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Zachary Parks advises corporations, trade associations, campaigns, and high-net worth individuals on their most important and challenging political law problems.

Chambers USA describes Mr. Parks as “highly regarded by his clients in the political law arena,” noting that clients praised him as their “go-to outside attorney for election law, campaign finance, pay-to-play and PAC issues.” Mr. Parks is also a leading lawyer in the emerging corporate political disclosure field, regularly advising corporations on these issues.

Election and Political Law

  • Represented Qualcomm in first-of-its-kind litigation brought by New York State Common Retirement Fund to compel production of internal books and records concerning political contributions. New York State Common Retirement Fund v. Qualcomm Incorporated (Del. Ch., 2013) (No. 8170-CS).
  • Represented prominent political candidate in connection with high-profile “pay-to-play” investigation.
  • Successfully defended nationally known television personality in investigation by the Federal Election Commission.
  • Spearheaded political law compliance review for global natural resources company.
  • Led internal lobbying disclosure compliance review for leading international financial services firm.
  • Represented major manufacturer in Government Accountability Office audit of its compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act.
  • Served as on-site First Amendment counsel for national political party convention.
  • Represented the Republican National Committee in investigations by the House Judiciary Committee and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform relating to the use of RNC email accounts by White House officials.
  • Conducted internal investigation for the National Republican Congressional Committee concerning one of the largest ever embezzlements by a political committee treasurer.
  • Prepared pharmaceutical company CEO for testimony before U.S. House committee panel.

Complex Litigation

  • Represented leading financial institution in multiple consumer protection class actions, including a major multi-district class action, all of which were successfully settled.
  • Represented a leading financial institution in antitrust class action brought against eight banks. The case was successfully settled as to Mr. Parks’ client.
  • Won dismissal of fraud claims and favorably settled multi-million dollar arbitration for sellers of a United States software company.

Pro Bono

  • Counsel of record in Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of family members of soldiers named on the Peace Cross in American Legion v. American Humanist Association (No. 17-1717).
  • Prepared Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of 207 Members of Congress in Zubik v. Burwell (No. 14-1418).
  • Prepared Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of 88 Members of Congress in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (No. 13-354).
  • Represented Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as regulatory compliance counsel.
  • Won unanimous reversal of Maryland resident’s firearms and controlled substance convictions. Carrero-Vasquez v. Maryland (Md. Spec. App. 2013) (No. 1443).
  • Chambers USA, Government: Political Law (2015-2017) 
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Legislative & Governmental Affairs "Rising Star" (2014-2017)