Goldsmith, Stephen

Stephen Goldsmith

Senior Strategic Advisor
Baker & McKenzie LLP
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Stephen Goldsmith previously served as deputy mayor of New York for operations until 2011 and as the two-term mayor of Indianapolis between 1992 and 2000, he earned a reputation as a leader in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Mr. Goldsmith was the Republican candidate for governor of Indiana in 1996 and was chief domestic policy advisor to the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and district attorney for Marion County, Indiana from 1979 to 1990.The Wall Street Journal has called Mr. Goldsmith a "pioneering privatizer of city services."

Practice Focus

Mr. Goldsmith is one of the leading authorities in the nation on improving government services and efficiency through outsourcing, public-private partnerships and the efficient use of data. Mr. Goldsmith serves in a non-lawyer role at Baker McKenzie assisting our lawyers and clients with market, strategic and relationship advice.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Serves as the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
  • Directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project to highlight local government efforts to use big data and data analytics to transform the way government operates and is a leading expert in advising cities and states on operational excellence.


  • Wabash College (Honorary Doctor of Laws) (1993)
  • University of Michigan (J.D. with honors) (1971)
  • Wabash College (A.B.) (1968)