Harvey Goldschmid

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Harvey Goldschmid

The late Harvey Goldschmid was a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission member and the Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia University. He was an SEC member from 2002 to 2005, and helped lead the agency in responding to a flood of corporate accounting scandals. He died on February 12, 2015 at the age of 74.[1]

While at the SEC, he pushed for stricter oversight of auditors in the aftermath of the frauds at Enron and WorldCom. He also played an important role in setting new rules for the mutual-fund industry and helping exchanges move into the age of electronic trading. As general counsel in 1998 and 1999, he provided the legal underpinning for two of Chairman Arthur Levitt’s biggest achievements: prohibiting public companies from selectively disclosing market-moving information and barring brokers from making political contributions to win municipal-bond business. [2]


Harvey Jerome Goldschmid was born on May 6, 1940, in the Bronx, where his father worked as a furrier and a postal worker.[3]

He served as Dwight Professor starting in 1984. Before that, he was an assistant professor (1970-71), an associate professor (1971-73), and a professor of law (1973-84) at Columbia.

One of two Democrats on the five-member SEC, he was appointed to the commission by President George W. Bush and sworn in on July 31, 2002, one day after the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate governance act, which he helped draft, was signed into law. During his tenure, the agency presided over the biggest overhaul of securities regulation since the 1930s.[4]

Commissioner Goldschmid served as general counsel of the SEC from 1998-99, and from January 1 to July 15, 2000, he was special senior advisor to SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt. [5]


Goldschmid received a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.


  1. Harvey Goldschmid, Ex-SEC Commissioner, Scholar, Dies at 74. Bloomberg News.
  2. Harvey Goldschmid, Ex-SEC Commissioner, Scholar, Dies at 74. Bloomberg News.
  3. Harvey Goldschmid, Ally of Ordinary Shareholders, Is Dead at 74. The New York Times.
  4. Harvey Goldschmid to Leave SEC Next Year. Los Angeles Times.
  5. [http://www.sec.gov/about/commissioner/goldschmid.htm SEC Biography, Commissioner Harvey J. Goldschmid]. SEC.gov.