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T. Markus Funk

T. Markus Funk

Practice areas:

Litigation, White Collar Crime, Federal Crime, Criminal Defense, Appeals

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T. Markus Funk, a partner in Perkins Coie’s Litigation practice and a member of the firm’s Investigations & White Collar Defense group, is a seasoned trial attorney and investigator focusing on business crimes, corporate investigations, complex commercial litigation, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters. As a federal prosecutor with ten years’ experience, Markus tried more than 24 federal cases, achieving convictions in all of them, and also has extensive appellate experience.

During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Markus was part of the trial team in the landmark organize crime murder-racketeering conspiracy case dubbed “Operation Family Secrets,” the most extensive mob-murder racketeering case in U.S. history. The U.S. Attorney General personally presented Markus and the team with the Department of Justice's Attorney General's Award (the “John Marshall Award”), which is the highest trial performance distinction the Department bestows on federal prosecutors, for their role in the prosecution of this historic case. This represented the first time prosecutors from the Chicago U.S. Attorney's office received this top recognition.

Prior to joining the firm, Markus served in U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's Public Corruption and Organized Crime Section. Markus previously served in the Office’s Major Cases and Narcotics Sections.  

From 2004-06, Markus served as the Department of Justice Resident Legal Advisor for Kosovo, helping oversee the U.S.’s multi-million dollar efforts to bring the rule of law to this war-torn region. In that capacity, Markus – a German-American dual national who grew up in Germany – represented the United States at diplomatic negotiations, led Balkan-wide anti-fraud and corruption efforts, and spear-headed the restructuring of Kosovo’s post-conflict justice system. During this time, the Department of Justice published Markus’ Kosovo Trial Skills Handbook, which was translated into Serbian and Albanian and remains the most cited source in Kosovo's Compilation of Applicable Criminal Laws.

In recognition of his service while abroad, the State Department conferred to Markus its prestigious Superior Honor Award for "sustained extraordinary performance," the highest general service award conferred by the State Department.  Markus has the distinction of being the only person to have received both the Department of Justice's Attorney General's Award and the State Department's Superior Honor Award. 

In addition to authoring dozens of criminal law-related academic and popular articles, as well as book chapters on a wide variety of topics, Markus wrote the highly regarded Stemming the Suffering: Victims’ Rights and the International Criminal Court (Oxford University Press, Spring 2010). His legal work has been featured by outlets such as The Atlantic Monthly, CNBC, CNN, The Economist, Investor’s Business Daily, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, The National Law Journal, and The Wall Street Journal.  

Markus started his legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Morris S. Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry, and as a Lecturer in Law at Oxford University.


Languages Spoken: German, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Litigation: 30%
    20 years, 300 cases
  2. White Collar Crime: 25%
    15 years, 50 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    5 years
  4. Federal Crime: 20%
    20 years, 300 cases
  5. Appeals: 5%
    20 years, 30 cases

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Contact Info

Perkins Coie

1899 Wynkoop Street
Suite 700
Denver, CO, 80202-1086

Perkins Coie

131 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL, 60603-5517

Perkins Coie LLP

607 14th St NW # 800
Washington, DC, 20005-2005



DCActive 201107/19/2014
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199505/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Attorney General's Award ("John Marshal Award")U.S. Department of Justice2008
Star of DistinctionChicago Crime Commission2008
Superior Honor AwardU.S. Department of State2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerPerkins Coie LLP2010 - Present
Assistant U.S. AttorneyU.S. Department of Justice2000 - 2010
Law ClerkHon. Morris S. Arnold (8th Circuit Court of Appeals)1999 - 2000
Lecturer in LawOxford University1997 - 1999
Law ClerkHon. Catherine D. Perry (U.S. District Court - St. Louis)1995 - 1997

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association International Anti-Corruption Initiatives Task ForceNational Chair2010 - Present
ABA Litigation MagazineMember, Editorial Board2010 - Present
BNA Criminal Law ReporterAdvisory Board Member2010 - Present
American Bar Association Human Trafficking and Organized Crime CommitteeNational Chair2008 - 2010
American Bar Association Kosovo Task ForceNational Chair2007 - 2009

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
United States v. Calabrese, et al.Convictions for all defendants; established 19 mob homicides
United States v. AmbroseConviction of first U.S. Marshal to leak information cooperator to mob
United States v. McCaffreyLongest-ever sentence in child pornography posession/receipt case

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Publication NameTitleDate
Bloomberg Law ReportsAnother Landmark Year: 2010 FCPA Year-In-Review and Enforcement Trends For 20112011
BNA White Collar Crime ReportDon't Pay for the Misdeeds of Others: Intro to Avoiding Foreign Third-Party FCPA Liability2011
Law360How To Avoid the FCPA Hook for 3rd-Party Misconduct2011
ABA Criminal Justice Section Newsletter"Tripple-Barrelled Critique of U.S. Foreign Anti-Corruption Efforts" - But is there Cause for Concern?2011
National Law Journal (print and online editions)The ICC Investigates -- But should Gadhafi Worry?2011
Westlaw Journal/Andrews Litigation Reporter - White-Collar Crime Expert AnalysisCharges That Sting: 'Honey Laundering' and the New Era of Obstruction Prosecutions2011
The ChampionHoney Laundering, A Toilet Flush, and a Governor's Yahoo Account: The New Age of Anticipatory Obstruction of Justice2011
Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter"The Financial Reform Act: SEC's New Whistleblower Rules Redefine Reporting Landscape"2011
American Bar Association's "The State of Criminal Justice (2011)"Another Landmark Year: 2010 FCPA Year-In-Review and Enforcement Trends For 2011"2011
ABA Global Anti-Corruption Initiatives Task ForceBenefitting From Amended Corporate Sentencing Guidelines … In Four Easy Steps2010
FCPA BlogIs The Government Listening?2010
Oxford University PressStemming the Suffering: Victims’ Rights and the International Criminal Court2010
Law360"§ 1519: DOJ Fires Its Anti-Obstruction Cannon2010
BNA White Collar ReportMeeting (and Exceeding) Our Obligations: Will OECD's Anti-Bribery Convention Cause the Dodd-Frank Act's 'Whistleblower Bounty' Incentives to Go Global?2010
BNA White Collar Crime ReportGetting What They Pay For: The Far-Reaching Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act's "Whistleblower Bounty" Incentives for FCPA Enforcement2010
Chicago Sun-TimesStreet-smart U.S. Prosecutor is Moving On2010
White Collar Crime Professor BlogHigh Marks for Mounting U.S. Foreign Anti-Bribery Efforts (5-Part Series)2010
Perkins Coie Client UpdateSentencing Guideline Amendments Relax Criteria for Defendant Companies Seeking Substantial Fine Reductions... But They Also Raise Serious Questions2010
FCPA Professor BlogWill Dodd - Frank's Whistleblower Provisions be Exported?2010
Corporate Crime ReporterPerkins Coie’s Markus Funk on Wolff, Honey and Obstruction2010
U.S. Department of JusticeKosovo Trial Skills Handbook2006

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Speaker SeriesFCPA Trends in 2011 and Beyond2011
Mid-Year MeetingComplex Evidentiary Issues In Criminal Trials2011
GC Meeting - DenverFCPA Enforcement Trends & Best Practices2011
ABA Litigation Section Mid-Year Meeting / Miami BeachPost-Skilling Void for Vagueness2011
ABA Annual MeetingGlobalization of the Criminal Law2011
USDOJ Advanced Racketeering TrainingSentencing in Racketeering (RICO) Cases2009
ABA Spring Leadership MeetingHuman Trafficking and Organized Crime2008