Mark H. Allenbaugh

Mark H. Allenbaugh is a nationally recognized expert on federal sentencing, law, policy and practice. He has served as Chair of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Task Force for the District of Columbia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Committee for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is former a member of the ABA’s Corrections and Sentencing Committee.

Mr. Allenbaugh is a co-editor of Sentencing, Sanctions, and Corrections: Federal and State Law, Policy, and Practice (2d ed., Foundation Press, 2002), and is also a recipient of the prestigious Bender Award while serving as Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics and Philosophy at George Washington University.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Allenbaugh served as Staff Attorney for the U.S. Sentencing Commission where he was assigned to the Economic Crimes Policy Team and the Terrorism Team. Mr. Allenbaugh has published numerous articles on sentencing policy and criminal justice, and is quoted frequently in the national press.


  • University of Southern California – B.A., English, Philosophy, Religion
  • Ohio University – M.A., Philosophy
  • American University’s Washington College of Law – J.D.



SENTENCING, SANCTIONS AND CORRECTIONS: FEDERAL AND STATE LAW, POLICY AND PRACTICE (2d ed., Foundation Press, 2002). Co-editor. Lead editor of teacher’s guide.

Law Review and Journal Articles

The Reason Behind the Rules: Finding and Using the Philosophy of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, 40 AM. CRIM. L. REV. 19 (2003) (co-author). Quoted in several federal court opinions and law review articles.

The Diligence Due in the Era of Globalized Terrorism, 36 THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 49 (2002) (co-author). Re-published in condensed serial form in The Export Practitioner.

Apprendicitis: A Troubling Diagnosis for the Sentencing of Hackers, Thieves, Fraudsters, and Tax Cheats, 9 GEO. MASON L. REV. 419 (2000) (co-author).

What’s Your Water Worth?: Why We Need Federal Fine Guidelines for Corporate Environmental Crime, 48 AM. U. L. REV. 925 (1999).

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