William A. Goldberg

Bill Goldberg is a litigator at Lerch, Early & Brewer in Bethesda, Maryland who represents companies and individuals facing a variety of complex commercial disputes. He also represents personal representatives, trustees, beneficiaries, and charitable organizations in estate and trust litigation. Bill’s broad litigation practice in these areas includes significant trial and appellate experience in the state and federal courts of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia, as well as alternative dispute resolution.

Business Disputes

Business owners, general counsel, corporate officers, and other professionals rely on Bill’s sound, practical legal advice. His clients benefit from his objective counsel on how litigation may affect their business interests, as well as from his clear explanations of the pros and cons of different approaches to achieving their goals.

He is experienced in complex business litigation, including claims involving fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, contract and real estate disputes, non-compete and trade secret litigation, shareholder disputes, and business divorces.

Estate and Trust Litigation

Bill’s business and litigation background forms the basis of his estate and trust litigation practice. He represents beneficiaries, trustees, and personal representatives in estate litigation involving their rights and obligations under trusts and wills, claims of undue influence, and lack of capacity. He also litigates disputes involving fraudulent conveyances, lifetime transfers, and the removal of fiduciaries.

Bill received his Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. and his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Before joining Lerch Early, Bill practiced complex commercial and intellectual property litigation at an AMLAW 200 law firm in Washington, DC. His practice also included First Amendment litigation and counseling, including defamation and pre-publication review. Bill is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and several federal courts.

Bill is listed in the Maryland and DC editions of Super Lawyers in the field of Business Litigation. He serves on the board of directors of Gifts for the Homeless, a wholly volunteer-run organization that donates used and new clothing to shelters throughout the Washington, DC area, and of Leadership Montgomery. He is a member of Leadership Montgomery’s Class of 2015.

Bill, who is originally from Long Island, enjoys traveling to the beach in Florida with his wife and their twin boys and golfing at public courses around the Washington, DC area, especially Whiskey Creek.

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Super Lawyers Business Edition (2014)
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, Litigation (2014-present)
  • Listed in Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Litigation (2014-present)
  • Named "Rising Star" in Business Litigation by Maryland Super Lawyers  (2010-2012)

Professional Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland

Community Involvement

  • Gifts for the Homeless (Board of Directors 2014-present, Volunteer 2013-present)
  • Leadership Montgomery (Board of Directors, 2016; Audit Committee, 2015; Core Class of 2015)

Representative Matters

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  • Litigation (General Commercial): Served as lead counsel for an international leasing company in complex, multi-party litigation involving national labor union and large commercial banks concerning claims of fraud, fraudulent inducement, breach of contract, and conspiracy.
  • Litigation (General Commercial): Represented a board member of an international flavoring company against claims of misappropriation and breach of fiduciary duty; obtained summary judgment against plaintiff in the U.S. District Court, which was affirmed by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Litigation (Trusts & Estates/ General Commercial): Represented a family and related trusts in five-day trial against a regional bank in which the family sought to invalidate a series of commercial agreements, including multiple life insurance assignments, resulting in a $1.5 million award to our client.
  • Litigation (General Commercial): Represented the former executive producer of a nationally known television program in a breach of contract action relating to ownership interest in The Crime Museum in Washington, DC.
  • Litigation (General Commercial): Represented national retail chain in response to comprehensive document subpoena, including all aspects of retrieval and production of e-discovery.
  • Litigation (Trusts & Estates): Litigated as lead counsel in contested estate matter resulting in the Orphans’ Court requiring the personal representative to return $100,000 in excess compensation to the estate for distribution to our clients, the beneficiaries.
  • Litigation (Trusts & Estates): Represented client in complicated trust litigation and obtained favorable settlement weeks after filing complaint for misrepresentation and before any discovery was taken.
  • Litigation (Community Associations): Represented the board of directors of Maryland’s largest cooperative housing corporation against shareholder claims of breach of fiduciary duty in a two-day bench trial. Prevailed before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, which affirmed the trial court verdict.
  • Litigation (Community Associations): Represented the board of directors of a large homeowners’ association in defamation action in a three-day jury trial and obtained a favorable verdict, and before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, which affirmed the verdict in a published opinion.

Reported Decisions