Mark MacDougall is a former Department of Justice prosecutor with extensive trial experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Mark has been an Akin Gump partner for more than 20 years and in 2006 was elected a fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.
Dubbed “The Cleaner” by The American Lawyer in 2008 for his groundbreaking work in the field of reputational recovery, Mark has successfully defended numerous individuals and corporate clients facing false attacks in the media and on the Internet. Combining traditional legal tools with sophisticated investigational methods, Mark has eliminated false and defamatory stories and obtained corrections and retractions from dozens of the world’s most prominent media outlets. Using the same tools, Mark and his Akin Gump colleagues have also successfully prevented the publication of false and misleading stories that threatened to damage or destroy corporate and individual reputations worldwide. His clients regularly include senior political figures and government officials in the United States, international corporations, prominent executives, sovereign governments, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and even an occasional spy.
Mark has served on the boards of directors of several privately held corporations, including IMG Worldwide, the global sports, entertainment and media company. He currently serves as a director of The Sentencing Project and previously completed two terms as a trustee of the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia. Mark’s extensive pro bono trial work, representing indigent defendants facing the death penalty, has received national recognition, including the John Paul Stevens Award from the American Bar Association, the Exemplar Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and the Foot Soldier Award from the NAACP.