Mark D. Pollack is a partner in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Chicago office. He serves as chair of the Chicago office’s Litigation practice. Mr. Pollack concentrates his practice in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation, internal corporate investigations, and compliance counseling. He has extensive experience in counseling and defending corporations, boards of directors, and executive officers in relation to a broad range of issues, including the defense of grand jury investigations, SEC and other regulatory probes, securities class action defense, and qui tam litigation. He regularly advises corporate officers and directors with respect to issues involving financial reporting and related disclosures, the adequacy of internal controls and compliance programs, and the assessment of litigation and regulatory risks associated with potential M&A transactions.
Before joining Paul Hastings, Mr. Pollack served for eight years as Arthur Andersen’s general counsel, responsible for managing the firm’s multi-faceted wind-down activities. In that capacity, Mr. Pollack served as the principal counsel and strategic advisor to Andersen’s board and executive management team and actively supervised Andersen’s largest litigation challenges, including the appeal giving rise to the Supreme Court’s reversal of the firm’s 2002 conviction for obstruction of justice as well as the successful resolution of numerous multi-billion dollar securities class action lawsuits and professional liability claims.
Prior to Andersen, Mr. Pollack was co-chair of the white collar practice at another international law firm, where he developed extensive expertise representing numerous corporations, directors and officers in defense of government investigations and prosecutions. Mr. Pollack regularly represented corporate boards, special litigation committees and board audit committees in connection with DOJ, SEC and other governmental probes and often led internal investigations for a broad array of corporate clients. Mr. Pollack regularly conducted internal investigations and developed corporate compliance plans, with a particular focus on clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.
Mr. Pollack began his litigation practice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, where over seven years he became a supervisor in that office and participated in more than 20 federal jury trials and 50 appeals to the 7th Circuit, including the fraud and corruption prosecution of the former governor of Illinois and a multi-year undercover investigation and prosecution of fraudulent trading practices at Chicago’s futures exchanges. Mr. Pollack received several awards from the Department of Justice in recognition of his superior performance as a federal prosecutor.
Mr. Pollack has written and lectured frequently on matters relating to corporate governance, white-collar criminal defense, and internal corporate investigations.
Mr. Pollack graduated with highest distinction from the University of Michigan in 1981 and obtained his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984. From 1984-85, Mr. Pollack served as law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the bar of the State of Illinois, of the United States Supreme Court and of several federal district and appellate courts.
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2020
May 01, 2020
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2019
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Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2018
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Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2017
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Recognized by Chambers USA 2020
Chambers USA 2020: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 37 research areas and named 104 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 01, 2020
Ranked by Chambers USA 2019
Chambers USA 2019: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 44 practice areas and named 107 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
April 26, 2019
Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
Chambers USA 2018: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 45 research areas and named 112 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 15, 2018
Recognized by Chambers USA 2017
Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 46 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 05, 2017
Recognized by Chambers USA 2016
Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 47 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 08, 2016