Mark Flanagan

Mark Flanagan

Mark Flanagan is the partner-in-charge of the Palo Alto office of the international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, government investigations/white collar defense and international arbitration. Among other recognitions, Mr. Flanagan has been recognized in the 2007-2015 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers for his intellectual property litigation practice and was named as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in Northern California” in 2015 by Super Lawyers magazine.  

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Flanagan served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, where he prosecuted cases involving, among other things, bank fraud, False Claims Act, Customs fraud, federal program fraud, tax fraud, bribery and official extortion. Mr. Flanagan received commendations for his work at the United States Attorney’s Office from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Customs Service and the Department of Defense

A member of the State Bar of California, Mr. Flanagan also is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California; the Southern District of New York; the Eastern District of Texas; the Northern District of Illinois; the District of Massachusetts; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, Ninth and Federal Circuits; and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Flanagan received a B.A. in Political Science in 1984 from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. in 1987 from the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the California Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board.

Mr. Flanagan is a frequent speaker on trial practice, intellectual property and privacy topics.


B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1984)
J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law (1987)