• Ohio, 1985
  • U.S. District Courts:
  •   -Northern District of Ohio, 1985
  •   -Southern District of Ohio
  •   -Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit


Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1985

Amherst College, B.A. cum laude, 1982


"I like to resolve cases efficiently, and with a lower litigation spend. No one will accuse me of failing to follow through on time."

Stu Goldberg is a member of Eastman & Smith, concentrating his practice in the areas of product liability, fire, personal injury, commercial litigation, fraud investigations, insurance coverage and health care litigation.

Mr. Goldberg has represented large and small manufacturers, retailers, contractors, nursing homes, physicians, trucking and other transportation companies, school districts, auto service centers, individuals, employers and employees, and insurance companies, in a wide variety of disputes.  

Participating in the education of others, Mr. Goldberg has spoken at seminars on trial tactics, risk management, settlement negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, product liability and personal injury law.

Mr. Goldberg is happily married and the father of three grown and wonderful children.  Aside from work, family, friends and volunteering, Mr. Goldberg enjoys exercise, reading, playing guitar and singing for himself or anyone in earshot.



Examples of Mr. Goldberg's legal experience include winning:

  • Judgment on the pleadings (before any depositions were taken) for scrap metal recycler on claim that it caused a nuisance leading to injuries and months-later death of motorcyclist who crashed with a truck that was entering the recycler's facility.
  • Summary judgment for trucking company sued by plaintiff in disputed liability motorcycle crash, based on expiration of contract relationship, six to ten months before the crash.
  • Summary judgment for manufacturer of mixing machine in wrongful death claim that the mixer lacked a safety interlock, based in part on substantial modification, and won affirmance on appeal in United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Summary judgment and appellate victories for public school district board of education sued for provision of school transportation to private school.
  • Summary judgment for manufacturer of battery charger sued in double wrongful death house fire claim.
  • Judgment for product manufacturer sued by homeowner for loss in which homeowners sought damages in excess of their homeowners insurance coverage.
  • Summary judgment for quarry company in federal court based on a claim of employer intentional tort.
  • Verdict for business owner for compensatory damages, followed by recovery for bad faith damages against insurance company that refused to pay clients' fire loss damages.
  • Summary judgment on liability and recoverability of punitive damages against bar that over-served driver who caused injuries to plaintiffs.
  • Summary judgment for dating service in face of contract and statutory claims by dissatisfied customer, affirmed on appeal.
  • Defense verdict for airline sued for second degree burns sustained after hot coffee was spilled in plaintiff’s lap.
  • Summary judgment in federal district court for designer/builder of slag mill in lawsuit alleging construction and product defect.

Mr. Goldberg is litigation counsel in Ohio for a building products manufacturer, a security company, an HVAC system manufacturer, a car rental service, a truck rental company and a propane gas supplier.

Honors & Affiliations

Community/Professional Affiliations

Mr. Goldberg is a past president of the Toledo Bar Association (2011-2012).  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute where he serves on the Product Liability Committee and the Fire Science Litigation Steering Committee.  He is a fellow of both the Toledo Bar Association Foundation and Ohio State Bar Association Foundation.

Long active in the Toledo community, Mr. Goldberg holds or has held board positions in organizations such as Leadership Toledo, Congregation B’nai Israel, the Toledo Board of Jewish Education, Neighborhoods in Partnership, the United Jewish Council, Jewish Family Service, the Anne Grady Foundation, the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio and the Sylvania Schools Academic Excellence Foundation. He is an active fundraiser for the American Heart Association and for the local Access to Justice Campaign.  Additionally Mr. Goldberg was class president of Amherst College Class of 1982 (2002-2007).

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2024
  • Ohio Business Magazine's Ohio Leading Lawyers, 2024
  • Robert A. Kelb Distinguished Service Award, Toledo Bar Association, 2022
  • Legacy of Achievement Award, American Heart Association, 2010
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Community Service Award, Toledo Bar Association, 2000
  • Twenty Under 40 Award, Toledo, Ohio, 1997
  • Martindale Hubbell AV rating
  • Eagle Scout, Troop #91, Toledo, Ohio, 1977

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Events & Speaking Engagements