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Kristin D. AldenKristin D. Alden is a principal of Alden Law Group PLLC.  Kristin manages the firm’s practice while also representing its clients from virtually every workplace – the federal government, local government, corporations, and non-profits.  Kristin has counseled and represented thousands of employees in claims against their current and former employers in court and before federal and local agencies charged with protecting civil rights in the workplace, including those in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Kristin has been representing federal employees for over twenty-five years.  She is widely recognized as an expert in the field.  Kristin has testified as an expert on federal sector matters in court and administrative proceedings and has provided written opinions.  The Washingtonian has recognized her among its Top 100 Lawyers, while U.S. News & World Report has counted her among its Best Lawyers, and Alden Law Group among its Best Law Firms.  In addition to being recognized as a Super Lawyer, she is rated AV Preeminent for the “highest level of professional excellence,” and is a Martindale Hubble Client Champion.

Kristin enjoys teaching continuing legal education classes, dozens of which have focused on the art of representing employees before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Office of the Special Counsel.  She has been involved with various organizations, including the D.C. Bar where she served as the Vice Chair of the Bar’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee following an extended term as a member of the Committee.  She was also deeply involved in the work of the D.C. Bar’s Labor and Employment Section where she chaired and presented CLEs and other courses.  Earlier in her career, she served as the Public Sector Chair of the D.C. Bar’s Labor and Employment Section, where she prepared and presented programs on a variety of employment law topics.  Kristin is also an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA).

Kristin is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Bars.  She received her J.D. from The American University’s Washington College of Law, and her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, where she attended its School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy.  

 

Wynter P. Allen, a partner with Alden Law Group PLLC, has been practicing law with the firm since March 2010.  Wynter has extensive labor background and represents our institutional clients, unions, and individuals.  In 2006, Wynter started her law career as Staff Attorney for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).  She was a Staff Attorney with the IBT until March of 2010, when she joined the Alden Law Group.

Wynter takes an active and extensive role in the D.C. labor and employment law community.  In 2018, she was appointed as a Commissioner on the D.C. Commission on Human Rights, which is the agency within the D.C. Office of Human Rights (OHR) that adjudicates discrimination complaints brought under the D.C. Human Rights Act.  Although the Commission is within OHR, it acts independently to adjudicate cases in an impartial manner.  The Commission also provides an appeals process to applicants found ineligible for employment under the Criminal Background Checks for the Protection of Children Act.  Wynter also was the Chair of the D.C. Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) from 2011 until 2013.  The PERB is an impartial, quasi-judicial, independent agency that resolves labor-management disputes between District government agencies and labor organizations representing D.C. agency employees.

Ms. Allen has served as a member of the D.C. Bar’s Labor and Employment Steering Committee, and is an active member of the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association.  She has also been member of the D.C. Women’s Bar Association, and of the Greater Washington Area Chapter Women’s Lawyer Division (GWAC) of the National Bar Association (NBA), where she served as Chair of the Judicial and Executive Appointment Committee.

Wynter is a frequent lecturer and has spoken on various topics relating to labor and employment for various organizations, including the IBT, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the AFL-CIO, and the American Bar Association.  In addition to sharing her knowledge with attorneys, Wynter has taught law students as an adjunct professor for the Elon Law School Externship Program and Howard University School of Law.  She is an American Arbitration Association Higginbotham Fellow, and has been named a Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Star.  In addition to her speaking and teaching engagements, Wynter co-authored the article, The Development of Employment Rights and Responsibilities from 1985 to 2010 published in the Spring 2010 ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.

Wynter frequently volunteers throughout the Washington, D.C. area, and in 2009 received the Mayor’s Community Service Award.  She has volunteered with Suited for Change and Capital Partners for Education, and sat on the Board of Directors for the organization For Love of Children (FLOC) from 2008-2010.  Wynter also volunteered with the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, and the D.C. Volunteer Lawyer Project.  Wynter is a docent volunteer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art.

Ms. Allen is a member of the District of Columbia and New York Bars.  She received her J.D. from Wake Forest University, where she was on the staff of the Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal.  She also received the Peggy Browning Fellowship and clerked with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 2005.  In 2002, Wynter graduated from the University of Chicago with an A.B. in sociology.

 

Jessica S. BartlettJessica S. Bartlett is currently serving as Acting Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).  She was appointed Regional Director for the Washington Region in December 2016.  Jessica began her career at the Washington Regional Office in 2003, and then she transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration, where she was responsible for many facets of labor litigation.  

In 2009, Jessica returned to the FLRA where she served as a Senior Attorney and Acting Regional Attorney.  In 2010, Jessica became the Regional Attorney for the Washington Regional Office, and served in that position until she was appointed to be Acting Regional Director in July 2015.  

Jessica graduated from Mary Washington College, and then obtained a J.D. from George Mason University.

 

Stuart A. BenderStuart A. Bender is the Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Ethics.  Before joining the USDA in 2010, Mr. Bender was an Assistant General Counsel in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  Prior to joining OMB, Mr. Bender served for ten years as General Counsel for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, before which he served as a civilian attorney with the U.S. Navy.

In recognition of his years of public service, Mr. Bender was awarded a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service in 2016.  Mr. Bender is a graduate of Brandeis University and The George Washington University School of Law.

 

Austin BonnerAustin Bonner is a legal advisor to Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, specializing in wireline and public safety issues.  Before joining the Federal Communications Commission, Ms. Bonner was an associate with Harris, Wiltshire, & Grannis LLP, where she was a communications and appellate lawyer.  While with the firm, Ms. Bonner’s practice covered a wide range of matters involving regulatory challenges, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation, with a focus on complex technologies and telecommunications.  She drafted Supreme Court briefs at both the merits and certiorari stages, as well as appellate briefs for state and federal courts.  Ms. Bonner has served as an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at Georgetown University Law Center.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Bonner clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as an Executive Articles Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal and a law fellow for the Legal Research and Writing Program.  She earned a B.A., with high honors, from the University of Texas at Austin.  

 

Daniel CohenDaniel Cohen is the Assistant General Counsel for Regulation at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  He is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) overseeing an office responsible for reviewing and coordinating the clearance of the Department’s rulemaking documents to ensure they are consistent with all legal requirements and Administration policy governing the rulemaking process, including the Administrative Procedure Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, Federal Advisory Committee Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and Executive Orders 12866.  The office also formulates Department-wide regulatory policies and procedures; acts as liaison with the Office of Management and Budget and other federal agencies concerning Departmental regulatory matters; and develops and implements regulatory initiatives and innovative rulemaking techniques.

Previously, Mr. Cohen was Assistant General Counsel for Legislation, Regulation and Energy Efficiency at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he was also a member of the SES, managing an office of 18 attorneys.  His former office is counsel to the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  Additionally, the office provides legal counsel and rulemaking support to programs throughout DOE on administrative requirements for developing DOE rules, directives, and other generally applicable policies, and on legislative matters.  Prior to joining the Energy Department, Mr. Cohen was appointed the first-ever Chief Counsel for Regulation in the General Counsel’s Office at the Department of Commerce.  In this capacity, he oversaw the office’s Regulatory Division, which is responsible for legal review of all Department regulatory actions.  The division is also responsible for developing and implementing the Department’s regulatory policy.

Mr. Cohen has authored several law review articles on federal agency rulemaking, including Congressional Review of Agency Regulations.  Additionally, he has been invited to speak on rulemaking procedure to a variety of groups in the United Sates, as well as to lawyers and government officials in countries such as Moldova, Morocco, and China.  

He has served as Chair of the Rulemaking Committee, Budget Officer and as a Council Member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (Section).  He is currently the Section’s Secretary.  The Section has honored Mr. Cohen with the Mary C. Lawton Award for Outstanding Government Service.  Mr. Cohen is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States.  Finally, Mr. Cohen has been an adjunct professor at The American University’s Washington College of Law, where he taught a course in federal regulatory process.

 

Matthew DobsonMatthew Dobson has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Mental Health Section of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia since 2019. Following the onset of the pandemic, Matt has tried many matters before the Superior Court via remote appearance including civil commitment, probable cause, probate, and red flag law cases.

Prior to joining Office of the Attorney General, Matt worked as support staff in the intellectual property field while earning his law degree and studying for the bar. In his spare time, he suffers as a Philadelphia sports fan.

 

Jerrold J. GanzfriedJerrold J. Ganzfried is the founder of Ganzfried Law.  A former Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Jerry has argued 15 cases in the Supreme Court of the United States.  In addition to his public service, Jerry’s wide-ranging private practice at major law firms involved briefing and arguing appeals in federal and state courts across the country.

Throughout Jerry’s career, major national and global companies have turned to him for their largest, most complex, and sensitive cases.  His extensive experience includes litigating a broad range of cases and arguing appeals for leading clients in technology, financial services, oil and gas, telecommunications, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, medical products, and construction.  He has served as counsel in many landmark antitrust, securities, intellectual property and constitutional law cases decided by the Supreme Court and the federal courts of appeals, including key precedents in trademark law, food and drug regulation, energy, the Commerce Clause, antitrust, and administrative law.

A recognized leader in the profession, Jerry was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in 2009.  From 2010-2011, he served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers, the only national bench-bar organization devoted to issues of appellate courts and practice.  In 2015, Jerry received a Special Recognition Award from the National Association of Attorneys General.  Consistent with his dedication to public and community service, Jerry has also maintained a strong commitment to pro bono representation.

A member of the District of Columbia and New York Bars, Jerry is admitted to practice before various federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.  He earned his J.D.  from Stanford Law School, where he was President of the Stanford Law Review.  Jerry received his B.A., cum laude, from Yale University, where he earned Kilborne Fellowship, and was News Editor of the Yale Daily News.

 

Daniel G. JarchoDaniel G. Jarcho is a partner with Alston & Bird LLP, where represents clients in federal trial court and appellate litigation involving federal regulatory issues.  Dan has litigated numerous Administrative Procedure Act challenges to federal agency actions, including cases involving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Defense, Treasury, and Interior, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  He has extensive experience litigating federal preemption defenses to state-law claims. He has defended clients in a wide variety of investigations and enforcement actions initiated by federal agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Dan’s enforcement work focuses on representing clients facing FDA civil actions for seizures, injunctions, and civil penalties and FDA-related criminal investigations. He also counsels clients on resolving regulatory compliance disputes with FDA that could lead to litigation, including disputes over inspections, Form 483 observations, Warning Letters, recalls, and import alerts.  He is recognized as a leading practitioner for life sciences in Who’s Who Legal.

Dan worked at the DOJ as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division’s Office of Consumer Litigation, where he represented FDA in federal civil and criminal litigation. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.  Following law school, Dan was a law clerk for the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Dan is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.  He earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from Harvard College.

 

Douglas LetterDouglas Letter, our keynote speaker, received a B.A. in American History from Columbia University in 1975, and a J.D. from the University of California – Berkeley in 1978.  He promptly joined the U.S. Department of Justice under the Attorney General’s Honors Program.  He served there for 40 years on the Civil Division Appellate Staff, handling litigation on behalf of the United States in the Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals, and the federal district courts, as well as numerous state courts.  While his practice was primarily in civil litigation, he also was heavily involved in a number of criminal cases.  He was the Director of the Civil Division Appellate Staff for six years, supervising 65 attorneys.  Mr. Letter presented oral argument in court for the Government over 200 times, including at all levels.  Mr. Letter served details as Associate Counsel to President Clinton in the White House Counsel’s office, Deputy Associate Attorney General under AG Reno, and Senior Counselor under AG Holder.  

Mr. Letter left the Justice Department in 2018, and joined the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center as a Visiting Professor, and as a senior litigator at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.  In January 2019, Speaker of the House Pelosi appointed Mr. Letter as the General Counsel of the House of Representatives.  In that position, in the past several months, he has presented argument in court on behalf of the House in the Supreme Court, and in several courts of appeals and district courts.  In addition, he provides advice on a wide variety of matters to the Speaker, and to numerous Members and Committees of the House, often on a non-partisan basis.

Mr. Letter taught national security law for 15 years as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School, and has given lectures at Yale, Michigan, UC Berkeley, Harvard, and American University law schools, as well as at the U.S. Naval Academy.  He served two elected terms on the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar.

 

Christina E. McDonaldChristina E. McDonald is the Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In this role, Ms. McDonald advises the General Counsel, Secretary, and other senior Department leaders on legal issues associated with DHS rulemaking actions; and she manages and oversees DHS’s regulatory program.  DHS has a diverse regulatory portfolio, which includes matters related to immigration, border management, security, maritime safety, environmental protection, and emergency management.

Ms. McDonald has served in her current role since July 2011, and is a member of the Senior Executive Service.  Previously, Ms. McDonald served as the Deputy, and as an attorney-advisor, in the Regulatory Affairs Law Division at DHS OGC.  Prior to joining DHS, Ms. McDonald served as a trial attorney at the Federal Railroad Administration, where she worked on enforcement and regulatory matters related to the federal hazardous materials laws and railroad safety laws.  Ms. McDonald began her legal career as an honors attorney at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Ms. McDonald has served as an adjunct professor at The American University’s Washington College of Law where she taught a class on the federal regulatory process.  She is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and currently serves on the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

Ms. McDonald graduated, with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center with an LL.M in National Security Law.  She graduated, with honor, from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Maryland Law Review.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Franklin & Marshall College, where she was Phi Beta Kappa.

 

Amy MixAmy Mix is the Chief of the Elder Justice Section of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.  The Section was established in 2019 to better protect the District’s elders and vulnerable adults from financial exploitation through enforcement of the Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults and the Elderly Amendment Act of 2016.  The Act established criminal and civil penalties for financial exploitation and undue influence, including monetary penalties, injunctive relief, and the termination of professional licenses.

Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Amy was the Supervising Attorney for the Consumer Fraud and Financial Abuse Unit at Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), the primary provider of free legal services and advocacy for older residents of the District of Columbia.  During her 16 years at LCE, Amy represented homeowner victims of equity-stripping schemes and other real property fraud, as well as representing clients in foreclosure defense and exploitation cases.  Amy is a regular presenter at D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education programs, D.C. Superior Court judicial trainings, and at local and national conferences.   

Amy is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Houston Law Center.  She also was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the National Consumer Law Center.  You can reach Amy at (202) 807-0368 or [email protected].

 

William PittardWilliam Pittard is a partner at KaiserDillon PLLC.  Prior to joining KaiserDillon, Bill served in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives for more than five years, primarily as the Deputy General Counsel, and briefly as the Acting General Counsel.  In that office, Bill acted as legal counsel to members, committees, officers, and employees of the House on matters related to their official duties.  He also represented the House itself in litigation and other matters in which it had an institutional interest.

Bill’s current practice remains focused on helping clients connected to the Legislative Branch, whether as officials of that branch or, often, as individuals and businesses preparing for congressional hearings or otherwise responding to congressional inquiries.  Over the past several years, for example, Bill has helped guide clients through most of Washington, D.C.’s headline-grabbing events.  Those representations that are public include clients connected with the impeachment of President Trump; allegations of impropriety by Justice Kavanaugh; and congressional and inspector general scrutiny of a broad range of topics, including the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 election, the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s email server, scrutiny of the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C., and scrutiny of the alleged politicization of employment practices at the State Department.  Other Legislative Branch matters have involved the Federal Election Commission, the Office of Congressional Ethics, the House and Senate Ethics Committees, many – if not most – of the various House and Senate committees of jurisdiction, various grand juries, and general civil litigation.

 

Jimmy R. RockJimmy R. Rock is the Assistant Deputy Attorney General in General Karl Racine’s Public Advocacy Division.  Jimmy has been with the Office of the Attorney General for Washington, D.C. since June 2010, during which time he has handled a number of the District’s most significant consumer protection and nonprofit enforcement actions.

Jimmy is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law, and also has a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory’s Candler School of Theology.  Jimmy and his husband Tom live in the Edgewood neighborhood of Northeast Washington DC with their rescue dog Kensi.   

 

Heidi  Schornstein Schandler an Assistant Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Office of Federal Operations (OFO).  She began her tenure with the OFO, in 1992, serving as a staff attorney in OFO’s Appellate Review Programs (ARP).  Later, as a senior staff attorney in ARP, she was involved in the adjudication of numerous cases involving complex or novel federal-sector issues, including compensatory damages, EEOC jurisdiction, and telephonic and videographic hearings.  During these years, Ms. Schandler developed expertise in the areas of disability law, remedies, and enforcement.

In 2005, desiring to expand the scope of her work for the EEOC, Ms. Schandler accepted the position of supervisory attorney in the Affirmative Employment Division (AED) (now known as the Agency Oversight Division) of OFO’s Federal Sector Programs.  She was subsequently detailed as Director of AED.  In that position, she oversaw the Management Directive 715 (MD-715) reporting program, under which federal agencies work to achieve Model EEO Program status.  In 2008, Ms. Schandler returned to ARP as a supervisory attorney in ARP’s Review Division, responsible for a team of staff attorneys adjudicating a wide variety of complex appeals.  In 2015, Ms. Schandler became Director of ARP’s Review Division, managing a cadre of attorneys on the leading edge of federal-sector case law.

Ms. Schandler earned her J.D. from the University of Akron Law School, and a B.A. in economics and English from Rutgers University.

 

Elizabeth J. Shapiro is a Deputy Director in the Civil Division of U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Programs Branch.  She has served in DOJ since 1991, defending the government against a wide variety of constitutional and statutory challenges.  In 2001, Ms. Shapiro was named to the Civil Division's Terrorism Task Force, and she served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Texas prosecuting a major national security case.  Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Shapiro litigated appellate cases in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor.  

Ms. Shapiro is regarded as an expert in government information and privileges, and she regularly teaches classes throughout the country.  She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including two Attorney General Awards, and she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute.

Following law school, Ms. Shapiro clerked for the Hon. Stephen F. Eilperin of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.  She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where she was Phi Beta Kappa.  

 

Timothy J. SimeoneTimothy J. Simeone is a partner with Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP (HWG).  In over twenty years as an appellate advocate, Mr. Simeone has argued cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, the D.C. Circuit, and other federal courts of appeals.  Mr. Simeone has also argued before a number of state courts of last resort, the U.S. Court of Claims, and the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility.

Mr. Simeone is also a member of HWG’s Trial Litigation Group, where his appellate experience is valuable in briefing legal issues and arguing dispositive motions.  He has also worked with HWG’s communications practice on a wide variety of regulatory issues before the Federal Communications Commission, with a particular focus on preserving and preparing arguments for judicial review.

Before joining HWG, Mr. Simeone spent the 2000-2001 academic year as a visiting professor at Villanova University Law School.  He had previously practiced at a large Washington, D.C. firm where he worked on appellate and telecommunications matters, and also took a hiatus from private practice to serve as a full-time legal consultant to the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the Microsoft litigation.

 

Brian G. SvobodaBrian G. Svoboda is a partner in Perkins Coie LLP’s Political Law Group.  For nearly twenty-five years, Brian has provided counseling to candidates, political parties, companies, trade associations and nonprofits on all aspects of the laws affecting political activity.  He has successfully represented several members of Congress in high-stakes investigations and advised multiple presidential campaigns.  He is one of the nation’s leading practitioners before the Federal Election Commission, successfully defending multiple investigations and obtaining key advisory opinions.  Brian also helps clients navigate the increasingly complex rules that govern the political process, including federal lobbying disclosure laws; Internal Revenue Service rules on political activity; and the tangle of federal, state, and local laws that affect political advocacy.

Brian worked as a legislative aide in the United States Senate before joining Perkins Coie.  He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and the University of Nebraska.  

 

Sabrina UnderwoodSabrina Underwood is an Assistant Director in the Federal Tort Claims Act Section of the United States Department of Justice.  Ms. Underwood has defended numerous federal agencies in complex tort actions alleging general negligence, medical malpractice, and law enforcement-related torts, among others.  

Ms. Underwood clerked for the Hon. Francis M. Allegra on the United States Court of Federal Claims.  She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. from Boston University.

 

Mark S. ZaidMark S. Zaid, the managing partner of Mark S. Zaid PC, is a Washington, D.C.-based attorney who specializes in crisis management and innovatively handling simple and complex administrative and litigation matters relating to national security, international law, foreign sovereign and diplomatic immunity, and the Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts.

Through his practice, Mr. Zaid often represents former and current federal employees, particularly intelligence and military officers; defense contractors; Whistleblowers; and others who have grievances, have been wronged, or are being investigated by agencies of the United States government or foreign governments; and members of the media.  Mr. Zaid teaches the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education classes on The Basics of Filing and Litigating Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Requests (since 2003), Defending Security Clearances (since 2006), and Handling Whistleblower Cases: More Than the Basics (since 2016).

Since 2009, Mr. Zaid has been named a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer every year (including being profiled) and he is repeatedly named a Best Lawyer in Washingtonian Magazine’s bi-annual designation for his national security or whistleblower work.  The magazine also named him one of D.C.’s Most Influential People in 2021.  In 2020, the Washington Metropolitan Employment Lawyer’s Association named him Attorney of the Year for his work on the Intelligence Community Whistleblower’s case.  As the National Law Journal once wrote, “if Agent Mulder ever needed a lawyer, Zaid would be his man.”

Mr. Zaid is also the Executive Director and founder of the James Madison Project, a Washington, D.C.-based organization with the primary purpose of educating the public on issues relating to intelligence gathering and operations, secrecy policies, national security, and government wrongdoing.  Additionally, Mr. Zaid is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Global Security Studies program where he teaches on national security issues.  In 2017, Mr. Zaid co-founded Whistleblower Aid, a non-profit law firm that provides pro bono legal representation to whistleblowers, particularly in the national security arena.

In connection with his legal practice, Mr. Zaid has testified before, or provided testimony to, a variety of governmental bodies, including the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, the House Government Operations Committee, the Department of Energy, the Public Interest Declassification Board, and the Assassination Records Review Board.  From 2014-2016, he served as an appointed member by the Archivist of the United States to the Freedom of Information Act Advisory Committee.  “Curiously for this town,” once wrote the American Bar Association Journal, “Zaid is an equal opportunity thorn out to pierce the sides of suit jackets bearing both elephants and donkeys on the lapels.”

Mr. Zaid is a member of the Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York Bars.  He also is admitted to practice before various federal courts.  Mr. Zaid is a graduate of Albany Law School, Union University, where he was Associate Editor of the Albany Law Review.  Mr. Zaid completed his undergraduate education, cum laude, at the University of Rochester, with honors in political science and high honors in history.

You can reach Mr. Zaid at [email protected], and find further information concerning his practice at www.MarkZaid.com.

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