Mark Anchor Albert is the Founder of the Queen of Angels Foundation and its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. When he is not practicing law, Mr. Albert participates in charitable activities to support ill and impoverished individuals as a Knight of Malta (www.orderofmaltausawestern.org), in which capacity he serves as co-chair of the Defense of the Faith Committee for the greater Los Angeles region. Mr. Albert is also a Knight of Columbus (http://kofc-socalchapter.org/ ), a Cathedral Associate at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Parish (http://olacathedral.org/cathedral), and a liaison to the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) (http://www.call-usa.org).
Mr. Albert was educated at U.C. Berkeley, receiving his B.A. in Comparative Literature (Romance Languages), with High Distinction as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall), where he was an Associate Editor the California Law Review. As an accomplished lawyer, Mr. Albert has successfully handled some of the most complex business litigation cases of the last two decades, obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries for his clients, and saving other clients from billions of dollars in potential liability, also achieving numerous favorable published appellate decisions, cited by law review articles and scholars on emerging issues of law. Prior to establishing his own firm, Mr. Albert practiced law in senior roles at major international law firms, including Sidley Austin LLP, where he was of counsel in the litigation department. His civil practice focuses exclusively on complex business litigation, trials and appeals (www.maalawoffices.com). Over the years Mr. Albert, a Los Angeles native, has served as the Founding Chairman of several Los Angeles charitable organizations dedicated to the arts, including, for example, Aria! www.losangelesopera.com/aria (the professionals” support organization for the LA Opera), and the professionals” association of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Allegro!, now known as “Pulse” (http://www.laco.org/pulse/).
The Bench and Bar, and the City of Los Angeles, have recognized Mr. Albert for his contributions to his profession and community. Mr. Albert is, for example, the Chairman of the Judicial Profile Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Board of Trustees (www.lacba.org), and an Executive Committee Member of the Bar”s Litigation Section. The Second, Fourth and Fifth Districts of the California Court of Appeals have appointed Mr. Albert as special appellate counsel to represent indigent defendants. Mr. Albert is the recipient of the State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, the President”s Pro Bono Service Award, and the Public Counsel William O. Douglas Award (www.publiccounsel.org), for pro bono services to the poor. Los Angeles” Mayor and City Council have issued formal commendations to Mr. Albert for his civic contributions to the City and County he loves.
Through the Queen of Angels Foundation, Mr. Albert contributes his time, talent and treasure, side by side with his Board members, to support devotion to Our Lady of the Angels, the Protectress and Patroness of the City, County and Archdiocese that bear her name, to unite our multicultural community, and to inspire works of charity and civic participation by all of Los Angeles.