Mark D. Hopson

Managing Partner at Sidley Austin LLP

Mark D. Hopson

Mark D. Hopson

Managing Partner at Sidley Austin LLP

Biography

MARK D. HOPSON, the managing partner of Sidley’s Washington, D.C. office, is a practice area team leader of the firm’s White Collar: Government Enforcement and Litigation group, which is recognized by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top-tier practices. Chambers USA (2014) notes that clients praise Mark for his "ability to take complex cases and simplify them for the jury" and for his ”strong subject matter expertise and business knowledge.” He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mark has represented clients in many headline-making cases as well as those deliberately kept out of the spotlight. In addition to criminal and civil trial litigation matters, Mark regularly represents clients in connection with congressional investigations, internal investigations and other enforcement matters. The scope of Mark’s practice is reflected in his trial court victories and other recent representations, including:

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Obtaining an acquittal at trial of Tyson Foods, Inc. on a 36-count indictment charging conspiracy to violate federal immigration laws and seeking criminal forfeiture of over $100 million – a result that The National Law Journal identified as the “Defense Verdict of the Year.”

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Successfully representing Duke Energy at trial in the defense of New Source Review environmental claims. The case ended with a jury verdict for the defense on 10 of 14 counts and – following a retrial – a defense verdict on eight out of ten counts. As reported in The American Lawyer, the two trial victories “framed the score as 44 to 6” in favor of Duke “based on the original charges.”

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Representing the former CEO of Freddie Mac, Richard Syron, in response to congressional subpoenas, an SEC enforcement action in the Southern District of New York and multiple class action securities cases.

Mark has been repeatedly recognized in publications such as Benchmark Litigation, PLC Dispute Resolution (Cross-border White Collar Investigation Handbook) and The Legal 500 US, and has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Washington, a recognition based on a vote of peers. Washingtonian magazine has included Mark in its roster of the “Top Lawyers in Washington,” and since 2005, he has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in Bet-the-Company Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation.

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Sidley Austin LLP

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Number of Awards

15

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Mark D. Hopson
Managing Partner at Sidley Austin LLP
Education
JD, summa cum laude
Class of 1984

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

BA, cum laude
Class of 1980

Stetson University is located in DeLand, Fla., with a second campus in Gulfport, Fla. and two satellite centers. Founded in 1883 by Henry A. DeLand as the DeLand Academy and later renamed Stetson University to honor its benefactor, John B. Stetson, the university has a storied history of leadership, values and significance. The university is home to many Florida firsts, including the first collegiate newspaper, the oldest schools of business administration and music, the first college of law and was the state's first private university to integrate. The university is led by President Wendy B. Libby, supported by administrative offices which provide services and resources to students and faculty. Stetson University is home to 73 academic programs in four divisional areas and with undergraduate and graduate studies offered in many areas. The university is accredited by numerous accrediting agencies, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and curriculum is closely aligned with the marketplace to prepare students for life after Stetson. Undergraduate leadership, research, volunteer service and participatory activities flourish at all four of the university's locations.

Memberships
Fellow
Current

TO EXPAND KNOWLEDGE AND ADVANCE JUSTICE THROUGH INNOVATIVE, INTERDISCIPLINARY, AND RIGOROUS EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON THE LAW.

Fellow
Current

American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) is a professional association of trial lawyers from the United States and Canada. Founded in 1950, the College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. Through its Board of Regents, its general committees and its state and province committees, the College engages in a wide variety of activities to further those purposes. The College also awards the Medal for Excellence in Advocacy on a yearly basis.

Career History
Managing Partner
Current

Sidley Austin LLP is an American multi-national private company located in New York, NY, that provides legal services.

Clerk
1984 - 1985

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia (in case citations, D.D.C.) is a federal district court. Appeals from the District are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

Trial Practice Instructor & Adjunct Professor
Prior

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

Awards & Honors
2013
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation
2013
Washingtonian Magazine - Top Lawyers, White-Collar Criminal Defenders
2012
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation
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