B.A., Michigan State University; J.D., Yale University
Aitan Goelman earned his undergraduate degree in international relations from Michigan State University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1990) where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from Yale Law School (J.D., 1993).
He concentrates his practice on white collar criminal litigation, complex class action litigation, and general civil litigation. Before joining Zuckerman Spaeder, he served for nine years as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice.
During that time he served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted complex criminal cases, including RICO; murder; robbery; conspiracy; and mail, wire, and bank fraud. He also served with the Justice Department's Terrorism and Violent Crime Section in Washington, DC, and was appointed Special Attorney to the U.S. Attorney General in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing.
As a prosecutor on the Oklahoma City Bombing Task Force, he was a trial prosecutor in the cases against Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. He has tried more than 50 cases and received numerous awards and commendations for his work, including the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award.
After graduating from law school in 1993, Mr. Goelman served as clerk to the Honorable Aharon Barak, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School. Mr. Goelman was admitted to the District of Columbia bar in 1993 and speaks Hebrew fluently.