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Laurence E. Gold
Laurence Gold

Laurence E. Gold is a partner at Trister, Ross, Schadler & Gold, PLLC, in Washington, DC. He principally represents labor, political, advocacy and charitable organizations and activists, and political services providers so they can succeed in the political, legislative and policy arenas. Mr. Gold focuses on federal and state campaign finance, election, lobbying, tax, ethics, labor and general nonprofit law.

Mr. Gold litigates cases, provides advice and counsel, prepares amicus curiae briefs, and 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 defends clients facing complaints, investigations and audits before the Federal Election Commission, state election agencies and the 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. Federal Election Commission, one of the Court's landmark campaign-finance cases, on behalf of a broad coalition of labor and other groups seeking 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 authored amicus curiae briefs. Among his other cases is AFL-CIO v. Federal Election Commission (D.C. Cir.), 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 assisting these and other organizations use the law most effectively to achieve their political, legislative and policy goals. He has also served as Associate General Counsel of the AFL-CIO, and he has been a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee since its inception.



        • Amherst College, B.A. 1975
        • Cornell Law School, J.D. 1980


        Bar admission:

        • 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)




        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.







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