Marshall Goldberg has had a varied career as both a lawyer and writer. An honors graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, Goldberg clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Robert F. Peckham, was lead counsel on the extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and later served as legislative liaison for the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. In 1979 he moved to Los Angeles and spent the next 24 years writing for such shows as “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Jeffersons,” “Paper Chase,” “Newhart,” “L.A. Law,” “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” and “Life Goes On,” along with eight television movies, three screenplays and an animated feature. He has been a Humanitas Prize and Writers Guild Award finalist, and taught screenwriting at USC Film School. From 2003-2005 Goldberg put aside his writing career to serve as General Counsel to the Writers Guild of America, west, then left to try his hand at writing novels. “The New Colossus” is his first published novel. Along the way he developed a law school course, teaching students how to incorporate storytelling principles into their work. He is currently an adjunct professor at both Stanford and Michigan Law School.
He is married to a former journalist and lives in Los Angeles. He misses his daughters, who live in Boston and Chicago, and everything about Pittsburgh.