As general counsel for the American Psychological Association, Nathalie Gilfoyle, JD, provides advice on the wide range of legal issues the organization faces as a large nonprofit organization in its day-to-day operations.
Gilfoyle has a particular interest in the intersection of law and psychology. She has presented APA's positions and the related scientific research to the federal and state courts in amicus curiae briefs on important legal issues, such as juvenile justice, the death penalty, confidentiality of patient records, competency, minority rights and false confessions.
Gilfoyle began her legal career practicing with the Boston Legal Assistance Project before moving to work on an investigation of the nursing home industry in the first administration of then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. In 1976, she joined the Washington, D.C., firm Peabody, Lambert and Meyers, where she practiced as an associate and then partner until 1984.
Before joining APA in 1996, Gilfoyle headed McDermott, Will & Emery's D.C. litigation department. She was the firm's representative to the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for several years. Gilfoyle is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
In addition to her work at APA, Gilfoyle has served two terms on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors. She served by appointment of the D.C. Court of Appeals as a commissioner on the Court’s Equal Access to Justice Commission, which was formed to address the unmet civil legal needs of the city's underprivileged.
Additionally, she is a mediator for the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia and an arbitrator for the D.C. Bar Attorney/Client Arbitration Board.
Gilfoyle received her bachelor's degree from Hollins College in 1971 and, after partial completion of a master’s degree in art history, she obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1974.