7 Things to Know About Mark Tuohey--The First Director of Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel

By District of Columbia Bar

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Mark Tuohey

1. Tuohey is a past President of the D.C. Bar (1993-94). Tuohey said that having served as president of the D.C. Bar helped him to prepare for his new position with Mayor Muriel Bowser's Administration. “Working with [D.C. Bar Chief Executive Officer Katherine A. Mazzaferri] and the staff and a lot of lawyers, that was a great experience in terms of management and leadership,” he said. “That’s going to come in real handy.”

2. He was the former chair of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission from 2004-2007. Tuohey was instrumental in the reestablishment of a the Nationals (Major League Baseball team) in the District. The position was a volunteer job with no pay. 

3. In 2012, Tuohey was a front-runner for U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. He was also a legal advisor to the Commission on Policing Northern Ireland. According to Irish Central, "he was Grand Marshal of the 2008 St.Patrick’s Parade in Washington D.C. and has made the Irish America Magazine Legal 100 list for several years."

4. Added "Washingtonian of the Year" in 2005 to his array of awards. Other prestigious awards include: "D.C. Lawyer of the Year," Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 2001; America's Leading Lawyers for Business (litigation, white-collar crime, and government investigations); International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers; and Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in Washington Region. 

5. Graduated from Fordham Law School in 1973. The Fordham Law Alumni Association presented Tuohey with a Medal of Achievement in 2013. This is the highest honor by Fordham Law to its alumni. 

“Mark is a man who treasures friendships and community, and we are so honored to recognize him today as an integral member of our own Fordham Law community,” said Mark Hyland ’80, FLAA President, in presenting the award to Tuohey. “Fordham Law School will always cherish its own lifelong ambassador—Mark Tuohey—a man for Fordham, a man for Washington D.C., and, in the most noble tradition of the Jesuits, a man for others.”

6. As an assistant U.S. attorney during the 70s, Tuohey recieved national attention for handling the Hanafi Muslim hostage case. This case was an incident in which 134 people were taken captive in Washington.

7. He decided to become a candidate in the first-ever election for D.C. Attorney General in 2014. Tuohey later dropped out and endorsed the now Attorney General Karl Racine. 

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