Mark A. Cameli is a shareholder and co-chair of Reinhart’s Litigation Practice, chair of the firm’s White Collar Litigation and Corporate Compliance team, and a former member of Reinhart’s Board of Directors. Mark also serves as chair the Diversity Committee and co-chair of the Pro Bono Committee within the firm. Mark defends companies and individuals in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions and conducts internal investigations for companies concerned with securities compliance related issues.
Representing a broad range of clients, Mark frequently works with manufacturing, health care, religious organizations, defense contractors and others who are targets or victims of fraud, including government program fraud. Mark also has substantial experience representing companies accused of wrongdoing by whistleblowers, including in the context of qui tam actions. Also, both as a federal prosecutor and a private practitioner he has worked with, or represented, whistleblowers in selective qui tam actions as well as in cases of securities fraud.
In addition to this work, Mark has considerable experience successfully representing businesses and individuals in complex commercial litigation, which includes conducting internal investigations and managing large cases through trial and appeal. Recognized for his achievements both inside and outside of the courtroom, Mark was aptly described in Chambers USA as a “wonderfully talented lawyer with an abundance of common sense.” He was also noted in Benchmark Litigation’s 2015 edition as being a widely praised attorney throughout the legal community especially for his work in the white-collar litigation and corporate compliance fields. Competitors too acknowledge his trial abilities and consider him to be “extremely impressive in the courtroom,” and one competitor expressed that “We’d love to have him here.”
Prior to joining Reinhart, Mark built a distinguished career in the public sector, where he served as chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Wisconsin, and was also the district’s first Affirmative Civil Enforcement Coordinator. This unique professional background sets him apart as he is able to offer clients access to his in-depth knowledge and experience with both the prosecution and defense of business tort and fraud-based cases.
In his work as an Assistant United States Attorney, Mark also served in the offices Criminal Division where he participated in fraud investigations and subsequently litigated and appealed those cases. He was also the chief of the Financial Litigation Unit where he tried commercial disputes between the government and third parties and was frequently recognized for his accomplishments – notably by the Attorney General and federal agencies.
His work history coupled with three decades of legal experiences enables Mark to draw from an extensive public and private sector knowledge base enabling him to manage complex legal challenges that clients may face. Mark relies upon his is insights and knowledge to create highly practical, cost-effective and reputation-saving strategies and solutions for the targeted businesses and individuals, and – when appropriate – he counsels clients on maximizing their chance of success by using low-cost publicly available resources.
Many of Mark’s clients come to him during a point of crisis and rely upon his excellent negotiation skills, as well as his trial and appellate experience as demonstrated in hundreds of civil and criminal cases including a significant number of published cases. However, Mark also offers clients access to preemptive and extremely effective strategic planning designed to improve their compliance plans. He also instructs both professionals and staff members on ways to avoid costly mistakes.
In addition to his legal practice, Mark is a seasoned and respected presenter who regularly speaks to client groups and professional associations including health care groups and corporate clients on enterprise compliance risk management and best practices. In addition, he has shared his skills in trial advocacy as a faculty member for the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and he has taught programs sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan Bar Associations.
Mark primarily serves the following industries:
- Securities Litigation
- White Collar Litigation and Corporate Compliance
- Crisis Management and Workplace Disasters
- Government Program Fraud
- Government Relations
J.D., Marquette University Law School
B.A., Marquette University
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
- Represents clients targeted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for insider trading and other securities fraud
- Successfully represented an officer of an investment firm charged with securities fraud resulting in the client’s exoneration on all charges
- In 2008, co-counseled prosecution of a civil fraud action leading to the largest verdict in Wisconsin history
- Persuaded federal and state prosecutors not to charge public officials, health care professionals and other clients, avoiding all negative publicity and damage to the client’s reputation
- Advocates on behalf of others targeted for government program fraud in PECFA, Medicare, Medicaid and defense contractor related matters
- Uses public resources to assist corporate victims recovering from the impact of white collar crime within their own or related organizations
- Represents targets of bid rigging charges and counsels joint ventures to ensure compliance with antitrust laws
- Works collaboratively with some of the nation’s largest law firms that are representing clients in Wisconsin’s state and federal courts
- Represents relators, and defends against whistleblower claims, in actions brought under the qui tam and other whistleblower related provisions
- Mark was the sole attorney to be recognized in 2016 by the Milwaukee Bar Association as a Pro Bono Publico award recipient
- Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers (2006 to present)
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
- Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Securities)
- Named Wisconsin local litigation star by Benchmark Litigation (2012 to present)
- Milwaukee Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award (2016)
- Wisconsin Law Journal “Leader in the Law” (2013)
- Justinian Society “Citizen of the Year” (2012)
- Milwaukee Bar Association
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin; Former member of the Board of Governors of the Eastern District Bar Association
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin; Former president of the Western District Bar Association
- Neighborhood House (Board of Directors), an inner-city community center promoting education and empowerment
- Florentine Opera (President, Board of Directors)
- U.S. Attorney’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Selection Committee, where he assists in awarding federal grants for anti-gang and gun crime prevention programs
- Justinian Society of Wisconsin (Board of Directors, Past President)
- Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Board of Trustees
- Thomas E. Fairchild Inns of Court (Master)
Reinhart Mentioned in Milwaukee Courier Weekly Article on the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers (WAAL) Scholarship Award Dinner. Reinhart Is a 2012 WAAL Diversity Partner and Sponsor of the Event.
- Opera and automotive enthusiast
- Doting father of three daughters and one grandson
- An appreciator of humor, Mark surrounds himself with people who make him laugh