Mark L. Shaffer

Principal and Managing Member

Mark Shaffer is the Firm’s principal and Managing Member. He has 40 years of experience in a broad range of practice areas. He has developed expertise in several areas of the law including commercial, civil, government contracts, and criminal litigation; fraud forensic investigations; government contracts proposal writing and contract management; intellectual property security and licensing; for profit business formation, governance, investment and finance; non-profit business formation, tax exemption applications, and financial compliance; employment; construction; and real estate development.

Prior to founding The Shaffer Law Firm, Mr. Shaffer was a partner in other smaller firms in the DC Metropolitan area. Mr. Shaffer also served as Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section where he received two Attorney General’s Outstanding Achievement Awards. Mr. Shaffer served as Associate Majority Counsel for the United States House of Representatives October Surprise Task force, which investigated allegations of violations of the Logan Act by interfering with the release of the Iranian Hostages.

Mr. Shaffer is an Adjunct Faculty member of the George Washington University Law School where he teaches Trial Practice. He has previously lectured on the legal rights and obligations of government contractors; protection of intellectual property and trade secret rights; minimizing liability exposure in real estate acquisition and development transactions; and legal ethics. Mr. Shaffer has counseled and served on several Boards of Directors for non-profit corporations.

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CONTACT

Phone: 301.502.2490

Fax: 202.403.3845

shaffer@markshafferlaw.com

EDUCATION

  • California State Bar

  • District of Columbia Bar

  • Maryland State Bar

  • United States Court of Federal Claims

  • U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

  • U.S. District Court for Maryland

  • U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Louisiana

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

  • U.S District Court Middle District of North Carolina

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court District of the Virgin Islands

  • U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board

  • California State Supreme Court

  • California State Court of Appeals for the First Appellate District

  • Maryland State Court of Appeals

  • Maryland State Special Court of Appeals

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

BAR ADMISSIONS AND COURT PRACTICE ADMISSIONS

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkley, J.D.

University of California, Berkley, B.A.

 

University of California at Los Angeles

NON-PROFIT WORK

Member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the National Capital Area

Counsel for:

Harmony Through Education

The Maryland Women’s Heritage

The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.