Executive Director, Marla Grossman
Marla Grossman is one of the country’s preeminent intellectual property, technology and trade government relations attorneys. As a partner at the American Continental Group (ACG), she helps her clients with strategic public policy planning and representation before the White House, US federal agencies and the US Congress. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Coalition for Patent and Trademark Information Dissemination.
Ms. Grossman has been dubbed “The Influencer” by I AM Modern Magazine, an “industry insider,” a “mover and a shaker” and “the real deal” by IP Watchdog and a “leading copyright attorney and lobbyist” by the National Law Journal. The Washington Business Journal said, “Marla Grossman seems to turn everything she touches into gold” and named her one of the Washington DC area’s “Most Influential Business Women”. Ms. Grossman has been selected to the Washington DC Super Lawyer List every year since 2013, and she has been recognized as an Excellence in Advocacy Nominee.
Before joining ACG, Ms. Grossman was a partner at PCT Government Relations, a lobbying firm focused on intellectual property and technology public policy matters. Prior to that, Ms. Grossman was a partner at the law firm of DLA Piper, which had acquired the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, where she headed the Internet Ventures Group and practiced government relations law with such luminaries as the former US Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and the former US Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. While she was a partner at Verner, Liipfert, The National Journal described the firm as the top federal government relations firm in the US.
From 1997-1999, Ms. Grossman served as minority counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee, where she was instrumental in the development of policy positions and legislative initiatives for current US Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Ms. Grossman helped coordinate legislative activities for Senator Leahy on intellectual property, Internet usage, entertainment, online gaming and technology, and was directly involved with legislation such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; Copyright Term Extension Act; Trademark Law Treaty Implementation Act; Domain Name Amendment Act; and US Patent and Trademark Office Reauthorization Act. Before working on Capitol Hill, she served as the Assistant Director of Public Liaison and Director of Law Enforcement Outreach for the Clinton-Gore 1996 presidential campaign.
A 2001 Peabody Award winner, Ms. Grossman lectures and writes extensively on intellectual property, technology and trade issues.
Ms. Grossman received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa). She is admitted to the District of Columbia bar. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Yale Alumni Fund.
Deputy Executive Director, John Manchester
As an Associate at American Continental Group (ACG), John Manchester focuses on Intellectual Property, technology, and trade issues. Mr. Manchester is also responsible for producing the ACG "Content and Technology" and "Patent and Trademark" policy reports--two weekly newsletters that provide a comprehensive review of developments in the intellectual property policy space in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, and across the globe.
Mr Manchester also serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Coalition for Patent and Trademark Information Dissemination.
Prior to joining ACG, Mr. Manchester interned with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), working with her Armed Services Committee staff on defense, foreign policy and military issues.
A native of Granville, New York, Mr. Manchester graduated from Rhodes College in 2015 with a B.A. in History and International Studies.