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Author of Bin Laden book sues ex-attorneys

Managing Partner Mark S. Zaid is serving as the expert witness for "Mark Owens", the former Navy SEAL and author of No Easy Day, in his lawsuit against his former attorney as it releates to his classification prepublication review process.

10/21 FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting Wrap-Up

A summary of the meeting of the Federal FOIA Advisory Committee, of which Managing Partner Mark S. Zaid is an appointed member, held on October 21, 2014.

Panetta clashed with CIA over memoir, tested agency review process

Managing Partner Mark S. Zaid is quoted as an expert on the prepublication classification review process in this Washington Post article.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee

Video of the second meeting on October 21, 2014, of the Federal FOIA Advisory Committee, of which Managing Partner Mark S. Zaid is an appointed member.

List of Albany Law School Alumni

Managing Partner Mark S. Zaid has been named on Wikipedia as a distinguished member of the alumni of his alma mater Albany Law School, for which he also serves on its Board of Trustees.

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Mark S. Zaid, Esq.

Mark S. Zaid specializes in litigation and lobbying on matters relating to international transactions, torts and crimes, national security, foreign sovereign and diplomatic immunity, defamation (plaintiff) and the Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts (FOI/PA).

Mark ZaidThrough his practice Mr. Zaid often represents former/current federal employees, intelligence and military officers, Whistleblowers and others who have grievances or have been wronged by agencies of the United States Government or foreign governments, as well as members of the media. Mr. Zaid teaches D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education classes on "Defending Security Clearances" and "The Basics of Filing and Litigating Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Requests". He was named as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in 2009 (profiled), 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, as well as a "Best Lawyer" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009, 2011 and 2013 (issued bi-annually), for his national security work. As the National Law Journal once wrote, “if Agent Mulder ever needed a lawyer, Zaid would be his man.”

Mr. Zaid is also the Executive Director and founder of the James Madison Project, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, with the primary purpose of educating the public on issues relating to intelligence gathering and operations, secrecy policies, national security and government wrongdoing. Starting in January 2014, Mr. Zaid also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University teaching in the Global Studies/National Security Certificate programs.

Mark ZaidIn connection with his legal practice on international and national security matters, Mr. Zaid has testified before, or provided testimony to, a variety of governmental bodies including the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, the House Government Operations Committee, the Department of Energy, the Public Interest Declassification Board and the Assassination Records Review Board. “Curiously for this town," wrote the American Bar Association Journal, "Zaid is an equal opportunity thorn out to pierce the sides of suit jackets bearing both elephants and donkeys on the lapels.”

A 1992 graduate of Albany Law School of Union University in New York, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Albany Law Review, he completed his undergraduate education (cum laude) in 1989 at the University of Rochester, New York with honors in Political Science and high honors in History. Mr. Zaid is a member of the Bars of New York State, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland and several federal courts. He currently possesses a Secret level security clearance and has had previous authorized access to TS/SCI.

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