Areas of Emphasis:
District of Columbia, 1989
United States Supreme Court, 1983
J.D., Washington & Lee University, 1976
B.A., Washington & Lee University, 1973
E. Mark Braden concentrates his work principally on election law and governmental affairs. This field includes work with Congress, the Federal Election Commission, state campaign finance agencies, ballot access issues, political broadcast regulation, contests, recounts, the Voting Rights Act, initiatives, referendums and redistricting. Each is an area in which he has substantial knowledge and unusual experience.
Mr. Braden spent ten years as Chief Counsel to the Republican National Committee prior to joining Baker & Hostetler. He has worked intimately with many elected officials, the major national political consultants, and pollsters providing successful, and often highly innovative, legal guidance. For example, in campaign finance, he can rightly claim to be the father of "soft money" as now used in national political campaigns. In redistricting, he has been involved in litigation across the nation. In addition to his experience in the area of federal election law, Mr. Braden is widely recognized as an authority on state election laws, having served as Chief Counsel to the Ohio Elections Commission and Election Counsel for the Secretary of State in Ohio. He was a principal lawyer in two of the largest recounts in our political history--governors' races in New Jersey and Illinois.
Mr. Braden was a key negotiator for the site city agreements and many of the other contracts for four Republican National Conventions and has been special counsel to the House Oversight Committee. He has also worked with many nonprofit organizations on government affairs issues.
Mr. Braden has testified before congressional committees and the Federal Election Commission on numerous occasions. His experience in these areas has been recognized by numerous invitations to be guest lecturer at universities and institutes across the nation.
Mr. Braden is a member of the adjunct faculty of George Washington University and Catholic University of America.