Mark E. Schamel


Mark Schamel represents individuals and corporations in white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and complex civil litigation matters. Mark has broad experience trying criminal cases in state and federal courts and handling matters across the country. He has represented companies and individuals in expansive fraud cases, as well as a range of traditional criminal cases, bet-the-company investigations, and litigations. High-profile clients who are facing serious charges and media scrutiny often turn to Mark for representation because of his impressive track record of shutting down prosecutions before they become public.

Mark regularly deals with enforcement matters before federal regulatory agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), as well as formal actions and investigations by the inspectors general from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He also has extensive experience in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters.

Mark represents companies, boards of directors, and individuals, from C-suite to senior management, in a variety of criminal, civil, and administrative matters. He frequently represents state and federal law enforcement officers, elected officials, and community leaders.




  • J.D. Boston University School of Law 1998
  • B.S. Political Science and History State University of New York at Brockport 1995

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Member, White Collar Crime Committee
    • Member, Sentencing Committee
    • Representative, ABA Committee on Standards and Policy
    • Former elected member, Board of Directors
  • Adjunct professor of law, The George Washington University Law School, 2009 – 2023


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2021 – 2023
  • Super Lawyers
    • Top 100, Washington, DC, 2016
    • Defense: White Collar, 2011 – 2022
    • Criminal Defense, 2011 - 2022
    • Civil Litigation, 2011 – 2022
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, District of Columbia, 2018 – 2022


Pro Bono

  • Provided extensive pro bono work for the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project


  • Past board member, Sparkle Effect

Personal Activities

  • Mark lives in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC with his wife, two kids, and their two huge dogs. He is an assistant coach for 8-year-old basketball and a dedicated soccer dad