B.A., J.D., University of California, Berkeley
Mark Shaffer’s primary focus is litigation. His areas of expertise include corporate transactions and governance disputes, government contracts, intellectual property, licensing, real estate development and construction, white collar criminal defense and civil litigation, employment, and national security.
Mrs. Shaffer has successfully prosecuted or defended many civil and criminal actions in trial and appellate courts and before federal and state regulatory agencies. He holds a high-level federal security clearance that enables him to represent government contractors participating in the Defense Industrial Security Program, contract bid protests, and as well as others embroiled in congressional and administrative investigations.
In 1992, Mr. Shaffer left private practice to serve as associate majority counsel for the United States House of Representatives October Surprise Task Force. The purpose of this task force was to resolve allegations that members of the 1980 Reagan for President Campaign had violated the Logan Act.
Between 1978 and 1986, Mr. Shaffer served in the U.S. Department of Justice as a senior trial attorney in the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division. Mr. Shaffer supervised and conducted investigations and litigation of complex actions against state and local governments and Executive Order 11246 against chartered banks. He also defended federal regulations against legal challenges. Mr. Shaffer twice received the Attorney General’s Outstanding Achievement Award.
Between 1986 and 2002, Mr. Shaffer practice as a partner or principal in the Washington, D.C. firms of Leibowitz and Shaffer, Freer, McGarry, Bodansky and Rubin, and Baise & Milller.
Mr. Shaffer served on the District of Columbia Bar Committee that revised the Rules of Professional Responsibility and has taught classes in legal ethics for pending bar admittees. He also serves as volunteer general counsel for non-profit corporations.
Mr. Shaffer is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, Maryland, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, various Federal Claims, various Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and District Courts, and the International Trade Court. He has litigated cases in State and Federal Courts around the county and the U.S. Virgin Islands.