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.
- Amherst College, B.A. 1975
- Cornell Law School, J.D. 1980
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Prior professional experience:
- Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO
- Associate General Counsel, Laborers’ International Union of America
- Partner, Connerton, Ray & Simon
- Member, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
- Member, American Bar Association, Advisory Commission to the Standing Committee on Election Law (2000-05)
- Co-Chair, Labor Relations Section, District of Columbia Bar, 1992-94, and Member, Labor Relations Section Steering Committee, 1991-97 (elected positions)
- The Rules of the Game: An Election Year Guide for 501(c)(3) Organizations, (Alliance for Justice, 2010) (co-author)
- “The Effect of Citizens United on Tax and Campaign Laws Governing Tax-Exempt Organizations,” 65 Exempt Org. Tax Rev. 229 (March 2010) (with B. Holly Schadler)
- “Employer-Employee Committees: A Union Perspective,” in Kaufman and Taras, eds., Nonunion Employee Representation: History, Contemporary Practice, and Policy (M.E. Sharpe 2000) (co-author)
- Articles in Roll Call, Washington Lawyer, Dissent, The Nation and other publications.
Presentations and Appearances:
- Testimony before the Senate Rule Committee and the House Committee on Administration on proposals to amend federal campaign finance law.
- Speeches and participation on panels sponsored by the Bureau of National Affairs, Practicing Law Institute, American Constitution Society, Campaign for America’s Future and other organizations.