Laurence E. Gold
Laurence E. Gold works with labor unions, advocacy and charitable organizations, political organizations and activists, political services providers and others so they can succeed in the political, legislative and policy arenas.
Mr. Gold litigates cases, provides advice and counsel, prepares amicus curiae briefs, conducts legal trainings for political, lobbying and accounting staff. He frequently helps new organizations get off the ground and then works closely with them in every legal aspect of their operations. Mr. Gold frequently defends clients facing complaints, investigations and audits before the Federal Election Commission, state election agencies and Internal Revenue Service, and secures advisory opinions from these agencies. He also regularly participates in their regulatory and other proceedings.
Mr. Gold argued before the United States Supreme Court in McConnell v. FEC (2003), one of the Court's landmark campaign-finance cases. Mr. Gold sought, on behalf of a broad coalition of labor and other groups, a First Amendment ruling striking down unprecedented restrictions on independent broadcast communications by unions and nonprofit organizations. The Court ruled otherwise, 5-4, but the Court has since invalidated these restrictions in subsequent decisions in which Mr. Gold has authored amicus curiae briefs. Mr. Gold successfully litigated AFL-CIO v. FEC (D.C. Cir. 2003), which established that the FEC cannot place on the public record confidential documents of organizations merely because they have been the subject of an FEC investigation.
Earlier in his legal career, Mr. Gold practiced labor and employment law on behalf of national labor organizations, local unions and allied groups. That background has proven especially useful in representing union and other nonprofit organizations in the political, tax and legislative arenas. He also served as Associate General counsel of the AFL-CIO, and currently at the firm is Legal Counsel to the labor federation.
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