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Former U.S. Attorney T. Markus Funk joins Perkins Coie


T. Markus Funk

Perkins Coie is proud to welcome T. Markus Funk to the firm. Markus joins the firm as a partner in the firm's Litigation practice and a member of the firm’s Investigations & White Collar Defense Group (IWCD). Markus is a seasoned trial attorney and investigator specializing in business crimes, corporate investigations, complex commercial litigation, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters. As a federal prosecutor with 10 years’ experience, Markus tried over 24 federal cases, achieving convictions in all of them.

"We are honored to have a lawyer of Markus' caliber choose Perkins over other top firms as we continue to build a second-to-none white collar practice," said Lee Stein, chair of the IWCD. Partner Patrick Collins, a member of the firm's Executive Committee and a colleague of Markus' at the U.S. Attorney's office, added: " Markus will hit the ground running and will add immediate value to our work on FCPA matters."

Prior to joining the firm, Markus served in U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's Public Corruption and Organized Crime Section. During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Markus was part of the trial team in the landmark organized crime murder racketeering conspiracy case dubbed “Operation Family Secrets,” the most extensive mob-murder racketeering case in U.S. history. The U.S. Attorney General personally presented Markus and the team with the Department of Justice's Attorney General's Award (the “John Marshall Award”) for their role in the prosecution of this historic case, representing the first time prosecutors from the Chicago U.S. Attorney's office received the highest trial performance distinction.

From 2004-06, Markus served as the Department of Justice Resident Legal Advisor for Kosovo, helping oversee the U.S.’s multi-million dollar efforts to bring the rule of law to this war-torn region. In that capacity, Markus represented the United States at diplomatic negotiations, led Balkan-wide anti-fraud and corruption efforts, and spear-headed the restructuring of Kosovo’s post-conflict justice system. During this time, the Department of Justice published Markus’ Kosovo Trial Skills Handbook, which was translated into Serbian and Albanian and remains the most cited source in Kosovo's Compilation of Applicable Criminal Laws. In 2010, Markus also wrote Victims' Rights and Advocacy at the International Criminal Court (Oxford University Press).

Markus started his legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Morris S. Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry, and as a Lecturer in Law at Oxford University.

Contact Markus at MFunk@perkinscoie.com

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