Mark Califano is Nardello & Co.’s Chief Legal Officer and Regional Managing Director of the Americas. Mark joined Nardello & Co. from American Express, where he was the Senior Vice-President and Managing Counsel in charge of global litigation and government investigations. Under his leadership, the company built a diverse and top-rated legal team. Mark previously served as Senior Vice President and Head of Litigation & Legal Policy at General Electric Capital Corporation, where he assembled and managed a team that handled all global litigation, criminal matters, internal investigations and legal policy.
Prior to joining GE, Mark built and led Paul Volcker’s investigations team – the Independent Inquiry Committee into the U.N. Oil-for-Food Programme. That team identified and assessed unprecedented systemic corruption facilitated through the largest relief operation in the world, identifying senior government officials and public personalities in scores of countries and corrupt payments by and through thousands of multinational companies. That investigation developed hundreds of cases that led to an historic influx of corruption prosecutions by government authorities around the world.
Additionally, Mark was an Assistant US Attorney in Connecticut from 1992 to 2006, where he established and led a nationally-renowned cyber/IP prosecution team that conceived and pursued pioneering cybercrime, IP, corruption, financial fraud and terrorism investigations and prosecutions spanning over a dozen countries. He began his career as a Judicial Clerk for Hon. Stanley Sporkin of the US District Court in Washington, DC, and was an Associate for Dunnells, Duvall, Bennett & Porter and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Mark received his JD from Duke University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. He is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, and various federal courts. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and multiple legal associations.