Mark S. Kokanovich

Of Counsel

kokanovichm@ballardspahr.com
Tel 424.204.4325
Fax 424.204.4350
Los Angeles
Tel 602.798.5532
Fax 602.798.5595
Phoenix

Mark Kokanovich is a former federal prosecutor who represents business clients and individuals in regulatory matters, internal investigations, and litigation regarding civil and criminal cases. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Arizona for more than seven years, Mark investigated and prosecuted financial crimes, including securities fraud, government contracts, aggravated identity theft, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, and international money laundering. His experience also includes nearly a decade in private practice, where he conducted internal investigations and litigation in a variety of areas, including class action and securities litigation. Mark is frequently called upon to speak on matters related to internal and government investigations. He appeared on CNN to discuss the legal ramifications of the Mueller investigation and the parameters of obstruction of justice charges.

Representative Matters

  • Served as special counsel to the Arizona House of Representatives Ethics Committee in its investigation of former Rep. David Stringer
  • Managed trial strategy, witness preparation, and courtroom examinations in several election law matters involving contested ballot measures and candidates
  • Prosecuted three felony jury trials, resulting in convictions on all counts
  • Argued six cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Supervised all Ninth Circuit filings and arguments in Phoenix, Yuma, and Flagstaff locations of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Joseph T. Sneed III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

American Constitution Society, Phoenix Lawyers Chapter, Board Member

Arizona Bar Foundation, Founding Fellow

Federal Bar Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 

Board Memberships

American Youth Soccer Organization, Region 503, 2013-2014

Community Activities

American Youth Soccer Organization, Region 503, Coach 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017

Yale Law School (J.D. 2001)

Contributor, Yale Journal on Regulation

Arizona State University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1998)
Phi Beta Kappa

Leadership Scholar

Languages

Italian, Spanish

Arizona

California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona