John Goldman is a partner in Herrick’s Litigation Department and the co-chair of the firm’s Sports Law Group.
John advises companies, family offices and high-net-worth individuals on a wide range of commercial litigation and business matters. A savvy negotiator known for transforming highly polarized battles into productive business deals, John has successfully resolved difficult disputes, including many business divorces for clients in a broad range of industries, including sports, real estate, finance and technology. In addition, John is always looking to create opportunities for Herrick’s clients, and he regularly helps to create deals through his many thoughtful introductions.
John also frequently advises franchise owners, players and sports investors in complex, multi-party negotiations, deals and disputes. He has advised on the landmark purchases of Italian Serie A soccer clubs A.S. Roma and Bologna F.C. 1909 and, most recently, the purchase of Venezia F.C. He also advised former New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk in an arbitration between the NHL and NHLPA, and negotiations among the league, the Devils and the NHLPA which ended with Kovalchuk securing a landmark 15-year, $100 million deal.
John demonstrates his passion for spirited competition in many ways. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he is a die-hard supporter of the Wolverines and a fervent antagonist of a rival state university in Ohio. John is also a competitive age-group triathlete, having completed more than 50 events, including Ironman USA Lake Placid three times (where he has finished in the top 30% overall).