Keith E. Gottfried
Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Keith Gottfried is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and the leader of the firm’s shareholder activism defense practice. Mr. Gottfried’s practice is focused on advising public companies and their board of directors on strategies for preparing for, and responding to, activist shareholder campaigns, including proxy contests, special meeting demands, consent solicitations, shareholder proposals, vote no campaigns and other contests for corporate control as well as the latest techniques for ameliorating a company’s vulnerabilities to activist shareholders. Over the past two decades, Mr. Gottfried has represented numerous public companies and special committees in connection with activist shareholder campaigns and unsolicited takeover bids.
Mr. Gottfried is the author of numerous articles on how companies should prepare for and make themselves less vulnerable to activist shareholders. He has been frequently quoted by the national business media on articles relating to shareholder activism and is also a frequent speaker on issues relating to shareholder activism.
Mr. 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. He 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. Mr. Gottfried is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, California, New York and New Jersey.