Mark L. Schaffer was, until his recent retirement, an active, practicing attorney for over forty years. During much of that time, Mrs. Schaffer was a senior partner in the law firm of Ashcraft & Gerel, a large plaintiff’s firm in Washington, DC.  His practice encompassed representation of claimants under the District of Columbia’s Workers’ Compensation Act as well as under the Defense Base Act, a law covering private sector workers who are injured overseas in areas such as Iraq or Afghanistan, among other locations.  In addition, Mr. Schaffer has lectured at numerous conferences and seminars, both local and nationally and also authored the section on Practice and Procedure in the Defense Base Act Handbook.  He also assisted in the drafting of workers’ compensation legislation in the District of Columbia as well as the 1984 Amendments to the Longshoreman’s and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.  He received his undergraduate degree from Boston University (Magna Cum Laude) in 1967 and his JD degree from Georgetown University in 1972.


Mr. Schaffer's long and extensive career uniquely qualifies him to approach the resolution of workers' compensation disputes via the mediation process in an effort to reduce or even eliminate delays and costs inherent in the litigation environment.