American College of Trial Lawyers Inducts Mark MacDougall

(Washington, D.C.) – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Mark J. MacDougall has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the firm announced today.   The induction ceremony took place on September 15 during the 2006 Fall Meeting of the College in London, England.

Founded in 1950, the College is an honorary association of experienced trial lawyers in the United States and Canada who have excelled at the art of advocacy and adhered to the highest standards of ethnical conduct and professionalism. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years’ trial experience before they can be considered for fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one per cent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,500 members in the United States and Canada, including all active fellows, emeritus fellows, judicial fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and honorary fellows. United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. was inducted as an honorary fellow during the 2006 ceremony.

The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to fellowship from all branches of trial practice, carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute those accused of crime and those who defend them.

Mr. MacDougall’s practice focuses on white collar defense as well as the representation of individuals and institutions in responding to criminal investigations, civil claims and other legal challenges that cross international borders. This work includes defending clients subject to criminal and administrative actions brought by the United States government and in connection with investigations by foreign law enforcement agencies. Mr. MacDougall regularly represents corporate and individual clients facing charges of public corruption, financial fraud, money laundering and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

In addition, Mr. MacDougall has extensive experience in the emerging legal specialty of reputational recovery, representing clients in Europe and the Middle East in responding to the obstacles that arise when individuals and businesses are subjected to false accusations by government officials, the media or commercial competitors.

In addition to his white collar practice, Mr. MacDougall devotes considerable time to the pro bono trial representation of indigent defendants facing the death penalty, and has been recognized nationally for his work. In 2004 he received the Foot Soldier in the Sands Award from the NAACP and in 2006 he received the Exemplar Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.

During the early 1990s Mr. MacDougall was a federal prosecutor with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was the lead attorney in a series of successful federal bank fraud prosecutions.

Mr. MacDougall is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 900 lawyers with offices in Austin, Brussels, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Taipei and Washington. The firm has a diversified practice and represents regional, national and international clients in a wide range of areas, including antitrust; appellate; banking and finance; capital markets; communications and information technology; corporate and securities; corporate governance; employee benefits; energy; entertainment and media; environmental; estate planning, wealth transfer and probate; financial restructuring; global security; government contracts; health; insurance; intellectual property; international trade; investment funds; labor and employment; land use; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; private equity; privatization; project development and finance; public law and policy; real estate development and finance; Russia/CIS; tax; and technology.

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