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Partner Profile: Mark Herzog

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Mark Herzog, Pro Bono Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP – the defending champion of our Go Casual for Justice campaign.

Name Mark Herzog

Job/Position Pro Bono Counsel

Organization Sidley Austin LLP

Years on the Job 4 months

Where did you grow up? Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

What brought you to DC? Law School

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn? I was a bartender during law school. What did I learn? How bartenders become more attractive to patrons as last call approaches.


Daily Habit Waking, which I never intend to abandon.

Favorite App Pandora at home. Waze approaching the GW Bridge.

Favorite Movie Funny Girl, Sound of Music and Tootsie (Yes, I am)

Favorite Vacation Spot Wherever is planned next. This year, Alaska.

Guilty Pleasure Ice cream. Lots. And cheese.

One Item from your Bucket List I married him.

Hobbies Chauffeuring my son from event to event… Wait.

Hero My mom for her compassion, courage and grace.

Your News Source(s) WP, NYT, NPR and TRMS for a little spin

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is… Phone charger


Biggest failure and what you learned TONS of mistakes. No failures.

Most rewarding element of your work Every pro bono case we staff feels like a victory.

List three main challenges you faced early on in your career Youth. Youth. Youth.

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a… top box office sensation.


Legal aid is important to me because … lawyers make a difference. Period.

Your dream for our legal system is… for the need of legal aid to become obsolete.

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is… the one on which I currently am working.

Little known fact about your organization The breadth and impact of Sidley’s pro bono work is extraordinary. #Proudtobe@Sidley

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