Aitan Goelman

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Aitan Goelman
Occupation Director of the Division of Enforcement
Employer Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Location Washington, D.C.

Aitan Goelman is the director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Enforcement. He was appointed to that position on June 11, 2014, succeeding David Meister.[1] Goelman is a former federal prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience litigating criminal and civil matters.

Goelman joined the CFTC from the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, where was a litigation partner for 11 years, with a practice focused on white collar crime and complex commercial litigation.

Goelman is also an adjunct professor at George Washington Law School.


Goelman previously served in the Department of Justice for nine years, including as an Assistant U. S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and as a Special Attorney to the U.S. Attorney General. At the DOJ, he handled white-collar criminal cases involving bank, wire, mail and securities fraud, as well as RICO, and violent crimes. He was one of the trial lawyers that convicted the Oklahoma City bombers.[2] He also represented Jonathan Hollander, a former employee at a unit of SAC Capital Advisors, the hedge fund run by the billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen, in an insider trading investigation.


Goelman graduated from Yale Law School in 1993 and graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University in 1990.