Marc E. Elias
Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Marc Elias is the chair of the Perkins Coie Political Law practice. His
practice focuses on representing public officials, candidates, parties,
corporations, tax-exempt organizations and Political Action Committees (PACs) in
connection with campaign finance, governmental ethics, lobbying disclosure, and
white-collar criminal defense matters. His clients include numerous Fortune 500
corporations, national non-profit organizations, lobbying firms, Am Law 100 law
firms, prominent individuals, candidates and campaigns.
Marc is a
nationally recognized authority in the Federal Election Campaign Act, the
Lobbying Disclosure Act, the Ethics in Government Act, the Foreign Agents
Registration Act, congressional and executive branch ethics and gift rules, and
federal and state pay-to-play laws and rules. He also advises and litigates
claims under the Voting Rights Act, Help America Vote Act and National Voter
Marc’s clients include the Democratic Senatorial
Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the
Democratic Governors Associations and numerous U.S. senators and representatives
and their campaigns. Marc also serves as general counsel to the National
Democratic Redistricting Trust and has been involved in redistricting litigation
in a number of states, including Texas, Florida, New York, Ohio, Virginia,
Nevada and Minnesota.
Marc served as lead counsel for Senator Al
Franken in the 2008 Minnesota Senate election recount and contest – the largest
recount and contest in American history. He successfully argued the case before
the Minnesota State Supreme Court that resulted in a unanimous decision
affirming that Franken had received the highest number of votes legally cast in
the 2008 general election for U.S. Senator.
In 2010 he successfully
represented Governor Mark Dayton in the Minnesota Governor's recount, including
a successful argument in the state Supreme Court. Marc represented Senator
Maria Cantwell in connection with her 2000 recount, Senator Harry Reid in
connection with his 1998 recount, and served as a consultant to the Senate Rules
Committee during its consideration of the 1996 Louisiana Senate election
contest. In 2010 he successfully represented Senator Robert Menendez in the New
Jersey Supreme Court case invalidating the application of state recall statutes
to U.S. Senators.
In 2004 Marc served as general counsel to the
Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign. He served in that same capacity for Chris
Dodd for President during the 2008 primary campaign.
represented numerous clients in public corruption and campaign finance matters
before the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and Offices of
Independent Counsel. He has also represented clients before committees of both
the House and Senate, as well as before federal agencies.
Named by Politico Magazine as one of the “50 Politicos to
Watch” he is frequently quoted in political law matters by the national media
and has spoken and written extensively about both politics and political
Marc teaches both law and political science. This spring he
is teaching Advanced Election Law at William & Mary Law School. In
the past, he has taught Modern Campaigns and Elections at Hamilton
College and Post Election Litigation at William & Mary Law School.
Marc is a member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on
Election Law as well as an adviser to two American Law Institute projects:
Principles of Government Ethics and Principles of Election Law:
Resolution of Election Disputes. He also co-chairs
Committee to Modernize Voter Registration.
Other Court Admissions
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia