Tom Goldberg

Tom Goldberg
Appearances GTA IV
Full Name Tom Goldberg


Gender Gender::Male
Date of Death 2008
Nationality American
Home Algonquin, Liberty City
Main Affiliations Dick Shyster (business partner)
Larry Ligner (business partner)
Karen (employee)
Businesses Goldberg, Ligner and Shyster
Occupation Lawyer
Voiced by Jonathan Hanst

Tom Goldberg is a character in the HD Universe who appears as a minor character in Grand Theft Auto IV. He is the co-founder of Goldberg, Ligner and Shyster with Dick Shyster and Larry Ligner. He is voiced by Jonathan Hanst.

Character history

Tom Goldberg is, in 2008, a highly successful lawyer, specializing in fields like antitrust and product liability. As detailed in his law firm's website, he came into prominence after suing a Betta Pharmaceuticals CEO over minor debts, and has since brought frivolous lawsuits against countless BAWSAQ 500 companies. He is a corespondent for Weazel News (even though implies that he's a liberal) and the Daily Globe. In his spare time, he runs the charity "Goldberg's Guys", in which Goldberg himself teaches disadvantaged boys to swim and hands out food to the homeless every quarter (though he makes sure he's followed by a television camera crew).

Goldberg was planning to run for congress, according to GTA IV's official website and Francis McReary's dialogue with Niko Bellic. Goldberg suggests that he has files that, after he takes them to the DA, could ruin Francis' career. Francis, however, can not touch Goldberg who has his own bodyguard and so has Niko go for an interview. While in Goldberg's office for the interview, Niko kills him and retrieves the files. After his death, his partner Dick Shyster tells the Liberty Tree that he will take over most of his cases.

Mission appearance



  • Tom Goldberg is the second lawyer named "Goldberg" in the GTA series, after GTA III's Maurice Goldberg (lawyer to Salvatore Leone). These characters, however, appear in different continuities.
  • When Niko threatens Tom Goldberg, Goldberg says, "Guns don't kill people, video games do!", a line frequently, but falsely, attributed to real-life lawyer Jack Thompson, known for his antipathy towards violent video games, especially the Grand Theft Auto series.
  • Tom Goldberg vaguely resembles actor Robert De Niro; note in particular the mole under his right eye.
  • Surprisingly, even after Goldberg is killed, his firm's website still shows his name and photo and doesn't mention his death.