Marc Pearl

Senior Vice President, Counsel

Marc Pearl joined FH/GPC, Fleishman-Hillard's government relations/public affairs subsidiary in March 2002, to lead its Technology, Telecommunications & eCommerce practice group. Marc has more than 25 years of public policy and legal experience in both the private and public sectors. His practice focuses on strategic policy planning and advocacy on eBusiness/Internet issues for companies and associations who deal with policy makers on the federal, state/local and global levels, with a particular emphasis on privacy, cybersecurity, trade and jurisdiction/liability issues. Marc provides public policy support for a broad range of clients in the insurance, telecommunications, finance, health care, aviation, real estate, energy, and nonprofit sectors - including The Business Roundtable and the American Insurance Association.

Marc serves as the Department of State-appointed private sector eCommerce industry representative to the U.S. government delegation to The Hague Conference on International Private and Commercial Law, currently negotiating a proposed international treaty on Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments. He was also recently appointed to the Department of Commerce's Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Experts Committee on Electronic Commerce.

Before coming to FH/GPC Marc was a partner in the national law firm, Shaw Pittman LLP, and headed its eCommerce policy practice. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and General Counsel at the Information Technology Association of America, one of the largest and highly respected IT trade associations. He was appointed as a private sector representative on the U.S. government delegation at the World Intellectual Property Organization's 1996 Diplomatic Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, and was a member of the industry negotiating teams in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees that eventually helped draft the ISP provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. Marc also represented the domestic and international IT industries during the final negotiations of the 1997 WTO Basic Telecommunications Agreement in Switzerland, which successfully developed an implementation framework for opening up global telecommunications systems.

Marc served as the Chief of Staff, Legislative Counsel, and Appropriations Associate for senior members of Congress, including former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Marc directed community and political action organizations in New York, Los Angeles and Washington; and practiced law in Atlanta with the firm of Serby & Mitchell P.C.

Named one of the "Ten Leading IT Lobbyists" by Congressional Quarterly in 1999, Marc has testified numerous times before Congress, state legislatures and international agencies, and has led numerous domestic and global technology legislative and regulatory industry coalitions, on such issues as ISP liability, Y2K, intellectual property rights, information security, and cross-border jurisdiction. He is a sought-after print and broadcast media spokesman on technology, eCommerce and Internet policy issues, and has served as a faculty member or speaker at numerous national and international conferences on eCommerce and the Internet, including the Salzburg Seminar on "Transnational Perspectives on Intellectual Property and Communications Law" and Harvard University/Swiss Re's Rüschlikon Center's Global Dialogue.

Marc Pearl received his undergraduate degree with honors from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and his law degree from Emory University in Atlanta. He is married to Gwen Enfield Pearl, a distinguished psychotherapist in Washington, DC. Marc and Gwen have two teenage sons and a soft-coated Wheaten terrier.

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