Thomas C. Goldstein (1970– ), a leading Supreme Court litigator, is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, in Washington, D.C., where he is co-head of the firm’s Supreme Court practice. He has argued more than 15 cases before the high court, including some First Amendment cases. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Stanford Law School.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Goldstein earned an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina in 1992 and a law degree from American University in 1995. After clerking for Judge Patricia Wald of the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, he worked for two law firms before founding his own, Goldstein & Howe, with his wife, Amy Howe, in 1999. While at Goldstein & Howe, he created a popular blog on the Supreme Court, SCOTUS blog (

Goldstein delivered oral arguments in Los Angeles Police Department v. United Reporting Publishing Co. (1999) and Bartnicki v. Vopper (2001). United Reporting involved a California law limiting access to arrest records. Bartnicki v. Vopper concerned a clash between privacy interests and First Amendment rights involving the publication of a cell phone conversation illegally intercepted by an unknown third party. He participated in two other First Amendment decisions: Nike v. Kasky (2003), a commercial speech decision, and Johanns v. Livestock Marketing Association (2005), which examined the application of the government speech doctrine.

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