In the year since graduating from law school, Marlene Goldenberg has taken a leading role in a mass tort litigation being handled by her father’s Minneapolis law firm.
“Marlene has been instrumental in helping our firm lead the Medtronic infuse bone graft litigation in Minnesota and around the country,” Goldenberg Law founder Stuart Goldenberg said in nominating his daughter. “Marlene helped draft and argue against federal preemption in those cases.”
As Marlene sees it, she was destined to become an attorney since her father and mother are both lawyers. “You could argue that I had no choice,” laughed Marlene, who at age 14 worked as a file clerk at the firm and held other jobs before becoming an attorney.
At Goldenberg Law, a boutique firm specializing in personal injury litigation, Marlene focuses on assisting clients injured by dangerous drugs and medical devices. She also handles cases involving medical malpractice or catastrophic injuries from defective products.
Marlene has also worked on a variety of other mass tort cases including Mirapex, Avandia, Kugel, Trasylol, Sprint Fidelis Leads, Pain Pump and Reglan.
Goldenberg graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political philosophy, international relations and Spanish from Syracuse University. She attended William Mitchell College of Law and BPP Law School in London, earning both a juris doctor and graduate diploma in law.
Asked what she likes best about being a lawyer, Goldenberg said, “This is a job where you learn something every day and can help people every day.”
Stuart Goldenberg added that Marlene helped create a fraud exception in parallel claim in the case of Lawrence v. Medtronic Inc. in Hennepin County District Court. “This is the first such decision in Minnesota,” he said. “Marlene has argued this similar motion in Hawaii and had similar success,” Stuart Goldenberg continued. While this litigation is ongoing, Marlene has enabled cases to survive where before those rulings, they would have been dismissed.”
Marlene is married to Bobby Patrick VI. She enjoys biking, traveling, cooking, volunteering through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Minnesota, and spending time with her family.