David Everett Marko is a founding partner at MARKO & MAGOLNICK, P.A. and heads the firm’s Corporate and Business Transactions Group. For more than 20 years, Mr. Marko has handled many complex transactions on behalf of private and public companies, including Fortune 500’s. His practice has spanned more than 50 countries where he has advised clients on issues of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, crisis management, legal compliance, and other highly sensitive matters. David also advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative on customs matters and trade facilitation in connection with U.S. international trade policy as a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC), having been appointed in 2014. He serves on ITAC subcommittees on northern border and southern border issues, and also co-chairs the Cuba Working Group. He is also published in several prestigious law journals on areas of international law, including in the Journal of International Law & Trade and the Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Marko is very active in his community. He has served on the Board of Directors of Easter Seals of Miami-Dade County and e-Equality, an organization working to bridge the digital divide among poor and at-risk youth. He is pro bono counsel to the Catalyst Miami and has filled a similar role for various other community groups. Since 1999, he has been pro bono general counsel to Access Now, a nationally recognized disability rights organization. He has been honored with special recognition awards from Easter Seal, the City of Miami, and has been nominated for the Dorothy Shula Award for Volunteerism. In 2002, Mr. Marko was awarded a two-year fellowship through the Knight Foundation, focusing on the development of ethical leadership through the Miami Fellows Initiative. In addition to his service on ITAC, he has served on various local governmental boards, including the City of Miami Green Commission, the Homeland Security/Neighborhood Improvement Bond Oversight Board, the City of Miami Commission Districts Boundary Board, and has chaired the City of Miami Veteran’s Task Force.
Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him an AV peer review rating, signifying that other lawyers consider his legal skills to be “very high to preeminent.” He was recently recognized as a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide. He has been certified as a mediator by the Florida Supreme Court and has been appointed by the State of Florida as a civil law notary.
Mr. Marko was first admitted to the Bar in 1992 and earned his LLM in International and Comparative Law from the Free University of Brussels, where his academic focus was on emerging markets and business development. He received his law degree from Florida State University, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in political communication. During his education, Mr. Marko earned numerous academic and advocacy awards. As an undergraduate, he was elected Political Communication Student of the Year by the faculty. In law school, he was selected International Law Student of the Year, and was awarded the Book Award in Ocean and Coastal Law and Moot Court. David was also elected a member of the Order of the Barristers, and was a two-time Moot Court Champion. He was a founding member of the Journal of Progressive Legal Thought.
Born and raised in Miami, he is fully conversant in Spanish.