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Richard Marks


Partner, DLA Piper, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S.E.E., Northwestern; J.D., University of Maryland

Rick Marks has been a business lawyer with DLA Piper for more than 22 years, assisting companies, banks, SBICs and other institutional lenders and investors...

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Rick Marks has been a business lawyer with DLA Piper for more than 22 years, assisting companies, banks, SBICs and other institutional lenders and investors with leveraged and strategic acquisitions and restructurings, private equity investments and secured and unsecured commercial finance transactions. He serves as outside counsel for public and private companies in their strategic acquisitions, dispositions, financings and joint ventures and with general operational and corporate matters.

Professor Marks is involved in many pro bono efforts through his firm and the DC Bar Pro Bono Center. He is a member of DLA Piper's North American Pro Bono Committee, representing local, national and international non-profits and small businesses in corporate, governance and contract matters. He also represents the resident councils of all DC public housing communities, among other pro bono clients, and regularly presents on legal issues at trainings for resident councils officers on bylaws and other corporate issues. He served from 2013 through 2016 as a member of the DC Bar Board of Governors and a member of the Board of Trustee for the DC Bar Pro Bono Center. From 2007 through 2013, Professor Marks served on, and for two years chaired, the Community Economic Development Committee of the DC Bar, a group that connects non-profits and small business to pro bono counsel and provides trainings to lawyers in support of non-profit clients. Through CEDC, he developed and taught seminars on DC non-profit corporate issues, training more than 250 lawyers that then provided service to more than 150 clients.

Professor Marks graduated from Northwestern University (B.S.E.E 1989) and the University of Maryland School of Law (1993) and is admitted to the bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He previously was an adjunct professor at American University School of Law where he taught a course on international business negotiations.

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