David Everett Marko is a founding partner at Marko & Magolnick, P.A. and heads the firm’s Corporate and Business Transactions Group. Since 1992, Mr. Marko has handled complex transactions on behalf of private and public companies. His practice spans many countries where he has advised clients on issues of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, crisis management, legal compliance, and other highly sensitive matters.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Marko is very active in public service. From 2014 to 2019, he has had the honor of advising 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). He served on ITAC subcommittees on northern border and southern border issues, and also co-chaired the Cuba Working Group. Mr. Marko’s public service has also extended to his community. In addition to serving on the Board of Advisors of the Green Space Initiative, 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 has recently served as pro bono counsel for the Green Space Initiative, sponsored by the Green Family Foundation. He has also served as pro bono counsel to Catalyst Miami (formerly, the Human Services Coalition) 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. 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.
Mr. Marko has also published various articles in legal and international relations publications, including the Journal of International Law & Trade, the Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law, the Hastings Law Journal, and the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.
Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Marko 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, he 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. He was also elected a member of the Order of the Barristers, and was a two-time Moot Court Champion. Mr. Marko was a founding member of the Journal of Progressive Legal Thought. Mr. Marko is currently also pursuing a Master of Arts in International Relations from American University, where his focus is on reinforcing democratic and other stabilizing international institutions.
Born and raised in Miami, he is fully conversant in Spanish.
M.A. in International Relations, American University (current cohort)
L.L.M. in International and Comparative Law, Free University of Brussels
J.D., Florida State University
B.A., Florida State University
Admitted to Practice
U.S. Southern District of Florida
U.S. Middle District of Florida
U.S. Northern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Federal Claims