2015

    Richard Jonsen Award For Leadership in eLearning In Higher Education, Western Cooperative for Higher Education, 2014

    President’s Medal, Excelsior College, 2010


+1 202 776 2569 office
+1 202 842 7899 fax

1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004-2400