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Mark J. Krudys

Civil rights Attorney at Richmond, VA

5.0   16 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 32 years
    Virginia - VA 34 years
    Texas - TX 38 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1991
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1986
    Inactive No misconduct found

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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 $ 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.


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The Krudys Law Firm, PLC
SunTrust Center
919 East Main St., Suite 2020
Richmond, VA, 23219


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Posted by Phyllis | March 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
After consulting with Mark Krudys, we hired him to represent my son in a medical malpractice suit. He took on his case when I had almost given up hope on anyone taking it. He listened attentively to everything we said. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He was also kind, considerate, and compassionate. Mark or Anna was always available if we had questions or concerns, never cutting us off short, or making us feel like we were a bother. I just cannot say enough good things about Mark or the Krudys Law Firm. Mark and Anna worked relentlessly to get my son the justice he deserved. I will always be grateful to them, and would highly recommend this firm.
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Posted by Lynne | January 28, 2020
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Dedicate, thorough and committed to justice
I will forever be grateful to Mark Krudys. He diligently worked on my complicated white collar case for three years. Mark’s skills made him the perfect lawyer to deal with all of its aspects. His knowledge of civil, criminal and bankruptcy law was invaluable. He took the time to make sure I understand the various proceedings and always made me feel like a priority. In addition to being extremely dedicated to his clients, Mark is the epitome of ethical and professional.
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Posted by Stacy | April 8, 2019
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Very impressed with a simple 5 min phone call
My case is a civil rights one, and I was extremely impressed with Mr Krudys’ knowledge and practicality in a brief phone call. He himself answered the call, which in itself is absolutely above expectations. While I wasn’t thrilled with his opinion (i.e., I’ll likely not win my case for which he gave solid reasons), I appreciated his honesty and practicality. I would absolutely go to him with other matters.
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Posted by Hillel | August 9, 2016
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Highly recommended
I have nothing but the highest regard for Mark. He took on my very complicated case, worked unbelievably hard -days, nights and weekends. He was extremely intelligent, intuitive, competent, timely, easily accessible but most importantly he cared and ALWAYS had my best interests at heart. I have dealt with many attorneys over the years and Mr Krudys is at the top.
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Posted by Kevin D. | April 15, 2016
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Mr Krudys took time from a busy schedule to speak with me about my case without an appointment. He offered encouragement and provided references. Mr. Krudys was kind, considerate and sorry he was not able to take my case.
Posted by Whitney | November 10, 2015
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Dedicated Attorney with Unquestionable Integrity
Mark shatters all negative perceptions about attorneys. He listens carefully to every detail, develops a sound legal strategy and includes his client in every step of the process. I am grateful to Mark for taking my employment case and for helping me navigate the complex twists and turns until we reached a successful outcome.
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Posted by Leonard | October 22, 2015
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After seeing the passion Mr. Krudys brings to his profession, the drive shown for the principles of fairness and a genuine concern for the well-being of people, it’s understandable why Mr. Krudys is ranked among the elite attorneys.
Posted by Aubrey | June 22, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Extremely knowledgable
Mark was extremely helpful for me. Most notably, he is very conscientious of the fact that lay persons don't understand the in and outs of the legal system and he has an incredible way of explaining everything on a level that is most appropriate so clients have a clear understanding on each detail of what's happening. A very committed attorney!
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Posted by Josh | June 11, 2015
Mark Is The Best!! Saved My Life In 2007!!
was walking home with my ex--just three blocks away from the bar. we had had a few to drink. i had an injured leg and was having trouble and we thought something might be wrong underneath my cast. anyway the ambulance showed up right after the police. my bipolar meds, mixed with the pain meds for my leg, mixed with the small amount of alcohol (i really kinda hate alcohol), had me acting a little mouthy and pushed me into the beginnings of a state of mania. so yes, the police arrive before ems, and i was manic and very disrespectful. i was taken to the magistrate and was cycling through states of bipolar mania/psychosis--i was appearing in front of judge cheekes. he did not grant me bail; and because my behaviour was so erratic, he ordered a psych eval before scheduling a bail hearing for me. so i was in richmond city jail for almost two weeks. the public defender saw me for maybe 10 minutes total. i had been charged with public intoxication and--WHOAH!@!@#% ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER!?!!?!?--i was cuffed and they dropped me and my foot hit one of their ankles and they considered that "assault." anyway, they proceeded to kick and punch me--3-4 of them. the more they abused me, the more i reacted verbally which pissed them off even more--it was like a terrible vicious cycle because apparently verbalising counts as "resisting arrest???." is this true? then they asked the woman to leave because she had an allergy to it. after she left, they got me with the pepper spray. on shot 3 i shut up. anyway, when i'd seen her earlier, the public defender said i could and would probably get 2 years for the assault charge and have one suspended...i was so scared. none of this seemed right. so my grandmother took the situation seriously and called Mark to ask him to refer a criminal attorney to us for my charge and he just replied with, "how about me!?" anyway, Mark Krudys had helped my family out before on some financial legal matters with a firm that was abusing my great-grandparents among other clients unrelated. Mark came in ON A SATURDAY NIGHT talked to the prosecutors and magistrate into letting me bond out and conceded that i was not capable of going to trial and understanding the charges, but that i was not when the alleged crimes occurred--so Mark did his thing--->Bam!!AND I WAS OUT IN TWO HOURS!! Mark came in to save me from richmond city jail on a saturday night--and i'll never forget how awesome and altruistic that was.
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2014
An Excellent, Caring Attorney
I spoke with Mark Krudys regarding an employment matter. I was facing separation from my employer without cause and without a severance package. Mark listened carefully to the facts of my situation and provided excellent advice on how I should approach my situation. As a result of his advice, I was awarded a robust severance package. Mark is a knowledgeable, caring attorney who I would highly recommend!!
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Posted by Kellie | September 5, 2014
Extremely pleased with representation
Mark Krudys and staff did an exceptional job with our case. They told us that despite it not being in one of their usual practice areas, based on the nature of the case they felt confident that they could represent us and resolve the issue quickly. And that they did! They discovered the key legal position which I had not even realized when I brought the case to them. They were pleasant and professional, and kept us informed of the steps they were taking and progress of our case. They were a pleasure to work with, and I am extremely happy that they were the professionals representing us.
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Posted by Mac | August 23, 2014
Two Significant Arbitration Cases and Two Significantly Positive Results
I first engaged Mr. Krudys to assist with a contractual matter and other aspects related to my employment by a regional broker-dealer. Later, I further engaged him to assist in two specific cases, both of which were subject to arbitration. One involved the collection of a past due Note guaranteed by several business associates who failed to honor their guarantees when the issuer defaulted on payment to me of $300,000. Mr. Krudys moved swiftly and effectively to protect my rights under the Note and through the arbitration case and a subsequent appeal to the courts, he secured full payment plus expenses for me in the matter. In a second case, Mr. Krudys represented me against my former employer, and won a significant amount (over $350,000) that was due me in connection with my employment contract. I found Mr. Krudys to be cost-effective, knowledgeable, and current with the law. He is easy going in dealing with his client but a bulldog in pursuing his client's interests. I would recommend him highly to anyone needing representation in arbitration or employment matters.
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Posted by steve | August 22, 2014
Mark Krudys
We retained Mark in a very contentious litigation matter. Mark proved to be a strong advocate as well as a creative strategic thinker. We are extremely pleased with Mark's representation.
Posted by peter | August 20, 2014
Highly Recommended In Securities Llitigation Cases
Mark Krudys represented me in a securities litigation. I was very impressed at how Mark presented my case. He took his time to really understand me and my case. He presented it with zeal and great attention to detail. He thinks fast on his feet, is very articulate and smart. He thoroughly understood the relevant issues in my case. I could see that opposing counsel , and the legal community at large had great respect for Mark. I was pleased with every aspect of his representation of me and I would recommend him as a top lawyer in this field.
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Posted by Arthur | August 20, 2014
David vs Golaith part II
After the great market meltdown in 2008 my portfolio,like everyone else's, got slammed. I believed my advisor at Wachovia (and later Wells Fargo) was negligent in managing certain areas of my portfolio.I needed a top notch attorney to prove my claim. It was David vs Golaith part II. Mr.Krudys was recommended by my attorney in Washington D.C. To make a very long story short Mr.Krudys agreed to represent me in the arbitration and proceeded to take Wachovia/Wells Fargo to the woodshed. He was great as was the substantial award I received. An extremely satisfied former client
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Posted by Katie | August 20, 2014
Excellent attorney
As Mr. Krudys' clients, we were very impressed with his representation of our case. His team is thorough, professional, and he is an excellent attorney.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • The Krudys Law Firm, PLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Member
  • Phelan Krudys Petty, PLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Member
  • Phelan Krudys, PLC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Member
  • Mark J. Krudys, PLC
  • 2000 - 2011
  • Partner
  • LeClair Ryan, PC
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Senior Attorney
  • Securities & Exchange Commission Enforcement Division
  • 1990 - 1993
  • Captain - Judge Advocate
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 1986 - 1989
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  • Georgetown University
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1993
  • Baylor University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Baylor University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Gaines v. Woody
  • $2.4 million jury verdict
  • Kellermann v. McDonough
  • $1.75 million settlement


  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Co-Chair, Securities Arbitration Subcommittee
  • 2001 - 2003
  • T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • 2001 - 2001
  • American Bar Association - Justice Kennedy Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2000 - 2000
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Chair, Criminal Laws Committee
  • 1999 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 1988
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  • ABA's Annual Review of Business and Corporate Litigation
  • Securities Arbitration
  • 2002
  • 44 DePaul Law Review 99
  • "Insider Trading by Members of Creditors' Committees"
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Jail and Jailer Liability: The Trial of a Jail Death Case
  • 2014
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association CLE series
  • Securities Arbitration
  • 2012
  • ABA's National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and In-House Counsel
  • The Role of Audit Committees in the Investigative Process and Upon a Finding of Wrongdoing
  • 2009
  • ABA's Second Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud
  • Accounting Fraud: The Latest Trends and Cases
  • 2008
  • ABA's Business Law Today Live, June 2000
  • White Collar Crimes: How to Keep Business Lawyers from Becoming Defendants in Criminal Prosecutions
  • 2000
  • CPA/Law Forum, Richmond, Virginia
  • Accountants Liability - The New Issues
  • 1999
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • A Criminal Securities Case from Investigation to Trial
  • 1999
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • International Enforcement of the Federal Securities Laws
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (19)
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Civil rights Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Civil rights Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark Krudys is an excellent attorney. He works hard, knows the law and approaches cases with thoroughly. He is willing to take time out from a busy practice to help fellow attorneys and does excellent work for his clients. I highly recommend Mark's services."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've had a number of cases against Mark over the years and found him to be a gifted litigator. He is extremely hard-working, doggedly persistent, and highly knowledgeable of the applicable law, both procedurally and substantively. He consistently achieves remarkable results for his clients in very difficult cases."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I am a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors and am familiar with plaintiffs' personal injury lawyers around the state of Virginia. Mark Krudys is an outstanding Virginia personal injury lawyer. He won a ground-breaking decision in the Supreme Court of Virginia which for the first time recognized liability in Virginia for negligent supervision. The case name is Kellermann. He won that case despite the fact that for years lower courts had been consistently holding that there was no liability in Virginia for negligent supervision. Mark Krudys is very bright, very determined, very dedicated. He is an outstanding attorney for injured persons."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is a thorough and effective advocate for those who have been injured, whether due to a violation of their civil rights or as a result of someone's negligence. I have had the pleasure of working with Mark on a couple of matters over the years, and always feel very comfortable referring individuals on to him for representation."
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer highly. He is extremely knowledgeable, incredibly helpful, and wonderfully professional. He is the attorney I will always turn to help me represent my clients or refer other clients in this area."
White collar crime Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark J. Krudys is a "lawyers lawyer"! He is the one lawyers turn to when they need help with a case. If you are lucky enough to find him, don't hesitate to hire him. He is detailed beyond belief and will put his heart and soul into helping you."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the years, I've handled a number of FINRA securities arbitrations across from Mark. Mark is a very experienced, effective and skilled securities arbitration attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is an highly energetic and creative lawyer who makes a terrific presentation in the courtroom and is highly respected by the bar; both colleagues and judges. I recommend him for any trial work."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark has a rare combination of intelligence, dedication, organization, and likeability. That makes him very effective for his clients. It is always a pleasure to work with him."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked very closely with Mark on a highly contentious and significant piece of litigation and found him to be a solid and practical lawyer who is also a pleasure to deal with."
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is a perfectionist in the best sense of the term. His command of the factual intricacies and the legal landscape was something you hope to find in co-counsel, but often don't."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is one of the smartest and most diligent trial lawyers I have encountered."
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is an exceptional lawyer and very dedicated to the pursuit of justice for his clients."
White collar crime Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mark for several years through our work together within the American Bar Association and from his great reputation among his circle of friends and colleagues, many of whom have now become my friends and colleagues. Mark preceded me as the Chair of the White Collar Crimes Committee within the ABA Section of Business Law. He is a very bright, engaging, and thoughtful attorney who has a strong background in securities law from his prior government service with the SEC."
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Richmond Civil rights Lawyer Mark J. Krudys
Mark J. Krudys
Civil rights Attorney
Richmond, VA
Licensed for 38 years