The event is in memory of prominent Washington, D.C. Attorney Mark Hulkower, who passed away from colon cancer in February 2011. He was 53 years old. He had been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1989 to 1995, where he handled a number of prominent cases, including the espionage conviction of former CIA intelligence agent Aldrich Ames. He was then a partner at Steptoe & Johnson for 16 years, where he was head of the firm’s white-collar criminal defense group and won acquittals in a number of high-profile cases, including the prosecutions of former Teamsters Union president Ron Carey and former Tyco General Counsel Mark Belnick. Known for his brilliant examinations and persuasive advocacy, he was consistently recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the country.
For the past four years, The Hulkower Tailgate party fundraiser was held at the NFL Players Association headquarters and included a silent auction, invited VIP guests and several former NFL athletes. This high-end event brings together patients, survivors, families, doctors, advocates and special guests to raise funds and awareness for colon cancer treatment and prevention. Over the past four years, more than 250 people have attended this event and this year, the event has been expanded to include a one-of-a-kind Texas Hold-em Tournament.