Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
These words hold as much truth now as they did then. Agreement and compromise will always take precedence in my function as your counselor. Yet part of the universal human experience – since Cain and Able, or alternatively since our primate origins – is to quarrel with one’s fellow man from time to time. For those instances, there seems to be no more civilized a form of combat that the American adversarial civil trial by jury, which the American Constitution’s 7th Amendment guarantees:
“In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”
Our firm will be prepared to stand by your side on these days.
Then again, as Norm Crosby once said: “When you go into court, you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.”
Meet Our Team
Daniel Goldberg spent his childhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. He graduated from Bellaire Senior High School. He received his undergraduate degree in International Studies and Political Science from the Virginia Military Institute, during which time he spent semesters at the American University in Fez, Morocco, St. Anne’s College and New College in Oxford, England.
Daniel then earned his doctorate of jurisprudence from the South Texas College of Law. Immediately thereafter, Daniel was admitted into the Texas State Bar. He was also admitted to the United States District Court of the Southern District of Texas and into the Tennessee State Bar. He is also member of the Houston Bar Association, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, and several other groups, associations, bars, and the like. Daniel has devoted his career to civil litigation, trial law and simple problem solving.
Since Daniel has no private time, he has no hobbies or passions to report. Despite his best efforts, Daniel has been chosen as a Super Lawyers Rising Star repeatedly ever since 2016.
Sara Goldberg is an Attorney in The Goldberg Law Office, PLLC. She is proud to be a native Houstonian. Born to a Filipino mother and American father, she has had a strong interest in learning about different cultures and languages. Sara is proficient in speaking Spanish and Hebrew.
Sara completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies within five and a half years. She received her bachelor of arts in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. As an undergraduate student, Sara studied at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City for five months. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 2007.
Sara focuses primarily on immigration law. She handles family and business based immigration issues, naturalization, and represents clients in deportation proceedings. She is also involved in long-term disability cases and serves as a part-time Associate Judge in the City of Houston Municipal Courts. In her very little free time, Sara enjoys her ever-growing family, cooking, jazzercise and just the right amount of television.
Mina Phan is a Law Clerk at The Goldberg Law Office and will soon become the firm’s Associate. Originally from Massachusetts, she finished her Bachelor of Science at the University of Houston—majoring in psychology with a political science minor, magna cum laude—while working full-time in the finance industry.
Mina earned her J.D. at South Texas College of Law School in May 2020 where she focused on acquiring skills in the sphere of transactional litigation. She received a CALI award for earning the highest grade for her Contract Drafting and Negotiations class, and she was a traveling member of the negotiations team that participated in the Washington, D.C.-Virginia area regionals competition.
When she’s not at work, Mina relishes time with her loved ones, likes to read, is trying to better her amateur baking skills, and laughs a lot to episodes of Arrested Development.
Erika Ceren is the Office Manager at the Goldberg Law Office, PLLC. She is a proud Houstonian and graduated from Bellaire High School.
Erika studied at Houston Baptist University and received her Bachelor of Science there. She is fluent in Spanish and English. Erika runs our dedicated Human Resources department by herself and is focused on serving our clients and keeping our office running smoothly.
When Erika does have free time, she enjoys running, yoga, CrossFit, gardening, and traveling with her husband. Erika has two pups at home and is an animal activist for shelter pups in the Houston metropolitan area.
Katia Rivera Reyna
Katia Rivera Reyna is the Paralegal at The Goldberg Law Office, PLLC. She spent part of her childhood in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. She graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in Central Houston.
Katia is currently a student at the University of Houston – Downtown (UHD) where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She received her Paralegal Certificate through the UHD Paralegal Certificate Program
Katia is fluent in Spanish and English and is currently learning Vietnamese. She enjoys spending time with her family and her Blue Merle Aussie, Mushu. Her hobbies include re-watching 2000s sitcoms, reading, and painting.
David T. Williams
David T. Williams is a Law Clerk at the Goldberg Law Office. He is a native Houstonian who graduated from Bellaire Senior High School. He attended the University of Houston where he was President of his fraternity and President of the Student Government Association. It has been a winding road to finally find the path to South Texas College of Law Houston, where he will graduate in May 2022.
David worked in retail and business sales for over eight years. During this time he completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
David is a member of the Oil and Gas Law Society, the Federalist Society, and Phi Delta Phi International Fraternity at South Texas College of Law Houston. When time allows he competes in Barbecue Cook-offs where he always has the best brisket, even when the judges disagree.
Gabriela Rodriguez is the Immigration Legal Assistant at The Goldberg Law Office, PLLC. She was born in Mexico and came to the U.S as a child; currently a recipient of DACA. She graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in Central Houston.
Gabriela is currently a student at the University of Houston – Downtown where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in General Chemistry. Her primary focus in the office is Immigration Law and Gabriela is passionate about helping our clients.
Gabriela is fluent in Spanish and English and is currently learning American Sign Language. On the weekends you can catch Gabriela around town trying new restaurants here in Houston and learning how to sew. When time permits, Gabriela is always listening to the hit podcast Crime Junkie.