Distinguished Former Colleagues

Fred Goldberg

Fred Goldberg (1926-2017) was founder of Goldberg Simpson and a vital member of both the civic and legal communities in his adopted hometown of Louisville. Earning his Juris Doctor from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, the Frankfort, Ky. native retains the highest bar examination score ever in the state.

Mr. Goldberg was a strong advocate that his lawyers participate and serve in their community, and he presented a strong model for them to follow. He was a longtime member on the board of then-Jewish Hospital and was president of the Jewish Hospital Foundation board. He also acquired extensive experience with public health issues by serving as counsel for the Louisville & Jefferson County Board of Health.

A member of the American, Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations, Mr. Goldberg also took time to teach students Creditors’ Transactions at his law school alma mater. He was admitted to practice in United States District Court and various Courts of Appeals in addition to being admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In 2003, he received the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Lawrence Grauman Award and was later named to the board of the Waterfront Development Corporation.

Ronald V. Simpson

Ronald V. Simpson (1930-2015) was a co-founder of the firm. Mr. Simpson practiced in the area of Insurance Defense and Workers Compensation law. Mr. Simpson attended the University of Louisville and earned his law degree in 1957. He graduated from Duke University in 1952.

Marc Yussman

Marc Yussman, 50, died June 13, 2008. Marc was passionate — about his family, about his work, and about his life. An avid gardener, Marc liked to help things grow, including his community and his clients. An outstanding real estate lawyer and entrepreneur, he was the Managing Partner of Marc Yussman & Associates before merging into Goldberg Simpson.

We were all his beneficiaries because his enthusiasm and exuberance were contagious. Marc always strove to do his very best, to live life to the fullest, and to appreciate the richness of human experience. We mourn his untimely death, but we celebrate the way he lived his life.

Mary A. Maple

Mary A. Maple (deceased, 1953-2003) was a member with the Louisville law firm of Goldberg Simpson, having joined the firm in 1989. Her practice consisted of litigation with emphasis in the areas of family law and employment/labor law.

Before joining Goldberg Simpson, Ms. Maple was employed as a legal advisor for the Jefferson County Government Office of Personnel Management and the County Judge’s Advisory Committee on Ethics.

Ms. Maple received a Bachelor of Science degree in Humanities from Purdue University in 1974. She was on the Journal of Family Law at the University of Louisville and received her law degree there in 1978. She was a member of the American, Kentucky, Indiana, and Louisville Bar Associations.

Ms. Maple was a Captain of the Belle of Louisville. In 1994, Ms. Maple co-authored Private Adoption in Kentucky , Second Edition, with Mitchell A. Charney. Ms. Maple served as Past President of the Neighborhood House Board, President of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Louisville and was a member of the Dare to Care Board.

Mitchell A. Charney

Mitchell A. Charney (1944-2019) joined Goldberg Simpson in 1981. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in political science in 1966 and received his law degree in 1969. In 1987, he was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court. He was a member of the Louisville Bar, Kentucky Bar, and American Bar Associations. He practiced litigation and mediation with specialties in adoption and family law.

Charney always showed dedication to serving his communities, especially families within it. He served as president of the Louisville Jewish Family and Vocational Services as well as the Ronald McDonald House. He was a board member of the National Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies (what is now Jewish Family and Career Services), and a board member of Jewish Hospital Louisville and Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. He was charter member and former vice president of Kentucky Youth Advocates, and a member of the Metro United Way Allocations Committee, as well as the Jewish Community Federation of Louisville.

His efforts were recognized as being the recipient of the Lewis Cole Young Leadership Award, as well as the WLKY Spirit of Louisville Foundation Bell Award.