Israel Goldowitz


Chief Counsel, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Boston University; J.D., George Washington

B.A., cum laude, Boston University; J.D., George Washington. Professor Goldowitz is Chief Counsel of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, where his work focuses on ERISA Title...

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B.A., cum laude, Boston University; J.D., George Washington.

Professor Goldowitz is Chief Counsel of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, where his work focuses on ERISA Title IV and bankruptcy practice. He also served as Deputy General Counsel of the United Mine Workers of America Health of Retirement Funds

He has been on the brief in several Supreme Court cases, including Beck v. PACE Int'l Union, U.S. 2007 (termination and closeout of single-employer plan), Raleigh v. Illinois Dept. of Revenue, U.S. 2000 (choice of law in bankruptcy), and Concrete Pipe v. Construction Laborers Pension Trust, U.S.1993 (constitutionality of MPPAA), and has argued several cases in the courts of appeals

Professor Goldowitz is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught Employee Benefits and Bankruptcy courses. He is a frequent speaker at Employee Benefits and Bankruptcy conferences, in the U.S. and abroad

His publications include chapters on Withdrawal Liability and Preemption/Removal in J. Zanglein, S. Stabile &L. Frolik, ERISA Litigation, and a chapter on Employee Benefits in Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice. He served on the Labor and Benefits Advisory Committee to the American Bankruptcy Institute's Chapter 11 Reform Commission

Professor Goldowitz is a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and a recipient of PBGC's Distinguished Career Service Award and Georgetown's Vicennial Award. He is a member of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section

Professor Goldowitz earned his B. A. from Boston University, and his J.D. from George Washington University.