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Mark D. Pollack

Mark D. Pollack

Paul Hastings LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

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 provides strategic advice to general counsels and corporate boards on varied litigation and compliance matters.

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 Jenner & Block, 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.


Mark D. Pollack is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Internal Investigations 2018
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Mark D. Pollack, Emily L. Seymore, Michael C. Whalen and Nathan Grossman, Conducting Effective Internal Investigations: Practice Pointers and Privilege Considerations - Internal Investigations 2018, Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Internal Investigations 2019, Monday, June 17, 2019, Chicago, IL

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