Without the right attorney, criminal charges could ruin your life.

Darryl A. Goldberg

Photo of Darryl A. Goldberg
Photo of Darryl A. Goldberg


Chicago, IL





Darryl A. Goldberg is an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who represents those accused of the most serious criminal offenses in both federal and state courts. Based in Chicago, he regularly travels to other state and federal district and appellate courts to represent his clients, often in high profile cases.

In the course of his criminal defense practice, his clients have included professional athletes, celebrities, doctors, lawyers, accountants, and law enforcement officers. His relentless efforts as a trial lawyer have resulted in jury verdicts acquitting his clients of everything from first degree murder to large scale drug conspiracy charges.

He chairs many committees for the American and Chicago Bar Associations, including the Criminal Law and Criminal Trial Evidence Committees.

Areas Of Practice

  • Aggressive Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • Serious State Crimes/Major Felonies
  • Grand Jury Investigation/Proceedings
  • Select Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Civil Rights Cases

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana


  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Honors: Angell Scholar

Published Works

  • What Do You Do When You Get A Call In The Middle Of The Night From A Family Member Or Friend Of A Potential Client Who Has Been Arrested?, American Bar Association, Litigation 101 series

Honors And Awards

  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers, Litigator of the Year 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers National Trial Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • Top One Percent National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Client Satisfaction Award American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Top 40 Under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 10 Under 40 National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Rising Star Illinois Super Lawyers

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association CBA/YLS Criminal Law Committee Section, Co-chair
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Trial Evidence Committee, Criminal Evidence Subcommittee, Co-chair
  • American Bar Association/ YLD Criminal and Juvenile Justice Committee, Vice-chair

Past Employment Positions

  • City of Chicago Law Department, Former Assistant Corporation Counsel