Robert M. Goldich - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Robert M. Goldich

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 215-988-7883

Robert M. Goldich has more than 30 years of experience as a labor and employment lawyer and litigator representing employers in all aspects of labor and employee relations, including general employment counseling, employment contract negotiation, collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitration, and the representation of employers in administrative and courtroom litigation. As the practice of labor and employment law has evolved into one requiring courtroom litigation skills, Robert's practice has become concentrated in the areas of complex employment and ERISA litigation. He has tried to judgment more than 20 cases around the country, and obtained summary judgment rulings in many others, including equal employment cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, ERISA, wrongful discharge, whistleblower and employment tort actions, and suits involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements and trade secrets issues. Robert has represented in litigation a number of Fortune 100 companies, several universities and colleges, health care institutions and numerous smaller and entrepreneurial businesses. Robert also has litigated cases involving commercial contracts and other business disputes.

Robert has developed a national practice in the area of ERISA litigation. He has represented the defendants in six different ERISA class actions, involving amounts in dispute in excess of one billion dollars. These class actions have involved a variety of ERISA issues, including fiduciary liability, pension plan design, termination of retiree medical coverage, benefit integration, and pension plan spinoffs in the context of corporate acquisitions. Robert has tried cases and advised unionized clients in connection with withdrawal liability claims under the Multi-Employer Pension Plan Amendment Act.

Lehigh UniversityBA 1974Harvard Law SchoolJ.D. 1977
Family Services, Montgomery County, PA, Board of DirectorsPhiladelphia Bar AssociationPennsylvania Bar AssociationNew York State Bar AssociationMeridian Club Duplicate Bridge TeamAmerican Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Employment litigation
  • ERISA litigation
  • Labor law
  • Restrictive covenant litigation
  • Employment counseling
  • Employment agreements
  • Commercial litigation

Other Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Significant Representations
  • Acted as defense counsel in the first reported ERISA action tried to verdict in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Robert won a defense verdict upheld in the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
  • Obtained a trial verdict for a college in an EEOC prosecution of a multi-plaintiff Equal Pay Act action.
  • Tried two jury cases in California, both resulting in directed verdicts for the defense. One was an executive compensation dispute. The other was a disability discrimination claim under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act.
  • Won an FLSA collective action for a large distributor of petroleum products against a union representing a class of drivers.
  • Prevailed in the trial of a whistleblower action brought by an employee claiming that he was discharged due to complaints by the FDA about unsafe medical products.

Office Location

Two Commerce Square, Suite 2700
2001 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment