JAMES W. PHARO, ESQ.

Senior Advisor

In addition to his work with Goldmark, Mr. Pharo maintains an active legal and business affairs practice providing legal and strategic advice to a variety of small and mid-sized advertising, media and publishing companies.

Previously, Mr. Pharo served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Lord Group, a full-service marketing communications agency that was a co-venture of Young & Rubicam and Japanese ad giant Dentsu. In that role, Mr. Pharo supervised a staff of 23 in the Finance, Facilities, HR and Administrative Departments, and was responsible for an operational turn-around that resulted in world-class margin improvements.

Prior to his work at The Lord Group, Mr. Pharo was the chief marketing and advertising legal advisor to Y&R. In addition to leading the company’s intellectual property work, he handled dozens of global agency-client deals, as well as numerous M&A transactions, including two Internet roll-ups. He was also instrumental in the firm’s successful entrance into on-line advertising.

Mr. Pharo began his career at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, one of the world’s leading M&A and corporate law firms. From there, Mr. Pharo joined the legal staff at American Express, where he became that firm’s first global Advertising Counsel, responsible for all legal aspects of the firm’s marketing and advertising, including contractual relations with the firm’s external marketing communications partners.

Mr. Pharo is a magna cum laude graduate of the Cardozo School of Law, where he served as Executive Editor of the Law Review and won the Felix Frankfurter Prize, and is a Dean’s List graduate of the University of Rochester. He currently serves on the Legal Affairs Committee of the American Association of Advertising Agencies.