Paul Gardner has built a Baltimore law firm known for representing musicians and other entertainers. Now, he also counts among his clients the aspiring reality TV stars who crashed last week's White House state dinner.
A woman who answered the phone this morning at the Gardner Law Group confirmed that Gardner is representing Michaele and Tareq Salahi. Gardner did not return a message requesting comment. The Associated Press reported over the weekend that he had posted a comment on the couple’s Facebook page saying, “My clients were cleared by the White House, to be there.” The page has since been swamped with other messages.
Gardner is no stranger to the intersection of social networking and the law. Last year, he told a legal marketing newsletter about using MySpace to help build his practice, beginning by adding “friends” to his page and then communicating with at least one musician.
Gardner (Delaware, Howard Law) was an associate at what was then DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary from 2001 to 2004, according to his online résumé.
On Thursday, the House Homeland Security Committee is expected to hold a hearing on the Salahis’ attendance at the state dinner. Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement today that he is inviting the Salahis to testify.