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Kenneth A. Gross

Kenneth A. Gross

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Washington, DC, USA


A nationally renowned authority on campaign law compliance, gift and gratuity rules, lobby registration provisions, and securities laws regulating political activity and municipal securities transactions, Kenneth A. Gross counsels numerous Fortune 500 corporations and political candidates at the state and federal level. As former associate general counsel of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Mr. Gross headed the general counsel’s Enforcement Division and supervised the legal staff charged with the review of the FEC’s Audit Division.

Presently, his clients include commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, energy companies, pharmaceuticals, accounting firms, real estate firms, media companies and trade associations. He advises elected officials as well as candidates facing various federal and state races. Mr. Gross also counsels senior-level political appointees facing Senate confirmation in matters related to compliance with government ethics laws.

Mr. Gross is well-known for his experience regarding the Ethics in Government Act, the Lobbying Disclosure Act, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, and the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate ethics rules. He also has worked extensively with federal and state lobby registration laws. Additionally, he advises corporations on internal ethics guidelines and conducts internal investigations. Mr. Gross advises many corporations on their responses to shareholder proposals regarding disclosure of political and lobbying expenditures.

Beginning with the underwriting scandals on political contributions in the late 1980s and 1990s that led to MSRB Rules G-37/G-38 regulating the activities of broker-dealers, Mr. Gross has been at the forefront in advising clients on compliance with pay-to-play rules. Such rules have broadened over the years to restrict activity by investment advisers (SEC Rule 206(4)-5) as well as swap dealers (CFTC Rule 23.451).

Mr. Gross repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America. Washingtonian Magazine repeatedly has recognized him as a top lawyer in the field of ethics and election law. In addition, he was recognized as a leading Washington, D.C. attorney by Washington Post Magazine and was named Best Lawyers’ 2017 Washington, D.C. Government Relations Practice Lawyer of the Year. In addition, in 2006, Mr. Gross was the recipient of the Council on Governmental Ethics Law (COGEL) Award, the highest award given by COGEL in recognition of service to the ethics community.

In addition, he is the co-author of the Ethics Handbook for Entertaining and Lobbying Public Officials. His published articles on campaign finance have appeared in the Stanford Law and Policy Review and the Yale Law & Policy Review; Federal Bar Journal; Corporate Political Activities (published by Business Laws, Inc.); Money, Elections and Democracy; and several other publications. He also is the author of supplements to a treatise titled “Federal Regulation of Campaign Finance and Political Activity.” Mr. Gross has co-authored summaries of the STOCK Act for the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

As an active participant in various nonprofit organizations, Mr. Gross serves on the board of trustees of the Campaign Finance Institute and is a member of the executive committee and counsel to the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Mr. Gross is a co-founder of No Labels, a nonprofit focused on developing bipartisan approaches toward solving our nation’s problems. He also is a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Lawyers Committee and a board member of the Public Affairs Council.

Mr. Gross has served on the faculty of George Washington University and also at New York University. He often lectures at Georgetown University Law Center, Fordham University School of Law and American University.

Kenneth A. Gross is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws
Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Political Activity by Federal Contractors (June 6, 2017) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Political Activity by Foreign Nationals (June 6, 2017) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Political Activity by Banks (June 6, 2017) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Political Activity by Trade Associations (June 6, 2017) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Preface - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Federal Political Activity (June 6, 2017) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Pay-to-Play Laws (June 6, 2017) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Federal Political Activity (June 15, 2018) - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018
Political Activity by Trade Associations (June 15, 2018) - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018
Political Activity by Foreign Nationals (June 15, 2018) - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018
Political Activity by Federal Contractors (June 15, 2018) - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018
Political Activity by Banks (June 15, 2018) - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018
Pay-to-Play Laws (June 15, 2018) - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018
Preface - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018
Treatise  Treatise Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition) - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters State Laws, Rules, and Policies Impacting Corporate Government Relations; and Appendices 4A-4B - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
Pay-to-Play Rules; and Appendices 5A-5B - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
Campaign Finance Under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA); and Appendices 1A-1C - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
Federal Lobbying and Gift Laws; and Appendices 6A-6B - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
Political Action Committees; and Appendices 2A-2F - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
Preface - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
Executive Fundraising; and Appendices 3A-3D - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
Table of Contents - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
Introduction and Acknowledgments - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
Index - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
McCutcheon v. FEC - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
The Federal Election Commission: Processes and Enforcement; and Appendix 8A - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (2018 Edition), Thursday, July 19, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, October 04, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Corporate Political Activities 2019: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 05, 2019, Washington, DC
Corporate Political Activities 2019: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, October 03, 2019, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and, Thursday, October 04, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Corporate Political Activities 2019: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, October 03, 2019, San Francisco, CA
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