David J.  Greenwald

David J. Greenwald

  • Chairman
  • Partner
  • Corporate
  • New York
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David J. Greenwald is chairman of Fried Frank. He rejoined the Firm in 2013, after nearly 20 years at Goldman Sachs.

Under his leadership, Fried Frank has focused on a strategy of advising clients on their most complex and challenging matters. Mr. Greenwald has been quoted in numerous publications regarding the Firm's strategy and financial performance, including in The American Lawyer, Bloomberg Big Law Business, Forbes, The Lawyer, LEADERS Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Greenwald began his career at Fried Frank and served as a corporate partner from 1990 to 1994, principally representing private equity clients and clients engaged in mergers or other business combination transactions. He joined Goldman Sachs' legal department in 1994, and was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2000, later serving as international general counsel and a deputy general counsel.

In addition to his responsibilities within the legal department, Mr. Greenwald co-chaired Goldman Sachs' Firmwide Suitability Committee, which sets standards for clients and financial products. He was also a member of and counsel to both Goldman Sachs' Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee and European Management Committee, and counsel to the Growth Markets Operating Committee.

Professional Associations

Member, Board of Trustees, Columbia University
Chair, Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee, Columbia University
Member, Dean's Council of Columbia University Law School
Chair, Wharton Alumni Executive Board
Deputy Chairman, Financial Markets Law Committee (United Kingdom)
Former Co-Chair, PLI Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe
Member, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society
Member, Board of Directors, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Member, Board of Directors, Third Way
Member, Board of Directors, Lincoln Center Theater

Practices & Industries


Columbia Law School, JD – 1983
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
University of Pennsylvania, BS – 1980
  • summa cum laude
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