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 Law.com, 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.
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
- 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
- “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?” Law.com, 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,” Law.com, 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?” Law.com, July 14, 2015
- “Alabama and Albany Minority Voters Get Wins,” New York Law Journal, April 10, 2015
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
In The Spotlight
July 12, 2018|The New York TimesJerry Goldfeder quoted in “Ocasio-Cortez Isn’t Spelled C-r-o-w-l-e-y”
January 23, 2018|New York Law JournalJerry Goldfeder quoted in "NY Lawmakers Push for Early Voting Law"
January 9, 2018|New York Law JournalJoel Cohen and Jerry Goldfeder quoted in "Brooklyn Assemblywoman Indicted for Allegedly Bilking City Council, FEMA"
December 20, 2017|New York Law JournalJerry Goldfeder mentioned in "Recognition for Lawyers"
August 25, 2017| The New York TimesJerry Goldfeder quoted in "Why the Race for Mayor Looks So Sad"
May 17, 2017|The Suffolk TimesJerry Goldfeder mentioned in "Suffolk GOP lawmakers criticize police commissioner’s run for DA"
December 16, 2016|Salon.comJerry H. Goldfeder featured in "How does the Electoral College work?"
September 22, 2016|Press ReleaseStroock Hosts Sheinkopf and Stone in Forum on Presidential Politics
August 22, 2016 |Press ReleaseStroock Wins Constitutional Claim to Place Philip Pidot on the Republican Primary Ballot for Congress
August 22, 2016| Bloomberg LawJerry H. Goldfeder featured in "Big Law Democrat Reps Republican in Congressional District Case"
March 15, 2016| Fordham Law NewsJerry H. Goldfeder quoted in "Open GOP Convention Possibility Regardless of Ohio, Florida Results"
May 6, 2015Stroock Hosts Forum on Voter Turnout: Is New York Still A Democracy?
June 18, 2014Stroock Hosts New York City's Five Borough District Attorneys
March 6, 2014Stroock Hosts New York City’s Five Borough Presidents
May 3, 2012Scholars Sound Off On Presidential Election Law
June 14, 2011Forum on Public Corruption at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan: Are Politicians More Vulnerable Today?
May 11, 2011New York State Comptroller DiNapoli at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
September 2010Jerry Goldfeder Named a "New York Influencer" by Campaigns and Elections
January 14, 2009U Penn Law School Appoints Jerry Goldfeder as a Lecturer-in-Law
October 3, 2008Jerry Goldfeder Comments Extensively on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Announcement to Run for Third Term
September 22, 2008NY Daily News Reports on Jerry Goldfeder’s Victory
September 21, 2008NY Daily News Quotes Jerry Goldfeder on Term Limits
August 25, 2008NY Sun Quotes Jerry Goldfeder on Term Limits
August 15, 2008Jerry Goldfeder's book, Goldfeder’s Modern Election Law, is reviewed.
August 14, 2008Suffolk Dems deny "secret" deal in State Senate race
July 30, 2008Stroock Success on Behalf of Congressman Jerry Nadler
July 29, 2008Stroock Wins Victory for Richmond County Democratic Party at New York City Board of Elections
July 22, 2008Jerry H. Goldfeder Joins Stroock’s Litigation and Government Relations Practice
May 16, 2018|New York Law Journal“Easing Voter Registration”May 14, 2018|Albany Times Union"Voters, not lawmakers, should pick interim officeholders"May 14, 2018|City & State“New York City should expand voting rights as part of charter revision”March 15, 2018|New York Law Journal"Shouldn't It Be Up to the Voters?"December 29, 2017|New York Law Journal"2018: A Big Year for Voting Rights Restoration?"November 21, 2017|The New York Times“Don’t Let Candidates Know Their Donors”November 15, 2017|New York Law Journal“Ban Candidates From Soliciting Campaign Dough”November 9, 2017|Albany Times Union“Con-con wasn't the last chance for reform”October 31, 2017|New York Law Journal"Take the Long View and Remain Optimistic"October 20, 2017|New York Daily News"Fixing government from the ground up: Say no to a constitutional convention and focus on local reform"October 10, 2017|New York Law Journal"New York Inches Its Way Toward Easier Ballot Access"June 23, 2017|New York Law Journal"A Tale of (at Least) Two Gerrymanders"June 14, 2017|New York Law Journal"City Bar's Support of Constitutional Convention Is Flawed"May 18, 2017|New York Law Journal"Remove the President? Read This First."May 1, 2017|New York Law Journal"President Trump and the 25th Amendment"February 23, 2017|New York Law Journal"Real Solutions for Real Problems"December 23, 2016|New York Law Journal"Challenges to Candidates: Residency and Timing"2016|85 Fordham L. Rev. 965 (2016)"Election Law and the Presidency: An Introduction and Overview"November 4, 2016|City & State"Cross Your Fingers For an Uneventful Election Day"November 1, 2016|Law.com"Write-in for President?"October 6, 2016|New York Law Journal"Court Victories Don’t Mean Voters Are in the Clear"June 22, 2016|New York Law Journal"Re-Enfranchising People With Prior Convictions"April 26, 2016|Law.com"President Selina Is Back!"April 18, 2016|New York Law Journal"Electing The President: Rules And Laws"February 5, 2016|New York Law Journal"Voting Reform Prominent in Two Executive Addresses"January 29, 2016|Law.com"Time To Scrap The Iowa-New Hampshire Obsession"December 18, 2015|City and State"Beware The Poo-Bahs?"December 17, 2015|New York Law Journal"Year-End Roundup: Significant State and Federal Developments"October 7, 2015|New York Law Journal"Making Sense of the Bronx ‘Switcheroo’"August 10, 2015|National Law Journal"Op-Ed: Imagine If Presidential Elections Were Like a TV Comedy"August 5, 2015|New York Law Journal"State Legislatures Adjourning, But Voting Rights Still Center Stage"July 14, 2015|Law.com"Donald Trump? How About President Selina?"April 10, 2015|New York Law Journal"Alabama and Albany Minority Voters Get Wins"February 27, 2015|New York Law JournalGovernment and Election Law: "Federal Actions Bring Election Matters to the Forefront"January 5, 2015|New York Law JournalGovernment and Election Law: Year-End Round Up on Elections and Voting RightsDecember 4, 2014|Law.comHillary: Keep Your Eye on the "Magic Number"November 24, 2014|City & State"Is Eight Enough?"October 24, 2014|New York Law Journal"Voting Restrictions: From Statehouses to Courts"September 14, 2014|Albany Times Union"Has the Residency Requirement for Governor Overstayed its Welcome?"August 6, 2014|New York Law Journal“The Governor Challenges His Opponent’s Residency”July 17, 2014|City&State“Why Frank Mackay Should Worry About Tim Wu”June 4, 2014|New York Law Journal“Proving Who You Are: The Legal Battle Over Voter ID Laws”April 28, 2014|City & StateGrimm ScenariosMarch 25, 2014|City & State"The Clock is Ticking"March 24, 2014|Law.com"Law and Politics: What’s the Matter with Kansas (and Arizona)?"March 10, 2014|Law.com"Law and Politics: 12 Years a Slave, Ishtar and Instant Voting"March 3, 2014|New York Daily News"A million of us have no vote in Albany"February 5, 2014|New York Law Journal"Presidential and Legislative Efforts on Voting Reform"January 1, 2014|City & State"Two Powerful Weapons in De Blasio's Arsenal to Take On Albany"December 30, 2013|New York Law Journal"2013’s Top 10: From Voting Rights Act to Moreland Commission"September 23, 2013|New York Law Journal"After ‘Shelby County’ Ruling, Are Voting Rights Endangered?"July 19, 2013|New York Law Journal"The Cuomo-Schneiderman Moreland Commission"May 15, 2013|New York Law Journal"U.S. Supreme Court Examines Voting Rights in Two Cases"April 28, 2013|Albany Times Union"Make AG an Election Watchdog"April 9, 2013|CityLaw"Improve Voter Turnout by Modernizing New York's Election Law"March 27, 2013|The New York Times"Campaign Spending"March 20, 2013|New York Law Journal“Piercing the Political Veil: Disclosure of Corporate Spending”January 23, 2013|Albany Times Union"Trust fund may help with campaign reform"January 2, 2013|Stroock Special Bulletin"Problems for Not-for-Profits? New Disclosure Regulations for Political Advocacy Proposed"December 7, 2012|The New York Times"Elections in New York: Time to Consider Reforms"May 1, 2012|New York Law Journal“Big Spenders Beware: New York City Campaign Finance Board Is Watching”January 5, 2012|New York Daily News"Iowa in perspective: The delegate math is what matters most"2012|New York Legal Publishing Corp.Goldfeder's Modern Election Law: Ballot Access In New YorkSeptember 26, 2011|The Capitol"Earthquakes, Irene And Elections"September 26, 2011|The Capitol"Earthquakes, Irene And Elections"May 2, 2011|Stroock Special Bulletin"Governor Cuomo Announces Permanent Ban on Placement Agents and Certain Pay-to-Play Practices"March 28, 2011|NewYorkDailyNews.com"The City Council's residency 'scandal' - not so simple"November 4, 2010|Albany Times UnionHow Cuomo Can Tame N.Y.July 26, 2010|Albany Times Union"Look to New York City for Reform"July/August 2010, Vol. 82, No. 6|New York State Bar Association Journal"Election Law Developments"June 3, 2010|Albany Timesunion.com"First reform, then the economy"January 20, 2010|New York Law Journal“Monserrate and the Question Of Pink Slips for Elected Officials”September 1, 2009|New York Daily News"Let Gov. Deval Patrick fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat"June 10, 2009|The New York Times“New York State of Mindlessness”February 27, 2009|New York Law Journal“The 17th Amendment and Vacant Senate Seats”December 26, 2008|Albany Times Union“Needed now: campaign finance reform”October 15, 2008|US News and World Report