Thomas 'Skip' Mark

Attorney Advisor-International

Thomas ‘Skip’ Mark is an Attorney Advisor-International with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he works on programs in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Mark worked as a Managing Attorney at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, training and mentoring attorneys involved in pro bono cases and supervising legal clinics to address emerging needs. He was awarded the 2016 Legal Services Award from the Washington Council of Lawyers for expanding access to justice in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Skip began his legal career in the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program, where he clerked for the Chief Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Mr. Mark received his law degree from Washington University School of Law, where he graduated with honors and was a David Becker Public Service Fellow. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from the University of Delaware and is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland. Skip served in the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan and also worked for an international non-profit organization in Kyrgyzstan.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop