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Mark R. Filip

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Mark Filip is a partner in Kirkland's Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices.  Prior to joining Kirkland, he was at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as Deputy Attorney General of the United States after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Filip was second-in-command of the Justice Department and oversaw all of its criminal, civil, and regulatory enforcement efforts. As Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Filip also represented the Department in interactions with Congress, the White House, and other cabinet-level Departments, as well as with numerous foreign governments. Mr. Filip also served as Acting Attorney General for the new administration after January 20, 2009, until Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder was confirmed.

 Prior to serving as Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Filip spent four years as a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois after being confirmed 96-0 by the U.S. Senate.  During his tenure as a judge in Chicago, Mr. Filip presided over a full docket of federal civil and criminal cases, including lawsuits concerning securities law, antitrust and other competition issues, healthcare law, intellectual property and trademark disputes, commercial disputes, and bankruptcy matters. Mr. Filip also presided over numerous class-action cases and served as a judge in multi-district litigation proceedings.  

 Before his time on the bench, Mr. Filip was a partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in Chicago, where he practiced from 1999 to 2004. He represented clients in varied industries in complex civil litigation, as well as in criminal cases, internal investigations, and corporate integrity matters. He also advised clients on litigation issues related to corporate transactions. His representations involved, among other industries, the healthcare, financial, telecommunications, manufacturing, and insurance industries.  

Mr. Filip joined Skadden after serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois. From 1995 to 1999, he prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases, including public corruption, financial and healthcare fraud, and tax offenses. He tried numerous cases to verdict before juries and also argued numerous cases in the court of appeals. In this position, he was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice's Director's Award for Superior Performance. 

 Mr. Filip has represented numerous corporations and boards in sensitive internal investigations concerning activities on every continent except Antarctica. Mr. Filip also speaks actively, including in the areas of white collar criminal law, internal investigations, and securities law. 
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