Jeffrey D. Knowles

Jeff Knowles

Jeff Knowles is co-chair of Venable’s Advertising and Marketing Group, where he assists clients with national television advertising, direct-to-consumer marketing, and e-commerce. Jeff is nationally recognized as a prominent attorney in the electronic retailing and direct-response television industries.

Jeff represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Postal Service (USPS), state attorneys general, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and self-regulatory bodies, such as the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulatory Program (ERSP) and the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB). He counsels on matters related to law enforcement, federal and state regulation, litigation, and dispute resolution. He assists clients with unfair competition and protection of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, trade dress, and copyrights. He also handles media relations and crisis management.

Jeff founded and served for 13 years as general counsel to the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA). He is a member and a past chairman of ERA’s board of directors and a past chair of the Government Affairs Committee.




  • J.D. New York Law School 1975
  • B.A. Columbia University 1971

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
  • Member, Direct Marketing Association
  • Founder, board member and past chairman, Electronic Retailing Association; past chair, Government Affairs Committee
  • Member, Promotion Marketing Association
  • Member, board of trustees, New York Law School
  • Frequent author and lecturer on advertising, direct marketing, and e-commerce issues


  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America for Advertising Law, 2012 - 2020
  • Included in Washington DC Super Lawyers, 2017 - 2019
  • Recognized in National Law Journal’s Trailblazers: Regulatory & Compliance, 2015
  • Included in "The 500 Leading Lawyers in America" by Law Dragon
  • Recognized in Chambers USA (Band 2), Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory, National, 2011 - 2019
  • Recognized in Chambers USA (Band 3), Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory, National, 2010
  • Recognized as one of the nation's "Leading Lawyers" in Legal 500, Marketing & Advertising, 2009 - 2018
  • Recipient, ERA Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013
  • Recognized in Legal 500
    • Media, Technology and Telecoms - Advertising and Marketing - Transactional, 2019
    • Leading Lawyer, 2019
    • Hall of Fame, 2018 - 2019



  • Member, board of visitors, Columbia University