Mark E. Shaffer



  • Georgetown University Law Center, 2007, J.D., Georgetown Barrister's Council Member; Criminal Justice Clinic - served as student counsel for indigent criminal defendants
  • University of Baltimore, 2002, B.A., magna cum laude; Wilson Scholarship recipient, Jurisprudence

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court - United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia
  • State Supreme Court - Virginia

Mark is a member of the commercial litigation group with experience handling matters in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia state and federal courts. Mark has provided all level of services including advice, strategy, litigation, and settlement negotiations. He has litigated matters before bench and jury trials. Mark's familiarity with state and federal court practices enables him to frequently dispose of claims brought against his clients early on in litigation. His motions practice routinely finds him appearing throughout the state and federal courts in Northern Virginia.

Mark has a diverse practice that includes matters involving financial industry litigation, eminent domain, trust and estates, zoning issues, commercial and partnership disputes, contract disputes, employment litigation, and landlord tenant matters. His practice in the financial industry has focused on defending financial services clients against alleged mortgage regulation violations and a variety of business tort actions. Mark has successfully represented financial institutions in these matters by obtaining summary judgment and jury verdicts in Maryland and Virginia.

Additionally, Mark has experience litigating issues relating to land-use. In 2009, Mark helped secure a settlement payment for a client involved in eminent domain litigation that was one of the largest settlement payments in Virginia for that year. Mark later served as second chair in an eminent domain trial that resulted in a jury award millions of dollars in excess of the amount the condemning authority claimed it was required to pay. Mark also has experience litigating issues relating to restrictive covenants, zoning disputes, and appearing before the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
  • 2006 - Reed Smith, Summer Associate


Mark is a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He is also a member of the Iwo Jima Association of America.