David Greenwald

Vice Chair

  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1980
  • Columbia, J.D., 1983

David J. Greenwald is chairman of Fried Frank. He rejoined the Firm in 2013, after nearly 20 years at Goldman Sachs.

Under his leadership, Fried Frank has focused on a strategy of advising clients on their most complex and challenging matters. Mr. Greenwald has been quoted in numerous publications regarding the Firm’s strategy and financial performance, including in The American Lawyer, Bloomberg Big Law Business, Forbes, The Lawyer, LEADERS Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Greenwald began his career at Fried Frank and served as a corporate partner from 1990 to 1994, principally representing private equity clients and clients engaged in mergers or other business combination transactions. He joined Goldman Sachs' legal department in 1994, and was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2000, later serving as international general counsel and a deputy general counsel.

Mr. Greenwald serves on the Dean’s Council of Columbia University Law School and the Advisory Boards of the Columbia Climate School and the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance.  He is also the chair of the Wharton Alumni Executive Board and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Legal Aid Society, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Third Way and the Lincoln Center Theater.  In addition, he is deputy chairman of the Financial Markets Law Committee in the United Kingdom.  Previously, Mr. Greenwald was co-chair of the PLI Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe. 

He received a JD from Columbia University Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a BS, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.