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Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations - District of Columbia
"Mark is the full package. He has an incredible breadth of experience and is extremely smart on factual and legal issues. He is great in the courtroom."
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MARK D. HOPSON is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on government enforcement actions and other high stakes litigation. Mark is noted for his “ability to take complex cases and simplify them for the jury” and for his “strong subject matter expertise and business knowledge” by Chambers USA (2014). He serves on Sidley’s Management and Executive Committees and is the global co-leader of the Litigation practice. He has won the National Law Journal’s “Defense Verdict of the Year” and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
In addition to criminal and civil trial cases, Mark represents clients in connection with congressional investigations, internal investigations and other enforcement matters. The scope of Mark’s practice is reflected in his trial court victories and other representations, including:
Mark recently completed a trial for Chevron in which the company is seeking contribution from the United States under the Superfund cleanup statute. He also currently is representing Huawei Technology Company in the high profile federal indictment in the Eastern District of New York.
He defended Bayer in an action seeking hundreds of millions of dollars based on allegations that Bayer was unlawfully marketing its probiotic product, Phillips’ Colon Health. Mark was recognized as “Litigator of the Week” by the AmLaw Litigation Daily for that trial victory. In his representation of the former CEO of Freddie Mac in an SEC enforcement action in the Southern District of New York and multiple class action securities cases, the New York Times described the settlement with the SEC in the following terms: “Now a case that began with such fanfare has ended with a whimper.” In a case in which he defended Duke Energy against allegations of Clean Air Act violations, the trial ended with a jury verdict for the defense on 10 of 14 counts. After a retrial on the 10 counts, the jury returned a defense verdict on eight out of 10 counts. As reported in The American Lawyer, the two trial victories “framed the score as 44 to 6” in favor of Duke based on the original charges.