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Daniel Gorfine
Director, Financial Markets Policy, and Legal Counsel
Capital Access, Capital Markets, Crowdfunding, Global Economy, Public Policy


Daniel Gorfine is director of financial markets policy and legal counsel in the Washington office of the Milken Institute. He focuses on entrepreneurship, capital access, and financial market issues. Gorfine has provided expert testimony on Capitol Hill related to capital access and financial innovation, frequently engages with policymakers, and is a regular commenter on these topics.

Before joining the Institute, Gorfine worked in the international and litigation practice groups at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, where he advised and represented a wide range of business and nonprofit clients on commercial litigation/arbitration, regulatory, antitrust, and international matters. There he represented the National Football League in a dispute with the players' union involving the parties' collective bargaining agreement.

Prior to joining Covington & Burling LLP, he served a clerkship with U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake in the District of Maryland.

Gorfine has a long-standing interest in public policy, reflected in his pro bono client work and academic career. His pro bono work includes assisting an early-stage nonprofit focused on microeconomic development and HIV prevention in India, helping a Rwandan asylum-seeker secure permanent legal resident status, and representing homeowners in a lawsuit over deficiently constructed housing. He also currently serves as professional faculty at the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Gorfine graduated with a B.A. in economics and international relations from Brown University. Gorfine received his J.D. with highest honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of The George Washington Law Review and Order of the Coif. He also holds an M.A. in international economics and strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Gorfine is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia bars.

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