Mark McPherson

Mark McPherson is an associate in Choate’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses primarily on representation of individuals, corporations, and universities in government and internal investigations.

Mr. McPherson is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law, where he participated in the Criminal Law Clinical Program as a student prosecutor. During law school, he interned at the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston and also for the Honorable Denise J. Casper of the District of Massachusetts.

Prior to joining Choate, Mr. McPherson served as a pilot in the United States Air Force.

Practice Focus

Government Enforcement & Compliance: representation of companies, individuals, and universities in government and internal investigations involving healthcare fraud, securities fraud, and other civil and criminal matters.

Foreign Influence Compliance: manage NIH, HHS, and/or DOJ investigations, enforcement inquiries, and Congressional oversight requests into systematic programs of foreign influence at U.S. academic and research institutions.

Representative Engagements

  • Defend the Chief Executive Officer of a public healthcare company in multi-year investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.
  • Assist major pharmaceutical companies and health care systems in conducting internal investigations regarding commercial business practices.
  • Assist university and teaching hospital clients in addressing “foreign component” and foreign conflict of interest concerns raised by NIH and other federal agencies regarding federally funded research.
  • Conduct independent investigation into alleged sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination at a major university.

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. McPherson is a member of the Boston Bar Association. He participates in the Firm’s legal clinic for the homeless program through the Lawyers Clearinghouse.

Education & Credentials

Boston University School of Law
JD, 2017, cum laude
The University of Oklahoma
MA, 2014
Oklahoma State University
MBA, 2012
The University of Pittsburgh
BA, 2006



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