The Buck Sexton Show 1/18/17
Managing Partner Mark S. Zaid appeared on the Buck Sexton radio show to discuss President Obama's commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence and pardon of General Cartwright, both of whom were prosecuted under the Espionage Act. Interview starts around 19:42. more
Managing Partner Mark S. Zaid offers his insight, along with former intelligence officials such as David Priess (former presidential briefer), General Michael Hayden (former NSA/CIA Director), and John McLaughlin (former CIA Deputy Director), regarding President-elect Trump's battles with the Intelligence Community. more
Reporter Rails Against CIA's Oblique Position on Assassinations
The firm's latest FOIA lawsuit against CIA seeks to ensure the spy agency is not permitted to unilaterally decide when it will or will not comply with its statutory obligations. more
Russia Questions for Rex Tillerson
Our FOIA client, noted author/journalist David Satter, penned this op-ed for the Wall Street Journal regarding his questions for Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, particularly concerning Russian bombings in 1999. He mentions our FOIA lawsuit that we are currently litigating. more
Trump's call to have Congress investigate NBC News source faces challenging precedent
Managing Partner Mark S. Zaid responds to President-elect Trump's calls for a criminal investigation by Congressional oversight committees into alleged classified leaks to the media. more
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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).
Through 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 has been named as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer every year since he was profiled in 2009, as well as a "Best Lawyer" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 (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 organization 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.
In 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 and is now a member of the school's Board of Trustees, 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 TS/SCI eligibility and has had Q level access.
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