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.
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.
- 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
On July 23, 2020, the Department of Justice announced the filing of four complaints against individuals for visa fraud based on alleged misstatements each made about their prior affiliation with or current status as members of the People’s Liberation Army in China.
The Department of Justice unsealed on July 22, 2020 an indictment from earlier this month charging two Chinese nationals with hacking into the computer systems of hundreds of entities and individuals across the world and stealing terabytes of data, including intellectual property and trade secrets, and trying to steal even more data. Among the hackers’ victims were biotech networks and firms developing vaccines, treatments, and testing technology for COVID-19.
On July 8, 2020, Harvard and MIT filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), challenging ICE’s announcement earlier this week that it would require any international students on F-1 visas whose university curriculum is entirely online to depart the country.
In an increasingly global society, international projects and collaborations are essential to continue the advancement of science and technology and address challenges we all face. Understanding that international collaboration should and must occur, the key is to ensure that those collaborations are transparent – meaning disclosed to, and where necessary, approved by, employers and federal agencies or other organizations who may be supporting the researcher or his/her home institution.
On June 18th, fourteen Senator co-sponsors introduced the bipartisan Safeguarding American Innovation Act.
Whether a U.S. government agency has made an inquiry or an individual researcher has raised concerns about the sufficiency of their own disclosures, many research and academic institutions have found themselves faced with the task of conducting focused reviews into researchers’ current and past affiliations and disclosures. As a result, institutions must be prepared to conduct internal reviews in a thorough and efficient manner.