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TRACK RECORD Won one case, lost two in last five terms. BACKGROUND Age: 30. From South Carolina, law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law. Clerked for federal appeals judge Patricia Wald, then became an associate at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue and Boies & Schiller (now Boies, Schiller & Flexner). In solo practice since November 1999. SNAPSHOT With remarkable single-mindedness, Goldstein is making his career goal happen: a solo practice devoted exclusively to Supreme Court litigation. And in a field dominated by older men, he’s done it by age 30. Goldstein became hooked on the Court while interning for National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg during law school. He did research on Supreme Court nominees Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, and started keeping statistics on the Court’s workload and voting alliances — numbers that he still feeds for free to a grateful Supreme Court press corps. During the last two terms, he predicted 90 percent of the cases the Court granted. While at Jones Day, Goldstein expanded another research tool used by the firm: computer searches that spot circuit splits — thousands each year — in just-released appeals court decisions. He began calling lawyers involved in the cases below and offering the firm’s help in taking their appeals to the high court. But the firm didn’t permit Goldstein to argue the cases himself, so he left for Boies. He spotted two cases and offered to argue them for free, launching his oral argument career. He won one and lost one, then left Boies to go solo. Soon he got his first paying oral argument, filling in at the last minute for a lawyer arguing on behalf of a railroad crossing accident victim in Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Shanklin. Goldstein has also forged a loose alliance with Harvard’s Laurence Tribe, similar to arrangements Tribe has with other lawyers, although most of the others have Harvard connections. “One way to get my attention on a case is to have Tommy involved,” says Tribe. For the upcoming term, Goldstein reports, he is handling 10 different cases and cert petitions at the Court, serving as lead counsel in four cases on the merits — an enviable workload for any Supreme Court advocate. Goldstein will be arguing two cases. And he’ll be making money too, bluntly predicting $250,000 in income this year. QUOTABLE QUOTE “I did the earlier cases for free to establish myself as someone who knows how to do this. Now I’ll do a case for $75,000. You couldn’t do that at a big firm, because the other clients would be upset that they are being charged more. But $75,000 is a lot of money to anyone on the planet, except for the big law firms.”

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