Bruce Goldstein, former federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s office, dies at 80

Bruce Goldstein, a prominent New Jersey trial attorney, passed away on Sept. 2. He was 80 years old.

Goldstein launched his career, which ultimately spanned five decades, as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, where he rose to the post of executive assistant U.S. attorney. In 1976, he received the Attorney General Distinguished Service Award for his successful prosecution of political corruption.

He was regarded as one of the most talented and sought-after litigators in New Jersey, and his love for the legal profession was said to be contagious.

In 1977, Goldstein went into private practice with former U.S. Attorney David Satz, a trusted friend and partner. For more than 30 years — much of that time as managing partner — Goldstein led and helped build Saiber, Schlesinger, Satz & Goldstein into one of New Jersey’s premier law firms. From 2008 to 2012, he worked for Sills Cummis & Gross. For the last 10 years, Goldstein enjoyed practicing law at Anselmi & Carvelli LLP, where he helped mentor younger attorneys, as he had for many decades.

In 2005, following a serious heart attack and related complications, Goldstein underwent a successful heart transplant, thanks to an incredible medical team at Columbia Presbyterian and the generosity of an anonymous donor. He remained profoundly grateful for that gift, and he went on to serve as chairman of the board of the NJ Sharing Network (from 2015-2017), which provides services and support to individuals awaiting transplantation.

The greatest joy of Goldstein’s life was his family.

He will be remembered for his kind heart, generosity of spirit and remarkable ability to connect deeply with people from all walks of life. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marjorie, his sons Jed and Geoffrey, his daughter-in-law, Stacy, and his three grandchildren, Hazel, Ivy and Sam.

Memorial contributions may be made in Goldstein’s name to NJ Sharing Network.