Mark Rochon
Chair, Litigation Department

Washington, D.C.
Global Regions

Mark Rochon

Mark Rochon, Chair of the Litigation Department and a member of the firm's Executive Committee, practices in the area of white collar defense in criminal and civil matters. He has conducted extensive internal investigations on behalf of multinational corporations and has represented them in significant matters under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Mr. Rochon's work was highlighted when Global Investigations Review recently ranked the Firm's practice as one of the top 30 worldwide. He was noted as a "phenomenally talented" FCPA practitioner in Chambers Global, according to market sources. In addition to his work on behalf of entities, Mr. Rochon has represented individuals in connection with government contracting fraud investigations, export controls investigations, insider trading investigations, shareholder suits, accounting and bank fraud cases and other fraud related allegations.

Mr. Rochon's practice frequently involves advising clients about the pitfalls inherent in parallel governmental inquiries and private litigation. He often represents multinational companies in connection with potential or ongoing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and/or Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations, particularly in FCPA matters. He also served as lead counsel to a former outside Director of Enron in connection with the coordinated shareholder actions related to Enron’s bankruptcy. His internal investigations work has included matters arising across the world, often involving coordinated inquiries concerning his clients' overseas operations in multiple countries. He has also led worldwide FCPA due diligence inquiries in connection with client acquisitions. More >

Government Experience
  • Trial Chief, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, 1988 - 1990
  • Staff Attorney, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, 1983 - 1988
Corporate Experience
Rankings and Recognition
  • Chambers Global: FCPA (USA), 2016
  • Chambers USA: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (District of Columbia), 2009 - 2016
  • Chambers USA: FCPA (National), 2015 - 2016
  • Ethisphere Institute's Attorneys Who Matter (Specialists - Private Practice), 2014
  • Washington's Top Lawyers: White Collar, Criminal Defense (Washingtonian Magazine), 2015 - 2016
  • Washington's Top Lawyers: Trial Lawyers, Elite Criminal Defenders (Washingtonian Magazine), 2007 - 2014 
  • Ethisphere Institute's Attorneys Who Matter (Up and Comers/Rising Stars), 2010 - 2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2012 - 2017
  • Benchmark Litigation Local Litigation Star: White-Collar Crime (District of Columbia), 2013 - 2016
  • Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers, 2010
  • Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers, 2014 - 2016
  • Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers, 2011 - 2016
  • Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2011 - 2012
  • Legal 500: Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2011 - 2016
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Chair, FCPA Sub-Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Member, White Collar Crime Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Former Co-Chair, Business Crimes Section, International Bar Association 
  • Chair, Advisory Board of Law Students in Court 
  • Founding Board Member and Co-Chair, Southern Public Defender Training Center 
  • President, JusticeAid, a 501(c)(3) organization which promotes justice through the arts 
  • Former Chair, Judicial Evaluation Committee, District of Columbia Bar
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for Maryland
Foreign Languages
  • J.D., Stanford University, 1983
  • B.S., Western Michigan University, 1980