Jerry H. Goldfeder

Senior Counsel

Recent News:

Election Attorney Discusses Federal Appeals Court Denying Trump Immunity

Jerry Goldfeder was a guest on Spectrum News NY1 to discuss if Trump is eligible to run for president due to his conduct surrounding the January 6 insurrection.

Jerry boasts a 40-year career concentrating on election law and voting rights. His extensive practice involves representing various high-profile candidates and elected officials, including mayors, governors, and several candidates for president of the United States. He has also provided legal counsel to members of the U.S. Congress, the New York State Legislature, New York's City Council, judiciary members, unions, not-for-profits, and various groups on local, state, and federal campaign finance law, lobbying compliance, and governmental procedures.

Jerry currently serves as director of Fordham Law School's Voting Rights and Democracy Project, chairs the New York State Bar Association's Voting Rights and Democracy Task Force, serves on the New York City Bar Association's Rule of Law Task Force, and acts as a special adviser to the American Bar Association's Election Law Committee. He was recently appointed to the prestigious American Bar Association's Task Force for Democracy.

Since 2003, Jerry has taught Election Law at Fordham Law School. Additionally, from 2009 to 2019, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. A prolific writer, he authored the treatise Goldfeder's Modern Election Law, now in its 6th Edition, and has published articles in various academic journals as well as the New York Times, the L.A. Times, USA Today, the New York Daily News, and other publications. Jerry also writes the New York Law Journal column, Election and Political Law.

Before joining Cozen O'Connor, Jerry served as special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Before that, he served as special counsel for public integrity to the New York State Attorney General. In 2020, he chaired the New York State Bar Association's 2020 Presidential Task Force, offering guidance on legal issues in the presidential race to attorneys, journalists, and the public. In 2016, he consulted with CNN for its series, 'Race to the White House.' Jerry also previously chaired the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Election Law and the Committee on New York City Municipal Affairs.

Jerry earned his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, where he served on the Cardozo Law Review. Before pursuing a legal career, Jerry obtained his master's in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he served as a teaching assistant and president of the local teaching and research assistants union. Jerry also taught American politics as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, where he had earned his bachelor's degree.

News

Election Attorney Discusses Federal Appeals Court Denying Trump Immunity

February 08, 2024

Jerry Goldfeder was a guest on Spectrum News NY1 to discuss if Trump is eligible to run for president due to his conduct surrounding the January 6 insurrection.

How We Can Get Rid of Trump and Biden

January 31, 2024

Jerry Goldfeder was a guest on The Middle – Unplugged with Anthony Weiner podcast to discuss how a candidate can be replaced on the ballot.

Secretive Court Fight Roiling New York’s Democratic Socialists

January 30, 2024

Jerry Goldfeder was quoted in a New York Times Article discussing the failure to file the authorizations that D.S.A. for the Many needed to raise and spend candidate funds in the 2022 elections.

This Jan. 6, NY Democrats Are Vocal About Removing Trump From the Ballot, but Decision Remains With the BOE

January 09, 2024

Jerry Goldfeder was quoted in a City & State New York article discussing the process for the New York State Board of Elections to remove Trump from the ballot.

Majority of NYC Council Members, All Democrats, Say Trump Shouldn’t Be On the NY Ballot

January 05, 2024

Jerry Goldfeder was quoted in a Gothamist article discussing the New York City council members’ letter to the state Board of Elections to withhold Donald J. Trump’s name from the state’s 2024 presidential primary and general election ballots.

Colorado Supreme Court Rules Trump Ineligible to be President For Insurrection

January 04, 2024

In a video interview with Spectrum News, Jerry Goldfeder discusses the Colorado Supreme Court ruling that decided Trump is ineligible to be president because of his role in the insurrection.

New York Lawmakers Want Trump off the Ballot

January 04, 2024

Jerry Goldfeder was quoted in a Spectrum News article discussing New York State Legislature and City Council members urging the State Board of Elections to disqualify Donald Trump from the primary ballot.

Long-Shot Candidates Battle to Get on State Ballots

December 18, 2023

Jerry Goldfeder was quoted in an article published by The Hill, discussing the hurdles for several outsider presidential candidates working to secure spots on various state ballots for the upcoming election.

Elite Voting Rights Attorney Jerry H. Goldfeder and Veteran Commercial Litigator Kerry T. Cooperman from Stroock to join Cozen O’Connor

November 15, 2023

Jerry H. Goldfeder, widely regarded as among the nation’s most influential political lawyers, and Kerry T. Cooperman, an equally influential commercial litigator and nonprofit attorney with more than a decade of experience handling complex real estate disputes and counseling nonprofit organizations, join the firm's New York City office.

Dianne Feinstein and Senatorial Power

April 26, 2023

Jerry Goldfeder a guest on The Takeaway Podcast to discuss Dianne Feinstein’s absence from the Senate.

Jerry Goldfeder: Renowned Election Law Attorney

January 27, 2022

Jerry Goldfeder was a guest on the Two Lawyers Walk Into a Bar podcast to discuss the formative experiences in his life that impacted his career.

Publications

'Speaker Hakeem Jeffries?’ [New York Law Journal]

December 29, 2023

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing the court’s decision in Hoffmann v. New York State Independent Redistricting Commission.

2024: Like No Other Presidential Election in Our History [New York Law Journal]

September 07, 2023

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal addressing how the 2024 presidential election is already shaping up to be unlike any other in history.

Mid-Year Round-Up: There Is A Lot Going On [New York Law Journal]

June 23, 2023

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Allen v. Milligan, which affirmed an Alabama district court’s ruling that the state’s congressional lines were an impermissible racial gerrymander.

If Dianne Feinstein Were President [Just Security]

April 19, 2023

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to Just Security, discussing Dianne Feinstein’s month-long absence from Washington, D.C.

Small Potatoes? Not at All [New York Law Journal]

April 11, 2023

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing Donald Trump’s indictment, which alleges he falsified business records with the intent to conceal campaign finance violations during his presidential campaign.

What Happens When a Senator is Incapacitated? [New York Law Journal]

February 27, 2023

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing the political impact of Senator John Fetterman’s hospitalization for depression.

The NY Senate Should Have Voted on Judge LaSalle [New York Law Journal]

January 23, 2023

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing the New York State Senate declining to vote on Justice Hector LaSalle’s nomination as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.

Preventing the Next George Santos [New York Daily News]

January 10, 2023

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Daily News discussing Rep. Ritchie Torres’s effort to introduce legislation requiring congressional candidates to file sworn affidavits attesting to their qualifications and background.

George Santos, Lester Chang and Legislative Exclusion [New York Law Journal]

December 28, 2022

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing George Santos's status in Congress and Lester Chang’s status in the New York State Assembly.

American Democracy Has a Future After All [New York Daily News]

November 18, 2022

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Daily News discussing the history of government officials embracing defeat in elections.

Samuel Tilden’s Plea [New York Law Journal]

October 27, 2022

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing the rising number of members in the legal profession who are concerned with the fragility of the rule of law and the norms that sustain it.

Time To Retire ‘First-Past-the-Post’ Elections [New York Law Journal]

September 13, 2022

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing the need to reform the electoral system so that elected officials are more representative of the districts they serve.

How To Fix New York’s Elections: Lessons From Ny-10 [New York Daily News]

September 10, 2022

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Daily News discussing the critical takeaways for voting rights advocates from New York’s Congressional primaries.

New York: More Like Alabama Than San Francisco? [New York Law Journal]

June 23, 2022

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing the Appellate Division, First Department’s decision that New York State’s Assembly districts are unconstitutional.

New York Election Chaos and the ‘Purcell’ Principle [New York Law Journal]

May 11, 2022

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing the New York State Court of Appeals’ decision to invalidate congressional and state senate lines this year in the New York redistricting litigation.

Hop On, Hop Off? Not So Fast! [New York Law Journal]

April 21, 2022

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing the need for a streamlined system for how our ballot access rules should work.

Preparing for the Next January 6th [New York Law Journal]

February 25, 2022

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing the problems with the procedures to elect the president of the United States.

Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy [New York Law Journal]

February 04, 2022

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal analyzing Unthinkable, a memoir written by Congressman Jamie Raskin.

Fight for NYC’s Right to Rule Itself, Eric [New York Law Journal]

December 30, 2021

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing two ways to restructure the New York City government to be less dependent on Albany and more productive in New York City.

Ballot Access and Voter Choice: Alternatives Required [New York Law Journal]

December 17, 2021

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing candidates the Board of Elections disqualified because of errors on their cover sheets.

‘Indispensable’ to Preserving Our Constitutional Democracy [New York Law Journal]

October 21, 2021

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing the significant role lawyers have in preserving our constitutional democracy.

Excessive Judicialization, Extralegal Interventions, and Violent Insurrection: A Snapshot of Our 59th Presidential Election [Fordham Law Review]

September 17, 2021

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the Fordham Law Review, discussing issues related to the way we elect the president.

Impeachment: The New York Version [New York Law Journal]

August 26, 2021

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Law Journal discussing the issues with New York’s impeachment procedure.

A Power No Governor Should Have [New York Daily News]

August 24, 2021

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Daily News discussing the process for Governor Kathy Hochul’s appointment of New York’s 64th lieutenant governor.

We Warned in March 2019 of a Coup Attempt If Trump Lost the 2020 Election. We Were Right [USA Today]

August 02, 2021

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to USA Today discussing Donald Trump’s pressure campaign to declare the 2020 election corrupt.

What Does it Mean to be a Socialist in 2021? [Queens Daily Eagle]

July 22, 2021

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the Queens Daily Eagle discussing the self-described socialists in the State Legislature and the New York City Council.

Our Miserable Board of Elections [New York Daily News]

July 01, 2021

Jerry Goldfeder contributed an article to the New York Daily News discussing the sample ballots the New York Board of Elections included in their numbers for the Mayoral race.

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D., 1979
  • University of California at Los Angeles, M.A., 1972
  • Brooklyn College, B.A., 1968

Awards & Honors

Lifetime Achievement Award, New York Law Journal

Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

Tzedek Award, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

Judge Harold R. Tyler, Jr. Award, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation

Corporate Social Responsibility Award in Labor & Law, City & State New York

Law Power 100, 50 Over Fifty, and Law Power 50 Lists, City & State New York

Best Lawyers in America, 2021

Adjunct Professor of the Year, Fordham Law School, 2015 & 2019

 

  • 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 for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Law Secretary to the Hon. Justice Samuel J. Silverman of the New York State Appellate Division, First Department (1979-1980)

Member, American Bar Association Task Force for Democracy (2023-present) 

Chair, New York State Bar Association Task Force on Voting Rights and Democracy (2021-present)

Member, NYC Bar Association Rule of Law Task Force (2021-present)

Chair, New York State Bar Association Task Force on the 2020 Election (2020)

Member, Rules Committee of Democratic National Convention (2020)

Special Advisor,   Election Law Committee, American Bar Association (2019-present)

Board of Advisors, Let America Vote (2017-2020)

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)

Chair, New York City Bar Association, Task Force on Charter Reform (2019)

Chair, New York City Bar Association, New York City Municipal Affairs Committee (2015-2018)

Chair, New York City Bar Association, Committee on Election Law (2007-2010)