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Oscar B. Goodman, Chairman of the Host Committee, LVCVA. 8-31-11. Darrin Bush photo.

Oscar Goodman


Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Former Mayor of Las Vegas 


Oscar B. Goodman was born and raised in Philadelphia; he graduated from Haverford College and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “15 Best Trial Lawyers in America.” In addition to actively practicing criminal law for 35 years, he played himself in the movie Casino
and starred in episodes of the prime time hit series CSI: Las Vegas. Mr. Goodman is also the author of the highly acclaimed Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas, published by Weinstein Publishing in May 2013.

Mr. Oscar B. Goodman served as the “Happiest Mayor in the Universe” for Las Vegas. In April 2007, he captured 84% of the vote in his re-election to a third four-year term. During his tenure as mayor, he had many accomplishments in the heart of downtown, including Symphony Park, a phenomenal 61-acre planned development which includes the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. The park also includes The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the Discovery Children’s Museum. Also planned for this site are an arena, a boutique hotel, multiple high-rise residential units and mixed use opportunities. At the conclusion of his last term, he did what no other mayor has ever done,
swore in his wife Carolyn Goodman to succeed him as the new Mayor of Las Vegas.

He was appointed Chairman of Las Vegas Host Committee, where he is charged with being the No. 1 Ambassador for tourism in Las Vegas. As such, he welcomes visitors to Las Vegas and rallies the local residents behind its leading industry: tourism.

He and his wife of 56 years have four children; Oscar Jr, a MD/PHD who practices oncology; Ross, an attorney; Eric, a Justice of the Peace and Cara, the family therapist for the County Hospital’s burn unit. They all reside in Las Vegas.

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