Mark Schneider is a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Mark’s practice focuses on representing businesses, their boards and executives in complex criminal, civil, and administrative investigations, enforcement proceedings, and litigation, often in highly regulated industries. His clients include leading multinational companies in the financial services, life sciences, healthcare, and manufacturing industries, as well as private equity investors and a diverse array of portfolio companies. Mark has represented clients in matters related to environmental protection, securities and commodities regulation, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), FDA cGMP regulations, the False Claims Act, sanctions and export controls, antitrust, and other complex regulatory issues. Mark also advises clients in evaluating and mitigating compliance risks, including in international and developing markets. 

Prior to joining Kirkland, Mark worked for more than a decade as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, including in senior leadership and supervisory roles as Chief of Appeals, Deputy Chief of Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions, head of the Medicare Fraud Task Force, Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator, Food and Drug Administration Coordinator, and Child Exploitation Crimes Coordinator. He also had substantial national security and international experience, including serving for a year at U.S. Embassy Baghdad and, as a Special Attorney to the Attorney General, successfully prosecuting a former CIA officer for willfully disclosing the identity of a covert officer in violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, the second such case in US history. He tried numerous complex fraud and other cases before juries, including a successful two-month fraud trial against the CEO and chief compliance officer of a medical device manufacturer, and briefed or edited more than 100 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In profiling his work in government, The National Law Journal cited descriptions of Mark as “exceedingly smart in an understated way” and emphasized his “legal talent and lack of pretension.”

Mark has also taught for five years as adjunct faculty at the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to studying law, Mark worked as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, Inc., and on the staff of former U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar. Mark graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Indiana University. 



40 under 40, Chicago Rising Stars, The National Law Journal, 2013.

Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) National Award, 2014.

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, National Group Achievement Award, 2013.

Award of Excellence, Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, 2011.

Director’s Award, Office of Criminal Investigations, Food and Drug Administration, 2006.

Heyman Fellow, Program on Government Service, Harvard Law School, 2004.

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, American Law Institute

Member, Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors, Lumen Christi Institute

Member, Board of Advisers, Catholic Charities of Chicago

Emerging Leader, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (2014–2016)

Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations, New York (2009–2014)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011Illinois
  • 2003Indiana


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2003
    Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • University of OxfordM.A. (Oxon)2003
  • University of OxfordB.A., Philosophy, Politics and Economics(Hons.)1998
    Marshall Scholar
  • Indiana UniversityB.A., Chemistry & Political Sciencewith Highest Honors1996

    Herman B Wells Scholar

    Truman Scholar