- Honors & Awards
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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 & AWARDSMr. 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
SPEECHES & EVENTSMr. 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
- 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
PUBLICATIONSMr. 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,'" Law.com, 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)?" 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
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; 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
NEWSBack To Full Bio
Stroock Hosts New York City's Five Borough District Attorneys
June 18, 2014
Stroock Hosts New York City’s Five Borough Presidents
March 6, 2014
Scholars Sound Off On Presidential Election Law
May 3, 2012
Forum on Public Corruption at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan: Are Politicians More Vulnerable Today?
June 14, 2011
New York State Comptroller DiNapoli at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
May 11, 2011
Jerry Goldfeder Named a "New York Influencer" by Campaigns and Elections
U Penn Law School Appoints Jerry Goldfeder
as a Lecturer-in-Law
January 14, 2009
Jerry Goldfeder Comments Extensively on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s
Announcement to Run for Third Term
October 3, 2008
NY Daily News Reports on Jerry Goldfeder’s Victory
September 22, 2008
NY Daily News Quotes Jerry Goldfeder on Term Limits
September 21, 2008
NY Sun Quotes Jerry Goldfeder on Term Limits
August 25, 2008
Jerry Goldfeder's book, Goldfeder’s Modern Election Law, is reviewed.
August 15, 2008
Suffolk Dems deny "secret" deal in State Senate race
August 14, 2008
Stroock Success on Behalf of Congressman Jerry Nadler
July 30, 2008
Stroock Wins Victory for Richmond County Democratic Party at New York City Board of Elections
July 29, 2008
Jerry H. Goldfeder Joins Stroock’s Litigation and Government Relations Practice
July 22, 2008
PUBLICATIONSBack To Full Bio
Government and Election Law: Year-End Round Up on Elections and Voting Rights
January 5, 2015|New York Law Journal
Hillary: Keep Your Eye on the "Magic Number"
December 4, 2014|Law.com
"Is Eight Enough?"
November 24, 2014|City & State
"Voting Restrictions: From Statehouses to Courts"
October 24, 2014|New York Law Journal
"Has the Residency Requirement for Governor Overstayed its Welcome?"
September 14, 2014|Albany Times Union
“The Governor Challenges His Opponent’s Residency”
August 6, 2014|New York Law Journal
“Why Frank Mackay Should Worry About Tim Wu”
July 17, 2014|City&State
“Proving Who You Are: The Legal Battle Over Voter ID Laws”
June 4, 2014|New York Law Journal
April 28, 2014|City & State
"The Clock is Ticking"
March 25, 2014|City & State
"Law and Politics: What’s the Matter with Kansas (and Arizona)?"
March 24, 2014|Law.com
"Law and Politics: 12 Years a Slave, Ishtar and Instant Voting"
March 10, 2014|Law.com
"A million of us have no vote in Albany"
March 3, 2014|New York Daily News
"Presidential and Legislative Efforts on Voting Reform"
February 5, 2014|New York Law Journal
"Two Powerful Weapons in De Blasio's Arsenal to Take On Albany"
January 1, 2014|City & State
"2013’s Top 10: From Voting Rights Act to Moreland Commission"
December 30, 2013|New York Law Journal
"After ‘Shelby County’ Ruling, Are Voting Rights Endangered?"
September 23, 2013|New York Law Journal
"The Cuomo-Schneiderman Moreland Commission"
July 19, 2013|New York Law Journal
"U.S. Supreme Court Examines Voting Rights in Two Cases"
May 15, 2013|New York Law Journal
"Make AG an Election Watchdog"
April 28, 2013|Albany Times Union
"Improve Voter Turnout by Modernizing New York's Election Law"
April 9, 2013|CityLaw
March 27, 2013|The New York Times
“Piercing the Political Veil: Disclosure of Corporate Spending”
March 20, 2013|New York Law Journal
"Trust fund may help with campaign reform"
January 23, 2013|Albany Times Union
"Problems for Not-for-Profits? New Disclosure Regulations for Political Advocacy Proposed"
January 2, 2013|Stroock Special Bulletin
"Elections in New York: Time to Consider Reforms"
December 7, 2012|The New York Times
“Big Spenders Beware: New York City Campaign Finance Board Is Watching”
May 1, 2012|New York Law Journal
"Iowa in perspective: The delegate math is what matters most"
January 5, 2012|New York Daily News
Goldfeder's Modern Election Law: Ballot Access In New York
2012|New York Legal Publishing Corp.
"Earthquakes, Irene And Elections"
September 26, 2011|The Capitol
"Earthquakes, Irene And Elections"
September 26, 2011|The Capitol
"Governor Cuomo Announces Permanent Ban on Placement Agents and Certain Pay-to-Play Practices"
May 2, 2011|Stroock Special Bulletin
"The City Council's residency 'scandal' - not so simple"
March 28, 2011|NewYorkDailyNews.com
How Cuomo Can Tame N.Y.
November 4, 2010|Albany Times Union
"Look to New York City for Reform"
July 26, 2010|Albany Times Union
"Election Law Developments"
July/August 2010, Vol. 82, No. 6|New York State Bar Association Journal
"First reform, then the economy"
June 3, 2010|Albany Timesunion.com
“Monserrate and the Question Of Pink Slips for Elected Officials”
January 20, 2010|New York Law Journal
"Let Gov. Deval Patrick fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat"
September 1, 2009|New York Daily News
“New York State of Mindlessness”
June 10, 2009|The New York Times
“The 17th Amendment and Vacant Senate Seats”
February 27, 2009|New York Law Journal
“Needed now: campaign finance reform”
December 26, 2008|Albany Times Union
"In Case of Election Crisis, Congress Needs to Be Prepared"
October 15, 2008|US News and World Report
EVENTSBack To Full Bio
21st Century Technology and the Economy of New York
September 18, 2014
Meet the District Attorneys from All Five New York City Boroughs
June 17, 2014
The Path to Victory: Representing a Candidate under New York's Election Law
April 25, 2014: Albany
April 30, 2014: New York City
May 15, 2014: White Plains
Stroock Breakfast Forum
See the Five Borough Presidents in Action: What is their Agenda for 2014?March 6, 2014
Photo Finish: Voter ID Laws and the 2012 Election
October 25, 2012
Women In Our Economy – Does the Glass Ceiling Still Exist?
October 24, 2012
Urban America: Halting Recidivism; Prisoner Re-Entry Into Society
September 25, 2012
Election Law and Election Law Procedures
July 10, 2012
Representing the Political Candidate in New York
June 21, 2012
The Billion Dollar Presidential Campaign: How Money is Undermining Our Democracy
April 20, 2012
A Symposium on the 2012 Presidential Election and The Latino Community
April 17, 2012
The Future of Mass Transportation in NYC
March 1, 2012
Meet New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
January 18, 2012
The Future of New York City
November 2, 2011
Election Law and Election Law Procedure
July 19, 2011
Latino Leadership Institute, Inc. Academy
June 4-5, 2011
Electioneering & Lobbying: Issues for Nonprofits
May 17, 2011
Meet New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli
May 11, 2011
Meet Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - Stroock Breakfast Forum
March 16, 2011
Redistricting Reform & Gerrymandering
March 10, 2011
Should New York City's Campaign Finance System Be a Model for the State?
December 1, 2010
Breakfast with Eric Schneiderman
October 8, 2010
How to Decide an Election Case
July 21, 2010
Voter Participation Hearing of the New York City Charter Revision Commission
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
How to Get on the Ballot ... and Stay on the Ballot!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The Price of Democracy: Corporate Money in Politics
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Helping America Vote: The Past, Present, and Future of Election Administration
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Charter Reform in New York City
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Election Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's A Call to Nationalize Presidential Elections
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The Constitution and the Presidential Election: A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 17, 2008