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David J. Greenwald

  • Chairman

New York

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David Greenwald is the chairman of Fried Frank. Under his leadership, the firm has focused on advising clients on their most complex and challenging matters. 

David is frequently quoted regarding the firm’s strategy and financial performance by industry publications including in The American LawyerBloomberg Big Law BusinessForbesThe LawyerLEADERS Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

David began his career at Fried Frank and served as a corporate partner from 1990 to 1994, principally representing our private equity clients and clients engaged in mergers or other business combination transactions. Prior to rejoining the firm in 2013, David worked for twenty years in the legal department of Goldman Sachs, where he was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2000. He served in various roles at Goldman Sachs, including as international general counsel and a deputy general counsel.

Professional associations

  • Chair, Wharton Alumni Executive Board, Wharton School - University Of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Legal Aid Society
  • Member, Advisory Council, Law Firm Antiracism Alliance
  • Member, Board of Directors, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
  • Deputy Chairman, Financial Markets Law Committee
  • Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Columbia University
  • Member, Columbia Climate Board of Advisors, Columbia University
  • Former Co-Chair, PLI Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe, Practising Law Institute
  • Member, Board of Directors, Lincoln Center Theater
  • Chair, Board of Trustees Finance Committee, Columbia University
  • Member, Board of Directors, Third Way
  • Member, Deans Council, Columbia University Law School
  • Deputy Chairman, Financial Markets Law Committee

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