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; 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.
Mr. Goldsmith has consistently been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers as one of the top Securities Regulation attorneys nationwide and was named Best Lawyers’ 2016 and 2018 Securities Regulation “Lawyer of the Year” for New York City.
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.