Donald Gross is a trusted legal and strategy adviser who serves as Counsel to Montage Legal Group and as Senior Adviser to Albright Stonebridge Group. He assists both American and international clients in need of counsel in Washington or seeking to grow their businesses in the United States and the global market.
Don provides hands-on legal assistance and strategic advice in several core areas: commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, government relations, and international operations. He works with clients to devise and implement strategies to achieve their business objectives and overcome the commercial, regulatory, political and cultural obstacles they face – in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Don’s industry focus and specialization is primarily in the energy, transportation, infrastructure, commercial real estate, communications, financial services, health care and high-tech manufacturing sectors.
He draws upon his experience as a senior White House and State Department official, private sector attorney and negotiator, and U.S. diplomat to help his clients seize new opportunities, build partnerships with local stakeholders, obtain needed government support, comply with international trade and national security regulations, and succeed in reaching their overall objectives.
Don has held a number of senior public and private sector positions. He served as Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for International Security Affairs in the Department of State where he developed diplomatic strategy and held leadership roles on U.S. delegations negotiating sensitive security and strategic trade issues. Don was Counselor of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency where he conducted bilateral consultations with many Asian and European countries and developed multilateral U.S. strategy for concluding critical arms control treaties. He previously served as Director of Legislative affairs at the White House National Security Council.
Over the years, Don has published numerous articles on international business and public policy issues, served as a commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business News, SkyNews, the Voice of America, and the Wall Street Journal, and authored an acclaimed book on US-China relations titled “The China Fallacy: How the U.S. Can Benefit from China’s Rise and Avoid Another Cold War” (Bloomsbury 2013).
Since graduating with honors from Cornell University and obtaining his law degree at the University of Chicago, Don has practiced law in New York, Washington DC and Seoul, Korea. He has worked for a decade in Washington as a strategy adviser to U.S. and overseas-based multinationals operating in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the United States. He is an Adjunct Fellow of Pacific Forum CSIS, an arm of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a graduate of the program for senior executives in national and international security at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.