Mark Filip is a partner in Kirkland's Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices. At Kirkland, Mark leads the Firm's government enforcement defense and internal investigations group, and he serves as one of 15 members of the Firm's worldwide management committee. Most of his representations are confidentially resolved without any adverse government enforcement action. His public representations include leading BP's defense in the Department of Justice's criminal investigation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He also publicly represents a number of multinational pharmaceutical, life sciences, and medical device manufacturers in civil and criminal investigations concerning products with annual sales in excess of $1 billion. Mark leads internal investigations for a wide-array of clients, which involve their activities in numerous countries around the world. These clients include one of the largest multi-national financial institutions in the world, as well as Fortune 500 companies involved in diverse industries—including oil and natural gas, financing services, mining, defense contracting, agricultural production, heavy infrastructure, and risk-management and consulting. He also counsels clients on the adequacy of their internal controls and compliance regimes concerning issues such as the FCPA and related anti-bribery laws, OFAC, AML, and data privacy regimes. Mark also has an active securities fraud defense practice for clients in a variety of industries, including health care, metals and mining, and defense contracting.
Prior to joining Kirkland, Mark was at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as Deputy Attorney General of the United States after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As Deputy Attorney General, Mark was second-in-command of the Justice Department and oversaw all of its criminal and civil enforcement efforts. Among other things, he authored key Justice Department's policies concerning aspects of white collar enforcement, in what is generally referred to as the "Filip Memo." As Deputy Attorney General, Mark also represented the Department in interactions with Congress, the White House, and other cabinet-level Departments, as well as with numerous foreign governments throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and South America. Mark also served as Acting Attorney General for the new administration after January 20, 2009, until Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, was confirmed.
Prior to serving as Deputy Attorney General, Mark spent four years as a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois after being confirmed 96-0 by the U.S. Senate. During his tenure as a judge in Chicago, Mark presided over a full docket of federal civil and criminal cases, including lawsuits concerning securities law, antitrust and other competition issues, health care law, intellectual property, and commercial law disputes. Mark also presided over numerous class-action cases and served as a judge in multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings.
Before his time on the bench, Mark was a partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in Chicago, where he practiced from 1999 to 2004. He represented clients in varied industries in complex civil litigation, as well as in criminal cases, internal investigations, and corporate integrity matters. He also advised clients on litigation issues related to corporate transactions. His representations involved, among others, the financial, health care, telecommunications, manufacturing, and insurance industries.
Mark joined Skadden after serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois. From 1995 to 1999, he prosecuted a broad variety of criminal cases, including public corruption, financial fraud, and tax offenses. He argued and tried numerous cases to verdict before juries and also argued numerous cases in the court of appeals. In this position, he was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice's Director's Award for Superior Performance.
After law school, Mark clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, for the Honorable Stephen F. Williams. He then served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Appointed as member of U.S. Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on Federal Criminal Rules
Chairman, Board of Directors, University of Illinois Alumni Association
Member, Board of Visitors, Duke University School of Law
Chambers USA (2012-2014) for both Litigation: General Commercial and White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Named to The Best Lawyers in America for both Commercial Litigation and for Criminal Defense: White Collar, through anonymous peer recommendation and review process, 2011-2014
Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2012-2014
Chicago Legal Aid Bureau's 2008 William H. Avery Award for Commitment to Pro Bono Legal Work and Public and Community Service