We are excited to announce that Adam Goldberg will join Pillsbury this week as a litigation partner based in the firm’s San Francisco office. Goldberg brings extensive experience in Asia-related investigations, litigation, arbitrations, regulatory counseling and M&A compliance due diligence, with a particular focus on Greater China. He joins the firm from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he was a partner and had been practicing in Hong Kong for a decade.
“As is clear from our recent run of notable litigation hires, the expansion of our corporate investigations, international arbitration and cross-border disputes capabilities has been a priority for Pillsbury in recent years, knowing just how important those matters have become for our clients,” said Deborah Baum, leader of the firm’s global Litigation section. “Adam checks all those boxes, and more. He enhances our litigation team in San Francisco, our market-leading China practice, and also adds new depth on the West Coast when it comes to international trade compliance work. We are thrilled to have him on the team.”
Goldberg regularly represents technology, gaming, financial services, health care, life sciences and consumer products companies on government and internal investigations, on issues relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, commercial bribery, violations of U.S. and Hong Kong securities laws, embezzlement, the fraudulent transfer of corporate funds, and U.S. sanctions violations. In addition, he frequently provides counsel on matters pertaining to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), sanctions and export controls compliance. In addition to a robust investigations-focused practice, Goldberg is frequently engaged on cross-border litigation and international arbitration matters, including securities class actions and complex commercial litigation. While much of his work pertains to China, he also has experience advising on issues in connection with Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and other Asian countries.
A fluent Mandarin speaker who spent a decade practicing law in Hong Kong, Goldberg is recognized as an “Up and Coming” partner in the Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption section of Chambers Global and was named a 2021 “national leader” for Mainland China and Hong Kong by Who’s Who Legal: Investigations.
“I look forward to returning to the Bay Area and to joining a renowned international firm with a substantial California presence, a deep bench of regulatory and cross-border experience, and a commitment to Asia,” Goldberg said. “With its long and illustrious history in Asia, Pillsbury was particularly attractive to me. That lengthy track record, combined with the firm’s obvious emphasis on building out its white collar and government investigations capabilities, present an ideal platform for me and my clients.”
Pillsbury’s China practice has been growing significantly in recent years, including the 2021 recruitment of former federal prosecutor Ronald Cheng as a Litigation partner in Los Angeles and the earlier arrival of five practitioners in China-focused litigators in New York led by partner Geoffrey Sant. Notably, Pillsbury’s China practice was shortlisted as “Firm of the Year” in 2022 for International Dispute Resolution. The inclusion marks a second consecutive year receiving this prestigious recognition from China Law & Practice Awards.
Pillsbury’s award-winning team of more than 200 litigators works with clients around the world to help them successfully resolve disputes, in trial and out of court, at home and in jurisdictions around the globe. The firm has garnered dozens of top-tier recognitions as a result of its exceptional litigation prowess, and was most recently recognized as one of the 12 most feared law firms to come up against in litigation by BTI Consulting Group.