Jerry H. GoldfederSpecial Counsel

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Jerry Goldfeder’s thirty-year election law practice has included representing a variety of high profile candidates and elected officials – including those aspiring to be Mayor, Governor and President of the United States. He also represents members of the United States Congress, the New York State legislature and New York’s City Council, as well as unions, not-for-profits, hedge funds and a variety of associations and other entities on local, state and federal campaign finance law, lobbying compliance and governmental procedures. Mr. Goldfeder also advises a number of clients pro bono, including the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Transgender Legal Defense Fund and the New York Board of Rabbis. 

When he is not advising clients, he is teaching, writing, appearing in the media and consulting on political law projects. Mr. Goldfeder teaches Election Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Fordham Law School (where he was voted Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2015); co-authors the regular New York Law Journal column Government and Election Law, and writes periodic pieces for, City & State and The Hill

Mr. Goldfeder is a prolific writer, with numerous published articles. His scholarly works include his election law treatise Goldfeder’s Modern Election Law (now in its 4th Edition); Could Terrorists Derail a Presidential Election? (32 Fordham Urb. L.J. 523); and The Electoral College: An Introduction and Overview (85 Fordham L. Rev. 965). He also regularly holds seminars on running for office and other government-related topics for community and civic groups, such as the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Latino Leadership Institute, the New Leaders Council, and the New York City Women’s City Club. Mr. Goldfeder also presents a regular CLE course at the Appellate Division, Second Department, How to Decide an Election Case, and recently served as a consultant to CNN’s mini-series The Race for the White House

Mr. Goldfeder currently serves as Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on NYC Municipal Affairs. Previously he chaired the Election Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s General Practice Division, and the NYC Bar Association’s Election Law Committee; he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, the Latino Leadership Institute and Let America Vote. Since 2014, Mr. Goldfeder has been a trustee of the Museum of the City of New York, appointed by the Manhattan Borough President.

A long-time litigator, Mr. Goldfeder has appeared in New York Supreme Court in various counties throughout the state, as well as before the Appellate Divisions in the First, Second and Third Departments, and the Court of Appeals; he has also appeared in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Prior to coming to Stroock in 2008, Mr. Goldfeder was Special Counsel for Public Integrity to New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. He was in the first class of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, where he served on the Law Review, and prior to his admission to the bar, Mr. Goldfeder taught political science at UCLA and Brooklyn College.  Before getting his graduate degree, Mr. Goldfeder taught fifth grade in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, NYC, where he introduced the first African American social studies class.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Goldfeder has been honored by numerous organizations for his accomplishments and community service.  He was the recipient of Tzedek Award for his work as an advocate for New Yorkers in need by the  Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and was selected to receive the Judge Harold R. Tyler, Jr. Award for his civic work at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation.

In addition, Mr. Goldfeder was honored by the City and State New York with their Corporate Social Responsibility Award in Labor & Law for promoting respect for human rights, good governance and transparency, combating exploitative working conditions and pro bono services and community giving.  He was also honored by City & State as part of their inaugural 50 Over Fifty list, a tribute to some of the most distinguished public servants who have committed to making New York City a better place. 

In 2015,  Mr. Goldfeder was selected as Adjunct Professor of the Year by Fordham Law School.


  • Board of Advisors, Let America Vote, 2017-present
  • 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:
  • Speaker, “The NYC Charter Revision Commission,” Brooklyn Voters Alliance General Meeting, June 12, 2018
  • "Raising the Bar: Ethical Problems and Possible Solutions in District Attorney Campaign Fundraising," Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, April 6, 2018
  • Chair & Presenter, “Representing a Candidate Under New York’s Election Law,” New York Bar Association, February 9, 2018
  • “How to Run for Office in New York State,” Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference, New York University, January 27, 2018
  • “How to Get on the Ballot,” Latino Leadership Institute, October 14, 2017 
  • Moderator,  “Should We Have a Constitutional Convention,” Women’s City Club of New York, October 5, 2017
  • "The New York Constitutional Convention," Southampton Democratic Club, May 13, 2017; Women’s City Club of New York, May 9, 2017
  • "How to Run for Office in New York State," National Women's Political Caucus, February 25, 2017 
  • "Predictions and Expectations for the Administration of Donald Trump," Fordham Law School, January 19, 2017
  • "Analyzing the 2016 Election," The Latino Leadership Institute Forum, December 20, 2016 
  • "After 2016, Do Our Election Laws Still Work?” Harvard Law School, November 11, 2016 
  • "How the Electoral College System Distorts Presidential Elections," University of Pennsylvania Law School, November 3, 2016
  • "Get Out the Voting Rights Act: Election Law in a Changing Landscape," Federal Bar Council, October 5, 2016
  • "Election Law Forum," Fordham Law School, September 30, 2016
  • "The Appearance of Corruption: Following the Money Trail in Federal Elections," University of Pennsylvania Law School, April 21, 2016
  • "Home Rule in an Era of Municipal Innovation: Reviving the Right to Self-Government," Fordham Law School, April 7, 2016 
  • "The Electoral College and the Nominating Process," Southampton Democratic Club, April 3, 2016
  • "Getting on the Ballot in NYC," New York City Bar Association, February 1, 2016
  • "Money, Politics and Corruption," New York University, October 21, 2015
  • "Complying with the New York Election Laws," Latino Leadership Institute, October 3, 2015
  • "Running for Office and Ballot Access," Latino Leadership Institute, October 3, 2015
  • "Judicial Elections After Citizens United,"  Cardozo Law School, April 20, 2015
  • "Voting Reforms and Restrictions; Campaign Finance and the US Supreme Court," Medgar Evers College, April 17, 2015 
  • "Charter Revision in New York City," Bay Ridge Democratic Club, April 9, 2015
  • "Enacting Democracy in New York City," Four Freedoms Democratic Club, March 31, 2015
  • "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


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:
  • “Easing Voter Registration,” New York Law Journal, May 16, 2018
  • “Voters, not lawmakers, should pick interim officeholders,” Albany Times Union, May 14, 2018
  • “New York City should expand voting rights as part of charter revision,” City & State, May 14, 2018
  • “Shouldn’t It Be Up to the Voters?” New York Law Journal, March 15, 2018
  • “2018: A Big Year for Voting Rights Restoration?” New York Law Journal, December 29, 2017
  • “Don’t Let Candidates Know Their Donors,” New York Times, November 21, 2017
  • “Ban Candidates From Soliciting Campaign Dough,” New York Law Journal, November 15, 2017
  • “Con-con wasn't the last chance for reform,” Albany Times Union, November 9, 2017
  • “Take the Long View and Remain Optimistic,” New York Law Journal, October 31, 2017
  • “Fixing Government from the Ground Up: Say No to a Constitutional Convention and Focus on Local Reform,” New York Daily News, October 20, 2017 
  • “New York Inches Its Way Toward Easier Ballot Access,” New York Law Journal, October 10, 2017
  • “A Tale of (at Least) Two Gerrymanders," New York Law Journal, June 23, 2017
  • “City Bar's Support of Constitutional Convention Is Flawed,” New York Law Journal, June 14, 2017
  • “Remove the President? Read this First!” New York Law Journal, May 18,2017
  • “President Trump and the 25th Amendment,” New York Journal, May 1, 2017
  • “Real Solutions for Real Problems,” New York Law Journal, February 23, 2017
  • “Election Law and the Presidency: An Introduction and Overview,” Fordham Law Review, December 2016 
  • “Cross Your Fingers For an Uneventful Election Day,” City & State, November 4, 2016
  • “Write-in for President?”, November 1, 2016
  • “Court Victories Don’t Mean Voters Are in the Clear,” New York Law Journal, October 6, 2016
  • “Re-Enfranchising People With Prior Convictions,” New York Law Journal, June 22, 2016
  • “Electing The President: Rules And Laws,” New York Law Journal, April 18, 2016
  • “Scrapping the Iowa-New Hampshire Obsession,” Texas Lawyer, February 8, 2016
  • “Voting Reform Prominent in Two Executive Addresses,” New York Law Journal, February 5, 2016
  • “Time To Scrap The Iowa-New Hampshire Obsession,”, January 29, 2016
  • “Beware the Poo-Bahs?” City & State, December 18, 2015
  • “Year-End Roundup: Significant State and Federal Developments,” New York Law Journal,
    December 17, 2015
  • “Making Sense of the Bronx 'Switcheroo,'” New York Law Journal, October 7, 2015 
  • “Imagine If Presidential Elections Were Like a TV Comedy; An absurd-but possible-outcome when the electoral college vote is tied,” The National Law Journal, August 10, 2015
  • “State Legislatures Adjourning, But Voting Rights Still Center Stage,” New York Law Journal, August 5, 2015
  • “Donald Trump? How About President Selina?”, July 14, 2015
  • “Alabama and Albany Minority Voters Get Wins,” New York Law Journal, April 10, 2015

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

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