Mark J. Hulkower (1957 - 2011)

Mark J. Hulkower, 53, who served as a federal prosecutor and for the last 16 years as a renowned criminal defense attorney, died February 5, 2011, at Capital Hospice in Arlington, Virginia. He had colon cancer.

Mr. Hulkower was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1989 to 1995, where he handled a number of prominent cases, culminating in the prosecution and conviction of former CIA intelligence agent Aldrich H. Ames and his wife Rosario for espionage. Ames is currently serving life in prison for funneling classified information to the Soviet Union.

After leaving government service, Mr. Hulkower became a partner at the DC law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he was head of the firm's white-collar criminal defense practice group. He won acquittals in a number of high profile cases, including the prosecutions of former Teamsters Union president Ron Carey and former Tyco General Counsel Mark Belnick. Most recently, he obtained the acquittal of John Tuli, a former AOL executive charged with securities fraud, and the dismissal of all charges against a Blackwater contractor accused of shooting Iraqi citizens in Nisoor Square on Sept. 16, 2007.  He was consistently listed in prestigious peer-reviewed publications for his expertise in criminal defense of white-collar crimes, including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America.

Reid Weingarten, also a partner at Steptoe & Johnson and one of the top white collar defense attorneys in the country, said "Mark was the best trial lawyer I've ever seen. He was a brilliant examiner and persuasive advocate. He was the consummate professional, and an even better person."

Mark Hulkower was born in the Bronx and raised in Westchester County, New York.  He graduated from Cornell University in 1980 and obtained his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1984 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.  An avid runner who completed several marathons, he frequently stated that his proudest accomplishment was coaching his children's soccer and basketball teams for 14 years despite maintaining a busy trial practice that required regular domestic and international travel.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Nancy Hulkower, and their three children, Annie, Griffin, and Maggie. Survivors also include his parents, Gustave Hulkower of Tucson, Arizona, and Rita Hulkower of Westchester County, New York, and his brother, Steve Hulkower, MD, of Asheville, North Carolina.