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Jerry Goldfeder’s forty-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, and a variety of groups on local, state and federal campaign finance law, lobbying compliance and governmental procedures. Mr. Goldfeder has also advised a number of clients pro bono, including the Center for Reproductive Rights, the New Pride Agenda 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 2019 and 2015).

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 5th 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 co-authors the New York Law Journal column Government and Election Law and writes periodic pieces in the popular media. He 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. He recently served as a consultant to CNN’s mini-series The Race for the White House.

Mr. Goldfeder was named to an exclusive list of Lifetime Achievement Award winners by the New York Law Journal in 2019. He currently serves as Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on Charter Revision and previously served as Chair of its Committee on NYC Municipal Affairs and 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.

Prior to coming to Stroock in 2008, Mr. Goldfeder was Special Counsel for Public Integrity to then-Attorney General Andrew 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 taught the school’s first African American social studies class.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Goldfeder has been honored by numerous organizations for his accomplishments and community service. Most recently, Mr. Goldfeder was named to an exclusive list of Lifetime Achievement Award winners by the New York Law Journal in 2019.  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 City & State with its 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. For 2020, Mr. Goldfeder has been recognized by City & State as one of their "Law Power 100," which recognizes New York's most politically powerful lawyers. City & State also honored him as part of its 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. He was named to the publication’s Law Power 50 list, which recognizes the most powerful leaders in New York’s legal community.

In 2015 and 2019,  Mr. Goldfeder was selected as Adjunct Professor of the Year by Fordham Law School.

Memberships

  • Member, Advisory Committee on Election Law, American Bar Association
  • 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, 2015-2017
  • Board of Directors, Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, 2005-present
  • Board of Directors, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, 2006-2014
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
    • Chair, Election Law and Government Affairs Committee (General Practice Section), May 2010-2017
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • Chair, Task Force on Charter Reform, 2019-present
    • Chair, New York City Municipal Affairs Committee, 2015-2018
    • Chair, Committee on Election Law, 2007-2010

Speeches & Events

Mr. Goldfeder is a frequent speaker and has participated in many legal symposiums and seminars. A complete list of previous presentations is available upon request. His most recent engagements include:

  • Speaker, West Side Democrats, "Changes to the Electoral College," May 27, 2020
  • Speaker, Staten Island Democratic Association, "Challenges to Voting This Year," May 18, 2020.
  • Speaker, Markers for Democracy, "Is the November Election in Jeopardy?" May 14, 2020.
  • Panelist, Albany Law School, "2020 Anderson Series: Voting in the 2020 Election," April 20, 2020
  • Presenter, "Preparing for the 2020 Election," Federal Bar Council, February 10, 2020
  • Lecturer, "Election Law Judicial Proceedings," New York Judicial Institute, January 23, 2020
  • Speaker, "Pathways to Politics, Columbia University," January 11, 2020
  • Speaker, "Running for Office — Access to the Ballot," Latino Leadership Institute, October 19, 2019
  • Speaker, “The New York City Campaign Finance Law” and “The New York State Law on Campaign Finance,” New York Campaign Finance Law: Promises and Reality CLE 2019, New York Law School, New York, NY, April 11, 2019
  • Speaker, “Mandating Presidential Candidates to Disclose Tax Returns,” American Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY, April 8, 2019
  • Speaker, “Election Reform in New York State,” Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, February 28, 2019
  • Speaker, “Election Reform in NYC,” New Visions Democrats, January 8, 2019
  • Speaker, "Post-Kavanaugh Politics and 2020," Southampton Democrats, October 20, 2018
  • Moderator, "Partisan Gerrymandering," Fordham Law School, October 17, 2018
  • Speaker, "Getting and Staying on the Ballot," Latino Leadership Institute, October 13, 2018
  • Presenter, “Election Law and Election Law Procedures CLE,” Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, July 25, 2018
  • 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

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:

  • "Send Every N.Y. Voter a Ballot," New York Daily News, June 29, 2020
  • "New York Elections During the Pandemic," New York Law Journal, June 17, 2020
  • "Binding Electoral Votes: A Bad Idea for New York," New York Law Journal, June 17, 2020
  • "2020 Election Sidebar: No Voters Need Apply?," New York Law Journal, May 26, 2020
  • "2020 Election Sidebar: Can the Election Be Postponed?," New York Law Journal, April 28, 2020
  • "Tornadoes, Coronavirus and the 2020 Election," New York Law Journal, March 10, 2020
  • "Impeachment Sidebar: The Senate Trial," New York Law Journal, January 24, 2020
  • "Partisan Gerrymandering — A Continuing Threat," New York Law Journal, December 27, 2019
  • "Impeachment Sidebar: High Crimes and Misdemeanors," New York Law Journal, December 20, 2019
  • "Impeachment Sidebar: Bribery," New York Law Journal, December 3, 2019
  • "Impeachment Sidebar: Historical Context," New York Law Journal, November 12, 2019
  • "Reform Our Elections and Save the Republic," New York Law Journal, October 31, 2019
  • "Summer 2019 Election Law Round-Up," New York Law Journal, August 28, 2019
  • "New York's Arcane Election Laws Continue to Suppress Voters," Times Union, August 27, 2019
  • “Albany's Still-To-Do Election Reforms,”  New York Law Journal, May 9, 2019
  • “A Donald Trump Coup If He Loses in 2020? With All the Norms He's Busted, Don't Rule It Out,” USA Today, March 14, 2019
  • “If We Get Beyond the Horse Trading, Fusion Voting Has a Role,” Albany Times Union, March 8, 2019
  • “New York Election Reform Needs Improvement," New York Law Journal, February 13, 2019
  • “Albany’s Progress on Voting: Two Cheers for Now,” The New York Times, January 24, 2019
  • “National Popular Vote, With All Its Flaws, Is Worth Serious Look,” New York Law Journal, January 7, 2019
  • “How New York Suppresses the Vote,” New York Law Journal, December 26, 2018
  • “A Call to The Bar: Fight for The National Popular Vote Initiative,” New York Law Journal, December 12, 2018
  • “What if Trump loses but refuses to leave the White House?” New York Daily News, December 3, 2018
  • “Attorneys Should Turn Attention to State Legislative Races,” New York Law Journal, November 8, 2018
  • “Defy the Violence, Go Vote,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, November 1, 2018
  • “The Bar Should Support Voting Reforms,” New York Law Journal, October 26, 2018
  • “An Agenda for New York City’s Public Advocate,” The New York Times, September 30, 2018
  • “New York Fusion Laws and the Joe Crowley Imbroglio,” New York Law Journal, August 13, 2018
  • “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

Admitted To Practice

New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court

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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“2019 New York City Charter Commission Testimony”

Publications / November 21, 2017

“Don’t Let Candidates Know Their Donors”

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“Ban Candidates From Soliciting Campaign Dough”

Publications / November 9, 2017

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Publications / December 4, 2014

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Publications / November 24, 2014

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Publications / October 24, 2014

"Voting Restrictions: From Statehouses to Courts"

Publications / April 28, 2014

Grimm Scenarios

Publications / March 27, 2013

"Campaign Spending"

Publications / January 23, 2013

"Trust fund may help with campaign reform"

Publications / July 26, 2010

"Look to New York City for Reform"

Publications / July/August 2010, Vol. 82, No. 6

"Election Law Developments"

Publications / June 2, 2010

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