Mark is a seasoned white-collar attorney who has led trial teams on several cases of national acclaim. For more than five years, he was the Chief of the Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he supervised more than 15 federal prosecutors whose investigations and trials covered just about every white-collar matter possible, including: fraud, corruption, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, health care fraud, securities fraud, insider trading, defense industry procurement fraud, fraud instituted on the intelligence community, and financial institution fraud.
My practice focuses on representing corporations and individuals in complex federal and state criminal and civil matters involving significant government investigations, and providing compliance advice to mitigate risk. My experience as a senior government official with DOJ, an SEC enforcement attorney, and a federal prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Criminal Tax Division, uniquely positions me to advise companies and individuals on their most sensitive, challenging, and complex criminal and civil enforcement matters. Additionally, as a former Associate Deputy Attorney General at DOJ, I am able to advise and counsel individuals and entities facing congressional investigations and provide crisis management. My areas of focus include:
My experience as a former SEC Enforcement Division staff attorney, coupled with having managed a major white-collar unit at the U.S. Attorney’s office, makes me ideally positioned for companies faced with SEC investigations. I have partnered with the SEC on many parallel criminal/SEC investigations. I understand the SEC’s remedies and tools of investigations. I also understand that with every SEC investigation comes the possibility that there is a parallel criminal investigation lurking in the background. My experience is invaluable to companies that need to address this kind of oversight. Moreover, my experience as a former Tax Division trial attorney helps companies spot other white-collar issues not always apparent to the typical practitioner.
I am well versed in managing criminal investigations involving corruption and bribery. As former Chief of the Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit, I have overseen investigations involving violations of the FCPA, the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), and the theft of U.S. company-owned intellectual property and trade secrets by foreign entities. Given this experience, I am uniquely qualified to advise individuals and companies facing these types of cross-border issues and inquiries.
Federal and state legislative bodies initiate investigations that require both the production of documents and preparation of company officials for witness testimony. These oversight inquiries often lead to other investigations by both state and/or federal law enforcement agencies. I am experienced at assisting executive branch departments and agencies in their responses to oversight demands. This process requires an efficient internal investigation before a principal can be prepared to testify. I am experienced at managing internal investigations and have provided invaluable service to clients working to respond to aggressive oversight demands.
I have an extensive background with investigating white-collar and anti-corruption crimes. I assist businesses with conducting internal corporate investigations. The aim is to quickly grasp the scope of a company’s exposure and detail that risk in succinct terms with the goal to implement policies and procedures to minimize a company’s exposure going forward.
My years of experience as a federal prosecutor provide me with the foresight to anticipate potential issues and take proactive steps to help clients mitigate risk and avoid exposure to enforcement actions and litigation. In particular, I preemptively advise companies on how they can put various compliance regimes in place to protect against employee misconduct that could draw the interest of criminal investigative agencies and regulators.
Look for increased enforcement and regulatory risks for large and medium-sized publicly traded and privately held companies in six areas, in particular: (1) COVID-19 pandemic relief funds under the CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); (2) trade and business practices with China, Russia, and Iran, including possible criminal sanctions; (3) SEC oversight of securities fraud; (4) criminal tax enforcement; (5) SPACs, cryptocurrency, and other risky financial investment vehicles; and (6) continued FCPA enforcement with more cooperation among cross-border enforcement agencies. With the expected increase in both civil and criminal investigations launched by the government in these areas, companies should look to trusted advisors with an insider’s view on managing investigations, understanding what is most effective in responding to them, and the ability to provide a comprehensive strategy to effectively deal with those issues.
When confronted with an investigation, a company needs a lawyer with years of experience in both federal criminal and civil investigations—someone who knows how to interact with federal law enforcement agencies, regulators, and prosecutors—someone who can develop an effective response for the particular circumstance.
This article covers three former Twitter executives testifying in front of the US House Oversight Committee this week over the company’s decision to limit the reach of a New York Post article on Hunter Biden before the 2020 election. The article mentions Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Lytle for advising one of the executives, Twitter’s former head of trust and safety Yoel Roth, noting Mark’s experience supervising significant white-collar investigations as a federal prosecutor.
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Michigan State University, B.A.
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D.; Law Review, Associate Editor
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