Jay Goldberg (85), Donald Trump's 1990s divorce lawyer is about to release a book, The Courtroom Is My Theater: My Lifelong Representation of Famous Politicians, Industrialists, Entertainers, "Men of Honor," and More.
The president is not happy about it.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
President Trump on Friday disputed one of his longtime lawyer’s criticisms of his behavior and questioned whether a forthcoming book by Jay Goldberg runs afoul of lawyer-client privilege.From the book blurb:
In a telephone interview, Mr. Trump suggested that Mr. Goldberg is unhappy that he wasn’t tapped for a White House role...
Mr. Goldberg represented Mr. Trump in divorce cases involving two ex-wives, Ivana Trump and Marla Maples. His memoir, “The Courtroom Is My Theater,” is due to be released in December.
Mr. Trump questioned whether it is appropriate for Mr. Goldberg to write about a client.
“There’s lawyer-client privilege here. You can’t do that,” he said.
In reply, Mr. Goldberg said through a spokeswoman that “Jay is very cognizant of that issue,” adding, “the book will definitely not reveal anything that will violate attorney-client privilege.” The spokeswoman said Mr. Goldberg “never wanted to go to Washington.”
One man’s journey through the practice of law with some of the world’s most powerful and colorful characters, including Donald Trump, Robert F. Kennedy, Willie Nelson, Miles Davis and Armand Hammer.I have met Goldberg and he is as sharp as they say he is.
Former President of the Criminal Bar Association Richard Levitt called Goldberg “one of the foremost litigators of this or any generation.”
Former Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office S.D.N.Y. Frederick Hafetz said: “I consider you to have the best killer trial skills I have ever seen in my 47 years of practice, and I have worked with the best, courtroom presence, capturing the jury's attention through devastating cross and summations that have jurors on the edge of their seats.”
New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Lonschein said: “[Jay Goldberg] holds the distinction of being one of the most skilled, if not the most skilled trial lawyer in the United States.”
In The Courtroom Is My Theater, Jay Goldberg shows why he is one of the preeminent trial attorneys in America, as he shares stories of his high-profile courtroom drama as well as his adventures outside of the courtroom with some of the country’s most prominent politicians, businessmen, entertainers, and “men of honor.”
In the 1990s, when he was representing Trump, though he considered Trump a major league player, he ranked his client Armand Hammer as a bigger, more impressive operator.
If I recall correctly, the story goes that Hammer bought out an entire New York City restaurant one evening so that he could discuss a case privately with Goldberg.
Many will buy his book to see what he says about Trump but I want to know more about his representation of Hammer.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of