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 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 to the Attorney General for Public Integrity.
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. 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. He was also honored by City & State 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. In 2019, 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.
- 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, “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
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:
- “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, 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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Jeff Keitelman, Alan Klinger and Jerry Goldfeder Named to City & State New York’s ‘Law Power 50’
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May 13, 2019
Jeff Keitelman, Alan Klinger and Jerry Goldfeder Named to City & State New York’s ‘Law Power 50’
March 14, 2019 | USA Today
Jerry Goldfeder Published in USA Today
February 25, 2019 | Stroock Press Release
Stroock’s Jerry Goldfeder Wins Prestigious Burton Award for Legal Writing
January 25, 2019 | The New York Times
Jerry Goldfeder Published in The New York Times
December 3, 2018
What if Trump loses but refuses to leave the White House? We have to start to contemplate the possibility
October 26, 2018 | Gotham Gazette
Jerry Goldfeder Quoted in “Council Member Uses Campaign Funds to Sue City, Raising Questions”
September 30, 2018 | The New York Times
“An Agenda for New York City’s Public Advocate”
August 27, 2018 | WCNY Radio
Jerry Goldfeder featured on “The Capitol Pressroom”
August 13, 2018 | City and State
Jerry Goldfeder quoted in “Republicans face obstacles to drop Collins from ballot”
July 12, 2018 | The New York Times
Jerry Goldfeder quoted in “Ocasio-Cortez Isn’t Spelled C-r-o-w-l-e-y”
January 23, 2018 | New York Law Journal
Jerry Goldfeder quoted in "NY Lawmakers Push for Early Voting Law"
January 9, 2018 | New York Law Journal
Joel Cohen and Jerry Goldfeder quoted in "Brooklyn Assemblywoman Indicted for Allegedly Bilking City Council, FEMA"
December 20, 2017 | New York Law Journal
Jerry Goldfeder mentioned in "Recognition for Lawyers"
August 25, 2017 | The New York Times
Jerry Goldfeder quoted in "Why the Race for Mayor Looks So Sad"
May 17, 2017 | The Suffolk Times
Jerry Goldfeder mentioned in "Suffolk GOP lawmakers criticize police commissioner’s run for DA"
December 16, 2016 | Salon.com
Jerry H. Goldfeder featured in "How does the Electoral College work?"
September 22, 2016
Stroock Hosts Sheinkopf and Stone in Forum on Presidential Politics
August 22, 2016
Stroock Wins Constitutional Claim to Place Philip Pidot on the Republican Primary Ballot for Congress
August 22, 2016 | Bloomberg Law
Jerry H. Goldfeder featured in "Big Law Democrat Reps Republican in Congressional District Case"
March 15, 2016 | Fordham Law News
Jerry H. Goldfeder quoted in "Open GOP Convention Possibility Regardless of Ohio, Florida Results"
May 6, 2015
Stroock Hosts Forum on Voter Turnout: Is New York Still A Democracy?
June 18, 2014
Stroock Hosts New York City's Five Borough District Attorneys
March 6, 2014
Stroock Hosts New York City’s Five Borough Presidents
May 3, 2012
Scholars Sound Off On Presidential Election Law
June 14, 2011
Forum on Public Corruption at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan: Are Politicians More Vulnerable Today?
May 11, 2011
New York State Comptroller DiNapoli at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Jerry Goldfeder Named a "New York Influencer" by Campaigns and Elections
January 14, 2009
U Penn Law School Appoints Jerry Goldfeder as a Lecturer-in-Law
October 3, 2008
Jerry Goldfeder Comments Extensively on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Announcement to Run for Third Term
September 22, 2008
NY Daily News Reports on Jerry Goldfeder’s Victory
September 21, 2008
NY Daily News Quotes Jerry Goldfeder on Term Limits
August 25, 2008
NY Sun Quotes Jerry Goldfeder on Term Limits
August 15, 2008
Jerry Goldfeder's book, Goldfeder’s Modern Election Law, is reviewed.
August 14, 2008
Suffolk Dems deny "secret" deal in State Senate race
July 30, 2008
Stroock Success on Behalf of Congressman Jerry Nadler
July 29, 2008
Stroock Wins Victory for Richmond County Democratic Party at New York City Board of Elections
July 22, 2008
Jerry H. Goldfeder Joins Stroock’s Litigation and Government Relations Practice
PublicationsBack To Full Bio
May 9, 2019 | New York Law Journal
Albany's Still-To-Do Election Reforms
March 14, 2019 | USA Today
A Donald Trump Coup If He Loses in 2020? With All the Norms He's Busted, Don't Rule It Out
February 13, 2019 | New York Law Journal
New York Election Reform Needs Improvement
January 14, 2019 | Commercial Observer
“The Charter Proposals That Could Reshape NYC Land Use”
January 7, 2019 | New York Law Journal
National Popular Vote, With All its Flaws, Is Worth Serious Look
November 8, 2018 | New York Law Journal
Attorneys Should Turn Attention to State Legislative Races
October 20, 2017
"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"
November 1, 2016 | Law.com
"Write-in for President?"
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"
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 Journal
Government and Election Law: "Federal Actions Bring Election Matters to the Forefront"
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April 8, 2019
American Civil Liberties Union's Panel on Mandating Presidential Candidates to Disclose Tax Returns
April 11, 2019
New York Campaign Finance Law: Promises and Reality CLE 2019
June 12, 2018
Brooklyn Voters Alliance General Meeting with Special Guests
April 17, 2018
New York Legal Assistance Group’s A Conversation with Amy Goldstein
February 9, 2018
NYSBA Representing a Candidate Under New York's Election Law
October 5, 2016
Federal Bar Council: Get Out the Voting Rights Act
September 30, 2016
Fordham Law Review's Election Law Forum
September 22, 2016
Presidential Politics - Will It Ever Be the Same?
May 6, 2015
Is New York Still A Democracy?
March 27, 2015
Harvard Law School's Legal Obstacles on the Road to the White House
March 24, 2015
NYC Bar Election Law Committee's Campaign Finance: The Current State of Affairs & Where We Go From Here
February 7, 2015
The Murphy Institute's Political Action Training-Petitioning: First Step in Running for Public Office
February 6, 2015
University of Pennsylvania Law School's Searching for a Formula: The Right to Vote and Federal Election Regulation
January 24, 2015
Regulating Campaign Finance Compliance: Are We Criminalizing Politics
December 11, 2014
Voting & Civil Rights: A Secular, Labor and Religious Discussion
October 11, 2014
Ballot Access: Pitfalls to Avoid
September 18, 2014
21st Century Technology and the Economy of New York
June 17, 2014
Meet the District Attorneys from All Five New York City Boroughs
April 25, 2014: Albany April 30, 2014: New York City May 15, 2014: White Plains
The Path to Victory: Representing a Candidate under New York's Election Law
March 6, 2014
Stroock Breakfast Forum See the Five Borough Presidents in Action: What is their Agenda for 2014?
October 25, 2012
Photo Finish: Voter ID Laws and the 2012 Election
October 24, 2012
Women In Our Economy – Does the Glass Ceiling Still Exist?
September 25, 2012
Urban America: Halting Recidivism; Prisoner Re-Entry Into Society
July 10, 2012
Election Law and Election Law Procedures
June 21, 2012
Representing the Political Candidate in New York
April 20, 2012
The Billion Dollar Presidential Campaign: How Money is Undermining Our Democracy
April 17, 2012
A Symposium on the 2012 Presidential Election and The Latino Community
March 1, 2012
The Future of Mass Transportation in NYC
January 18, 2012
Meet New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
November 2, 2011
The Future of New York City
July 19, 2011
Election Law and Election Law Procedure
June 4-5, 2011
Latino Leadership Institute, Inc. Academy
May 17, 2011
Electioneering & Lobbying: Issues for Nonprofits
May 11, 2011
Meet New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli
March 16, 2011
Meet Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - Stroock Breakfast Forum
March 10, 2011
Redistricting Reform & Gerrymandering
December 1, 2010
Should New York City's Campaign Finance System Be a Model for the State?
October 8, 2010
Breakfast with Eric Schneiderman
July 21, 2010
How to Decide an Election Case
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Voter Participation Hearing of the New York City Charter Revision Commission
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
How to Get on the Ballot ... and Stay on the Ballot!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Price of Democracy: Corporate Money in Politics
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Helping America Vote: The Past, Present, and Future of Election Administration
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Charter Reform in New York City
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Election Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's A Call to Nationalize Presidential Elections
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The Constitution and the Presidential Election: A Panel Discussion