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Jerry H. Goldfeder

SPECIAL COUNSEL, NEW YORK



Jerry H. Goldfeder is a prominent election lawyer with over thirty years of trial and appellate experience. His practice includes representing elected officials, candidates for public office, unions, partnerships and corporations in the areas of campaign finance, voting rights and public integrity investigations and prosecutions; it also includes representing individuals and organizations on a broad range of governmental matters, with an emphasis on New York municipal and state law; he also has a long-term familiarity with New York City Charter issues.

Prior to joining Stroock, Mr. Goldfeder served as Special Counsel to New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, where his portfolio included public integrity matters. Before joining Attorney General Cuomo's office in 2007, Mr. Goldfeder was in private practice, focusing on election law and campaign finance compliance. He also served as Special Counsel to the New York State Senate Democratic Conference under then-Senator David A. Paterson from 2003 to 2004.

He is the author of the treatise Goldfeder's Modern Election Law, now in its Third Edition, which has been favorably reviewed by The New York Times, the New York Law Journal, Election Law Journal and the New York State Bar Association Journal. He teaches Election Law as a Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School. He regularly lectures on "How to Decide an Election Case" to the Justices and attorneys of the Appellate Division, Second Department. Mr. Goldfeder also chairs the Election Law and Government Affairs Committee of the General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association. He has written on election-related topics for the Fordham Urban Law Journal, the New York Law Journal and The New York Times, and regularly appears in the media as an election and campaign finance expert. He has also taught Election Law and Ethics in numerous CLE courses.

Mr. Goldfeder is a regular columnist with the New York Law Journal ("Government and Election Law") and Law.com ("Law and Politics").

Before entering private practice, he was Law Secretary to Samuel J. Silverman of the Appellate Division, First Department. Prior to being admitted to the bar, Mr. Goldfeder studied and taught political science, and, before that, taught in the New York City public schools in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Mr. Goldfeder's work and accomplishments have been recognized by a number of publications. He was profiled in the New York Law Journal piece "Q&A Jerry Goldfeder" (July 20, 2012), and in the City & State article "Ballot Barristers: Inside The Select World Of New York City Election Attorneys" (February 26, 2013). Additionally, his work was also highlighted in Crain's "Goldfeder's Election Arcana" (October 28, 2012). Mr. Goldfeder has also been named a "New York Influencer" by Campaigns & Elections. He also was named by the New York Observer as one of the most politically powerful people in New York City.

Mr. Goldfeder served on Attorney General-Elect Eric Schneiderman's Transition Team in 2010; on Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's in 2013; and on Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson's in 2013.

Honors and Awards

Mr. Goldfeder has been honored by the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty with the Tzedek Award for his work as an advocate for New Yorkers in need. He is also the recipient of the Ed Potter Memorial Award by the American Political Items Collectors., in honor of his work as an election lawyer.

Memberships
  • Board Member, Museum of the City of New York
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
    • Chair, Election Law and Government Affairs Committee (General Practice Section), May 2010-present
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • Chair, Special Committee on Election Law, 2007-2010
    • Member, Special Committee on Election Law, 1987-2010
    • Member, Committee on the Civil Court, 1981-1983
  • Board of Directors, New York Chapter, American Constitution Society, 2010-present
  • Board of Directors, Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, 2005-present
  • Board of Directors, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, 2006-present
  • Chair, Social Action Committee, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, 2000-2002
  • Member, Democratic Party National Convention Platform Committee, 2012
Activities
Speeches and Events
  • Panelist, "Voting & Civil Rights: A Secular, Labor and Religious Discussion," Latino Leadership Institute, December 11, 2014
  • "Ballot Access: Pitfalls to Avoid," Latino Leadership Institute, October 11, 2014
  • Moderator, "Residency Requirements in New York," Fordham Law School, September 30, 2014
  • "How to Decide an Election Case," Appellate Division, Second Department, July 22, 2014
  • Speaker, "Voter Disenfranchisement Issues," The Network of Bar Leaders, June 23, 2014
  • Panelist, "Current Trends in Election Law," NYC Bar Association Committee on New York City Affairs, April 22, 2014
  • Program Chair and Speaker, "The Path to Victory: Representing a Candidate under New York's Election Law," New York State Bar Association, April 25, 2014, April 30, 2014 and May 15, 2014
  • Moderator, "A Conversation with David L. Cohen, Executive VP of Comcast and Penn Law's Chairman of the Board of Trustees," University of Pennsylvania Law School, March 19, 2014
  • "Campaign Finance Compliance," New Leaders Council, March 16, 2014
  • "Colloquium with NYC Top Political Experts," Latino Leadership Institute, New York, NY, December 17, 2013
  • "Choosing Leaders for a New Era: The NYC Post-Election Campaign Roundtable," Center for New York City Affairs at The New School, December 4, 2013
  • "Are Our Voting Rights in Jeopardy?," Business and Liberal Arts Honor Program, Queens College, November 14, 2013
  • Shelby County and the Forgotten Promise of the Voting Rights Act," Fordham University School of Law, October 30, 2013
  • "Ballot Access in New York," Latino Leadership Institute, New York, NY, October 5, 2013
  • "How to Decide an Election Case," Appellate Division, Second Department, July 16, 2013
  • Orientation Program for Bar Admission Applicants, Committee on Character & Fitness, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, May 15, 2013
  • "Current State of Campaign Finance Reform," League of Women Voters of the City of New York, May 1, 2013
  • "Campaign Finance Law and Public Integrity," New York University School of Law, March 25, 2013
  • "Campaign Finance Compliance," 2013 New Leaders Council Institute, March 20, 2013
  • "Electoral Activism and Leadership Academy," Latino Leadership Institute, Winter 2012
  • "Photo Finish: Voter ID Laws and the 2012 Election," New York University School of Law, October 25, 2012
  • " Elections & Campaign Finance in 2012," The CUNY Forum, October 3, 2012
  • "Ballot Access," Hispanic Electoral College, Ossining, NY, September 22, 2012
  • "How to Decide an Election Case," Appellate Division, Second Department, July 10, 2012
  • " Representing the Political Candidate in New York," New York State Bar Association CLE, June 21, 2012
  • "Money and Politics: Changes in the Campaign Finance Laws," The Puerto Rican Bar Association, June 20, 2012
  • "Campaign Finance: Public, Private, or Both?," New York Civic, May 31, 2012
  • "Campaign Finance and the Influence of SuperPACs," Symposium on the 2012 Presidential Election and The Latino Community, April 17, 2012
  • "Latino Political Voice in Elections," New York City Metropolitan Area Latino American Law Student Associations Annual Conference, March 25, 2012
  • " Campaign Finance Compliance," Common Cause/NY's Candidate College, September 18, 2011
  • "Ballot Access," Latino Leadership Political Institute, Philadelphia, PA, September 17, 2011
  • "How to Decide an Election Case," Appellate Division, Second Department, July 19, 2011
  • "Running for Public Office: How to Petition," Latino Leadership Institute, June 4, 2011
  • "Electioneering & Lobbying: Issues for Nonprofits," New York City Bar Association CLE, May 17, 2011
  • "Should New York City's Campaign Finance System Be a Model for the State?," The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, NY, December 2010
  • " Voter Participation," Hearing of the New York City Charter Revision Commission, June 2, 2010
  • "How to Get on the Ballot ... and Stay on the Ballot!," Joint Bar Association Symposium, June 1, 2010
  • "The Price of Democracy - Corporate Money in Politics," New York University School of Law, April 2010
  • "Helping America Vote," NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy Symposium, March 2010
  • "The Future of New York City Charter Reform," New York City Bar Association (Municipal Affairs Committee), September 2009
  • "Post-Election Litigation Strategies," New York State Bar Association CLE, May 2008
  • "Judicial Ethics," New York City Bar Association CLE, March 2008
  • "Using the Courts to Win the Presidency," Fordham Law School CLE, November 2006
  • "Is Free Speech a Victim of Campaign Finance Reform?," Smith Family Foundation Forum, October 2006
  • "The Ethics of Election Law," Democratic Lawyers Council CLE, October 2006
  • "McCain-Feingold: Is it Promoting or Destroying Democracy?," Fordham Law School CLE, February 2004
  • "The Ethics of Ballot Access Litigation," New York City Bar Association CLE, May 2003
Publications
  • "Has the Residency Requirement for Governor Overstayed its Welcome?" Albany Times Union, September 14, 2014
  • "The Governor Challenges His Opponent's Residency," New York Law Journal, August 6, 2014
  • "Why Frank Mackay Should Worry About Tim Wu," City & State, July 16, 2014
  • "Grimm Scenarios," City & State, April 28, 2014
  • "New York Round Up: Campaign Finance and Ballot Issues," New York Law Journal, April 2, 2014
  • "What's the Matter with Kansas (and Arizona)?" Law.com, March 25, 2014
  • "Law and Politics: 12 Years a Slave, Ishtar and Instant Voting," Law.com, March 10, 2014
  • "A million of us have no vote in Albany," New York Daily News, March 3, 2014
  • "Presidential and Legislative Efforts on Voting Reform," New York Law Journal, February 5, 2014
  • "Two Powerful Weapons in De Blasio's Arsenal to Take On Albany," City & State, January 1, 2014
  • "2013's Top 10: From Voting Rights Act to Moreland Commission," New York Law Journal, December 10, 2013
  • "Abolish Runoff Elections," The New York Times, October 6, 2013
  • "After 'Shelby County' Ruling, Are Voting Rights Endangered?" New York Law Journal, September 23, 2013
  • "The Cuomo-Schneiderman Moreland Commission," New York Law Journal, July 19, 2013
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Examines Voting Rights in Two Cases," New York Law Journal, May 15, 2013
  • "Improve Voter Turnout by Modernizing New York's Election Law," CityLaw, April 9, 2013
  • "Campaign Spending," The New York Times, March 27, 2013
  • "Piercing the Political Veil: Disclosure of Corporate Spending," New York Law Journal, March 20, 2013
  • "Trust Fund May Help with Campaign Reform," Albany Times Union, January 23, 2013
  • "Problems for Not-for-Profits? New Disclosure Regulations for Political Advocacy Proposed," Stroock Special Bulletin, January 3, 2013
  • "Elections in New York: Time to Consider Reforms," The New York Times, December 7, 2012
  • "Getting to 270," The Hill's Congress Blog, October 20, 2012
  • "Big Spenders Beware: New York City Campaign Finance Board Is Watching," New York Law Journal, May 1, 2012
  • "Iowa in perspective: The delegate math is what matters most," New York Daily News, January 5, 2012
  • "Earthquakes, Irene and Elections," The Capitol, September 26, 2011
  • "Governor Cuomo Announces Permanent Ban on Placement Agents and Certain Pay-to-Play Practices," Stroock Special Bulletin, May 2, 2011
  • "The City Council's residency 'scandal' - not so simple," NewYorkDailyNews.com, March 28, 2011
  • "New York's Campaign Finance and Ballot Measure Guide," Alliance for Justice, February 2011
  • "New York's Lobbying Disclosure Guide," Alliance for Justice, February 2011
  • "New York's Voter Registration Guide," Alliance for Justice, February 2011
  • "How Cuomo Can Tame N.Y.," Albany Times Union, November 4, 2010
  • "Look to New York City for Reform," Albany Times Union, July 26, 2010
  • "Election Law Developments," New York State Bar Association Journal, July/August 2010
  • "First Reform, Then the Economy," Albany Times Union, June 3, 2010
  • "Monserrate and the Question Of Pink Slips for Elected Officials, " New York Law Journal, January 20, 2010
  • "Let Gov. Deval Patrick Fill Ted Kennedy's Senate Seat," New York Daily News, September 1, 2009
  • "New York State of Mindlessness [Let's Follow the 25th Amendment]," The New York Times, June 10, 2009
  • "The 17th Amendment and Vacant Senate Seats," New York Law Journal, February 27, 2009
  • "Needed Now: Campaign Finance Reform," Albany Times Union, December 26, 2008
  • "In Case of Election Crisis, Congress Needs to Be Prepared," U.S. News and World Report, October 15, 2008
  • "Governor Spitzer's Dilemma [The Comptroller Problem]," New York Law Journal, December 19, 2006
  • "No More Mr. Nice Guy: Kicking Nader Off the Ballot," New York Sun, June 3, 2004
  • "Could Terrorists Derail a Presidential Election?" Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2004
  • Columnist, "Democracy Watch," www.PoliticsNY.com, 2002-2004
  • "How to Get on the Ballot...and Stay on the Ballot!" The Center for Excellence in New York City Governance, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU, May 2001 (Monograph)
  • "Silenced Majority [A Referendum on Rent Control]," The New York Times, June 2, 1997
  • "Is This North Korea? [Let's Try to Democratize New York's Primary]", The New York Times, November 18, 1995
  • "Time for City to Clean Up Our Act [Environmental Reform]," Newsday, July 30, 1991
Admitted to Practice
New York, 1980
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1980; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1980; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2005; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2014
Education
J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, 1979; Cardozo Law Review
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1972; Political Science
B.A., Brooklyn College, 1968
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