Mark E. Shaffer Partner

Mark is a trial attorney with significant courtroom experience. He has litigated throughout the United States with substantial experience in the state and federal courts of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Mark's familiarity with state and federal court practices enables him to frequently dispose of claims brought against his clients early on in litigation.

Mark concentrates his litigation practice in eminent domain, construction, commercial litigation, contract disputes, financial services, and landlord/tenant disputes. He also has significant experience involving business/partnership disputes, land use issues, and trust and estate disputes. Regarding financial industry litigation, he has defended clients against claims related to the Federal Truth in Lending Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act, as well as various mortgage regulation, consumer protection and business tort laws.

Although he focuses on litigation, Mark has assisted clients on all levels of service, including advice, strategy, litigation and settlement negotiations. Mark is also routinely called upon to present CLEs and legal seminars to clients on a variety of matters concerning condemnation procedures, land use, and e-discovery. In 2015, he co-presented a seminar on the best litigation practices for prosecuting and defending asbestos claims at the Environmental Information Association Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Mark was a commercial litigator for an international law firm based in Pittsburgh. Before he attained his law degree, Mark served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps and in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He deployed twice to Iraq as a platoon sergeant and platoon commander with the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.


Obtained $24 million judgment in favor of landowner in highly contentious condemnation matter.

Argued, briefed, and won motion striking testimony of landowners’ expert witnesses in inverse condemnation matter.

Argued, briefed, and won motion to strike obtaining dismissal with prejudice of $1 million fraud claim against major financial institution.

First-chaired and prevailed on hearing granting energy company immediate access to numerous landowners’ properties during condemnation matter.

First-chaired and obtained dismissal of claims brought against board members for wrongful dissolution of corporation.

First-chaired and obtained dismissal of breach of contract and violations of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act against major telecommunications client.

First-chaired and prevailed in construction dispute brought against contractor for the defective construction of dance studio.

  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 2007
  • University of Baltimore, BA, magna cum laude, 2002
Member, Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Presenter, E-Discovery and Document Retention Best Practices, April 2016
  • Presenter, Pipeline Routing Challenges and Pre-condemnation Issues, October 2015
  • Presenter, Developments in Easement Valuation and Condemnation Procedures, May 2015
  • Presenter, Condemnation Procedures under State and Federal Law, April 2015
  • Presenter, Developments in Federal Preemption Law under the Natural Gas Act/Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, April 2015
  • Panelist, "Best Practices in Asbestos Litigation," 32nd Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Environmental Information Association, March 2015
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2017

Named to "Washington, D.C. Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2017

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