A Commitment to Justice
The Law Offices of Mark J. Yost is committed to securing financial justice for fraud victims and supporting Whistleblowers. With twenty-five years of experience investigating financial crimes, Mark works with clients around the world to recover assets, report wrongdoing, and make his clients financially whole.
Unique Experience Investigating and Prosecuting Financial Crimes
After clerking for the Honorable Joyce Hens Green at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Mark spent a decade as a federal prosecutor with the Northern Criminal Enforcement Section of the Tax Division and the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Mark in George Town, Grand Cayman Island, following the money through several of the thousands of shell corporations that used this address.
At the DOJ, he successfully prosecuted criminal tax, fraud, and international money laundering cases, tracing money around the world and convicting criminals both through pleas and at jury trials. Because of his success at trial in arguing complex financial crimes to juries, he received the Tax Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award.
Mark’s passion for tracing money stems from a case early in his career in which a corrupt businessman laundered millions of dollars through offshore financial secrecy havens for the purpose of defrauding judgment creditors. In exposing the scheme, Mark traced the money through a dozen shell corporations and five foreign countries. The case resulted in ten convictions, including jail time for the business owner, his accountants, and his attorneys. Mark has been following the money ever since.
From 2007 until 2022, Mark was an Enforcement Attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), where, often working with Whistleblowers and their attorneys, he investigated a wide variety of securities fraud cases. At the SEC, he continued to follow the money trail, receiving recognition for locating the ill-gotten gains of securities fraud, for recovering assets stolen from elderly clients by crooked investment advisors, and for tracing bribe money paid at the direction of corrupt corporate executives to foreign government officials.
While at the DOJ and SEC, Mark lectured and provided training to lawyers and investigators on financial crimes, teaching them how to follow the money trail to prove liability and to recover assets. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (certified by the ACFE) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (certified by the ACAMS). He is admitted to practice in California, Maryland and the District of Columbia, associating with lawyers in other states and countries when following the money.
Mark graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was editor in chief of the Georgetown Law Journal. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with high honors, serving on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard before his federal clerkship.
Mark retired from the SEC in 2022 to open a law practice dedicated to representing Whistleblowers and making the victims of civil and criminal fraud whole.
Representing Clients Around the Globe
Mark represents businesses and individual victims of financial crimes seeking to collect on civil judgments and restitution orders. He also represents employees and contractors seeking to blow the whistle on illegal or unethical conduct. As part of his commercial collections practice, Mark helps businesses collect on commercial judgments (both domestically and internationally) and conducts internal financial investigations to obtain the facts that reputable businesses need to know.
The Advantage of Working with a Small Firm
When you hire The Law Offices of Mark J. Yost, you will work directly with Mark through all aspects of your case, benefitting from his insight, experience, and low overhead costs. While partnering with forensic investigators and foreign lawyers, Mark offers reasonable rates, flexible fee structures, and a high degree of individualized attention.
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