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.