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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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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    15 years
  2. Corporate: 30%
    9 years
  3. Employment: 30%
    6 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Stephen J. Dunn

    Marc is a talented lawyer. He represents his clients zealously in litigation, but also knows how to make a great deal. I recommend him without reservation.


    Stephen Dunn Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Erik M. Rosenwood

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Erik Rosenwood Construction and development Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Essex Richards, P.A.

1701 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC, 28203-4727


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200207/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2012
Teaching FellowUniversity of North CarolinaN/A
Association of Fundraising ProfessionalsOutstanding Emerging PhilanthropistN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerEssex Richards, PA2010 - Present
Assistant General CounselLendingTree, LLC2007 - 2009
AssociateKennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman2004 - 2007
AssociateAlston & Bird, LLP2001 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of Law, BloomingtonN/AJD2001
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillEducation, History, Political ScienceBA1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationLessons Learned from a Litigator2012