Mark E. Shaffer Partner

Mark is a first chair 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 concentrates his litigation practice in construction litigation, eminent domain, contract disputes, land use litigation, and leasing disputes. He represents owners, developers, contractors, project engineers and design professionals at all levels of the state and federal courts, and includes litigating a wide variety of design defects, differing site conditions, delay claims, and change orders. 

Mark also litigates a wide variety of government contract claims, including disputes between prime and subcontractors, contract termination claims, teaming agreement disputes, and non-compete agreement disputes.

Mark also has significant experience litigating business and corporate disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty claims and derivative actions.  Additionally, Mark’s practice includes representing banks and lending institutions in a broad range of financial services litigation, including alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  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 legal seminars to businesses and clients on a variety of matters concerning construction litigation, condemnation procedures, easement acquisition and rights, and e-discovery.

Before he attained his law degree, Mark served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Mark continues to serve with the United States Marine Corps Reserves, and previously served as an infantry platoon sergeant and infantry platoon commander in Iraq. 


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 matters.

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 a dance studio.

  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 2007
  • University of Baltimore, BA, magna cum laude, 2002
Member, Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Speaker, Tysons Office, NAIOP Host ‘Real Estate Development and Construction Project Management’, July 23, 2019
  • Presenter, Real Estate Development and Construction Project Management, March 2019
  • 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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