Richard W. Goldberg


Richard Goldberg is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice chair of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. Richard has investigated cyber and intellectual property crimes, and aided victims of those crimes, for over two decades as one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s specially trained cybercrimes prosecutors. While a cybercrime prosecutor, he also served as Chief of many different sections of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, including Economic Crimes, and as Chief of Trials, supervising the trials of all criminal cases charged by one of the country’s largest federal prosecution offices. 

As a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, Richard manages data privacy and security crises on a daily basis. He has managed all types of digital crises, including international incidents affecting millions of consumers. He also served as a Crisis Management Coordinator for the Department of Justice. In that capacity, he was the chief attorney preparing federal, state, and local agencies for National Special Security Events (major public events of international significance considered by the government to be terrorism targets) and then managing those events. These included the Presidential nominating conventions of both parties and a visit by the Pope to Philadelphia. He has repeatedly been tasked to teach others how to prepare for these events. He has also trained law enforcement agencies nationally on preparation for and response to mass protest. 

He has been a point of contact for the FBI, Secret Service, Homeland Security, IRS, and private industry for system intrusions, identity theft, money laundering, intellectual property thefts and other frauds, and digital crime emergencies. He advised these agencies, investigated and tried cases, argued appeals, and organized and directed task forces. His law enforcement efforts and writing have been included in The President’s Identity Theft Task Force Report and U.S. Department of Justice publications.

As a Fulbright Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, he has lectured on cybercrimes in Hong Kong. For many years he has also been an adjunct professor at Villanova Law School, teaching application of the Fourth Amendment to computers and cyberspace, as well as operation of the Stored Communications Act and other constitutional and regulatory frameworks. He has also served as a regular lecturer for the U.S. Department of Justice on high tech crimes, crisis management, and trials at the national prosecutor’s school.

A frequent speaker at national and local conferences, Richard has received numerous accolades from the Department of Justice, FBI, the Secret Service, the Postal Inspectors, and the U.S. Marshals throughout his career.

Prior to his federal service, he served in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office as the Deputy in charge of the Investigations Division and as a line prosecutor. 

Additional Information

  • Top Secret federal government security clearance.

Legal Experience

Teaching Positions

  • National Advocacy Center, U.S. Department of Justice (national school for federal prosecutors), Columbia, South Carolina – instructor in: Evidence, White Collar Crime, Advanced White Collar Crime, Trade Secrets, Computer Crimes, Basic and Advanced Trial Advocacy, Financial Institution Fraud, Crisis Management, Sentencing, Public Demonstrations, and Identity Theft, 2007–2018.
  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, Lecturer in Law – Full semester lecture course: Crime and Emerging Technology, 2013–Present.

Professional Presentations

  • Panelist, "Legal Considerations for Ransomware," FBI 2019 Ransomware Summit, Pittsburgh, PA, 9.12.19
  • Panelist, "Public-Private Sector Threat Intelligence," NetDiligence Cyber Risk Summit, Philadelphia, PA, 06.14.19
  • Panelist, "Cracking the Cyber Code on War & Extortion Coverage," Advisen Cyber Risk Insights Conference, Chicago, IL, 05.16.19
  • Speaker, “Crisis Preparation and Response,” United States Federal Reserve System Conference of Counsel, Philadelphia, PA, 5.2.19
  • Panelist, “CyberCrime Trends,” 8th Annual Cyber Liabilities Insurance ExecuSummit, 3.19.19


  • State Bar Admissions
    • Pennsylvania



Awards & Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Director’s Award, 1998 & 2017
  • Chief Postal Inspector’s Award, 2008
  • Multiple performance commendations from the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Executive Board, Director of the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Marshals Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Attorney.
  • Fulbright Senior Specialists Project Reviewer, 2017–Present
  • Harvard Law School – Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow, 2011
  • Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, U.S. Department of State, Grantee in Law to City University of Hong Kong, 2011


Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

 Juris Doctor, 1983

  • Articles and Notes Editor, American Criminal Law Review
  • Appellate Litigation Clinic

Brown University, Providence, RI

Bachelor of Arts in History, with honors, 1980

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