Mark Righter

Senior University Counsel


Mark received his J.D. from Vermont Law School, where he served as the Articles Editor of the Vermont Law Review, and he received his B.S. from Juniata College in Cellular Physiology. Immediately prior to joining NYU in 2010, Mark was a Managing Partner and Shareholder of McQuaide Blasko, where he served as an attorney for 25 years. Previously, he was a law clerk to the Hon. Charles C. Brown, Jr., President Judge,49th Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

Mark is a member of a number of professional organizations, including: American Corporate Counsel of Greater NY; Association of University Technology Managers; and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He is a frequent author and invited lecturer, including at the NYU School of Law, on technology transfer, copyright, and startup companies. Mark served for 15 years as counsel to the Ben Franklin Technology Center for Central and Northern PA, and has created, and served as counsel to, numerous successful startup companies. Mark has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal courts, including in the fields of professional negligence and intellectual property, and has served as first chair litigator in complex litigation with opposing counsel from top national litigation firms. From 1990 to 2010, Mark has also provided pro bono courtroom representation for dozens of women and child victims of domestic violence in various proceedings and appeals.

Mark has created and served in the governance of many non-profits companies, among them including: Centre County Sexual Abuse Response Team, Inc. (providing victims with coordinated, wrap-around services) Tides Foundation, Inc., (providing grief counselling for families and victims) Smart Start Centre County, Inc. (providing resources and standards to improve the quality of daycare for children from birth until age 6), and Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, Inc. (creation of vibrant children’s museum in State College, PA). Mark also served on the Board of Directors for many other organizations, including United Way of Centre County, and Family Health Services (providing federal WIC program and women’s reproductive health services and counselling).

Assistant: Irene Choy
Tel: 212-998-2238