George Michael Gerstein

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

George Michael Gerstein


George Michael Gerstein advises financial institutions and plan sponsors on a broad range of issues related to Title I of ERISA, including fiduciary responsibility and prohibited transaction issues in connection with plan investments and related products. Specifically, he has experience with numerous asset classes and investment products, including foreign exchange, futures and other derivatives, and stable value funds. Mr. Gerstein has previous in-house experience at State Street Bank and Trust Company — State Global Markets and at Deutsche Bank — Global Prime Finance division.

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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

  • Presenter, "ESG, ERISA and the DOL's Rule Proposal," Boston BASIC 
  • Panelist, "DOL Issues New Guidance for Mitigating Cybersecurity Risk," Pensions & Investments Defined Contribution West Conference
  • Panelist, “Considering ESG Factors in Investment Selection,” PLANSPONSOR Webinar
  • Panelist, “ESG, Proxy Voting and Engagement – Where DOL and SEC Regulation has Been and Where it May be Going,” Mutual Fund Directors Forum
  • Speaker, “Beyond the Boardroom,” The Activist Insight Podcast
  • 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
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