Mark C. Franco

Mark C. Franco

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Mr. Franco assists Associations, Nonprofit Organizations and small businesses on corporate legal matters including Formation, Tax, Contracts, Compliance, Employment, Fundraising, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Data Security and Governance. He also provides counsel to professional credentialing programs on matters such as Cheating, Discipline, Accommodations, Copyright Registration, Eligibility, Score Validation and Accreditation and is a contributing author to Certification, The ICE Handbook.  Mr. Franco has over 17 years of experience working with nonprofit and credentialing organizations.  He received his BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and his JD from the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.


  • Institute for Credentialing Excellence: Credentialing Specialist Certificate (March 2017)

Memberships & Activities

  • Board Member: Filipino American Lawyers Association of Washington, DC. 
  • Member: American Society of Association Executives, Legal Section Council
  • Member: American Bar Association
  • Member: Institute for Credentialing Excellence Government Affairs Committee
  • Member: Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Legal Risks for Accrediting Associations, International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation Winter Council Meeting, February, 2020

Avoiding Workplace Harassment, Guns in Communities, and Other Hot Legal Topics, LeadingAge Virginia Annual Conference & Expo, June 2019

Understanding the Impact of Medical Marijuana, LeadingAge Virginia Webinar, May 21, 2019

Project and Personnel Management for the Young Professional, ASAE Young Professionals Live Stream, May 2019

Legal Implications of Remote Employees, ASAE Reston-Loudoun Idea Swap, February 7, 2019

Through the Looking Glass... Perspectives on Contracting From the Other Side, 2018 ICE Exchange, November 2018

The Legal Implications of Workplace HarassmentLeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo, October 30, 2018

Legal Implications Regarding Harassment for the Modern Healthcare Organization, 2018 LifeSpan/HFAM Annual Conference, October 25, 2018

Beginner's Guide to Contracts, Foundation Center, February 2018

Employee Performance Improvement Plan: What Does It Really Improve?LeadingAge MD Annual Conference, April 2017

Using Your 990 as a Marketing ToolVirginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, February 2017

IRS Reporting Compliance for 501 (c)(3) OrganizationsAlliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals Annual Conference, August 2016


Client Alert: Addressing Contract Performance Impacted by the Coronavirus under District of Columbia Law

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a wide-ranging impact on all types of businesses operating in the District of Columbia.  Some businesses have had to shut down their operations because employees have contracted the coronavirus.  Other businesses have had to cease operations because government orders have required them to close as part of the DC government’s efforts to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.  And a few businesses have had to close simply because customer demand has vanished due to any number of a combination of factors including fear, diminishing customer disposable income and one or more of the government orders described above.

Ethical Misconduct in Coaching

The recent news of athletic department recruitment scandals - accepting bribes to gain admissions using dedicated roster spots for non-athletes - and for the practice to so easily escape detection is diagnostic of a greater issue within the results-oriented world of collegiate athletics.[1] An environment conducive to ethical misconduct may exist where rules are stretched, improprieties are overlooked and whistleblowing only occurs at great personal risk, both for athletic department employees, as well as students.  Inadequate oversight of unethical misconduct can result in severe consequences, such as the recent and tragic death of a University of Maryland athlete.  In that case, an entire University Board was forced to functionally admit a major athletic program oversight.   Schools and universities must take steps now to ensure that oversight of ethical misconduct, particularly in the athletic department, is being handled appropriately.

The Legal Implications of Workplace Harassment

On 10/30, Mark Franco, Peter Guattery and Sigrid Haines co-presented "The Legal Implications of Workplace Harassment" at the 2018 LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

UBI Now Calculated for Each Unrelated Trade and Business Activity

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that became effective on January 1, 2018, brought sweeping changes to the way organizations calculate and report federal taxes.  Organizations exempt from federal tax were not spared from these changes.  One change that could result in significant unrelated business income tax (“UBIT”) and/or operational burdens on exempt organizations is the change in the manner in which exempt organizations must calculate certain taxable income and the resulting UBIT.