Ethan Corson

Ethan Corson joined Blake & Uhlig in 2019.

Mr. Corson previously served as Executive Director of the Kansas Democratic Party from August 2017 to August 2019, where he oversaw all aspects of the Party’s operations and helped lead the Party through its most successful election cycle in a decade, including the election of Governor Laura Kelly and Congresswoman Sharice Davids.

Prior to serving as Executive Director, Mr. Corson was appointed by President Barack Obama to two senior executive positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He first served as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, where he assisted the Secretary in her work as a core member of President Obama’s economic team and as the country’s chief commercial advocate and point person on manufacturing. He then served as Chief of Staff of the International Trade Administration, where he helped manage the day-to-day operations of a global bureau of 2,200+ employees spread across 78 countries and 105 U.S. cities with an annual budget of nearly $500 million. Drawing on these experiences, Mr. Corson served as a Fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas in the spring of 2019, focusing on International Trade.

Before entering government service, Mr. Corson was a commercial litigator for seven years in the Washington, D.C. office of one of the country’s top law firms, handling all manner of cases in state and federal courts across the country, including class actions, products liability cases, commercial disputes, mass torts, breach of contract, employment discrimination cases, and a range of other civil matters. Mr. Corson is experienced in all phases of litigation, from initiation of complaint through the appeals stage. In 2015, he was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a national rating service of outstanding lawyers. In addition to his commercial practice, Mr. Corson focused his pro bono practice on voting rights litigation.

In 2012, Mr. Corson served as the deputy voter protection director for President Obama’s campaign in Wisconsin, where he helped recruit, train, and organize over 1,000 attorneys to make sure that every eligible voter was able to vote and have their vote counted. He used that expertise to play a critical role in the Kansas Democratic Party’s 2014 election protection effort.

Mr. Corson graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2008, where he was an Associate Editor of the Global Studies Law Review, an Honor Scholar, a recipient of the Judge John W. Calhoun Award for Excellence in Trial Practice, and a member of the Dean’s List and the National Trial Advocacy Team. He received a Bachelor of Science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005, where he was a member of both the baseball team and the Dean’s List and the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. Mr. Corson received an Associate Degree from Garden City Community College in 2003, where he was a member of the baseball team, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Dean’s List, in addition to being recognized as a National Junior College Athletic Association Distinguished Academic All-American and First Team Academic All-American.