George Michael Gerstein

Co-Chair, Fiduciary Governance and Environmental, Social and Governance

George Michael Gerstein


George Michael Gerstein advises plan sponsors and financial services firms on the fiduciary and prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA and the rules and regulations applicable to governmental plans. He’s also co-chair of the fiduciary governance and ESG groups. He’s authored numerous articles on the interplay of ERISA and ESG investing.

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Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • B.A., Dickinson College
  • Certification in Business and Public Policy, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania


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Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Are 401(k) funds an opportunity private equity funds should pursue?” Stradley Ronon and Grant Thornton Webcast
  • Panelist, “ESG Regulatory Lens – A Guide for Private Fund Managers,” Stradley Ronon and Silver Regulatory Associates Private Fund ESG Webcast
  • Panelist, “ERISA: Now and into the Future,” National Society of Compliance Professionals’ National Conference
  • Panelist, “ESG Investing Through the Lens of a Fiduciary,” Boston BASIC 
  • Panelist, “Navigating the Demand for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Policies,” ACA Compliance Group’s Fall Compliance Conference
  • Panelist, “A GPS for Accelerating Entry into the China Market,” Pensions & Investments Investing in China’s Future Conference
  • Presenter, Association of Institutional INVESTORS
  • Presenter, Chicago Chief Compliance Officer Roundtable
  • Panelist, “The SEC the DOL and the States: A New Fiduciary World,” Investment Company Institute's General Membership Meeting
  • Presenter and Moderator, “ESG Considerations for ERISA Fiduciaries,” Fi360 National Conference
  • Panelist, “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Governance and the Evolving Role of DC Plan Sponsor as Fiduciary,” Pensions & Investments 401(k)/403(b) Investment Lineup Conference
  • Presenter, DOL Fiduciary Operational Group of the American Bankers Association
  • Panelist, “Regulatory/Litigation Update,” Best of PLANSPONSOR National Conference
  • Speaker, “The DOL, the SEC and the States: Fiduciary Law Developments,” Stradley Ronon Briefing on Fiduciary Law Developments
  • Presenter, “DOL Fiduciary Rule and State Fiduciary Law Developments,” Stradley Ronon’s Investment Management Group Regulatory Update CLE Seminar
  • Speaker, “Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) for Compliance Officers,” ACA Compliance Group Compliance Conference
  • Panelist, “The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Done Deal or More to Come?” Institutional Investors Roundtable for Consultants and Institutional Investors
  • Panelist, “DOL Rule and Litigation Update Panel,” AllianceBernstein Retirement Solutions Forum
  • Presenter, “Emerging Trends in the Asset Management Industry,” The Chicago Bar Association’s Securities Law Committee
  • Presenter, “US Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule and Similar State Law Developments,” American Bankers Association
  • Panelist, “DOL Fiduciary Rule,” Association of Institutional INVESTORS’ Market Practices Council Roundtable and Reception
  • Speaker, “DOL Fiduciary Rule Compliance Strategies & Action Items – June 9 and Beyond,” Stradley Ronon Investment Management Briefing
  • Speaker, “DOL Proposed Delay of the Controversial Fiduciary Rule and Next Steps,” Stradley Ronon Investment Management Briefing
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