Mark MacDougall has been a partner with the international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, specializing in white collar criminal defense, for more than twenty years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has extensive trial experience in federal and state courts across the United States. In the 1990’s, Professor MacDougall served as a federal prosecutor with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he was the lead attorney in a series of highly successful bank and financial fraud prosecutions. In private practice, Professor MacDougall’s clients regularly include senior U.S. and foreign government officials; journalists; corporate executives; public institutions; foreign governments; and multinational businesses.

Since 1999, Professor MacDougall has devoted considerable time to the pro bono trial representation of criminal defendants facing the death penalty in South Carolina and Missouri. His work in this area has received national recognition, including the ABA Death Penalty Project’s John Paul Stevens Award, the Foot Soldier Award from the NAACP (the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization) and the Exemplar Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. Professor MacDougall currently serves as a director of The Sentencing Project and previously served two terms as a Trustee of the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia. Outside of his legal practice, Professor MacDougall has served on the Boards of Directors of IMG Worldwide (the international sports marketing firm) and 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc. (one of the nation’s largest chains of sports and fitness clubs, based in San Ramon, California). Professor MacDougall received his BA from the University of Notre Dame, his MBA from Boston University and his JD from the George Washington University.