Criminal Justice

Longtime Friend of Slain Pa. Lawyer Mourns—and Seeks Justice


Eric Birnbaum and Terry Goldberg had been pals since the two were about 14 years old, attending both college and law school together. So the still-unsolved slaying of Birnbaum outside the Bucks County, Pa., law office in which both worked as attorneys has hit Goldberg hard.

Goldberg has lost weight and had trouble sleeping since Birnbaum, 51, was shot in the head in the law firm’s parking lot on the morning of Feb. 11 by an unknown assailant, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Now, in an effort to generate clues to help authorities solve his longtime friend’s murder, he is talking to the newspaper.

Friendly, generous, a dedicated lawyer and doting father who was still on good terms with his ex-wife, Birnbaum was seemingly a most unlikely target for murder. Police asked Goldberg, for instance, whether Birnbaum might have gotten into money trouble and borrowed from someone unsavory, too embarrassed to ask for help. But Goldberg told authorities that Birnbaum hadn’t hesitated to ask for a loan when he needed help buying a home—and had paid the money back, as promised.

“Somebody out there knows something, someone besides just the shooter,” Goldberg tells the Inquirer. “I hope that the person or persons would have the courage to step forward.”

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Pa. Lawyer’s Unsolved Murder was ‘Bizarre,’ His Sister Says”

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