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Recognized for his significant impact on the response marketing industry during the 2013 ERA Moxie Awards


Washington, DC (September 27, 2013) – On Thursday, September 26, the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA), the leading trade association for direct-to-consumer commerce, presented Venable LLP partner Jeffrey D. Knowles with its distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Mr. Knowles at the ERA Moxie Awards Gala, direct response marketing’s premier celebration honoring the best campaigns of the year, during the 2013 ERA D2C Convention. During the awards presentation, Mr. Knowles was also honored with a video tribute from his colleagues in the industry.

The ERA Lifetime Achievement Award, which is not presented every year, is awarded to an individual whose work has had a visible impact on the industry and has been acknowledged as doing so by other colleagues in the industry and the public at large. Past honorees include Kevin Harrington, Katie Williams, Billy Mays, Earl Greenburg, Rob Woodrooffe, Tim Hawthorne, Greg Renker, Joe Segal, Suzanne Somers, Mike Levey, and Ron Popeil.

“Our industry has grown into so much more than anyone could have imagined at ERA’s first meeting back in 1990,’ said Mr. Knowles. “I am truly honored to be recognized alongside many of the giants, who built our industry into what it is today. Few things in life are as gratifying, or as humbling, as having your life’s work recognized by your clients, peers and friends.”

Nationally recognized as a leading attorney in the direct response television industry, Mr. Knowles co-chairs Venable's Government Division and heads the firm's nationally recognized Advertising and Marketing Group. His practice focuses on national television advertising, direct-to-consumer marketing and e-commerce. For thirteen years, Mr. Knowles served as general counsel to the Electronic Retailing Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors and past Chairman of the Electronic Retailing Association and past Chair of the association's Government Affairs Committee.

Venable’s Advertising and Marketing Group consistently achieves high rankings in Chambers USA and is the only advertising law group in the nation to receive the Chambers Award for Excellence for two consecutive years. Mr. Knowles is nationally recognized by Chambers in its Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory category and has been named a “Leading Lawyer” for Marketing and Advertising by Legal 500 the past six years. The group has also currently ranked in the top tier by Legal 500 and U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms."

Representing a more than $350 billion market, the ERA is the only trade association in the U.S. and internationally that represents leaders of the direct-to-consumer marketplace. ERA strives to protect the regulatory and legislative climate of direct response, while ensuring a favorable landscape that enhances e-retailers’ ability to bring quality products and services to the consumer. The 2013 ERA D2C Convention is the 22nd annual show where the industry’s top technology innovators, manufacturers, buyers and marketers meet to learn about the hottest trends in the direct-to-consumer marketplace and meet with partners and potential customers to seal critical business relationships.


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Note: An American Lawyer 100 law firm, Venable LLP serves corporate, institutional, governmental, nonprofit, and individual clients throughout the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in California, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Delaware, Venable lawyers and legislative advisors serve the needs of our domestic and global clients in all areas of corporate and business law, and complex litigation.