Samantha Goldstein


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Samantha Goldstein is a member of the Appellate practice group in Washington, DC. She has prepared briefs in the US Supreme Court and federal and state courts of appeals on a wide range of subjects, including federal constitutional law, preemption, the Alien Tort Statute, ERISA, insurance, product liability, and other complex litigation matters. In addition, Samantha has served in a variety of capacities in trial-level cases, including drafting pleadings, opposing class certification, and drafting motions briefing. Samantha also maintains a robust pro bono practice, focusing on constitutional law, voting rights, and racial justice, and she previously was a member of the National Women’s Law Center Leadership Advisory Committee.

In 2018, Samantha served as Special Counsel to US Senator Kamala D. Harris. In that position, Samantha was part of the small team that helped prepare the Senator for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on a US Supreme Court nomination.



Bar Admissions

  • Washington, DC
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals, Second, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits


  • Harvard University, J.D.: magna cum laude; Deputy Executive Editor, The Harvard International Law Journal
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Economics: summa cum laude

Professional Activities


  • Honorable Judith W. Rogers, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Honorable Steven M. Colloton, US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Honorable Dalveer Bhandari, Supreme Court of India

US Supreme Court Matters

  • Co-authored merits brief in Jam v. International Finance Corporation, No. 17-1011, involving the scope of the immunity from suit granted international organizations under the International Organizations Immunities Act.
  • Co-authored brief for court-appointed amicus curiae in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, concerning whether SEC Administrative Law Judges are “Officers of the United States” within the meaning of the Appointments Clause of the US Constitution.
  • Co-authored merits briefs in Ayestas v. Davis, No. 16-6795, which culminated in a unanimous victory in favor of the client and clarified the standard for receiving funding for investigative services in capital cases under 18 U.S.C. § 3599(f).
  • Co-authored certiorari- and merits-stage briefs in Overton v. United States, No. 15-1504, regarding the materiality of evidence withheld by the prosecution under Brady v. Maryland.
  • Co-authored successful brief in opposition to certiorari in Ntsebeza v. Ford Motor Co., No. 15-1020, preserving the dismissal of a putative class-action complaint seeking to hold Ford and a co-defendant liable under the Alien Tort Statute.