Barry Goldsmith is a partner in the New York and Washington, D.C. offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and co-head of the firm’s Securities Enforcement Practice Group and a member of the firm's Securities Litigation Practice and White Collar Defense Practice Groups. Mr. Goldsmith's practice focuses on the representation of hedge and private equity funds and their advisers, broker-dealers and other financial institutions, public companies and their employees in SEC, FINRA and other regulatory matters and in internal investigations. Mr. Goldsmith joined the firm after serving as head of Enforcement at NASD (now FINRA), the primary private-sector regulator of the country’s securities industry. Mr. Goldsmith was NASD’s top enforcement official responsible for formulating its national enforcement policy and overseeing investigations and cases. Prior to his 10-year tenure at NASD, Mr. Goldsmith served as Chief Litigation Counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission where he was responsible for all enforcement litigation brought by the agency.
Since joining Gibson Dunn in 2006, he has consistently been ranked by Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers as one of the top Securities Regulation attorneys nationwide and was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 New York City Litigation – Securities “Lawyer of the Year. In addition, Mr. Goldsmith was selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Criminal Defense: White Collar and Litigation – Securities and in Securities Regulation.
Mr. Goldsmith is a frequent speaker on securities enforcement and regulatory issues at industry, legal and media sponsored conferences. He received his law degree in 1975 from Georgetown University Law Center. He graduated magna cum laude in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1972.