Robert E. Goldstein

Retired Partner


Robert E. Goldstein is a retired partner with Foley & Lardner LLP. Also a certified public accountant, he was a member of the firm's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and Labor & Employment Practices, as well as the Health Care Industry Team. He was also a member of the firm’s National Pro Bono Committee.

Mr. Goldstein focused his practice on employee benefits and all forms of qualified and nonqualified retirement programs. He also has extensive experience in a variety of other executive compensation and employee benefit programs such as health and welfare plans, cafeteria plans, Section 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity plans, Section 457 plans, and employee fringe benefits.

Mr. Goldstein served as tax and employee benefits counsel to several large retirement plans, sponsored by both private and public sector employees. He also advised nonprofit organizations, primarily arts organizations, trade associations and universities, regarding a variety of tax issues such as unrelated business income and exemption problems.

Mr. Goldstein previously served as an attorney in the Chief Counsel's Office of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C. He lectures frequently on a variety of topics involving compensation and benefit issues, most recently at the University of Southern California 46th Annual Institute of Taxation. He also has published several articles in such periodicals as The Journal of Taxation and Taxes Magazine.

Mr. Goldstein is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law (LL.M., Taxation, 1974), Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1973), and the University of Connecticut (B.A., 1969). He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1973, the Florida Bar in 1975, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia in 1982, and the California Bar (currently inactive) in 1993. He also is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court.