Celia Goldwag Barenholtz
Lecturer in Law
Celia Goldwag Barenholtz is a partner in the Litigation Department at Cooley LLP where she handles a broad range of complex commercial and intellectual property litigations and arbitrations. Her practice includes the representation of law firms in cases alleging malpractice and fraud, as well as the representation of institutions and individuals involved in criminal, regulatory and internal investigations. She has extensive trial and appellate experience.
Ms. Barenholtz is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been listed among the industry's leading practitioners in the legal guides Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation Legal Guide and SuperLawyers, which named her one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in New York.
Ms. Barenholtz served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1983 to 1989, where she tried white-collar criminal cases and served as Chief Appellate Attorney for the Criminal Division.
Ms. Barenholtz earned a J.D. in 1979 from Columbia University School of Law, where she served as a Notes & Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review. She received her B.A., also in 1979, with honors from Grinnell College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Barenholtz clerked for the Hon. Eugene H. Nickerson, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York.
Ms. Barenholtz has served on a number of bar association ethics committees as well as the Committees on Grievances Panels of Attorneys for the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.