Brian P. Goldstein

Albany,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone(518) 434-1300

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Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Financial Services
  • Food Processing and Manufacturing
  • Gaming and Hospitality
  • Government Contractors
  • Health Care
  • Mining
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Professional Services
  • Public Sector
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation and Warehousing
University State University of New York at Albany, B.A., cum laude, 1986
Law SchoolAlbany Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1989
Admitted1989, Massachusetts; 1990, New York; 1991, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; 1999, U.S. Tax Court

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


Brian P. Goldstein is a Shareholder in the Albany, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice concentrates in the areas of executive compensation, employee benefits, pension and profit sharing and ERISA fiduciary counseling.

Mr. Goldstein 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. Mr. Goldstein regularly represents clients before the IRS in connection with resolving defects with their qualified plans, and in audits before the IRS, the U.S. Department of Labor and the PBGC.

In the securities area, Mr. Goldstein 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. Mr. Goldstein has limited his practice in the securities area to the ERISA and executive compensation side of securities matters. Mr. Goldstein regularly assists corporate counsel in establishing devices which may have anti-takeover effects.

Mr. Goldstein's client base varies widely, and includes large public companies, institutional plan fiduciaries, professional practices and small businesses. Mr. Goldstein 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). Mr. Goldstein 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. Mr. Goldstein is a frequent author and lecturer on the laws applicable qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and on ERISA fiduciary responsibilities. Mr. Goldstein was also one of the co-founders of U.S. Benefits, Inc., which was a benefit plan consulting and administration firm, whose business was recently sold by Mr. Goldstein.


April 8, 2014

IRS Issues New Guidance on Treatment of Same-Sex Couples Post-Windsor to Qualified Retirement Plan Sponsors

April 8, 2014

The IRS has issued Notice 2014-19 and a set of Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”), providing new guidance to sponsors and administrators of qualified retirement plans on the treatment of same-sex couples following the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307 (June 26, 2013). (For...

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Equity and “Phantom” Equity Based Compensation for LLCs
October 28, 2015

Due to the popularity of limited liability companies (LLCs) as a form of business entity, we have been approached lately more than ever to structure equity and “phantom” equity based compensation for LLC businesses, including private equity firms and other businesses that embrace an employee ownership culture.

By Brian P. Goldstein


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Brian P. Goldstein

18 Corporate Woods Boulevard
AlbanyNY 12211


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