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Overview

Mark advises clients on trade regulations, drawing on his background as an international trade compliance specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection.

Mark’s interest in the international world was sparked by studying abroad as an undergraduate and confirmed by further experiences overseas during law school, when he had the opportunity to participate in a comparative trial advocacy program in Dublin and serve as a clerk to a justice on the Supreme Court of Ireland. Excited at the possibility of a legal career with an international component, Mark chose to earn a Master of Laws in International Business and Trade Law, followed by a summer at the Caux Scholars Program in Switzerland.

After completing his education, Mark took a position in International Trade Administration at the Department of Commerce, where he worked with highly complex trade revenue cases. Mark led and managed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cases, including investigations, administrative reviews, sunset reviews, new shipper reviews, scope determinations and verifications; advised federal entities on legal issues related to non-tariff barriers to trade; developed litigation strategies; analyzed and interpreted petitioners’ and respondents’ legal arguments; and drafted decision orders. The work taught him both sides of cases in great detail, as well as the perspective of ruling entities.

In an effort to gain a broader, macro-level view of trade policy, Mark later joined the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection, where he led and advised on the development of Customs regulations. He provided technical assistance on trade policy to both foreign and domestic government agencies, guided civil enforcement activities, and supported the development of trade strategies. The experience gave him an inside view of how trade policies are developed and implemented by the government—an invaluable perspective that Mark now offers to firm clients.

At Husch Blackwell, Mark advises clients on compliance with export and import regulations, assists with the preparation of submissions to government agencies for licenses and official determinations, and conducts internal investigations of suspected violations and prepares resulting voluntary disclosures. Since early 2022, Mark’s work has focused heavily on export controls and economic sanctions directed against Russia and Belarus.

With a passion for international connections, Mark enjoys the added nuance that cultural components and perspectives add to complex business transactions, and he thrives on the challenge of navigating both culture and complex trade rules. He aims to make each client feel that their matter is the only one on his desk, and he understands the far-reaching implications of trade matters. Mark approaches each case with an appreciation for the effects the result will have not only for the client, but sometimes for an entire nation, and he’s deeply motivated to achieve the best outcome possible.


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Education

  • LL.M., University of Illinois at Chicago
    • International Business and Trade Law
    • Certificate of Concentration in International Corporate and Finance Law
  • J.D., University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
  • B.S., Bradley University

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Society for International Affairs
  • American Society of International Law
  • The Washington Foreign Law Society

Languages

  • French, proficient
Experience
  • Advised domestic and foreign-based clients on compliance with U.S. export controls (Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations), trade and economic sanctions (Office of Foreign Assets Control, with an emphasis on 2022 Western nations' sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus), anti-boycott controls and encryption issues.
  • Led and assisted in compliance counseling, preparing submissions to U.S. government agencies for licenses and official determinations, conducting internal investigations of suspected violations and preparing resulting voluntary disclosures, preparing compliance policies, and training.
  • Engaged in civil and criminal investigations involving high-value defense contractors, including internal investigations, contract formation, disclosures, classification, cross-border transactions and compliance programs.

At the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

  • Led and advised on the development of Customs regulations and internal controls that directly affected import and export license applications and other export-related agency filings.
  • Provided technical advice and guidance on the design, implementation, tracking, monitoring and evaluation of actions concerned with civil enforcement activities.
  • Served as the primary liaison to various organizations representing an assigned strategic sector and responded to top-level management concerning trade enforcement and trade compliance actions.
  • Provided technical assistance on trade policy to both foreign and domestic government agencies, while overseeing substantive research and analytical work leading to the development of trade strategies.
  • Organized and conducted in-depth legal training on the importation of rough diamond for CBP port personnel.
  • Coordinated with Customs' Forced Labor Division and external partners on projects related to forced labor and modern slavery, targeting key private and multi-lateral clients.
  • Represented the policy branch at various meetings, seminars, conventions and working groups, including the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
  • Led a variety of other activities, including responding to inquiries from internal and external stakeholders on the application of trade preference programs and customs procedures and updating training materials.

At the U.S. Department of Commerce:

  • Led and managed complex antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cases, including investigations, administrative reviews, sunset reviews, new shipper reviews, scope determinations and verifications.
  • Advised and supported the Office of Chief Counsel, Customs and other federal entities on legal issues related to non-tariff barriers to trade effecting U.S. importers and foreign manufacturers/exporters, while developing litigation strategies in preparation for oral arguments.
  • Analyzed and interpreted petitioners' and respondents' legal arguments, international trade issues, conditions and events in support of Department case decisions and policy formulation.
  • Calculated AD and CVD rates by analyzing complex import/export data and information, including import and export quantities, prices, licenses, contracts, applications, accounting ledgers and transactional reports.
  • Drafted decision orders and written legal memoranda, including internal and external federal decision memorandums, letters of intent, Federal Register notices, Customs instructions and legal communication with outside counsel and internal members.
  • Drafted dozens of instructions on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for various investigations, administrative reviews and sunset reviews. Instructions included, but not limited to, new shipper inquiries, automatic liquidation instructions, customs rate inquiries and clarification orders.
Outside the Office

Mark loves spending time outdoors and staying active, especially when that involves rock climbing, hiking or camping.

He also enjoys movies and checking out new events and places in the D.C. area.

Thanks to both his personal passion for all things international and his career in international trade, Mark is an avid traveler who has been all over the world for both business and pleasure. His favorite trip so far has been a personal visit to Iceland, a unique place he believes everyone ought to see.

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