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T. Markus Funk Partner

Firmwide Chair, White Collar & Investigations Practice; Co-Chair, Supply Chain Compliance & Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Denver

    D +1.303.291.2371

    F +1.303.291.2471

    Denver

    1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1400

    Denver, CO

    +1.303.291.2371

    MFunk@perkinscoie.com

  • Chicago

    D +1.312.324.8681

    F +1.312.324.9400

    Chicago

    131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700

    Chicago, IL

    +1.312.324.8681

    MFunk@perkinscoie.com

  • Washington, D.C.

    D +1.206.654.6208

    F +1.202.654.6211

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OVERVIEW

EXPERIENCE

Experience

Advising Corporate Clients

Regularly advise corporate clients on the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, Executive Order Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts, Conflict Minerals, and other Corporate Social Responsibility and Supply Chain Compliance matters.

Appellate Challenge

Successfully briefed /argued more than 40 civil and criminal appeals in federal and state courts around the country, including in the US Supreme Court.

Commercial Litigation

Named Colorado’s “Best Overall Litigator in 2015," Markus regularly litigates matters of all kind on behalf of companies of all sizes.

Counseling Fortune 500 and Other U.S. and Foreign Companies

Regularly counsel dozens of Fortune 500 and other U.S. and foreign companies on a range of issues, including FCPA, foreign global anti-corruption enforcement, and export control compliance and due diligence.

Defamation

Successfully pursued a defamation suit on behalf of Westwood College against class action lawyers who made derogatory comments about the college outside of the litigation.

Department of Commerce and FBI Export Controls Investigation

Successfully counseled high-tech company during Department of Commerce and FBI export controls investigation.

Employment Conflict

Represented individual in employment conflict with former German employer.

Export Control Dispute

Counseled foreign government's Ministry of Commerce in export control dispute.

FCPA and OFAC Violations

Represented a major university faculty chair during a Department of Homeland Security investigation into possible Foreign Corrupt Practices and OFAC violations.

FCPA Disclosure and Various Foreign Anti-corruption Regimes

Guided FCPA disclosures to the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC, and regularly advise on various foreign anti-corruption regimes, including the U.K. Bribery Act, the German Anti-Corruption Act, India's Prevention of Corruption Act, and the Chinese Anti-Bribery Laws.

Internal Fraud, Export Control, FCPA, and Other Investigations

Conduct internal fraud, export control, FCPA, and other investigations in the United States and abroad (including in China, India, Canada, and South America).

Internal Review

Engaged by the University of Colorado to conduct an internal review relating to former student and “Colorado theater shooter” James Holmes and provide appropriate recommendations.

Products Liability Litigation Matters

Provided counsel and represent clients in multiple major global products liability litigation matters.

Trading, Healthcare, Mortgage Fraud, Bribery Cases

Represent individuals and companies implicated in insider trading, healthcare, mortgage fraud, bribery cases.

Temporary Restraining Orders and Injunctions

On behalf of a FORTUNE 50 company, persuaded court to deny TRO lodged against employees (and obtained attorney’s fees).

World Bank Monitorship

Represented the World Bank Group and Unik Construction Engineering (PTY) Ltd., a construction company based in South Africa in the recent lifting of World Bank Group sanctions that were imposed on Unik in 2013 after World Bank debarred Unik for engaging in certain fraudulent activity. In 2014, the World Bank Group selected Perkins Coie to serve as a monitor and advisor to Unik.

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PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

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Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Colorado

  • Illinois

  • District of Columbia

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Education

  • University of Oxford, Ph.D.c
  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D.,
    Senior Research Honors
    , 1995,
    Book Review Editor and Articles Editor, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. & B.A.,
    summa cum laude
    , 1992,
    Phi Beta Kappa, Bronze Tablet

Highlights

Named one of "The 2016 Leading Lawyers in America," by The Lawdragon 500, 2016

 

 barristers logoNamed the "Barrister’s Best" "Lawyer of the Year," 2014 and Best Overall Litigator in Colorado, 2016; Corporate/Compliance Lawyer In Colorado, 2012

 

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undefinedNamed Colorado White Collar Lawyer of the Year by Corporate LiveWire, 2015 

 

2017 Chambers Logo Ranked in Chambers USA, "America's Leading Litigation Lawyers" and "America’s Leading White Collar Lawyers," 2012 - 2016 

  

Avvo Rating Badge - SuperbRated superb (10.0/10.0) on Avvo.com, 2010 - present 

 

Trophy icon  "Top 10 Attorneys in Illinois," 2014
  "Top 10 Attorneys in Colorado," 2017

America’s Top 100 High-Stakes Litigators 2017

Named as one of "America's Top
 100 High-Stakes Litigators" in 2017