Sign Up

NCLA Site Search

Mark Chenoweth

President and Chief Legal Officer

NCLA’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Mark Chenoweth, has observed the administrative state up close and personal from perches in all four branches of the federal government. Mark served as the first chief of staff to Congressman Mike Pompeo, as legal counsel to Commissioner Anne Northup at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, as an attorney advisor in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a law clerk to the Hon. Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Mark has worked in several different roles in the private sector as well. He began his legal career in D.C. as a regulatory associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. He then returned to his home state of Kansas to serve as in-house counsel for Koch Industries. Most recently he spent over four years as general counsel of the Washington Legal Foundation.

Mark is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School, where he co-founded the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and became a Tony Patiño Fellow. Mark has been widely quoted and/or published in newspapers and websites including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New Hampshire Union Leader, and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. He has also had recurring op-eds in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and at

Suing Federal Agencies (Part One)
Suing Federal Agencies (Part Two)
On Chicago's Morning Radio

Chief Justice Roberts’s Two Landmark Opinions Turn Tide Toward Liberty

By: Mark Chenoweth July 3, 2024
Just in time for America’s 248th birthday, Chief Justice John Roberts has gifted our nation two landmark decisions that turn the tables on unlawful administrative power and turn the tide toward liberty. These cases do more to save Americans from being dominated by bureaucratic overlords than anything else the Court has done in at least half…

A Watershed Supreme Court Term Will Not Drown The Administrative State

By: Mark Chenoweth June 6, 2024
Administrative statists have floated a false narrative about the many indisputably important administrative law cases pending at the U.S. Supreme Court this term. With at least half a dozen such cases still awaiting decision by month’s end, it promises to be a watershed year. Greater freedom and constitutional restoration appear to be in the offing,…

Will SCOTUS Finally Send ATF’s Bump Stock Ban Back To Congress?

By: Mark Chenoweth February 28, 2024
The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments this week regarding the federal ban on bump stocks, a disturbing sequence of events that culminated in a federal agency branding hundreds of thousands of Americans as criminals without congressional action. This is one regrettable Trump-era rule that the Biden administration continues to defend enthusiastically. Though Garland v. Cargill is…