T. Markus Funk is a partner at Perkins Coie and the founding Co-Chair of the firm’s Supply Chain Compliance Practice. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a federal prosecutor in Chicago, the U.S. State Department’s Section Chief for the Balkans, and a law professor at institutions including Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Oxford University, Denver University, and the University of Colorado.
During his time in public service, Markus and his team prosecuted high-ranking mobsters in a case dubbed "Operation Family Secrets," which NPR lauded as "one of the most important criminal investigations …. in American history." He has successfully tried more than 25 federal and state civil and criminal jury cases, briefed and argued dozens of federal appeals throughout the country, directed hundreds of investigations, and on a daily basis advises public and private entities and individuals on challenging ethics and compliance matters.
Markus has successfully tried over 25 federal and state civil and criminal jury cases, briefed and argued dozens of federal appeals throughout the country, directed more than 400 investigations, and regularly advises public and private entities and individuals on challenging ethics and compliance matters.
Prior to his career at the Department of Justice, Mr. Funk taught law at the University of Oxford. He was also a law clerk for Judge Morris S. Arnold on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Catherine D. Perry on the Eastern District of Missouri.
Institutions as diverse as the U.S. Senate, the Vatican, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, the New York City Office of the Mayor, and the World Bank Group have invited Markus to speak on cutting-edge compliance, litigation, and internal investigation issues.
Markus has also penned hundreds of law-related articles and book chapters, as well as nine books, including Rethinking Self-Defence: The 'Ancient Right's' Rationale Disentangled (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2021); The ABA Compliance Officer’s Deskbook (American Bar Association, 2017); From Baksheesh to Bribery: Tracing the Global Fight Against Corruption and Graft (Oxford University Press, 2019); Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties and Letters Rogatory: A Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center, 2014); Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking: Examining the Global Challenges and U.S. Responses (Rowman Littlefield, 2nd ed. 2016; co-authored with Chicago U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall); The Haiti Trial Skills Manual (ABA 2012); The Darfur Trial Skills Manual (ABA 2010); and Stemming the Suffering: Victims' Rights and the International Criminal Court (Oxford University Press, 2010; 2nd edition 2016).