Mark D. Back, Esq. serves as General Counsel for the D.C. Department on Disability Services, a cabinet-level agency he helped establish in December 2006 to transform services for D.C. residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to facilitate exiting the 40-year old Evans federal class action in January 2017. Mr. Back has served D.C. residents in trial attorney, attorney-advisor, and supervisory attorney positions within the Office of the Attorney General and D.C. government agencies since 1991. Mr. Back has defended the D.C. government in three class actions and other complex civil litigation, served as interim director for child support enforcement, and brought reform efforts to both the juvenile justice and the service delivery systems for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mr. Back has appeared before the D.C. Superior Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the D.C. Contract Appeals Board, and other local and federal administrative tribunals. Mr. Back was in private practice prior to government service. Mr. Back teaches change management and has taught administrative law and D.C. Courts practice to new D.C. Bar admittees.
Mr. Back received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati and his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School, where he served as Topics Editor for The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics and interned during his third year for the late Hon. Lawrence S. Margolis, Magistrate Judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Back is a Certified Public Manager.