Celia Goldwag Barenholtz is a partner in the Litigation Department of Cooley LLP where she handles a wide range of complex commercial cases. She received her B.A. from Grinnell College, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She clerked for the Hon. Eugene H. Nickerson in the Eastern District of New York, and was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York. After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office, she joined Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman, which merged into Cooley in 2006.
Ms. Barenholtz’s practice includes the representation of law firms and lawyers in cases alleging malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. She has long been active in the area of legal ethics and professional responsibility. She has been a member of the Committee on Grievances Panel of Attorneys for both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and has served on a number of bar association ethics committees. Ms. Barenholtz is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Law, where she teaches a seminar on the legal and ethical obligations of lawyers in complex litigations.
Ms. Barenholtz is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been listed among the industry's leading practitioners in the legal guides Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation Legal Guide and SuperLawyers, which has named her one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in New York.