Mark London started the firm in May 1989 after leaving a partnership in a well‑known national law firm. He operated as the Law Offices of Mark London until his good friend, Chris Mead, finished his tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland. In November 1994, they started London & Mead.
Mark often represents clients in Brazil. He represented Marriott International in a case that lasted more than three years involving the bankruptcy of a hotel in Rio de Janeiro, and he represents a hedge fund with claims against the promoter of an investment scheme, its custodian and administrator. For about 15 years Mark acted as outside general counsel for Giant Food and had responsibility for internal investigations involving misuse of company assets, employment discrimination, disputes among vendors, as well as a suit against the bank issuing Giant’s credit card. He acted as supervisor of outside counsel in a class action discrimination case against the company. He has conducted internal investigations in the United States and foreign countries for the Inter‑American Development Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, and provides supports to investigations conducted by the World Bank.
Mark serves as a mediator and an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. He has been a mediator in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for more than 20 years, and he has been appointed as a Special Master by that court. He also has served as an expert witness on several occasions in the area of a civil litigator’s standard of care, as well as in fee disputes.
Mark is a creator of the Rio Juma Sustainability Project in the Brazilian Amazon, a revolutionary concept for preservation of the rain forest covering about 3000 people in an area the size of Switzerland, administered by a Brazilian NGO and funded primarily by Marriott. He has served on the boards of Pitzer College and Elon University Law School. Mark has spent more than 20 years on a board that has sent more than 200 children and widows of our nation’s heroes’ to college, and he also serves on a board addressing the transition of veterans from the military to higher education. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
George Washington University Law Center (J.D. 1979, with honors)
Amherst College (B.A. 1974, with honors)