Marc attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Political Science and Secondary Education in 1997. At UNC he was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. Mr. Gustafson received his law degree in 2001 from Indiana University, where he was a merit scholarship recipient.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Gustafson joined the law firm of Alston & Bird, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. Alston & Bird is a national law firm with more than 900 lawyers and is recognized as one of the premiere law firms in the country. At Alston & Bird, Mr. Gustafson was a member of the Securities Litigation Group and specialized in litigating class actions involving claims of securities fraud, commercial disputes between businesses, and representing officers and directors.
In 2005, Mr. Gustafson returned to his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina and joined Kennedy, Covington, Lobdell & Hickman, LLP (now K&L Gates). There, Mr. Gustafson specialized in financial services litigation, public company board representation, and credit and lending disputes.Mr. Gustafson was recruited to join the legal team of LendingTree, LLC in Charlotte, NC. At LendingTree, Mr. Gustafson managed the company's litigation portfolio, including a nationwide class action involving the theft of consumer data. He also managed the company's mergers and acquisitions activity and negotiated numerous contracts on behalf of LendingTree.
In addition to his successful legal career, has been an active member of the Charlotte community. Mr. Gustafson was elected to the University of North Carolina Board of Visitors, following a successful stint as the chairperson of the UNC Young Alumni Club. He is an active volunteer with the Charlotte Arts & Science Council, as a basic Operating Grant Panelist, a 2008 graduate of Cultural Leadership Training, and a former chairperson of the Young Donors Society, a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and the Public Art Commission. He also served as a board member for the McColl Center for Visual Art and was the founding chairperson of the Contemporaries. In November 2009, Mr. Gustafson was named Young Benefactor of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.He has been very active with, and raised thousands of dollars for, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. He is a member of the board of The Spokes Group, which distributes almost 2,000 bicycles a year through the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2002||11/07/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2012|
|Teaching Fellow||University of North Carolina||N/A|
|Association of Fundraising Professionals||Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist||N/A|
|Partner||Essex Richards, PA||2010 - Present|
|Assistant General Counsel||LendingTree, LLC||2007 - 2009|
|Associate||Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman||2004 - 2007|
|Associate||Alston & Bird, LLP||2001 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|North Carolina Bar Association||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Charlotte Viewpoint||Dangerous Use of Pronouns||2013|
|Lawyers Weekly||Everything I learned About Being a Lawyer I Learned in Retail||2013|
|Charlotte Observer||What Charlotte's Public Art Says About Wow We View World||2013|
|Lawyer Weekly||Savoring the good times can breed more success||2011|
|Lawyer Weekly||Lawyers operate in different universe from clients||2011|
|Lawyer Weekly||Telling Your Client's Story||2010|
|Lawyer Weekly||Pitching an expedient white lie can create lasting skepticism||2010|
|Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington||N/A||JD||2001|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||Education, History, Political Science||BA||1997|
|Continuing Legal Education||Lessons Learned from a Litigator||2012|