Law PracticeMARK ROBERT GORDON currently has a private law practice in the District of Columbia and New Jersey, with plans to open a New York City office in 2007. His legal practice focuses upon three distinct areas of specialization:
- Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law
- Government Relations & Political Consultation
- Not-For-Profit Law & Consultation
MRG's Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law practice includes handling a comprehensive array of transactional matters for stage and screen producers and creative personnel. He also handles personal representation of artists, entertainment industry executives, and producers. His clients include Off-Broadway producers and general managers, independent film producers, publishers, actors, directors, playwrights, and screenwriters. His offices also represent regional theaters and not-for-profit producers.
MRG's Government Relations & Political Consultation practice stems from his in-depth knowledge of and experience with federal, state, and local governments and his adult-long experience and involvement in politics and public policy. His Government Relations work involves representation of clients (particularly individuals and not-for-profit organizations) in navigating through the complexities of transactions with various federal, state, and local agencies as well as with unions and non-government bureaucracies. MRG's Political Consultation encompasses a wide array of activities ranging from strategic campaign planning, coordinating and executing get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts, election law and other legal advisement, policy analysis, and speechwriting. He has worked on primary and general election campaigns for several U.S. Presidential candidates, coordinated volunteer recruitment for Presidential and gubernatorial candidates, provided service to multiple U.S. House and Senate campaigns, and worked on a number of local referenda and initiatives in his home state of Arizona.
MRG's Not-For-Profit Law & Consultation practice serves burgeoning charities to established not-for-profit organizations. In addition to providing legal and strategic advice, MRG's services include developing individually-tailored organizational formation documents, resolving intra-agency and external disputes, developing contracts with grant sources, and ensuring organizational compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. In addition to his aforementioned work on behalf of numerous theater organizations, he has, inter alia, provided his services to agencies serving various Jewish causes, at-risk youth, and gay and lesbian civil rights and anti-discrimination matters. In addition to his private legal practice, he has also worked as a policy analyst under a New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute contract (with a directive to develop educational and outreach strategies to under-served constituent populations of dozens of New York City Hispanic service agencies).
The commitment to public service that led MRG to law school and a legal career is reflected in the hundreds of hours he has logged in pro bono representation of and service for not-for-profit organizations, individuals, and various worthy causes. MRG has lectured at Columbia University, Princeton University, and Harvard University. He holds degrees from Princeton University (A.B., Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and Afro-American Studies), Columbia University School of Law (J.D.), and Harvard University (M.P.A., John F. Kennedy School of Government). He is a member of the American Bar Association, the D.C. Bar Association and its Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Section. In his other career as an actor/author/director, he is a member of Actors' Equity Association (EQUITY), American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA), The Dramatists Guild, and the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG).