Overview

Mark Holscher is a partner in the Firm's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices and is a member of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. In the last five years, Mark has obtained plaintiffs verdicts and settlements of over $1.1 billion, with multiple nine figure recoveries. Mark has also successfully defended clients against multiple claims in excess of a billion dollars. Mark’s background as a former Assistant United States Attorney coupled with his successful civil trial record has established him as a “go to” lawyer for companies and individuals facing significant litigation. Opposing counsel have described him as “bright and extremely talented” and his colleagues refer to him as an “extraordinary trial lawyer.”

As a nationally-recognized trial attorney, Mark is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mark’s achievements have been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times, as well as such prominent legal publications as the National Law Journal and The American Lawyer. In 2018 and 2019, Mark was selected as a Top Litigator & Trial Lawyer by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Since 2008, Mark has been selected every year as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. In 2010, Mark won a $52 million jury verdict that was among the Top 100 verdicts that year, as reported by the National Law Journal and the Daily Journal. Mark has also been selected as one of Hollywood’s “Top 100 Power Lawyers.” He is consistently profiled as a leading trial lawyer in Chambers USA, U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers®, and the International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers. In addition, from 2018–2020 Benchmark Litigation recognized Mark as a “Local Litigation Star,” and The Legal 500 U.S. has lauded Mark as being “among the top litigators in the country.”

Mark has acted as lead trial and appellate counsel to blue chip companies and their executives in a wide variety of securities related cases ranging from alleged individual and corporate securities law violations, merger and acquisition and hostile takeover litigation, and fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

In 2013, Mark was selected for the second time for a California LawyerAttorney of the Year” award for his pro bono representation of a group of parents and the national education movement, when a California court became the first in the U.S. to verify a “parent trigger” petition to authorize parents to take control of an underperforming school in Southern California. Mark also received a California Lawyer “Attorney of the Year” award in 2000 for his successful defense of Los Alamos Nuclear Scientist Wen Ho Lee against espionage charges.

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Thought Leadership

Seminars

Speaker, various conferences on White Collar Crime, including the national ABA White Collar Criminal Conference

Recognition

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for M&A: Litigation: Defense (2017–2019); Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense (2019); and Commercial Litigation (2015–2016).

Civic or Charitable Activities:

Recipient, Asian American Legal Defense Fund, Justice In Action Award; Organization of Chinese Americans, Political Advancement Award; American Jewish Congress, Zedek Award for Enhancing Justice; National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), Distinguished Service Award; Orange County Asian American Bar Association, 2001 Distinguished Service Award

Memberships & Affiliations

American College of Trial Lawyers (inducted 2018)

2013 — Appellate Lawyer Representative Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

International Academy of Trial Lawyers (inducted 2013)

2010 — Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Vice Chair, American Bar Association, National White Collar Crime Committee

American Bar Association, West Coast White Collar Crime Committee

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1989California

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California1989
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit1989
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida1997
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit1997
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona1999
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit2000
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California2004
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit2006
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas2007
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York2008

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, School of LawJ.D.1988

    Moot Court Board

    California Law Review

  • University of California, BerkeleyB.A.1985
    Phi Beta Kappa