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“Mark knows how to construct and lead a winning legal team. A relationship-builder, he listens to our goals and has earned our trust by developing and implementing compliance, investigative and litigation strategies that have made our company more profitable and competitive.”

Corey Durbin, President, Shared Health Alliance

Overview

Clients concerned about civil and criminal congressional and federal investigations and enforcement actions turn to Mark to set things right. Mark has proven himself a zealous and successful advocate of his clients’ interests.

As a litigator and investigator, Mark draws on trial experience and years of government service to represent clients in: civil and criminal government investigations, cybersecurity, global anti-corruption (FCPA), and regulatory enforcement actions. He helps clients navigate matters involving government departments and agencies such as the DOJ, SEC, FDA, DOL, HHS, Treasury, Inspectors General, and state attorney generals and deals with complex and sensitive topics including corporate crisis management, government scrutiny, substantial media attention, congressional investigations, and government contract investigations. He has litigated civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, and has argued appeals before the Fourth Circuit.

Mark also advises clients on cutting edge compliance strategies and development of corporate compliance programs to help them avoid enforcement actions. When unavoidable, he helps clients involved in government investigations efficiently conduct internal audits, respond to government subpoenas, and navigate congressional inquiries and allegations of misconduct.

Mark handled a number of high-profile matters during his 16 years in the federal government in Washington, D.C., having served in the U.S. Department of Justice as a Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General during the George W. Bush administration, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mark also gained congressional insights as Deputy General Counsel to a U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee under Chairman Trey Gowdy and as a legislative staffer to Sen. John Ashcroft, who sat on both the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees.

Before moving to private practice, Mark worked as a deputy compliance officer to a Fortune 500 healthcare company that was under a HHS-OIG Corporate Integrity Agreement. This experience has enabled him to also counsel companies on effective detection of fraud, waste and abuse and how best to refer or disclose possible fraud matters to government agencies. In addition Mark managed False Claims Act and bribery investigations for the DOJ’s Civil and Criminal Fraud Sections, was a member of DOJ’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force, and also served as Deputy General Counsel for the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. As the executive director of the Justice Department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property, Mark spoke internationally on government enforcement strategies for corporate and small-business trade secret and intellectual property protection.

Mark’s background has given him a roadmap to represents clients facing congressional investigations or regulatory enforcement before virtually any federal agency.

“Mark knows how to construct and lead a winning legal team. A relationship-builder, he listens to our goals and has earned our trust by developing and implementing compliance, investigative and litigation strategies that have made our company more profitable and competitive.”

Corey Durbin, President, Shared Health Alliance


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Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
    • Thurgood Marshall Scholar
  • B.A., Truman State University
    • magna cum laude
    • Dean’s List 
    • President’s Honorary Scholarship 
    • NCAA Academic All-Conference Scholar Athlete

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Experience
  • Represents multiple CEO's before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence related to congressional investigation of potential Russian activities impacting the 2016 Presidential election.
  • Advised clients on Department of Justice (DOJ) asbestos trust fund fraud, waste and abuse strategies.
  • Represented universities, athletes and victims before Congress, law enforcement, and federal agencies in sexual harassment and assault investigations and crisis management.
  • Represents multinational company in pending Department of Justice (DOJ) National Security Division investigation.
  • Represents large regional hospital organization before Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • As deputy compliance officer of national healthcare company, managed corporate compliance group responsible for reporting fact-finding and analysis with respect to enterprise-wide compliance risk issues, including anti-kickback statute risk, billing and False Claims Act risk, and CIA-related matters.
  • Led internal investigation for Midwest nonprofit organization into allegations of possible leadership misconduct.
  • Advised clients on Drug Enforcement Administration and DOJ strategic enforcement and diversion matters.
  • Represented international Fortune 500 company on trade sanctions matter brought by Office of Foreign Assets Control.
  • Obtained successful outcomes for clients in Congressional investigations before House Intelligence Committee and other Congressional oversight Committees.
  • Counseled publicly traded Fortune 1000 company and trained employees on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and United Kingdom Bribery Act compliance.
  • Successfully resolved contractual matter before U.S. State Department for international company with business in Qatar.
  • Advised government contractor on alleged bribery investigation involving state attorney general and inspector general.
  • Successfully represented a healthcare client in an opioid healthcare investigation in Southern District of New York.
  • Successfully represented clients before DOJ and FBI regarding complex cybersecurity matters.
  • Successfully represented CEO before the Department of Labor in an investigation involving possible ERISA violations.
  • Represents clients in enforcement and regulatory proceedings before Congress, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Labor, Commerce, Transportation, Treasury, Health and Human Services, as well as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Department of Justice

  • Successfully led investigations and jury trials involving: Opioid, cannabis and international narcotics smuggling cases, as well as DEA pharmaceutical drug diversion cases; individual who engaged in criminal conduct aboard Delta Air Lines, and later successfully briefed and argued this matter before Fourth Circuit; and three-defendant trial in which he was responsible for all aspects of investigation and case, including drafting and filing motions, drafting and responding to discovery requests, writing response motions and drafting appellate briefs.
  • Worked on healthcare fraud policy issues and was detailed to Civil Fraud Section to investigate healthcare fraud parallel proceedings and work with committee of joint DOJ-HHS Healthcare Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team.
  • As executive director of the DOJ Intellectual Property Task Force: Coordinated department enforcement efforts to forge strategies to protect U.S. intellectual property against counterfeiting and piracy, with special emphasis on health and safety cases, including department IP strategy, metric and enforcement plan; developed and presented department IP strategic briefing and speeches to U.S. Chamber, congressional staff and business executives domestically and internationally in China and Brussels; and led cross-agency and border initiatives with Solicitor General's Office and department attorneys in criminal, civil and antitrust divisions.
Thought Leadership
Outside the Office

Mark enjoys spending time with his family, both at home and on vacation.

Mark also runs frequently, skis occasionally and enjoys writing. In his years at the Justice Department, he dealt with many young people who made mistakes or difficult life choices. From that grew a desire to inspire young people to make better choices. He has drafted a book with that goal, based on life lessons he learned from his grandfather.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity, the use of AI and other evolving technology and the ways those technologies are regulated are areas of particular focus for Mark.

As Executive Director of the Justice Department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property, Mark coordinated the DOJ’s enforcement efforts to forge strategies to protect U.S. intellectual property against counterfeiting and piracy, with a special emphasis on health and safety cases. In this role, Mark spoke internationally on government intellectual property, trade secret and cybersecurity enforcement strategies for corporate and small-businesses. He developed and presented intellectual property strategic briefings and speeches to the U.S. Chamber, congressional staff and business executives domestically, as well as in China and Belgium. He led cross-agency and border initiatives relating to intellectual property policy, legislation and enforcement strategies with DOJ, FBI, Congress, DHS and Department of Commerce, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other federal agencies.

In 2017, Mark formed the ACT (Artificial Intelligence, Cyber and Technology) Policy Network to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among business and thought leaders with strong interest in technology-related policymaking and to connect business leaders, academics, policy decision-makers and other thought leaders to ensure that informed decisions and practical policies would be forged moving forward.