Leonard L. Gordon, co-chair of Venable’s Advertising and Marketing Group, is a skilled litigator who leverages his significant experience working for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to help protect his clients’ interests and guide their business activity.
Len regularly represents companies and individuals in investigations and litigation with the FTC, state attorneys general, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Len also represents clients in business-to-business and class action litigation involving both consumer protection and antitrust issues. He also counsels clients on antitrust, advertising, and marketing compliance issues.
During his time with the FTC, most recently as the regional director for the Northeast Regional Office in New York City, Len managed case selection and supervision of all attorneys, investigators, and support personnel.
He served as the liaison to the Bureau of Competition, Bureau of Consumer Protection, and other law enforcement and community groups.
- Assistant Regional Director, Northeast Regional Office, Federal Trade Commission
- Regional Director, Northeast Regional Office, Federal Trade Commission
- Senior Attorney, Northeast Regional Office, Federal Trade Commission
- Defending payment processor in litigation brought by the FTC seeking to hold the processor liable for all of the alleged illegal conduct of two of its merchant customers
- Filed amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court for the Electronic Transactions Association regarding the FTC’s ability to obtain joint and several liability against a payment processor
- Represented multiple manufacturers of dietary supplements in FTC investigations into their advertising; several closed without agency action
- Numerous successful representations in state attorney general and FTC investigations involving advertising and negative option marketing
- Handled multiple representations involving privacy and data security investigations
- Currently representing Perdue in cases involving alleged agreement by poultry companies on grower compensation. Cases brought by putative class of growers in the Eastern District of Oklahoma (In reBroiler Chicken Grower Litigation)
- Advised numerous trade associations and standard-setting organizations on antitrust and consumer protection issues.
- J.D. with honors George Washington University Law School 1988
- B.A. George Washington University 1985
Bar Admissions : District of Columbia, Maryland, New York
Court Admissions : U.S. Supreme Court
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