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 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.


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.


  • Board of Trustees, Museum of the City of New York
  • Member, Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 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
  • 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
  • Member, Democratic Party National Convention Platform Committee, 2012


Mr. Goldfeder is a frequent speaker and has participated in many legal symposiums and seminars. His most recent engagements include:
  • "Political Action Training-Petitioning: First Step in Running for Public Office," The Murphy Institute, February 7, 2015
  • Moderator, “Searching for a Formula: The Right to Vote and Federal Election Regulation,” The Federalist Society, University of Pennsylvania Law School, February 6, 2015
  • Presenter, “Regulating Campaign Finance Compliance: Are We Criminalizing Politics?” University of Pennsylvania Law School, January 24, 2015
  • 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


Mr. Goldfeder is the author or co-author of numerous articles. Selected publications include:
  • Co-author, "Government and Election Law: Year-End Round Up on Elections and Voting Rights," New York Law Journal, January 5, 2015
  • "Hillary: Keep Your Eye on the 'Magic Number,'", December 4, 2014
  • "Is Eight Enough?" City & State, November 24, 2014
  • "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)?", March 25, 2014
  • "Law and Politics: 12 Years a Slave, Ishtar and Instant Voting,", 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


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; U.S. Supreme Court, 2014


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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