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Mark Whitaker Named a 2022 Most Influential Black Lawyer by Savoy Magazine

16 Feb 2022

Mark Whitaker has been named a 2022 Most Influential Black Lawyer by Savoy magazine. Identifying lawyers who are exemplary leaders and advocates, Savoy’s annual list recognizes the “best of the best” of Black lawyers from top law firms and general counsel from Fortune 1000 companies who have demonstrated exceptional achievement, expertise, and community outreach.

Mark is co-chair of the firm’s global IP Litigation practice and cross-disciplinary Intellectual Property Group. Mark has more than 30 years of experience crafting litigation strategies in high-stakes patent and trade secret litigation. He has extensive experience navigating the rules and procedures of the nation’s top patent litigation venues, including U.S. district courts across the country, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the Court of Federal Claims.

A past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Mark was elected to their prestigious Fellows membership in 2019. He is a frequent speaker at the American Bar Association, AIPLA, the Practising Law Institute, the Sedona Conference, and numerous other IP bar associations and CLE events all over the country. Mark is also a co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Diversity Strategy Committee (DSC), and works to support a variety of internal diversity, LGBTQ+, and women’s initiatives, programs, and groups designed to recruit, train, mentor, and retain diverse lawyers and staff.

Mark is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served first as a Surface Warfare Officer and later as a member of the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Mark was recently featured in’s “How I Made It” series, discussing his role, influences throughout his career, and advice for partners who want to make it to firm leadership.

Mark has a B.S. degree from Northeastern University, and received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Savoy magazine is a national publication covering the power, substance, and style of African American lifestyle. You can view Mark’s profile on Savoy’s website.



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