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Mark G. Califano

American Express
Senior Vice President & Managing Counsel, Litigation
New York, NY, USA


Mark Califano is Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel for Litigation at American Express, the largest card issuer by purchase volume with a worldwide network that processes millions of merchant transactions daily. He is responsible for managing all of its major litigation, significant investigations and other sensitive matters.  He also oversees several legal policies, systems and practices in the Company and its subsidiary businesses. Prior to working at American express Mark was the Head of Litigation at GE Capital, one of the largest financial services companies in the world, with operations in over 35 countries. 

Mark Califano co-authored with Jeffrey Meyer and Paul Volcker Good Intentions Corrupted: the Oil-for-Food Scandal and the Threat to the U.N. (PublicAffairs Books 2006), which chronicles the findings of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal. He served as its Chief Legal Counsel and oversaw the day-to-day management of the global investigation; its staff of over 75 lawyers, investigators, analysts and experts; and the production of five major reports concerning the operation of the Programme and the illicit activity connected with the Programme.

He previously served as a decorated Assistant United States Attorney, investigating and prosecuting complex federal white-collar offenses, including public corruption, corporate and securities fraud, domestic and foreign bribery, terrorism, intellectual property and Internet offenses spanning more than a dozen countries and five continents. 

He has lectured, taught and written on litigation and trial practice, Foreign Corrupt Practice, Internet, terrorism, fraud and money laundering investigations and prosecutions.

He is a graduate of Princeton University and Duke University School of Law. He lives in Connecticut and New York with his family. 

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