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Historical Biography

Deputy Attorney General: Mark R. Filip

Portrait of Deputy Attorney General Mark R. Filip
Filip, Mark R.
33rd Deputy Attorney General, -

Mark R. Filip was the 33rd Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He served as the Department’s second-ranking official from March 2008 to February 2009.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Filip served four years as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. During his judicial tenure in Chicago, he presided over an array of federal cases, including lawsuits concerning intellectual property, securities law, criminal law, antitrust matters, employment and sexual harassment laws, and commercial and property disputes. Mr. Filip also taught advanced criminal law and first-year civil procedure at the University of Chicago Law School from 2000 to 2008.

From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Filip was Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, where he prosecuted an array of criminal cases, including political, judicial, and police corruption, and financial and tax fraud. In the years preceding his service in that office, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1992 to 1993) and then for Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court (1993 to 1994).

A native of Chicago, Mr. Filip graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1988 with degrees in economics and history. He then attended the University of Oxford on a Marshall Scholarship, graduating in 1990 with a B.A. in law, first class honors. In 1992, Filip graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of Harvard Law Review.

Updated February 29, 2024