HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 05-149
Jereon Brown
(202) 708-0685
For Release
October 21, 2005

Gottfried brings vast private sector legal experience to become Secretary's top legal advisor

WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson today announced Keith E. Gottfried as the new General Counsel for the agency. Unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 7, 2005, Gottfried brings to HUD a wealth of experience as a lawyer and seasoned legal and business executive.

As General Counsel, Gottfried will serve as HUD's chief legal officer and senior legal advisor to the Secretary and HUD's principal staff providing advice on all aspects of federal housing and urban development laws, regulations and policies. He will also lead HUD's Office of General Counsel (OGC), a nationwide legal operation composed of close to 400 attorneys, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., ten regional offices and forty field offices around the country.

'Keith's vast private sector experience as an accomplished lawyer and legal and business executive will be a tremendous asset to HUD,' said Jackson. 'He brings with him a proven track record dealing with complex legal problems and I am delighted to have him leading our legal team and serving as my senior legal advisor.'

'I'm grateful for the trust and confidence of President Bush and Secretary Jackson in choosing me for this very important position,' said Gottfried. 'I am honored and humbled by their willingness to entrust me with a leadership position on issues that are of great importance to our nation and which are of deep interest to me personally. As Secretary Jackson continues to lead HUD in strengthening our nation's communities, promoting affordable housing, dismantling the barriers to home ownership, expanding homeownership opportunities for all Americans, particularly low and moderate income families, meeting President Bush's goal of at least 5.5 million new minority homeowners before the end of the decade, ending chronic homelessness, vigorously enforcing fair housing, civil rights and anti-discrimination laws and providing desperately needed relief to the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it will be for me the honor of a lifetime to serve as his General Counsel.'

From 2000 to 2004, Gottfried served in senior executive positions at Borland Software Corporation, a publicly held global provider of software development solutions based in Scotts Valley, California. After having represented Borland as its outside counsel, Gottfried joined the company's executive management team in June 2000 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary and was responsible for all aspects of the company's worldwide legal function.

In his most recent position at Borland, Gottfried served as the Senior Vice President-Corporate Affairs and Special Advisor to the CEO and was responsible for enhancing the company's relationships, domestically and overseas, with industry leaders, potential strategic partners, certain focal sales accounts and domestic and foreign governments. During his tenure at Borland, Gottfried played a pivotal role in the turnaround of the company and the reinvigoration of the company's global franchise.

Preceding his work at Borland, Gottfried was a corporate attorney in the New York office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for nearly seven years. While at Skadden Arps, Gottfried was a member of the firm's mergers & acquisitions group and represented private and publicly held U.S. and non-U.S. clients, in a variety of industries, in negotiated and contested transactions. He also practiced extensively before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and counseled clients with respect to corporate governance issues, securities law compliance, SEC reporting issues and New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq compliance.

Before joining Skadden Arps, Gottfried was a corporate attorney in the Philadelphia office of the law firm Blank Rome LLP. While at Blank Rome, Gottfried was a member of the firm's corporate practice group and his practice was concentrated in general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings. Prior to attending law school, Gottfried, a Certified Public Accountant, practiced public accounting with the Philadelphia office of Arthur Young & Company, a predecessor firm to Ernst & Young LLP.

Gottfried is admitted to the state bars of California, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts and is admitted to practice before the federal courts located in the Ninth Circuit, the Northern District of California, the Southern District of California, the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey.

Gottfried holds a law degree, cum laude, from Boston University's School of Law where he was a named an Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar of Law and a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar of Law. Gottfried also holds an M.B.A., high honors, from Boston University's Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Economics, concentrated in accounting, from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the neighboring borough of Queens, over the course of his career, Gottfried has made his home in Manhattan, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and San Jose.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, and people with disabilities. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and


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