Professional Biography

Marc E. Elias Partner

Firmwide Chair, Political Law Practice; Member, Firmwide Executive Committee






  • 09.05.2017
    CEOs, Politics and the Law: Guidelines for a New Era in Corporate Social Speech
    In recent weeks, America’s CEOs have spoken out on social issues like never before, placing the business community firmly within the national debate.
  • 2017
    Political Participation in 2017: Top Legal Concerns for Your Company
    General Publications
    Change has come to Washington, D.C. and state legislatures around the country. The fast pace of political changes ushered in during early 2017 can create both challenges and opportunities when it comes to complying with the rules governing corporate participation in the political process. Review our list of key areas to focus on when reviewing company practices and ways to navigate the most common issues that can arise.
  • 06.20.2014
    After McCutcheon
    General Publications
    In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court struck down the “biennial aggregate limit” — a federal law limiting the total amount of money that an individual may contribute to federal candidates, party committees, and political action committees (“PACs”) in each two-year period. The per-candidate and per-committee limits (known as the “base limits”) remain in place, so the practical effect of McCutcheon is that individuals may now contribute the maximum amount to as many federal candidates, parties, and PACs as they please. Read the full article.
  • 01.28.2010
    Supreme Court Makes Landmark Decision on Political Advertising Funding
    The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, a case examining the legality of a documentary film released in 2008 about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president. In a 5-4 ruling, the court struck down laws banning independent electoral and issue advocacy sponsored by nonprofit and for-profit corporations.
  • 08.12.2017
    Speaking Engagements
  • 10.03.2010 - 10.04.2010
    Speaking Engagements
    Pew Center on the States Election Initiatives
  • 05.11.2010
    Speaking Engagements
    The MSBA Appellate Practice Annual Dinner & Meeting
  • 04.01.2010
    Speaking Engagements
    Annual Symposium of the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy
    New York University School of Law
  • 03.03.2010
    General Events
    Testified before FEC on Coordinated Communication Rulemaking.
  • 02.04.2010
    General Events
    Presentation at event hosted by The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and the Federalist Society.


Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • 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


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Duke University, M.A., Political Science, 1993
  • Hamilton College, B.A., Government, 1990