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Jerry H. Goldfeder is a nationally-acclaimed election and campaign finance lawyer with 35 years of trial and appellate experience. His practice includes representing elected officials, candidates for public office, unions, partnerships and corporations in the areas of ballot access, campaign finance, voting rights and public integrity investigations and prosecutions.

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. He also served as Special Counsel to the New York State Senate Democratic Conference under then-Senator David A. Paterson.

He teaches “Election Law and the Presidency” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Fordham Law School, and is the author of the treatise Goldfeder’s Modern Election Law, now in its Third Edition. In addition, Mr. Goldfeder is a regular columnist with the New York Law Journal (“Government and Election Law”), Law.com (“Law and Politics”) and City & State (“Politics & Law”), and regularly appears in the media as an expert on elections and politics.

He also delivers the annual lecture “How to Decide an Election Case” to the Justices and attorneys of the Appellate Division, Second Department, and serves as Chair of the Election Law and Government Affairs Committee of the General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association.

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 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), in City & State’s “Ballot Barristers: Inside The Select World Of New York City Election Attorneys” (February 26, 2013), and in the New York Times feature Public Lives; An Experienced Guide on the Electoral Paper Trail” (August 14, 2001).

His work was also highlighted in Crain’sGoldfeder’s Election Arcana” (October 28, 2012). Mr. Goldfeder has also been named a “New York Influencer” by Campaigns & Elections, and was named by the New York Observer as one of the most politically powerful people in New York City.


HONORS & 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. 

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Board of Trustees, Museum of the City of New York, 2014-present
  • Board of Directors, Latino Leadership Institute, 2015-present
  • Board of Directors, Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, 2005-present
  • Board of Directors, New York Chapter, American Constitution Society, 2010-present
  • Board of Directors, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, 2006-2014
  • Member, Democratic Party National Convention Platform Committee, 2012
  • 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

SPEECHES & EVENTS

Mr. Goldfeder is a frequent speaker and has participated in many legal symposiums and seminars. A complete list of previous presentations are available upon request. His most recent engagements include:
 
  • "Legal Issues to Watch For in the 2016 Presidential Election," Harvard Law School, March 27, 2015
  • "Independent Expenditures & the Role of the Press," Campaign Finance: The Current State of Affairs & Where We Go From Here, New York City Bar Association, March 24, 2015
  • "Campaign Finance Compliance," New Leaders Council, March 22, 2015
  • "Political Action Training-Petitioning: First Step in Running for Public Office," The Murphy Institute, February 7, 2015
  • "Searching for a Formula: The Right to Vote and Federal Election Regulation," The Federalist Society, University of Pennsylvania Law School, February 6, 2015
  • "Regulating Campaign Finance Compliance: Are We Criminalizing Politics?" University of Pennsylvania Law School, January 24, 2015
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Current Trends in Election Law," NYC Bar Association Committee on New York City Affairs, April 22, 2014
  • "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
  • "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

PUBLICATIONS

Mr. Goldfeder is the author or co-author of numerous articles. A complete list of previously published articles are available upon request. Selected publications include:
 
  • "Federal Actions Bring Election Matters to the Forefront," New York Law Journal, February 27, 2015
  • "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

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


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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