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Mark Srere is the leader of the White Collar Defense & Investigations/Securities Enforcement and Litigation Client Service Group.  He defends individual and corporate clients in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, higher education, energy, and manufacturing, that are targets of criminal prosecution, from grand jury appearances to trial.  Using the insight and knowledge gained through his criminal trial practice, he is ideally situated to counsel corporate clients on compliance issues and internal investigations.

For more than 30 years, Mark has worked with his clients to explain the challenges posed by intense government scrutiny and to develop strategies to survive the roller coaster ahead. He has a broad range of experience conducting internal investigations and the defense of criminal and civil actions involving accounting fraud, disclosure issues, internal controls and corporate governance, tax fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and export/control concerns, Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigations, Drug Enforcement Agency issues and major fraud investigations. He has been involved in all aspects of the SEC’s enforcement program including the Wells process and the emerging issues surrounding the agency’s whistleblower programs and employee protections thereunder.

To avoid the back-end government complications, Mark also partners with his clients to understand their business operations and goals before drafting policies, implementing compliance programs and addressing due diligence issues that arise from mergers and acquisitions, hiring of agents and joint ventures, as well as designing training programs in the anti-corruption and whistleblower areas.

Mark is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches International White Collar Crime. He is also a frequent author and speaker on a range of subjects related to white collar crime.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyer 2014-2016
    • Texas Law Review – Articles Editor
    • Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas Gibbs Gee, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Board of Trustees for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, 2000-2011
    • Board of Directors for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2000-2011
    • Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas Gibbs Gee, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Board of Trustees for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, 2000-2011
    • Board of Directors for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2000-2011
    • Board of Directors for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2000-2011
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Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association  – Member, Criminal Justice Section
    • DRI – Vice Chair, Corporate Integrity and White Collar Crime Committee, 2009-2010
    • District of Columbia Bar  Association – Member, Criminal Law & Individual Rights Section
    • DRI – Vice Chair, Corporate Integrity and White Collar Crime Committee, 2009-2010
    • District of Columbia Bar  Association – Member, Criminal Law & Individual Rights Section
    • District of Columbia Bar  Association – Member, Criminal Law & Individual Rights Section
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Publications

  • "Top 10 Things to Do if the Government Comes Knocking With a Search Warrant," Bloomberg Law White Collar Crime Report, September 29, 2017.
  • Co-Author, "English High Court Decision Causes Concern Over Privilege for Internal Investigations," The Global Legal Post, March 20, 2017
  • "Benchmarking Your FCPA Compliance Program: Six Practical Tips From Recent SEC Settlements," Corporate Law & Accountability Report, Oct. 7, 2016
  • "Whistling Fast and Furious: SEC and CFTC Continue to Issue Awards," Journal of Investment Compliance, 2016
  • “Parallel Civil and Criminal Proceedings.” False Claims Act Institute put on by the American Law Institute, May 13, 2014
  • "The Prosecutorial Misconduct Report in United States v. Stevens And the Fairness in Evidence Disclosure Act of 2012: Two Strong Steps Toward Open File Discovery," Bloomberg BNA Insights, May 2012
  • "The Ever-Increasing Enforcement of the FCPA” in Westlaw’s International Bribery: FCPA Update, 2011
  • Co-author of reference book “Corporate Criminal Defense: Compliance, Investigation, and Trial Strategies,” Aspen Publishers, 2010
  • “The Top Five Compliance Challenges for 2010,” Corporate Compliance Insights, May 24, 2010
  • Co-Author, “Anti-Bribery Laws in Europe: A Review of Developments in 2008 & 2009,” Bloomberg European Law Journal, May 2009
  • Quoted in “FCPA Enforcement is on the Rise Worldwide,” Rx Compliance Report, December 2008
  • Quoted in “Risk of Bribe Probes Grows for Business,” National Law Journal, January 7, 2008
  • Co-author of “See for Yourself:  A Health Care Provider’s Guide to Conducting Internal Investigations and Audits,” HCPro, 2003
  • “Companies Beware: Sarbanes-Oxley Lowers the Criminal Sanction Threshold for Retaliation,” Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, September 2002
  • “Civil Fines Under False Claims Act Are Subject to Eighth Amendment Review,” Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, April 2001
  • “Fifth Circuit Ruling Leaves False Claims Act Qui Tam Provision in Doubt,” Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, December 1999
  • “How to Respond to Court Ordered Search Warrants,” Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, March 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • "Fraud Considerations for Your Organization," NFP Fraud Seminar hosted by Grant Thornton, Dec. 6, 2016
  • "Pros & Cons of Separating the CLO and CCO Roles," National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) Billion Dollar Chief Legal Officers Roundtable, Nov. 4, 2015
  • "Third-Party Corruption Risk Management: A Practical Guide for Decentralized Companies," March 24, 2015
  • "Step-by-Step Approach on How to Conduct an Internal Investigation of a False Claims Allegation - Scoping Your Action Plan," Advanced Forum on False Claims & Qui Tam Enforcement Post-Conference Workshop, Jan. 29, 2014
  • "Right Sizing the Corporate Investigation: How Much is Enough?" ABA Criminal Justice Section, Jan. 16, 2014
  • "Gaining A Practical and Effective Approach to Internal Compliance Investigations," Strategic Risk & Compliance 2013 Conference, May 21, 2013 
  • "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Top Ten Reasons To Know At Least A Little Bit About It--And Five Things To Do About It," ACC Small Law Presentation, March 14, 2013
  • "International White Collar Crime Issues," A Presentation to the Virgin Islands Bar Association December 9, 2011
  • “Pro-active Tactics Underscore FCPA Exposure,” Washington Legal Foundation’s Legally Brief Program, March 05, 2010
  • “FCPA Enforcement & Financial Crisis: How World-Wide Government Intervention Affects Foreign Corrupt Practices Compliance,” Washington Legal Foundation’s Web Seminar, December 10, 2008
  • “The Program in Action: Audience Discussion of a Hypothetical Hotline Call and Investigation,” Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (WESFACCA) Building a Compliance & Ethics Program, November 18, 2008
  • “Assessing Ramifications and Ensuring Right Decisions Based on Investigation Results,” Corporate Investigations Program, May 20, 2008
  • “Compliance with U.S. Laws/FCPA,” WESFACCA Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances Seminar, May 6, 2008
  • “Exerting Greater Control Over Non-U.S. Subsidiaries,” FCPA and International Anti-Corruption for Pharma and Life Sciences Program, April 29, 2008
  • “The Fundamentals of Investigating and Defending White-Collar Healthcare Offenses,” ABA Health Law Section’s Emerging Issues Conference, February 21, 2007
  • “Legal Ethics for Exempt Organization Practitioners,” Georgetown University Law Center’s Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations Seminar, April 27, 2006
  • “Preparing Your Company for the Current Wave of Criminal Investigations in the Energy Industry,” South Texas College of Law Power Institute, June 5, 2003
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Mark Srere is a member of the White Collar Defense & Investigations/Securities Enforcement and Litigation Client Service Group. His practice concentrates in the criminal area and he provides counseling to corporate clients on compliance issues and internal investigations. He also provides a full range of services to individual and corporate clients that are targets of criminal prosecution, from grand jury appearances to trials.

Mr. Srere has extensive experience related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He provides a full range of counseling for clients in anti-corruption compliance areas, including drafting policies and implementing compliance programs that address not only the FCPA, but also other anti-corruption laws such as the UK Bribery Act and the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.

He regularly addresses and presents on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering due diligence issues that arise from international business transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, hiring of agents and joint ventures. Moreover, he has designed and taught training programs in the anti-corruption and anti-money-laundering areas.

Mr. Srere also conducts internal investigations related to anti-corruption and anti-money laundering issues and counsels clients on remedial measures. He further counsels clients on disclosure issues. He defends against government investigations, including from the SEC, when necessary.

Mr. Srere has represented companies and individuals in SEC investigations related to reporting issues, securities fraud allegations, aiding and abetting issues, books and records violations, Sarbanes-Oxley violations, and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Complaints. His SEC-related matters include both criminal and civil actions.

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia, 1987

Texas, 1986

Education

The University of Texas, J.D., with honors, 1986

Reed College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1981

Publications

  • The Ever-Increasing Enforcement of the FCPA" in Westlaw's International Bribery: FCPA Update, 2011
  • Co-author of reference book "Corporate Criminal Defense: Compliance, Investigation, and Trial Strategies," Aspen Publishers, 2010
  • "The Top Five Compliance Challenges for 2010,” Corporate Compliance Insights, May 24, 2010
  • Co-Author, “Anti-Bribery Laws in Europe: A Review of Developments in 2008 & 2009,” Bloomberg European Law Journal, May 2009
  • Quoted in “FCPA Enforcement is on the Rise Worldwide,” Rx Compliance Report, December 2008
  • Quoted in “Risk of Bribe Probes Grows for Business,” National Law Journal, January 7, 2008
  • Co-author of “See for Yourself:  A Health Care Provider’s Guide to Conducting Internal Investigations and Audits,” HCPro, 2003
  • “Companies Beware: Sarbanes-Oxley Lowers the Criminal Sanction Threshold for Retaliation,” Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, September 2002
  • “Civil Fines Under False Claims Act Are Subject to Eighth Amendment Review,” Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, April 2001
  • “Fifth Circuit Ruling Leaves False Claims Act Qui Tam Provision in Doubt,” Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, December 1999
  • “How to Respond to Court Ordered Search Warrants,” Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, March 1998

Speeches and Seminars

  • “Pro-active Tactics Underscore FCPA Exposure,” Washington Legal Foundation’s Legally Brief Program, March 05, 2010
  • “FCPA Enforcement & Financial Crisis: How World-Wide Government Intervention Affects Foreign Corrupt Practices Compliance,” Washington Legal Foundation’s Web Seminar, December 10, 2008
  • “The Program in Action: Audience Discussion of a Hypothetical Hotline Call and Investigation,” Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (WESFACCA) Building a Compliance & Ethics Program, November 18, 2008
  • “Assessing Ramifications and Ensuring Right Decisions Based on Investigation Results,” Corporate Investigations Program, May 20, 2008
  • “Compliance with U.S. Laws/FCPA,” WESFACCA Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances Seminar, May 6, 2008
  • “Exerting Greater Control Over Non-U.S. Subsidiaries,” FCPA and International Anti-Corruption for Pharma and Life Sciences Program, April 29, 2008
  • “The Fundamentals of Investigating and Defending White-Collar Healthcare Offenses,” ABA Health Law Section’s Emerging Issues Conference, February 21, 2007
  • “Legal Ethics for Exempt Organization Practitioners,” Georgetown University Law Center’s Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations Seminar, April 27, 2006
  • “Preparing Your Company for the Current Wave of Criminal Investigations in the Energy Industry,” South Texas College of Law Power Institute, June 5, 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association  – Member, Criminal Justice Section
  • DRI – Vice Chair, Corporate Integrity and White Collar Crime Committee, 2009-2010
  • District of Columbia Bar  Association – Member, Criminal Law & Individual Rights Section
  • Texas Law Review – Articles Editor

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas Gibbs Gee, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Board of Trustees for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, 2000-2011
  • Board of Directors for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2000-2011

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyer 2014
    • Texas Law Review – Articles Editor
    • Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas Gibbs Gee, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Board of Trustees for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, 2000-2011
    • Board of Directors for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2000-2011
    • Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas Gibbs Gee, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Board of Trustees for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, 2000-2011
    • Board of Directors for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2000-2011
    • Board of Directors for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2000-2011
Read More

Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association  – Member, Criminal Justice Section
    • DRI – Vice Chair, Corporate Integrity and White Collar Crime Committee, 2009-2010
    • District of Columbia Bar  Association – Member, Criminal Law & Individual Rights Section
    • DRI – Vice Chair, Corporate Integrity and White Collar Crime Committee, 2009-2010
    • District of Columbia Bar  Association – Member, Criminal Law & Individual Rights Section
    • District of Columbia Bar  Association – Member, Criminal Law & Individual Rights Section
Read More

Publications

  • "Top 10 Things to Do if the Government Comes Knocking With a Search Warrant," Bloomberg Law White Collar Crime Report, September 29, 2017.
  • Co-Author, "English High Court Decision Causes Concern Over Privilege for Internal Investigations," The Global Legal Post, March 20, 2017
  • "Benchmarking Your FCPA Compliance Program: Six Practical Tips From Recent SEC Settlements," Corporate Law & Accountability Report, Oct. 7, 2016
  • "Whistling Fast and Furious: SEC and CFTC Continue to Issue Awards," Journal of Investment Compliance, 2016
  • “Parallel Civil and Criminal Proceedings.” False Claims Act Institute put on by the American Law Institute, May 13, 2014
  • "The Prosecutorial Misconduct Report in United States v. Stevens And the Fairness in Evidence Disclosure Act of 2012: Two Strong Steps Toward Open File Discovery," Bloomberg BNA Insights, May 2012
  • "The Ever-Increasing Enforcement of the FCPA” in Westlaw’s International Bribery: FCPA Update, 2011
  • Co-author of reference book “Corporate Criminal Defense: Compliance, Investigation, and Trial Strategies,” Aspen Publishers, 2010
  • “The Top Five Compliance Challenges for 2010,” Corporate Compliance Insights, May 24, 2010
  • Co-Author, “Anti-Bribery Laws in Europe: A Review of Developments in 2008 & 2009,” Bloomberg European Law Journal, May 2009
  • Quoted in “FCPA Enforcement is on the Rise Worldwide,” Rx Compliance Report, December 2008
  • Quoted in “Risk of Bribe Probes Grows for Business,” National Law Journal, January 7, 2008
  • Co-author of “See for Yourself:  A Health Care Provider’s Guide to Conducting Internal Investigations and Audits,” HCPro, 2003
  • “Companies Beware: Sarbanes-Oxley Lowers the Criminal Sanction Threshold for Retaliation,” Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, September 2002
  • “Civil Fines Under False Claims Act Are Subject to Eighth Amendment Review,” Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, April 2001
  • “Fifth Circuit Ruling Leaves False Claims Act Qui Tam Provision in Doubt,” Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, December 1999
  • “How to Respond to Court Ordered Search Warrants,” Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, March 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • "Fraud Considerations for Your Organization," NFP Fraud Seminar hosted by Grant Thornton, Dec. 6, 2016
  • "Pros & Cons of Separating the CLO and CCO Roles," National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) Billion Dollar Chief Legal Officers Roundtable, Nov. 4, 2015
  • "Third-Party Corruption Risk Management: A Practical Guide for Decentralized Companies," March 24, 2015
  • "Step-by-Step Approach on How to Conduct an Internal Investigation of a False Claims Allegation - Scoping Your Action Plan," Advanced Forum on False Claims & Qui Tam Enforcement Post-Conference Workshop, Jan. 29, 2014
  • "Right Sizing the Corporate Investigation: How Much is Enough?" ABA Criminal Justice Section, Jan. 16, 2014
  • "Gaining A Practical and Effective Approach to Internal Compliance Investigations," Strategic Risk & Compliance 2013 Conference, May 21, 2013 
  • "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Top Ten Reasons To Know At Least A Little Bit About It--And Five Things To Do About It," ACC Small Law Presentation, March 14, 2013
  • "International White Collar Crime Issues," A Presentation to the Virgin Islands Bar Association December 9, 2011
  • “Pro-active Tactics Underscore FCPA Exposure,” Washington Legal Foundation’s Legally Brief Program, March 05, 2010
  • “FCPA Enforcement & Financial Crisis: How World-Wide Government Intervention Affects Foreign Corrupt Practices Compliance,” Washington Legal Foundation’s Web Seminar, December 10, 2008
  • “The Program in Action: Audience Discussion of a Hypothetical Hotline Call and Investigation,” Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (WESFACCA) Building a Compliance & Ethics Program, November 18, 2008
  • “Assessing Ramifications and Ensuring Right Decisions Based on Investigation Results,” Corporate Investigations Program, May 20, 2008
  • “Compliance with U.S. Laws/FCPA,” WESFACCA Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances Seminar, May 6, 2008
  • “Exerting Greater Control Over Non-U.S. Subsidiaries,” FCPA and International Anti-Corruption for Pharma and Life Sciences Program, April 29, 2008
  • “The Fundamentals of Investigating and Defending White-Collar Healthcare Offenses,” ABA Health Law Section’s Emerging Issues Conference, February 21, 2007
  • “Legal Ethics for Exempt Organization Practitioners,” Georgetown University Law Center’s Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations Seminar, April 27, 2006
  • “Preparing Your Company for the Current Wave of Criminal Investigations in the Energy Industry,” South Texas College of Law Power Institute, June 5, 2003