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After law school, I joined the United States Marine Corps, where I began my legal career as a Judge Advocate, serving in Okinawa, Japan, and subsequently at Headquarters Marine Corps in Arlington, Virginia. As a prosecutor, and later, defense counsel, in the Marine Corps, I tried countless courts-martial and administrative hearings.

Upon completing military service, I was an attorney with the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. While with the SEC from 1990-1993, I investigated and/or litigated civil violations of the federal securities laws. I served as a federal prosecutor (Special Assistant U.S. Attorney) in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, assigned to the Securities Fraud Unit. While assigned to that Unit, I prosecuted criminal violations of the federal securities laws, including insider trading, market manipulation, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, perjury, and making false statements to a government agency. I obtained convictions in cases involving a nationwide broker payoff scheme; a multi-state financial fraud involving cellular telecommunications; insider trading by principals of a publicly traded company; and embezzlement by a registered agent. Representative of the nature of the cases handled by me, I also investigated the marketing and sale of certain limited partnerships by a major broker-dealer, resulting in the establishment of a $292.5 million claims fund for investors, and the payment of fines to the U.S. Treasury.

I next entered private practice as a partner with a national law firm based in Richmond, Virginia, where my practice was concentrated on the representation of a major brokerage firm. In 1999, I began practice as a solo practitioner.  

I was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers in the area of Securities Litigation.  I currently serves on the Richmond Bar Association’s Communications Committee, having previously served on the Administration of Justice Committee, which facilitates a dialogue between the bench and the bar on best practices.  In 2014, I was appointed to serve a multi-year term on the Audit Committee for the American Association of Justice.  I have a 10.0 Avvo Rating and for fourteen years an "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell (its highest rating).

I served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, where I taught a course entitled, “Enforcement of the Federal Securities Laws.”

I have formerly served as both Co-Chair and Chair of the Securities Arbitration Subcommittee (Corporate and Business Litigation Committee) of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.  I also previously held the position of Chair of the ABA’s Securities Enforcement Subcommittee (Business Law Section). For many years, I served as Chair, and then, Vice-Chair, of the Criminal Laws Committee of the ABA’s Section of Business Law. In conjunction with my work for the ABA, in 2003, I was appointed by then-ABA President Dennis Archer to serve on a 14-member commission. This special commission was formed to examine criticisms of mandatory minimum sentences raised by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his August 2003 speech to the Opening Assembly at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco.  After holding extensive hearings, the Commission presented a detailed report to the ABA.

I earned a Master of Laws degree (Securities Regulation) from Georgetown University Law Center, and J.D. and B.B.A. degrees from Baylor University. I was admitted to the Bar Associations of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the State of Texas (inactive). Additionally, I am admitted to practice in the federal court system.  Also, I practice regularly before FINRA. I estimate that I have handle represented over 200 claimants in securities arbitrations.  I dedicate a portion of my practice to pro-bono representation. 

My wife, Emily, and I are long standing members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, where we both have served on the Vestry.  We have two daughters -- one is a third year at University of Virginia and the other is a sophmore at Baylor University.


Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
  3. Civil Rights: 20%
  4. Investment Fraud: 20%
  5. Litigation: 20%


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  • John Gregory Webb

    Mark is a fantastic trial lawyer. Simply top-notch. I have had the occasion to speak with him numerous times about some of his civil rights cases, and share information with him. He is generous, highly ethical, and extremely bright. I would not hesitate to refer a client to him.


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  • Donna Rostant

    Mark is an incredibly hard working attorney with the highest ethical standards. He is a tireless advocate, extremely intelligent, and well respected among the bench and his fellow attorneys. I had the pleasure of working with Mark on a civil rights case and was so impressed with the caliber of his work. It was truly a rewarding and educational experience. I would highly recommend Mark.


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Contact info

The Krudys Law Firm, PLC

SunTrust Center
919 East Main St., Suite 2020
Richmond, VA, 23219


DCActive 199107/05/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law198903/31/2016
TXInactive 198607/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Navy Achievement MedalU.S. Marine Corps1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberThe Krudys Law Firm, PLC2015 - Present
MemberPhelan Krudys Petty, PLC2014 - Present
MemberPhelan Krudys, PLC2012 - 2013
MemberMark J. Krudys, PLC2000 - 2011
PartnerLeClair Ryan, PC1997 - 2000
Special Assistant U.S. AttorneyU.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida1994 - 1997
Senior AttorneySecurities & Exchange Commission Enforcement Division1990 - 1993
Captain - Judge AdvocateU.S. Marine Corps1986 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionCo-Chair, Securities Arbitration Subcommittee2001 - 2003
T.C. Williams School of Law, University of RichmondAdjunct Assistant Professor2001 - 2001
American Bar Association - Justice Kennedy CommissionCommissioner2000 - 2000
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionChair, Criminal Laws Committee1999 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gaines v. Woody$2.4 million jury verdict
Kellermann v. McDonough$1.75 million settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
ABA's Annual Review of Business and Corporate LitigationSecurities Arbitration2002
44 DePaul Law Review 99"Insider Trading by Members of Creditors' Committees"1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterSecurities RegulationLL.M - Master of Laws1993
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Baylor UniversityBusiness AdministrationBBA - Bachelor of Business Administration1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationJail and Jailer Liability: The Trial of a Jail Death Case2014
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association CLE seriesSecurities Arbitration2012
ABA's National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and In-House CounselThe Role of Audit Committees in the Investigative Process and Upon a Finding of Wrongdoing2009
ABA's Second Annual National Institute on Securities FraudAccounting Fraud: The Latest Trends and Cases2008
ABA's Business Law Today Live, June 2000White Collar Crimes: How to Keep Business Lawyers from Becoming Defendants in Criminal Prosecutions2000
CPA/Law Forum, Richmond, VirginiaAccountants Liability - The New Issues1999
American Bar Association Annual MeetingA Criminal Securities Case from Investigation to Trial1999
American Bar Association Annual MeetingInternational Enforcement of the Federal Securities Laws1998