Mark Hulkower Fund


Mission and Purpose

Mark Hulkower passed away in February 2011 after a long battle with colon cancer.  Mark was a celebrated trial lawyer, a wonderful husband and father, and a dedicated friend. 

The Mark Hulkower Foundation was established to fulfill the wishes of Mark’s family and his many friends to keep his memory alive and to carry out Mark’s request that funds be donated to support cancer research at the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and cancer education.

The Foundation’s mission and its principal purpose is to honor Mark’s memory and legacy by  raising funds dedicated for cancer research and for creating greater awareness of the need for early medical screening for colon cancer.

About Mark

Mark Hulkower, a renowned Washington, D.C., trial attorney, died February 5, 2011, after a four year battle with colon cancer.  He was 53 years old.  Mark was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1989 to 1995, where he prosecuted a number of prominent cases, including former CIA intelligence agent Aldrich H. Ames for espionage. He then joined Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., where he was a partner for 16 years, heading the firm's white-collar criminal defense practice.   Known for his brilliant cross-examinations and persuasive advocacy, he was consistently recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the country.  Among his professional achievements, he won acquittals for his clients in a number of high profile trials, including the prosecutions of former Teamsters Union president Ron Carey and former Tyco General Counsel Mark Belnick.

More importantly, Mark was an even better person.  Despite the demands of his international law practice and trial schedule, he always made time to coach his children's soccer and basketball teams and to spend time with his family and friends. He was an avid runner who completed several marathons, a talented skier, and a tenacious competitor on fields and courts around Washington.  His family and friends started this Foundation to honor his memory and to ensure that fewer mothers, fathers and children face the consequences of this deadly disease.


Are you at Risk For Colorectal Cancer?

  • 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women combined
  • Colonoscopies not only discover cancer, but can also stop cancer
  • 50% of Americans still do not get colonoscopy reimbursement
  • Colon cancer research is still vastly under-funded