Judy Gold is a partner at Perkins Coie, in both the Government Relations and Business Law practice areas. Judy has two decades of transactional experience in general corporate, real estate and private equity as well as in the areas of government relations, public affairs, and crisis management. Judy's government relations practice includes state and local legislative strategies in Illinois, economic development and real estate incentives, corporate and government ethics issues, administrative rulemaking, and executive agency lobbying. Judy specializes in public policy issues affecting regulated industries, strategic legislative initiative development and the intersection of legal and corporate public affairs initiatives.
A current focus of her practice is the creating of public private partnerships between local government agencies and private sector clients for the purposes of stimulating economic development. Judy also has significant expertise in helping client's evaluate public policy and political issues and externalities.
In addition to the private practice of law, Judy has significant public sector experience. Judy served in the Clinton White House, Mayor Daley’s Cabinet as Chief of Policy for the City of Chicago, chaired the Illinois Commission on the Status of Women, was a member of the Illinois State Board of Education and chaired Women’s Policy for the Obama for America Campaign. Most recently, she was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as US representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She serves on numerous local boards including Chicago's Civic Federation and the Chicago Chamber of Commerce. Judy is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and resides in Chicago with her husband and young family.