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Joel Goldman

Joel S. Goldman

(415) 995-5028


Joel represents a wide array of developers, owners, and operators of senior care communities, including, assisted living, continuing care, and congregate senior communities. He focuses on regulatory, licensure, and operational issues, as well as resident and risk management issues.

Joel has been a noted presenter at numerous conferences and seminars throughout the United States for senior care industry associations, legal organizations, and university academic programs. His practical approach to issues and vast experience with senior care communities also make him a popular presenter at in-house training programs for multi-facility providers. Joel is a founding member of the California Assisted Living Association and has served on its Board of Directors since its inception in 1994. 


J.D. University of California, Berkeley School of Law ( 1980 )
B.A. Hampshire College ( 1976 )

Academic Distinction

Order of the Coif, Member

Admissions and Courts


Silverado Senior Living. Served as lead regulatory counsel in transaction with Welltower involving the sale of 20 dementia care communities as well as hospice and home health entities in four states.

Atria Senior Living. Led team that prepared comprehensive analysis of impact of health reform on Atria as a national assisted living operator and assisted client with relicensing 25 assisted living communities in California in connection with Atria’s transaction with Ventas.

CA Dept of Social Services. Successfully assisted clients in appealing hundreds of RCFE licensing deficiencies with the California Department of Social Services.

RCFEs. Successfully resolved multiple license revocation actions against RCFEs resulting in limited probationary status.

Bar Association of San Francisco, Member

Lawyers' Club of San Francisco, Member

California Assisted Living Association, Board of Directors

Argentum, Legal Committee Member

American Seniors Housing Association, Member

"Mitigating risk of falls in senior living improves resident, community well-being," McKnights Senior Living (September 2023)

"​Senior Living & LTC: Understanding the ADA, the FHA, and Where They Intersect​," Marsh Risk Insights (June 2023)

"Top Legal Issues in Senior Living," Senior Living Foresight (March 2023)

"You Simply Can't Get Away With This," Senior Living Foresight (January 2023)

"Aging Together," Elevate Aging (September 2018)

Chambers and Partners USA, Health Care, Band 5 (20202021)

Martindale-Hubbell, AV® (2013)

San Francisco’s Top-Rated Lawyers (2012)

Super Lawyers, Health Care (20112019)