Mark E. Goidell
Mark E. Goidell is a tenacious trial attorney with more than 30 years of litigation experience. He is a veteran of the state and federal courts who is regularly called upon by other law firms to handle their cases. He represents clients in matters throughout the metropolitan area.
Mark has received the preeminent “AV” rating from Martindale – Hubbell, the national attorney listing and rating agency, for 30 consecutive years. “AV” is the highest attainable rating; it denotes an attorney with the highest standards of excellence, competence, and ethics.
Mark’s reputation as an outstanding advocate has resulted in his representation of a number of high profile clients in widely publicized matters, including the following:
Mark successfully defended musician Sean “P Diddy” Combs in 23 wrongful death and personal injury cases brought following a “stampede” at a charity concert Mr. Combs sponsored at the City College of New York.
Mark represented Richard Jewell, the security guard who was falsely accused of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Mark successfully negotiated settlements in defamation cases brought by Mr. Jewell against various media outlets.
Mark represented the brother of Jon Benet Ramsey, the Colorado girl who was found dead in her home. Mark obtained significant settlements of defamation actions brought on his behalf who falsely accused him of killing his sister.
Mark was successful in obtaining a significant settlement in a defamation case brought by Congressman Gary Condit against the journalist Dominick Dunne, who falsely accused the Congressman of being involved in the disappearance and death of his aide, Chandra Levy.
You can learn more about the high profile cases Mark has handled in Notable Cases. (Please note that all cases are unique, and prior results are no guarantee of future outcomes.)
Mark brings the dedication, attention to detail, strategic planning skills and preparation that he displays in these cases of national prominence to the wide range of litigation matters he handles. His areas of expertise include representing businesses and individual clients in matters involving
- Commercial disputes and contract claims
- Business breakups and other business disputes
- Employment law, benefit claims and workplace discrimination
- Civil litigation
- Class action lawsuits
- Criminal defense
- Professional misconduct
He is frequently retained to represent attorneys and law firms in federal and state courts in a number of different matters. Attorneys place their trust and confidence in Mark to represent them in their own cases.
Mark is well versed in handling emergency matters. When time is of the essence, clients rely on Mark to obtain the relief they urgently require.
Mark’s extensive experience makes him an excellent resource for clients looking to avoid expensive litigation. He is regularly retained to advise clients on how to eliminate or minimize the risks of wage, hour, discrimination, or other workplace liabilities. He prepares, reviews and revises office procedures, employee manuals, business policies, and agreements.
Mark also reviews many types of commercial agreements to ensure that his clients are protected from risk or liability, or to be certain that they understand the risks they are undertaking. He also represents clients in mediation and arbitration procedures and helps them to resolve disputes without the need for litigation.
Mark is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York and Massachusetts, and the federal district courts for the Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of New York, the District of Massachusetts, the District of Minnesota, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits.
Mark has a strong commitment to helping others. He is a Director of the Nassau County Bar Association, a Director of the Nassau County Legal Aid Society, and serves as Chair of the Lawyer Assistance Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association (LAP).
The LAP helps attorneys, judges and law students dealing with alcoholism or substance abuse and other addictive disorders. This Committee also assists those dealing with such issues as stress, depression, problem gambling and vicarious trauma.
Mark is the attorney-coach for the Seaford High School mock trial team, which competes in the state-wide mock trial competition of the New York State Bar Association. Trying cases against more experienced teams, Mark is proud that the Seaford squad advanced to the second round of 32 teams in the tough Nassau County field of 64 against stiff competition in their first year of competition. Mark will be coaching the team again in 2017.
Mark is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.