Mr. Mark S. Zaid specializes in litigation and lobbying on matters relating to national security, foreign sovereign and diplomatic immunity, international torts and crimes, defamation, the Constitution (First and Fifth Amendments), 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 against agencies of the United States or foreign governments. Additionally, he frequently represents members of the media and the public in First Amendment and FOI/PA disputes, and has handled hundreds of security clearance cases throughout the national security and military communities. He teaches CLE courses for the D.C. Bar Association on both FOIA and defending security clearances. He was named as a 2009 and 2010 Super Lawyer, as well as a 2009 Best Lawyer by Washingtonian Magazine, for his work on national security issues.
Mr. Zaid is also the Executive Director 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. He is the co-editor of LITIGATION UNDER THE FEDERAL OPEN GOVERNMENT LAWS. More information can be found at jamesmadisonproject.org .
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 Affairs Committee, the Department of Energy and, the Public Interest Declassification Board and the Assassination Records Review Board.
Mr. Zaid is a frequent contributor of opinion pieces and legal articles and has been published by, among others, the Washington Post, Washington Times, the National Law Journal and Findlaw. com. Additionally, he often appears as a commentator in media interviews for such entities as CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Associated Press and others.
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, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and numerous federal courts.