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
Licensed since 1995
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1995||05/14/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Attorney General's Award ("John Marshal Award")||U.S. Department of Justice||2008|
|Star of Distinction||Chicago Crime Commission||2008|
|Superior Honor Award||U.S. Department of State||2007|
|Partner||Perkins Coie LLP||2010 - Present|
|Assistant U.S. Attorney||U.S. Department of Justice||2000 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||Hon. Morris S. Arnold (8th Circuit Court of Appeals)||1999 - 2000|
|Lecturer in Law||Oxford University||1997 - 1999|
|Law Clerk||Hon. Catherine D. Perry (U.S. District Court - St. Louis)||1995 - 1997|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Bar Association International Anti-Corruption Initiatives Task Force||National Chair||2010 - Present|
|ABA Litigation Magazine||Member, Editorial Board||2010 - Present|
|BNA Criminal Law Reporter||Advisory Board Member||2010 - Present|
|American Bar Association Human Trafficking and Organized Crime Committee||National Chair||2008 - 2010|
|American Bar Association Kosovo Task Force||National Chair||2007 - 2009|
|United States v. Calabrese, et al.||Convictions for all defendants; established 19 mob homicides|
|United States v. Ambrose||Conviction of first U.S. Marshal to leak information cooperator to mob|
|United States v. McCaffrey||Longest-ever sentence in child pornography posession/receipt case|
|Bloomberg Law Reports||Another Landmark Year: 2010 FCPA Year-In-Review and Enforcement Trends For 2011||2011|
|BNA White Collar Crime Report||Don't Pay for the Misdeeds of Others: Intro to Avoiding Foreign Third-Party FCPA Liability||2011|
|Law360||How To Avoid the FCPA Hook for 3rd-Party Misconduct||2011|
|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 Analysis||Charges That Sting: 'Honey Laundering' and the New Era of Obstruction Prosecutions||2011|
|The Champion||Honey Laundering, A Toilet Flush, and a Governor's Yahoo Account: The New Age of Anticipatory Obstruction of Justice||2011|
|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 Force||Benefitting From Amended Corporate Sentencing Guidelines … In Four Easy Steps||2010|
|FCPA Blog||Is The Government Listening?||2010|
|Oxford University Press||Stemming the Suffering: Victims’ Rights and the International Criminal Court||2010|
|Law360||"§ 1519: DOJ Fires Its Anti-Obstruction Cannon||2010|
|BNA White Collar Report||Meeting (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 Report||Getting What They Pay For: The Far-Reaching Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act's "Whistleblower Bounty" Incentives for FCPA Enforcement||2010|
|Chicago Sun-Times||Street-smart U.S. Prosecutor is Moving On||2010|
|White Collar Crime Professor Blog||High Marks for Mounting U.S. Foreign Anti-Bribery Efforts (5-Part Series)||2010|
|Perkins Coie Client Update||Sentencing Guideline Amendments Relax Criteria for Defendant Companies Seeking Substantial Fine Reductions... But They Also Raise Serious Questions||2010|
|FCPA Professor Blog||Will Dodd - Frank's Whistleblower Provisions be Exported?||2010|
|Corporate Crime Reporter||Perkins Coie’s Markus Funk on Wolff, Honey and Obstruction||2010|
|U.S. Department of Justice||Kosovo Trial Skills Handbook||2006|
|Northwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|Speaker Series||FCPA Trends in 2011 and Beyond||2011|
|Mid-Year Meeting||Complex Evidentiary Issues In Criminal Trials||2011|
|GC Meeting - Denver||FCPA Enforcement Trends & Best Practices||2011|
|ABA Litigation Section Mid-Year Meeting / Miami Beach||Post-Skilling Void for Vagueness||2011|
|ABA Annual Meeting||Globalization of the Criminal Law||2011|
|USDOJ Advanced Racketeering Training||Sentencing in Racketeering (RICO) Cases||2009|
|ABA Spring Leadership Meeting||Human Trafficking and Organized Crime||2008|