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March 2024

Stephen Freeland Joins GRSM as Co-Chair of Advertising & E-Commerce Group

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, the nation's first and only full-service law firm with offices in all 50 states, welcomes Stephen Freeland as Co-Chair of the firm’s Advertising & E-Commerce group.

Steve focuses his practice on advertising and marketing compliance, Lanham Act litigation, defense of FTC and other regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, and consumer class actions. He represents direct to consumer retailers across all verticals, as well as lead generators and service providers serving the e-commerce ecosystem. He helps businesses to succeed in the areas of advertising, consumer protection, telemarketing, privacy, intellectual property, and artificial intelligence.

“Steve and I worked very closely together for several years at our prior firm, he’s one of the best advertising and e-commerce lawyers in the country, and I am thrilled that we’ve reunited,” said Damon Wright, Co-Chair of the firm’s Advertising & E-Commerce group and Chair of the firm’s Artificial Intelligence group. “Steve has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, outstanding communication and strategic thinking skills, and a deep, practical understanding of the business issues our clients face. He is a powerful addition to our vibrant Advertising & E-Commerce group."

Steve previously served as a leading member of an Artificial Intelligence committee with another AmLaw 100 firm. He also frequently writes and presents on artificial intelligence, advertising, consumer protection, and telemarketing issues.

He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits. He earned his law degree from George Mason University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Marymount University.

The GRSM Advertising and E-Commerce Group understands the unique business, legal, and regulatory issues that face e-commerce retailers, other online advertisers, and their service providers. The path from start-up to brand empire can be disrupted by many forces, including the FTC, state attorneys general, consumer class action counsel, online marketplaces, social media platforms, news media, traffic providers, payment processors, competitors, and counterfeiters. We understand all of these challenges and protect and defend our clients to avoid and overcome them.

For more information, see E-Commerce Legal Guide.

Stephen R. Freeland