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Hon. Harvey J. Goldschmid

Hon. Harvey J. Goldschmid

Weil Gotshal & Manges
Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, Senior Counsel
New York, NY, USA


Harvey J. Goldschmid is Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia University. He has served as Dwight Professor since 1984, and was an Assistant Professor (1970-71), an Associate Professor (1971-73), and a Professor of Law (1973-84) at Columbia. He is also Senior Counsel at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. From 2002-05, Professor Goldschmid served as a Commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and in 1998-99, he was the SEC’s General Counsel (chief legal officer); from January 1 to July 15, 2000, he was Special Senior Advisor to SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt.

Professor Goldschmid now serves as a Public Governor and Chair of the Regulatory Policy Committee of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as a Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation, as a Director of the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, as a Director of Transparency International-USA, on the Governing Board (and Vice Chair) of the Center for Audit Quality, and as a member of the Systemic Risk Council. Until recently, he served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greenwall Foundation, on the Advisory Board of the Yale’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance, on the PCAOB Advisory Council, and as Co-Chair of the IASB/FASB Financial Crisis Advisory Group (“an 18 member panel of senior international leaders with broad experience in the global financial system”).

Professor Goldschmid has been a frequent lecturer at national and international legal programs and conferences, and in recent years, served as a Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, as Distinguished Fellow in Ethics and Leadership at NYU’s Stern School of Business, and as a Business Law Advisor for the ABA Section of Business Law (“a distinguished leader of the profession” who will share “wisdom and experience with members of the Section”). He received: the 2004 Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility from Columbia University (honoring an attorney who puts his “legal skills to work for the public good”); the 1999 Chairman’s Award for Excellence from the SEC; and several teaching awards, including Columbia Law School’s Willis L.M. Reese Award for Excellence in Teaching in both 1996 and 1997.

From 1980-93, Professor Goldschmid served as a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of Corporate Governance: Analysis and Recommendations. In 2000-01, he served as Chair of the Nominating Committee, and in 1998, completed a term as Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee (i.e., Board of Directors) of the NYC Bar Association, where Professor Goldschmid previously served as Chair of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Committee on Securities Regulation, and Chair of the Committee on Antitrust and Trade Regulation. He also has served as Chair of the Section on Antitrust and Economic Regulation of the Association of American Law Schools and as Founding Director of Columbia University’s Center for Law and Economic Studies.

Professor Goldschmid received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Columbia Law School in 1965 and a B.A., also magna cum laude, from Columbia College in 1962. He was Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is the author of numerous publications on corporate, securities, and antitrust law.
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