The Wagner Law Group, Est. 1996

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For 30 years, Mark has been in private practice with a focus on executive compensation, employee benefits (especially ESOPs), and retirement plan fiduciary matters, not only from a tax and labor perspective, but also from a business, governance, tax, securities, and litigation perspective. He currently serves as immediate Past President of the prestigious American College of Employee Benefits Counsel after previous terms as its Treasurer, Vice-President, and President. Mark is Chambers-rated, and works regularly with the American Benefits Council (where he was an executive board member for many years).

Mark's clients include public and private companies; he also has significant experience with not-for-profit organizations from both a governance and a executive compensation perspective. His business oriented pay-for-performance approach has led to his role as special counsel to compensation committees, as well as to his spearheading of projects designed to link executive compensation to corporate goals and to the enforcement of post-employment covenants relating to trade secrets and restrictive covenants (such as non-competition agreements).

Mark also teaches at Georgetown Law School. His courses have focused on executive compensation and governance, the design of benefit plans and employment-related agreements, and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). Associated with those courses is his substantively rich website found at and .

Prior to joining The Wagner Law Group, Mark served for almost 20 years as co-chair of the employee benefits (ERISA) practice as was a partner at a prominent international Washington, D.C. law firm of nearly 1,000 attorneys.



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  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York
    • J.D. - 1984
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of Virginia
    • B.A. - 1980
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: With Honors

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Professional Associations

  • American College of Employee Benefit Counsel, President
  • American College of Employee Benefit Counsel, Board Member
  • American Benefits Council, Executive Board, 2013 to 2018
  • Maryland Association of Social Service Boards, Head of Legislative Committee
  • Georgetown Law School --Adjunct Professor, 2007-2016
  • Maryland Association of Social Service Boards, Vice-Chair, 2004
  • Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, Director and Past Chair, 1998

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Pro bono Counsel for federal tax matters, 2004
  • MASSB Foundation - Founder and Trustee


  • Best Lawyers, 2013-Present
  • Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-Present
  • Washington, D.C. Super lawyers List - Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Washington, DC, 2013-2018

Past Positions

  • Georgetown University Law School, Adjunct Professor