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Brian P. Goldstein


P 518-512-8701 F 518-242-7730


Brian P. Goldstein


Brian P. Goldstein is a principal in the Albany, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice spans from Alaska to Puerto Rico and all across the United States, and concentrates in the areas of executive compensation, employee benefits, and ERISA fiduciary counseling.

For over 25 years, Brian has been involved in the design and implementation of all types of pension, profit sharing, 401(k), employee stock ownership, stock-based compensation, nonqualified deferred compensation and tax-sheltered annuity plans, as well as various medical, vacation, severance, cafeteria, post-retirement and other health-and-welfare and fringe benefit plans. His practice has a particular focus on ESOPs, structuring ESOP transactions by public and private companies, and representing institutional and other ESOP fiduciaries in transaction and related compliance matters and controversies. Brian regularly represents clients before the IRS in connection with resolving defects with their qualified plans, and in IRS audits, DOL investigations and PBGC matters.

In the securities area, Brian has been involved in a number of registered offerings and private placements. He also has represented a number of registered investment advisors, broker/dealers and salespersons in a variety of capacities. Brian has limited his practice in the securities area to the ERISA and executive compensation side of securities matters. Brian regularly assists corporate counsel in establishing devices which may have anti-takeover effects.

Brian's client base varies widely, and includes large public companies, institutional plan fiduciaries, professional practices and small businesses. Brian serves as counsel to a number of bank trust departments across the nation, advising them on their ERISA fiduciary responsibilities and on qualified and nonqualified plan issues (including document preparation and operational issues). Brian has been active in many transactions throughout the nation involving conversions of savings banks from mutual to stock form, and the offering of their stock to the public. Brian is a frequent author and lecturer on the laws applicable to qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and on ERISA fiduciary responsibilities.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law" and "Employment Law - Management" (1997-present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, "Distinguished® - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement" (1999-present)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of Pension Actuaries
  • ESOP Association
  • National Center for Employee Ownership
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Employee Benefits Conference, former Member of the Board of Directors, State and Local Level