Profile: aaron.goldstein

Aaron Goldstein has been an attorney for over 15 years and is currently an attorney supervisor at the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender in the First Municipal Division. Before coming to the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, he was the founder of The Goldstein Firm, P.C., a criminal defense and civil rights firm in Chicago. Mr. Goldstein has handled all types of criminal federal and state cases and has tried hundreds of felony cases. Mr. Goldstein was the attorney for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and former Chicago Alderman and Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. He has also represented individuals arrested during the NATO and Occupy Chicago protests. Mr. Goldstein first began his career as an assistant public defender handling all types of state criminal cases as well as child protection cases. Mr. Goldstein is licensed to practice in Illinois and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Federal Panel which is a select group of attorneys qualified to receive appointments to federal criminal cases. While Illinois had the death penalty, he was certified to handle capital cases as a member of the Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar. Mr. Goldstein graduated With Distinction from the University of Iowa, College of Law in 2000. At the University of Iowa, his journal article was published in the Journal of Gender, Race & Justice. Mr. Goldstein teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at North Park University and taught the trial advocacy team at the DePaul University College of Law. He has also spoken at various seminars and bar associations, law offices and universities. In 2016 Mr. Goldstein was elected Democratic Committeeman for the 33rd Ward in Chicago defeating 40-year incumbent Dick Mell.




On December 28, 2016, NAPD published its Open Letter to Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for his prosecution of Orleans Public Defender investigator Taryn Blume. A bedrock principle of our criminal justice system is that every citizen accused by the government of a crime starts with the benefit of the doubt – with a presumption that they are in fact innocent.  That right becomes meaningless if we do not uphold the equally important right of every citizen-accused defense team who fights for her cause; who digs for evidence of her innocence; who exposes the government when it hides that evidence.  The legitimacy of our criminal justice system depends upon defense lawyers and defense investigators doing their jobs, and doing them well, without fear of reprisal from a prosecutor acting more like a bully than the champion of truth and justice he is supposed to be.


Last Chance to Register! The NAPD Executive Leadership Institute (ELI-2017) is almost full will will be held from 3:00 pm on April 2 through 11:45 am on April 5, 2017 at the Department of Public Advocacy training facility in Frankfort, KY. You can see more information and registration details HERE