​About the Author

The webmaster for this site is J. Mark Poerio, Esq. in his personal capacity.  You may contact Mark by email or through this contact page by which you may present a question or request.   

Here is more information about Mark: 

Mark Poerio is a senior counsel in Wagner Law Group. See CNBC Announcement.  For more than 30 years, Mark has been in private practice with a focus on executive compensation, employee benefit, and fiduciary matters, especially from a business, governance, tax, securities, and litigation perspective. Mark is Chambers-rated, has been honored since 2013 by US News and World Reports as a Best Lawyer in America for employee benefits (ERISA) lawand recently completed his terms both as President of the ABA's prestigious American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (ACEBC), and as a member of the executive board of the American Benefits Council. He remains active in each organization. See this Bloomberg Article about Marcia Wagner and Wagner Law, which she founded and continues to operate as a certified woman-owned business.

Since 2007, Mark has taught courses at Georgetown Law – with one course focused on executive compensation, business, and governance, another on ESOPs, and another on the intersection of benefit plans and employment-related agreements with restrictive covenants such as non-competes. Associated with these, he maintains www.executiveloyalty.org.

Because of Mark's active representation of individual executives (and, on occasion, executive teams), he established and maintains the graymatternetwork in order to provide advice for executives who are leaving a position, considering a new job or business, or wanting to remain active through networking with similarly-situated executives.



  • American Benefits Council – Executive Board Member (2015-2018)
  • American College of Employee Benefit Counsel – Board Member and President (formerly Vice-President and Treasurer) (2012-2019).
  • Georgetown Law School -- Adjunct Professor (2007-2019)
  • Maryland Association of Social Service Boards -- Pro bono counsel for federal tax matters since 2004; Past Vice-Chair and Head of Legislative Committee; .
  • MASSB Foundation -- Founder and Trustee (raising over $1 million for social services involving child protection and family preservation).​


  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1984 (cum laude)
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1980 (cum laude)