Hon. Aharon Barak, Supreme Court of Israel


Yale Law School, J.D., 1993

  • Senior Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • John Currier Gallagher Prize for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • Moot Court finalist

Michigan State University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1990 

  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • Hebrew
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Aitan D. Goelman


Aitan D. Goelman is a trial lawyer. He has tried more than 50 cases to verdict and is regularly called upon to litigate the most complicated, challenging, and hard-fought cases. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and one of the prosecutors of the Oklahoma City bombing case, Mr. Goelman now focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense, securities litigation, and complex commercial litigation. He has represented individuals and executives in government investigations involving the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), various types of fraud, and export control violations. He also represents hundreds of American citizens who were victims of international terrorist attacks in lawsuits brought under the Anti-Terrorism Act. In addition to his active litigation practice, Mr. Goelman regularly provides counseling to companies and individuals on a variety of issues, including export control compliance and the FCPA.

Before joining Zuckerman Spaeder, Mr. Goelman spent nine years as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), including several years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. There he prosecuted dozens of complex criminal cases, including RICO; murder; robbery; conspiracy; wire, mail, and bank fraud; and other federal crimes.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Goelman was selected by former Attorney General Janet Reno as the youngest member of the team prosecuting Oklahoma City bombing suspects Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Mr. Goelman played a key role in the federal trials of McVeigh and Nichols, for which he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. He also served with the DOJ’s Terrorism and Violent Crime Section in Washington, DC. Prior to this, he was clerk to the Hon. Aharon Barak, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. While in law school he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and won the Gallagher Prize for excellence in trial advocacy.

Mr. Goelman has been recognized as one of the Washington, DC area’s top attorneys by The Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, and Super Lawyers. He is an adjunct professor of law at The George Washington University Law School, and is regularly sought out by major national media outlets, including MSNBC, CNN, CNN International, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has written for publications such as Politico, The National Law Journal, Huffington Post, and The Weekly Standard.

Professional Highlights

  • The firm represented a former employee at one of the country’s largest hedge funds in an investigation of insider trading conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Although the Southern District of New York charged and prosecuted a number of individuals in this and related insider trading cases, our client was not charged criminally and ultimately disposed of the matter by agreeing to a settlement with the SEC, without admitting or denying wrongdoing. 
  • Mr. Goelman defended a former vice president for a forklift manufacturer who had been convicted of violating the federal export control laws by shipping forklift parts to Iran through an intermediary in Dubai. He persuaded the court to grant a motion for a new trial, after which the government agreed to a non-jail disposition. 
  • We represented the former CEO of a technology company who was the focus of a Wall Street Journal article that launched the scandal into the backdating of stock options at U.S. companies. After investigations by DOJ and SEC, our client was notified by SEC staff that it intended to recommend charges against him. We submitted a Wells notice arguing that our client should face no charges, an argument the SEC accepted, overruling the recommendation of its staff. 


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Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, “Role of the Federal Prosecutor,” George Washington Law School, 2003-present

Professional Affiliations

  • Co-Chair, ABA White Collar Crime Committee, Subcommittee on Trade Secrets and Computer Crimes

Community Involvement

  • Team Captain, National MS Walk