Mark J. MacDougall’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense as well as complex civil litigation. He has extensive criminal and civil trial experience in federal and state courts across the United States. In 2006, he became the first Akin Gump partner elected to fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Mark previously served as a federal prosecutor with the Criminal Division of the DOJ, where he was the lead attorney in a series of highly successful bank and financial fraud prosecutions.
In private practice, Mark’s clients regularly include:
- Multinational businesses
- Senior U.S. and foreign government officials
- Corporate executives
- Public institutions
- Foreign governments
- Indigent defendants facing the death penalty
- Even an occasional spy.
Mark has handled numerous noteworthy and unusual cases for individuals and corporations facing a range of criminal charges and has secured substantial recoveries for clients in closely related civil litigation.
In addition, Mark has successfully defended numerous individuals and corporate clients facing false attacks in the media and on the Internet by combining traditional legal tools with sophisticated investigational methods. Mark and his colleagues have eliminated false and defamatory stories and obtained corrections and retractions from dozens of the world’s most prominent media outlets.
Mark also directs the firm’s extensive representation of religious institutes and congregations in the United States, Canada and Europe.
In addition to his law practice, Mark is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches courses in white collar crime and sentencing practice and policy.
- Groundbreaking cases in reputational protection and recovery.
- Former federal prosecutor with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
- Lead counsel in numerous criminal and civil trials nationwide.
- Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
- Negotiated immunity for the former Hillary Clinton Campaign IT staffer involved in federal and congressional investigations relating to the installation and use of private computer servers by U.S. Department of State officials.
- Sued Alex Jones and his media company Infowars for defamation on behalf of one of the nation’s leading consumer food companies in state court in Idaho – resulting in a full public retraction and apology by Jones.
- Led the trial defense of Earnest Daise on capital murder charges in the Circuit Court of Beaufort, South Carolina, resulting in the first unanimous verdict of life returned by a death-qualified jury in that state in more than twelve years.
- Recovered more than $50 million, unlawfully seized by federal prosecutors from a major national liquor and wine wholesaler, following a series of evidentiary hearings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
- Litigated a series of civil RICO claims, brought on behalf of the national aluminum concession of the Kingdom of Bahrain, which resulted in recoveries of more than $470 million from multinational corporations in the United States, Europe and Japan.
- Defended a former executive director of the Central Intelligence Agency charged with federal conspiracy and honest services fraud offenses.
- Currently defending the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the District of Columbia Bar and that Office’s individual staff attorneys in multiple federal civil lawsuits.
- Obtained an order of dismissal on all counts of a federal grand jury indictment charging one of the nation’s largest privately owned companies with multiple counts of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering – as well as a demand for forfeiture of $188 million – in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
- Secured a jury verdict of acquittal on all counts, following a two-week trial, for the senior director of Military Personnel Services Corporation on charges of conspiracy, bribery and money laundering in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
- Former Trustee, Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia.
- Former Director, IMG Worldwide.
- Former Director, 24 Hour Fitness.
- Former D.C. Chair, American College of Trial Lawyers.
- American College of Trial Lawyers, 2006.
- Adjunct professor of law, Georgetown University Law Center.
- Director, The Sentencing Project.
- Trustee, Austin Preparatory School (Reading, Massachusetts).
- J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1985
- M.B.A., Boston University, 1979
- B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1978
- District of Columbia
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