Keith W. Mason
Over the course of a 30-year career, Keith Mason has built a unique mix of legal, business and political skills, giving him a deep understanding of how the worlds of business, government and public opinion intersect.
As an attorney with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA), he has served as a counselor on business strategy and public policy issues to CEOs and senior executives of many Fortune 500 companies. He currently serves as co-chair of the MLA Municipal Reform & Innovation practice.
In the world of government and politics, Mr. Mason served as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs in The White House, making him President Bill Clinton's principal liaison with the nation's governors. Mr. Mason also served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Georgia and has assisted various governors' offices across the country on a variety of issues. Mr. Mason remains actively involved with the nation's governors as a leader of the Democratic Governors Association, having served as Deputy Treasurer and Counselor to the Chair for a number of years during the past decade.
In the business world, Mr. Mason has been an active investor in a number of real estate projects across Georgia over the past two decades and was the first private real estate investor in the City of Atlanta's "Beltline Project", a nationally recognized public-private partnership infrastructure project. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Mason served as Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Ports Authority as part of his seven year period of Board service. During his tenure there, he guided the organization through major management and accountability reforms in an era of increased public scrutiny. Under his leadership, the Authority achieved record volume, increased support from federal, state and local stakeholders, and received international recognition as the fastest growing container port in the United States and embarked on a number of capital and service expansion initiatives.
Mr. Mason is regularly cited by media outlets as one of Georgia’s most influential lawyers and business leaders and frequently serves as a commentator on political and business issues. In 2009, he was listed in Georgia Trend's 2009 "Legal Elite" for Governmental Affairs.
- J.D., University of Georgia School of Law
- B.B.A., University of Georgia
Seminars and Presentations:
- "Bankruptcy, Restructuring and the Road Back," Bloomberg State & Municipal Finance 2012, June 7, 2012.